“Awareness is primordial; it is the original state,
beginning-less, endless, un-caused, un-supported,
without parts, without change.
Consciousness is on contact,
a reflection against a surface,
a state of duality.
There can be no consciousness without awareness,
but there can be awareness
without consciousness, as in deep sleep.
Awareness is absolute,
consciousness is relative to its content;
consciousness is always of something.”
~ Nisargadatta Maharaj