REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 8

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 8

The apparent obstacles to Self-Realization, to Liberation, to Enlightenment are the ignorant Misidentifications that take the form of thoughts, & the thoughts themselves, are the very form or apparent substance of which the misidentifications are made. When a thought is formed, what actually happens  ? In the space of Consciousness, how does the thought form ?  From where do our beliefs, whatever they are, derive ?  There is the belief about something, “it exists.”  Yet, that does not mean that thing or the thought about such exists ?

You first have to imagine yourself in some manner other than the Self, in order to believe that thought exists.  It occurs only when there is Imagination. Once that imagined separation from the Self occurs, thought appears to have an independent reality. Before that is imagined, thought does not exist. So, the only difference between the 2 times is that one is with Imagination & the other is without.  How did there come to be 2 different times ?  Each thought is dependent upon the other in a cycle, but there is nothing solid there.

Where is there a difference between you, or your experience, & the Absolute ? The idea is that first there is the Absolute, & then there are the so-called Illusions.  Does the Absolute change its nature ?  Does some change occur to this Pure Existence ?  Self-Inquiry includes rather the inner question, “Illusion, or change, or thought for whom ?  “For myself.”  But: “Who am I ?”

Focusing on the apparent “I” & inwardly “beyond” the real Self, Pure Consciousness, there comes in time, short or long, Self-Realization, to Liberation, to Enlightenment.

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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/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 7

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 7

Thought is never a definition for what I am, for what you are, what remains to be called “your Existence” ? What boundary does it have ?  What form does it have ?  What division does it have, ?  It is none & has none of such things.  In this spacelike, One Existence, where is the place for thought ? Where is the cause of thought ?  Examining one’s own nature, know that it is transcendent of thought. Reality is this inconceivable sole Non-Dual Existence. Inconceivable because it cannot be conceived of, thought about, or any known as an object.

Examine your own experience to perceive what it actually is that you refer to as thought.  A mere wisp in instantaneous nothingness, inexplicable “mental” experience.  We, as Pure Existence, can remain free from the influence of any (apparent) idea, free from the impact of any thought, free from the hold of any concept, desire, or fear.

Unreal is the idea of an existent object, the idea of an existent perceiver, the idea of  an “I” since there is subjectobject division, perceived or conceptual attributes. Fortunately, the (apparent) idea of the existence of the Supreme Self (though only apparent, yet still a redeeming idea) derives as Grace from that One Existence, even though the One Existence, which is, indeed, the Self, & which is the only true “I” transcends all ideas.

If you do not identify yourself with a thought & remain steady in the certain Knowledge that what is thought cannot possibly be who you are, Liberation reveals itself.

The above themes & 2500 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 

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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/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT6

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT6

There has always been, & will ever be, only one “self”, that Non-Dual sole Reality known as Brahman, the Absolute; & also as Atman, “the” Self.  Without beginning or end, the Self is dimensionless, transcendent of size or extent, neither large nor small, never increasing or decreasing.  Nor does the Reality, the Self evidence any other phase or condition, or any objective quality – the Self, the Reality being non–objective, or “trans–subjective” (in the sense of what “subjective” would be if there were no real objects to complete the subject–object duality).

Self-Knowledge, Knowledge of the Self is based upon the seeker of Self-Realization having a firm conviction in his own identity, the identity or Non-Duality of “That” & “Thou“, as expressed in Tat Tvam Asi, “That Thou Art”, the Upanishadic Maha-vakya” or “Great Pronouncement”, pronouncement of the Ultimate Truth.  “Thou” may seem to be an individual, but is truly Atman, “the” Self.  “That” may seem to be a separate deity,  God, but is truly Brahman the Absolute, which is also Atman, “the” Self.  To be forever free of all Suffering, & to rest in the Peace & Happiness that is the “Bliss” in Existence-Consciousness-Bliss, (another designation for Brahman), the seeker must “realize” his identity as Atman, one with Brahman.  This Self-Realization alone destroys the unreal Illusion (Maya) that constitutes, unnecessarily, all imagined limitation & suffering.

 Seems too good to be true ?  Actually, this Teaching is too good not to be true ?  But there is a “catch“.  Self-Realization require sincere effort – every drop of energy we have, but not a drop more !  Several “pre–requisites” are also involved.  Valuing this Self-Realization, true Immortality, requires that nothing else has greater value for us, indeed nothing else has any real value for us.  With this detachment, this non–attachment, there is necessarily also an inwardly–turned mind.  For the Reality discovered is inward, is non–objective, or “trans–subjective”, while Self-Realization is a “fixed gaze” upon the Infinite, which is Consciousness & Pure Existence, & at the same time Bliss, 1–without–a–2nd or Non-Dual.  But as for the ” attainment” of Self-Realization, there is no attainment, for there is no “us”, no other Knower, but only That, Brahman  which alone knows itself.  Indeed, that Consciousness is itself the Knowledge of Itself.  Self-effort toward absorption in Brahman, Atman, the Self is the final, irreversible entry into the Real, discarding individual identity, suffering, & all Duality.

The above themes & 2500 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 

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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/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT5

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT5

By Self-Inquiry in the form: “Am I merely a bunch of thoughts ?  Am I that collection of thoughts known as Mind ?  Do I even have such an imagined ‘thought–container’ as this ‘Mind’ ?   “What is a thought anyway ?”  “Is there such a thing as ‘thought’, & even if there is or were such a thing, could such define or bind me in anyway ?”  And so on. Thus I know myself as free from “thought”. That is, thought does not determine my nature. It does not provide a definition for me in any way whatsoever. The second aspect of this is that I understand that thought has no existence, and so That (Supreme Reality, Brahman) which alone truly exists, is devoid of thought.  Generally, the understanding of the Self to be free from thought would come first, prior to the comprehension that there is no such thing as thought. I understood this at the core of my being. How can I possibly be bound by what is thought of ?  How could thought ever be a definition for my own Existence ?  Ideas (if they existed) would depend on true Existence. True Existence, which is the Self, does not depend on ideas (if they existed). How could ideas, or thought (if such existed), in any form, or anything thought would define, be a description for what I am ?

The above themes & 2500 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 

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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/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT4

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT4

Every idea such as “this is” or “I exist” depends on the fact that anything at all does exist in the first place, on the fact of  Existence itself.  Mundane thinking assumes that Existence is divided into different “things” whereas Advaita Vedanta (the Teaching of Non-Duality) affirms that Existence is One, or even beyond “one”, that Non-Dual, 1withouta2nd.  We could not even have the idea that “something is” if it were not for that Non-Dual Existence.  This Pure Existence is itself the Absolute Reality, Brahman,  Existence-Consciousness-Bliss (SatChitAnanda) & at the same time Atman, the Non-Dual Self.  You are that Non-Dual Existence, no more, no less.

Much overlooked, because it is just too obvious, Existence itself is the sole Reality, Brahman.  And for this reason, inwardly following the “trail” to one’s own sense that “I exist”, one’s own sense of “I”.  Inwardly tracing this “I”, this sense that “I exist” to its non-objective or “transsubjective” source or origin, such is called Self-Inquiry, Atmavichara.  From an occasional spiritual practice, this Self-Inquiry progresses to a continuous “state of mind”, or rather, direct, transcendent Knowledge beyond any imagined Mind.

The above themes & 2500 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 

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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/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 3

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 3

“Abidance in the Self”, which is pure, direct Self-Knowledge is never what we “think”. Thought is an evanescent appearance or apparent phenomenon (each lasting how long [in milli-seconds] ?) that is considered to be “unreal” in Advaita Vedanta (the Teaching of Non-Duality). Ultimate Self-Knowledge and the already certain knowledge of one’s own existence these are other that thought, thought which only “appears” in Consciousness, without any real foothold there, any real inherent reality. “The already certain knowledge of one’s own existence” is currently evident.  If suddenly aroused from Deep Dreamless Sleep, & immediately questioned: “do you exist ?”, all experience that instant affirmation, faster than thought: “yes, I definitely do exist.”

That same sense of identity, now firmly & undeniably evident as one’s existence, does also, in Liberation, Awakening, Enlightenment becomes established as just the Pure Existence with is Pure Consciousness & Bliss. This Existence is what we always are. It is eternally the same. Only imagination gives rise to a contrary concept. Those are the limited views of being something else, such as an “I,” an object, and the assumption that somehow the Existence is divided.

To truly know your self, to know the One Self, one’s very sense of identity, one’s very sense of existence, should “abide” as, or be absorbed in, that Pure Existence, which is Absolute. No longer “think” of yourself in any manner whatsoever. No longer imagine yourself to be limited by, or defined by, anything conceived in the Mind. You are the One Existence. Let there be no mistake about this !  Such must be firm conviction in Non-Dual Existence.

The above themes & 2500 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 

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www.jpstiga.com/

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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/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 2

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 2

For Realization of the invaluably precious opportunity of the “Final Teachings”, for a conclusive revelation of Reality “as it is”, one must investigate, inwardly study, scrutinize, “inquire” into the very definition of oneself, the nature of that certainty “I exist”.  By relinquishing the notion of being an Ego, we remain in our Real Nature. Such Self-Inquiry is actually to be maintained constantly whether thought, sense experience, or apparent bodily actions continue or not. The deepening experience of Self-Inquiry is said to be “immediate” experience, in the sense of “direct” without a “mediate” process intervening between the experience of Truth & oneself.

ExistenceConsciousness is the One Reality which also is the One Self. We can remember an idea about the Self, but we cannot directly remember the Self as such since the Self is beyond thought. But cannot really forget the Self either, because that Existence is always present, resulting in everyone’s firm conviction in it, that “I exist”. Nor can the Self be remembered or even thought of, as if it were an object (Reality being non-objective or “transsubjective”).  The Self can neither be forgotten nor remembered. It is not an object, & it is not apart from the one who seeks to know it. The Self is always there, but interior to, & beyond conception by, the Mind.

Yet having heard, or heard of the Teaching, one wants to “know” & “remember” the Self, to be awake to Reality, for not to do so is to “dream” in Illusion. To dream in Illusion is to unnecessarily create Bondage & Suffering. To be awake to Reality is to be happy, blissful, & at Peace. We sense this transcendent Knowledge was originally there, it was always there, but interior to, & beyond conception by the Mind so we want to remember it. (One classical analogy depicts a woman searching for a most precious jewel that seems to be lost. When her searching grasping turns inward towards her heart, she finds the jewel to have been on a necklace the whole time.)

Consider one’s Existence very deeply in one’s own Self-Inquiry. To know the Self is to be immersed in its Bliss & Peace. While we cannot simply or strictly remember the Self, we are taught that we can “merge”, “rest”, or “abide” as That, as pure ExistenceConsciousnessBliss which is free of all thought., That is the proper way to know the Self & the only way to “remember” the Self. We abide in That as That Self.

The above themes & 2500 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 

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

www.jpstiga.com/

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

Different blogs (but with graphics) are 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/

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