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Questions of cosmology, such as this one, will always pose a challenge in a forum like enotes. The questions are what drives the understanding, and there can be few, if any, answers that don't generate more questions. If I understand the basic timbre of the question properly, it is asking about two elements that might be opposite to one another in the acknowledgement of the individual. The true essence of the Brahman is always there. It underscores being and has been there before us and will be there after us. It is the cosmological design of being in the world. The human being's lack of recognition of this is Sansara, a condition that denies the presence and cosmological underpinnings of Brahman. It is in this that individuals who do not accept their own subservient position to the Brahman are trapped or caught in Sansara. In many respects, the question answers itself. If one understands the role of the Brahman in being, then one will subjugate the perceived and personalized notion of self to this larger configuration, one that preceded and will succeed the individual. It is here where acknowledgement and acceptance removes one from Sansara and enables the Brahman or essence of being to be realized.
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