Reality 97

Reality 97Self-Inquiry  (Atma Vichara)

Since very ancient times, seekers yearning for Self-Realization, or Enlightenment, have sought instruction to assist them. Instruction from genuine sages established in the Knowledge of the Self has generally been in 2 ways: instruction about the nature of the Self, the Absolute, & instruction regarding the way to abide in, or realize, this Supreme Knowledge. The latter forms the instruction regarding a Path or Spiritual Practice.

In the Teaching of Non-Duality, which clearly reveals the identity of the Self & the  Absolute (Brahman, God), Liberation or Self­Realization is recognized to be of the nature of Self-Knowledge. A Path of Knowledge results in Self-Knowledge, & the primary method of the Path is that of Self-Inquiry. The Self-Inquiry is the introspection, or Meditation, that ascertains in the most experiential manner what it is of which one’s true Identity consists. It is the Self-Revelation of the nature of Being, or Consciousness itself, un-obscured by any definition or mis­identification.  Questing inwardly as to “Who am I ?” one realizes one’s true state of Non-Dual Existence, which is ever free, ever at Peace, un-changing, without modifications, Illimitable, Timeless, Indivisible, forever unconditioned, Formless, Un-Differentiated the One Reality.

In practice, the actual Self-Inquiry, itself, involves the relinquishment of the false super-imposition of forms & attributes upon the Self.  This involves the recognition of the false definition & the discernment of how it is not actually one’s Identity.  It is the shifting of Identity from where it has been misplaced, such as being associated with the Body or with thought, & restoring it to its natural position, which is the Self alone.  It is the ceasing of the confusion regarding what is Real & what is unreal, so that the erroneous attribution of Reality to the un-reality, such as conceiving the World, objects, events, sensations, & thoughts to be Real or to be the means of determining what is Real, is relinquished.

The above themes & 2600 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through:  

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There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 96

Reality 96Desire for Liberation   mumukshutva  [further continued]

The Desire for Liberation arises within all who consider the facts of life & death, who see the futility of Worldly life, who observe the sufferings created by ignorance, who comprehend that they can truly be free, who understand that there is a state of complete freedom & Peace in which delusion & suffering are no more, & who are convinced that they can find this for themselves. The rise of the Desire for Liberation depends on the settled conclusion that the external World, inclusive of other people, objects (or lack of the same), wealth, fame (personal acceptance or popularity), reputation, situations, & other phenomenal conditions are in no way the cause of suffering or Happiness.

The Desire for Liberation has never been an obstacle for anyone, though lack of Desire for Liberation has caused the stagnation of many. The Desire for Liberation prompts the Self­-Inquiry to know the Self & causes one to discern what Liberation actually is.

Ignorance alone is the cause of bondage, & bondage alone is suffering. If there is suffering, there will be the concomitant desire to be happy, to eliminate that suffering, because misery is contrary to our nature. If there is the clear perception of the cause of suffering being one’s delusive bondage, there will be the Desire for Liberation. If there is the understanding that bondage is only mis–identification or ignorance, there will be the Desire for Self-Realization, or Self-Knowledge. Ramana Maharshi has said, “Self-Inquiry into the Nature of one’s Self that is in Bondage & realizing one’s True Nature is moksha, Release (Liberation).”

So long as one is bound, there will be the Desire for Liberation on the part of the spiritual seeker (or the pursuit of delusive, Worldly desires by those who do not know any better). When, through the Self­-Inquiry, “Who is bound ?”  one realizes the Egoless real nature of the Self which is ever free, the Desire for Liberation is fulfilled & ended. The Self was truly never bound & has no separate state of Liberation.

Then the Truth is self-evident as the only 1withouta2nd, without an alternative. Thus the Ramana Maharshi’s statement, “Who is to realize ‘what’, when all that exists is only the Self?” This Truth is realized by those who desire to realize it with all their heart & not otherwise.

The Desire for Liberation is ultimately the inner yearning to Be as one truly is. Since Being is neither an object nor an activity, the practice can only be that of Knowledge. The result of the Self­-Inquiry is Knowledge identical with Being. The Desire for Liberation is the motion for the Self­-Inquiry into the Self.

The above themes & 2600 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through:  

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

or directly at:

http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58

Duplicate blogs (but with graphics) have been available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

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There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 95

Reality 95Desire for Liberation   mumukshutva  [continued]

That which seems to extend between the Self & the Body, deludedly regarded as an Ego & illusorily manifesting as the Mind, gives rise to bondage. One should free oneself of that bondage, mis–identification, too. The Mind itself alone has the ignorance, as the real Self never has trace of ignorance or bondage whatsoever, & the Body has no ignorance, as well. The Mind alone has it, so it is said that the Mind should get rid of it or that one should get rid of the Mind. The Desire for Liberation arises in the Mind as the intuition of what the natural state of the Self is. This desire causes the Mind to examine itself, to relinquish its own imaginings, to destroy its own form, & to find its source or real nature.

“Indulgence of the Mind,” mentioned by Sri Shankara above, is the pursuit & maintenance of the mental tendencies that are the substance of delusion. Desire for Liberation is contrary to them. To concoct any excuse, ranging from the idea that it is too difficult to the concept that there is nothing that can be done to realize, that perpetuates or validates delusion or bondage is indulgence of the Mind. To have unbreakable reasons to be free is Desire for Liberation. Lack of self-examination is indulgence of the Mind. Similarly, pursuit of Worldly desires & diffusion during Meditation is indulgence of the Mind. Freedom from forcing the Mind along the paths of such ignorance is brought about by Desire for Liberation. The Mind’s stagnation in mis–identification with the Body is “indulgence.” Freedom from such comes to those who desire Liberation. Following the whims of the Ego, fabricating & clinging to the Ego’s opinions, & Worldly attachment are indulgence of the Mind. The Desire for Liberation opens a different path, the way to the blissful freedom of Self-Knowledge.

The rise of the Desire for Liberation within one is the beginning of the end of the Ego & its delusions. It is the motivation for sincere spiritual practice. It is the call of the Self to itself to be awake to itself. The surging higher of the Desire for Liberation makes the further development of the other requisites possible. It causes one to develop one’s practice & brings one into deeper spiritual experience. The peak of the Desire for Liberation is to want nothing else & to place none of one’s effort into the creation of ignorance. With Self­-Inquiry, it causes the veil of illusion to vanish like a mirage vanishing into nothingness.

The above themes & 2600 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through:  

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

or directly at:

http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58

Duplicate blogs (but with graphics) have been available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 94

Reality 94Desire for Liberation    mumukshutva

The final & 4th Requisite for Realization is known as the intense Desire for Liberation.  Sri Shankara has said, “It is the desire to free the Mind from the bonds extending from the Ego to the Body created by ajnana (Ignorance) by means of Knowledge of one’s own Real Nature (svarupa), not indulgence of the Mind.”

The Desire for Liberation functions as the fuel for one’s spiritual practice. If all sorts of spiritual attributes are present, even the other requisites above mentioned, but there is a lack of Desire for Liberation, actual advancement, as determined by the degree of freedom from mis–identification, will be slow, if at all. If, though, the aspirant would have none of the other requisites or beneficial attributes, but was endowed with an intense Desire for Liberation; the other needed requisites & such would manifest in due course of the practice of Self­Inquiry. When the requisites are practiced fueled by the Desire for Liberation, the highest good results.

Erroneous interpretations of Non-Duality may lead one to assert that the Desire for Liberation will foster or produce a continuance of duality, for it may posit the notion of something for which to search & the seeking for it. This, though, represents an error in reasoning due to lack of direct experience, for there is no “rule” that Liberation must be conceived or treated as if an objective goal apart from oneself. Since Knowledge of the Self is alone Liberation, ignorance is entirely “self­imagined”, the Self is forever non-objective, & Knowledge is One with Being, therefore, the Desire for Liberation is actually a profound recognition of what truly is one’s natural state & the discernment of what is not that natural state. Understanding this results in fervently seeking within. Within is the Self. The Desire for Liberation leads one to inquire & to thus know the Self as it is, in which there is no duality whatsoever. For one who is to realize the Self, this inner, intense desire to realize & its corresponding search via Self-Inquiry represent no duality or difficulty, but rather attention is focused upon the nature of the seeker himself. When the nature of the seeker is known, revealing an utter absence of the individual & only the real Being of the Self-existing, the Desire for Liberation has been fulfilled & vanishes of its own.

The Desire for Liberation should be as intense as possible. If there is clear discrimination, all the force of the desire for Happiness that drives the person’s life while caught up in illusion becomes the intense desire for Realization alone is full satisfaction, the fulfillment & the end of the desire. The more intense the Desire for Liberation the ardently one will pursue the Self­Inquiry & the more adamant one will be about retaining the freedom found through dis–identification.

The Desire for Liberation means the desire for complete spiritual freedom. It is the indomitable intention to snap the fetters of ignorance that seem to bind one’s Identity, & consequently one’s experience, to what is not the Self, that is, from the very notion of an Ego, or the assumption of individuality, to the mis–identification with the form of the Body. The mis–identification is composed only of ignorance. Knowledge of the Self, which is one’s own Self, & this is Knowledge being the Self alone & not any of those other things, is the destruction of ignorance & the attainment of Liberation.

The above themes & 2600 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through:  

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

or directly at:

http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58

Duplicate blogs (but with graphics) have been available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 93

Reality 93Deep, Profound Meditation   samadhana   [continued]

Samadhi is always a state of absorption, a merging or dissolution of one’s Identity. In some descriptions, samadhi is classified in various ways, yet, in samadhi itself, no such classifications or the means to conceive of such exist. If the state is prompted by or is inclusive of some differentiation, such as Meditation on the whole universe being pervaded by That or the Self as the Universal Witness, it is savikalpa, that is, “with differentiation.”  If it is prompted by Meditation of the nature of Non–Differentiation, such as the Self & the Absolute are identical or the Self alone is & there has never come to be any objective thing whatsoever, & is an undifferentiated state, it is known as nirvikalpa, “without differentiation.”  Such is characterized by an absence of illusory, objective perception, inclusive of time, space, & matter. It is bodiless & without mental activity. If the absorption is so complete as to eliminate the possibility of an alternative, a samadhi of Knowledge of the Reality in which there is no such thing as an existent un-reality, the natural state of the Self as it innately is without any further effort to be applied or anyone to apply it, it is, as Ramana Maharshi stated, Sahaja Samadhi, which is the Natural, Innate, effortless State. This is Self-Realization. It could be said that savikalpa retains a unity of knower & known, the meditator at one with the ideal or object of nirvikalpa  is a dissolution of the knower & the known; sahaja  is “no creation” in which there are no such things as knower, knowing & known. The experience of all these is available for those who one-pointedly focus on the Self-Inquiry to know the Self, though the sahaja state is alone the final goal, a goal which is found to be at no distance but to be one’s very Being by those who realize the Self.

Though the Absolute Self is not dependent upon any condition or state of Mind, being ever transcendent of all modes of Mind & the Mind itself, & though Self-Knowledge is thought-transcendent, or free from thought, it is extremely rare to find anyone who has realized this who has not engaged in deep, profound Meditation.  Meditation should be understood as the invaluable opportunity to be awake to Reality, the chance to be with full focus on the Truth of the Self, the auspicious moment to dismantle & destroy the illusions of the Ego, & the time to turn the Mind from its own delusive creations to the clarity of understanding what is true.  It is the opportunity to be with oneself, not in relation, response, or reaction to anything else, but to see clearly what one’s Self actually is, free of every supposition.  In the profound Knowledge that thus shines, one finds that there is truly no alternative state, & the Meditation is found to be perpetual. Meditation, as Self-Inquiry, should be practiced by the aspirant for Liberation until there is no possibility of ever being bound again & the Truth of the Self has been conclusively realized.

There are innumerable forms of Meditation. Meditation that does not have Self–Knowledge as a clear orientation will not result in Self-Knowledge. If one meditates upon worldly interactions, one may improve those transient interactions, in a changeful universe that is akin to last night’s dream, to a certain extent.  If one meditates upon sensations, gross or subtle, one will come to dwell temporarily in those transient sensations. If one meditates upon thought or in a thought­dependent manner, one will arrive at a corresponding mental state, which certainly cannot be Eternal.  If one meditates by Self-Inquiry, the result is Self-Knowledge, or Self-Realization. That is the Non-Dual Self, upon realizing which there remains nothing more to realize, the freedom of which leaves no trace of a possibility of bondage, the perfect fullness of which leaves no dissatisfaction whatsoever, the time­lessness of which cannot be measured or terminated, the formlessness of which has no comparison or contrast, & the Reality, or Existence, of which leaves no other “existence”.

The prime way of developing Meditation ability, assuming one has access to Non-Dual meditate, is to meditate. Even if there is no such access, if one ardently meditates with sincerity & the intense desire to realize, the Self-Inquiry will make itself known within, & if, one perseveres in the Self-Inquiry, the Self, which is one’s true nature, will be realized.

The above themes & 2600 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through:  

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

or directly at:

http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58

Duplicate blogs (but with graphics) have been available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 92

Reality 92Faith  shraddha

The final of the “6 Essentials” is profound Meditation. What is implied is an inwardly concentrated Meditation. What is explicit is that it is a formless Meditation. It is sometimes referred to as a practice of samadhi, a state of intense absorption in the Absolute.

Sri Shankara has defined this as the perfect establishment of the Mind (buddhi) always in pure, nirguna (attributeless) Brahman (the vast Absolute).

Meditation is invaluable for discovering & securing for oneself experiences of deeper spiritual states & for Self­Inquiry of Self-Knowledge.

In a path of Knowledge, Meditation consists of Knowledge & the primary means of experiencing such Knowledge is Self-Inquiry. Knowledge is formless. It is ignorance when one mistakes sensations, moods, emotions, thoughts, & any other mental phenomena for Knowledge.  When one believes that such are knowledge, one is prejudiced by the unexamined beliefs in the Reality or truthfulness of the senses (the process of sensation) & of the objects of those senses; one also believes something is so because one has thought of it.  Self-Inquiry reveals the invalidity of such & their utter non–dependability for discerning Reality. Indeed, for purposes of fine Discrimination, that which is conceivable or an “object of thought,” has the characteristic of un-reality. Therefore, for Real Knowledge, one must know That which is not an object of the senses or thought, & the means of knowing must not be a mere sensation or thought construct. So, the Meditation must necessarily be of this same nature of formless Knowledge if it is to be fruitful. If your Meditation itself assumes the existence of the ignorant limitations that your are attempting to transcend, how can it be of much help ?  If your Meditation is that of Self-Inquiry, it is not concerned with the products of the Senses or of thought, & it is not relying on such for Knowledge.  Only Self-­Inquiry to know oneself can be regarded as truly inward, &, as such, it is preeminently useful for Self–Realization. Self-Inquiry is the significance of this deep Meditation.

Concentration per se is not Deep Meditation. Deep Meditation, though, implies being concentrated. If one’s attention is usurped by every wayward thought, is compelled to run with every idea & whim, & is caught up in every day-dream the Mind can imagine, when will there be the opportunity to meditate in order to gain Knowledge of the Self ?  When one is aware of the purpose of life & aware of the purpose of Meditation, concentration manifests. It is just as, when one’s Life is in jeopardy, one does not at that moment become lost in idle day-dreams or meaningless mental imagery. Similarly, when the aspirant is aware of the importance of Realization & the importance of Meditation, aware of how to fulfill life’s purpose within the ever-narrowing window of time left for it & aware of how precious is the opportunity to meditate on Truth & set oneself free, concentration is present in the Meditation. Tracing & holding the sense of “I” as taught in Self­Inquiry will simultaneously produced one-pointed  concentration & Deep, Profound Meditation. The concentration is, ultimately, actually derived from the undivided intensity of Reality itself & the Self’s innate Transcendence of all thought.

The above themes & 2600 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through:  

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

or directly at:

http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58

Duplicate blogs (but with graphics) have been available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 91

Reality 91Faith  shraddha

The 5th Essential is known as Faith. It is also defined as a clear understanding & as an affirmative attitude of Mind inclusive of humility, sincerity, earnestness, single-Mindedness, reverence, & an unwavering determination to find the Truth at any cost.

Sri Shankara defines this as “ascertainment of the scripture & instruction of the Guru with conviction about their Truth, that by which Knowledge of Reality is obtained.”

Faith is considered to be the belief in something that is yet unseen. In the path of Knowledge, the aspirant is concerned with the transformation of faith into conviction, & that into the certitude of Self-Knowledge by virtue of Self-Inquiry. It is the development of a clear understanding & a conviction in that which is understood. Such may be said to be Faith fused with Wisdom,

The Truth does not accept the arrogant into itself, for it is Ego-less by nature. So, only those who are endowed with humility & who hold it in the highest reverence realize it. Those who hold the teachings in deep reverence retain them. Those who are humble find their Egos to be insubstantial & their own Nature to be Formless & Vast like Space.

Sincerity & earnestness are necessities in the pursuit of Supreme Truth. With insincerity, who fools whom ?  If one is in earnest to find the Truth, he will be always undaunted & will destroy the illusory fetters that appear to keep him bound, so that his deepest yearning is fulfilled.

Being single-minded in the pursuit of Self-Knowledge comes to those aspirants who recognize the utmost importance of realizing the Self, understanding that in no other way will one abide in enduring Peace, genuine freedom, & unending joy.  The conviction in the Truth drives one to realize it. If one’s own Mind is undivided concerning this, that is, if faith is beyond doubt regarding the fact that the Absolute Self, indeed, exists & is realizable, the Self­-Inquiry into the Self rests upon solid ground.

Faith can be in the existence of the Absolute.  Faith can be in the Knowledge of Truth that reveals that the Absolute & one’s own Self are identical.   Faith in the Non-Dual Teachings that reveal this Identity is of immense help. Once one has a conviction in them, one can directly that Truth for oneself by Self­-Inquiry into the nature of the Self & this inwardly verifies the Truth in which one originally had faith. Faith can be in those wise ones who have gone before & realized this Knowledge & in those Sages who, having realized, proclaim the Truth & the way to realize it within oneself.   Faith in one’s own ability to realize, when fused with the humility mentioned earlier, is in keeping with the Truth that all are only the Self & there is no one who cannot realize it. If one has a Guru, the faith mentioned by Sri Shankara is of the of the deepest trust.  The result of Faith in the Guru’s instruction, which implies full practice of it, is the Realization of the Self in which one’s own Identity, the Truth, & till very Being of the Guru are one & the same.

In a Path of jnana Knowledge, Faith is generated from hearing the teachings & meeting with those who practice them or who have realized their meaning. Faith is generated when reading the instruction left behind from earlier times. Though a certain degree of Faith may be needed to even start a spiritual practice – one cannot be so enamored of one’s own doubts that one cannot even make a try at it – the practice, itself, will yield the conviction in Truth & in the means to be adopted for realizing it. From a higher perspective, faith is an intuition of one’s Self or Natural State, & its strength is derived  from the irrefutability of Reality.

In Self-Inquiry, faith merges with deeper understanding. In Non-Duality, faith is further strengthened by discrimination.  When faith is joined by the practice of Self-Inquiry, it becomes conviction.  When conviction is joined with direct experience, it is Knowledge.

The above themes & 2600 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through:  

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

or directly at:

http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58

Duplicate blogs (but with graphics) have been available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

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