In other words, with my thesis I point to the existence of a transcendent gaze--one may call it the gaze of a disinterested subject, or that of the witnessing self (saksin
)--through which one ascends by the erasure of one's culturally constructed self as one thereby enters the condition of the relational self that emerges in the binary of being-with-other.
dpang or dpang po is a common translation for saksin
, "witness," and dang bcas pa - like can - is a good translation for the Sanskrit suffix -mat, "having," "possessing." Although Gunaprabha is here again of little use, having - as we will see - constructed his text differently, still saksimat, "having a witness," "witnessed," or "attested," is itself widely attested in dharmasastra in connection with documents.