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well-known to us but we are so much engrossed with them that we are not aware of the need to isolate and brand them as only the transient 'waves' of samsAra. They are:

aging, death, suffering, infatuation, hunger, and thirst.

In addition, there are six vikAra's namely,  six transformations or changes of state that all beings are subject to, but the Lord is not. These are:

we exist, we are born, we grow,
we mature, we decay, we die.

The Lord, on the other hand, is not subject to these changes of state
because, He transcends the dualities implied in their description. Thus neither the six Urmi's nor the six vikAras apply to Him. That is why we have to bask in His Light in order to overcome the six Urmi's and transcend the six vikAra's. The esoteric meaning of the six faces of Lord subrahmaNya, the six-faced God, is just this. His six faces give us the spiritual strength to overcome these. In fact every manifestation of the Lord has this purpose.
To continue with the analogy of the rope and the snake, having disposed off the snake that it was never there, we now try to understand the 'rope'!  In other words,  having disposed off the status of the created universe that it is only a passing appearance, we now go to the root of the matter.
What is the basis or locus of this visible universe? The only way by which we seem to  understand anything is by our mind. But we have seen above that the mind itself is transient. The Reality is deeper than the mind. A little analysis is relevant here. When we cognize the presence of an object, we say we are conscious of the object. Leaving aside the physical instruments of perception, logically we can come to the conclusion, that it is not just the eyes or the mind or the brain that cognizes, but deeper within, there is our consciousness without which we could not be conscious of any-thing. But now suppose you walk into a totally dark room. What are you conscious of, now? You are not conscious of anything. You might say that because it is dark you are not able to see anything, and so you are not conscious of anything. But you are conscious of the fact that you are not able to see anything, because of the darkness. In other words, you are conscious of darkness. The point of it all is that consciousness is never absent in you. One may say  that during deep sleep one is not conscious. But after waking up one remembers he was asleep. If the consciousness was not present

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