What is Consciousness?

Q. If one says that some form of soul exists beyond death, I ask what particles is that soul made of?

A. What particles is “red” made of? The “soul” is not something to believe in or not to believe in. “Soul” is a particular definition of consciousness/experience, which to date remains a great mystery to science.

By “red” I refer no to the photons, but to the “experience of red.” There is nothing in matter to account for such experience. Surely you are you familiar with the “Mary’s Room” thought experiment. Despite attempts to refute the argument in this thought experiment, experience itself remains the so called “hard problem” of consciousness. Why is there any experience at all, and what experiences or constitutes experience? Yes, consciousness does but what is consciousness? This is the mystery, the question, which some turn to Vedanta to experience the answer.
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A World of Faith

Is there a kind of knowledge that pratyaksa alone or even pratyaksa and reason together cannot arrive at? There is, and it is known through revelation, in relation to which we have to engage our senses and reason.

Faith in revelation affords one a different kind of knowledge. Placing one’s faith in revelation and reasoning about it is theology, as opposed to mere philosophy. The subsequent knowledge arrived at through faith in spiritual practice is ultimately prema. Does prema do away with faith or does prema in some way constitute the culmination of faith?

There is a world of doubt. Why not a world of faith. Thinking like this makes faith living and tangible. Absence of doubt is faith. Faith is knowledge.