Atma Vichara, Self-Inquiry

Atma Vichara, Self-Inquiry

Sri Shankara & Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi described the practical means to attain Self-Knowledge as Atma Vichara, usually translated as Self-Inquiry, “Who am I ?” But repeated self-questioning is not the intended meaning, but it is rather the inward Self direction denoted. Alternate translations include: “Self-attention”. Alternate Sanskrit indicators include: Atma Nishta, “Self-abidance”.

If the question “Who am I ?” is helpful, the a singular deep-felt, silent inward-probe could be enough. Vichara generally has alternate meanings of “pondering, deliberation, consideration, reflection, examination, investigation” in the sense of “unbiased examination with a view to arriving at the truth.”

And so Atma Vichara means “Self-investigation”, “Self-scrutiny” or “Self-examination” of the fundamental Consciousness “I am” with a keen focus & intensity. Thus we awaken to That.

Methods of “Self-surrender” & “Self-denial” are equivalent, so long as Individuality, Ego is erased.

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Tat Tvam Asi, That You Are

It is not that you become That, as if you had the power to break off from it & return to it at some later date, but, rather, That, the Absolute, is the solitary Existence always, & That is what you are. This is true to such an extent that you are not a part of it, nor is it a part of you, but rather the Self is the Absolute, & the Absolute is the Self; the Absolute is not other, & the Self is not other.    Master Nome

Tat Tvam Asi, That You Are

To abide in identity with this Reality known as Brahman, the vast Absolute, you must know yourself. “Tat Tvam Asi“, the Mahavakya, [great proclamation] of the Upanishads about you & this Absolute Reality, or God, Brahman, “That You Are.” Therefore, know yourself. If you know yourself, you know the Absolute, & what you know is what you are.

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Essence Of The Teaching

The Teaching is that of perpetual Truth, for Reality does not have an alternative. All Peace, Happiness, & Freedom is inherent in this Reality known as Brahman, the vast Absolute, which is neither an object nor an individual. The only way to realize it is to abide in identity with it.           Master Nome

Essence Of The Teaching

Non-Duality is the Essence of the Teaching, & also the source of the Teaching, & each one who comprehends the Teaching. All these are one & the same thing. The same is imperturbable Peace & Ananda, Bliss, the Happiness that leaves nothing else to be desired. The same is that immense Freedom, Moksa, or Liberation from all of the imagined Bondage, Freedom which does not depend upon objects, situations, events, or conditions of any kind.

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Being as Consciousness – Nome comments [3]

Being as Consciousness Nome comments [3]

More spontaneous, deep comments by a World Teacher.

That should be known as Self Realization in which no alternative is possible, in which there is just one infinite, unconditioned, eternal, homogeneous, formless Self, which is not the cause of anything which is not the effect of any thing else, in which there is nothing else, but which is infinite, with no division, no separation, & which has no parts within it. It is absolute & not in relation to anything else, but just is as it is. As for anything else, it also is just the same Absolute. To realize this is very simple. It is simpler than even a thought. It is simpler than the idea of “I”. That divine simplicity lies where you are alone with no “I” to disturb you.                                                                               Master Nome

Embellishing comment on the text is impossible in this case. More to the point this time is the issue of realizing the above directly within oneself. To rest in the superficial “I”, for just an instant, & then sink as Consciousness, with full intensity, in toward the True Self & abide there peacefully brings effortless Self-Realization in short or long order. Whatever the time, whatever the effort it’s worth it.

The quote itself is one of the most complete & insightful definitions of Self-Realization to be found anywhere, in any language.

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Being as Consciousness – some Master Nome comments [2]

 More spontaneous, deep comments by a World Teacher.

The bodies here do not make for a multiplicity of selves. The idea of “others” exists only in one’s Mind, as does the entire world. Trace this Mind to its source. From where do its ideas originate ? You will find they originate from a sense of “I” which is integral to every one of its ideas. Inquire further to see the core, or nature of this “I”. You will find its real “I” nature, the nonego state.       Master Nome

Hardly anything is taken for granted more than all the “others” here with us friends. Relatives, associates, people on the street & where we work. What ? Nobody here but us chickens ? [an old cliché  from a song title, an Our Gang phrase spoken by a racial stereotype kid hiding in a chicken coop, & a turn-of-the-century racial magazine parody long before that]

All Perception & Conception is thought in an unreal Mind, & that goes for our own Body & all the “others”. Oh, we are real & so are they all but as One Consciousness not as separate bodies housing separate individuals. If there was a Mind, an empty Container with no form, no boundaries, it would be like a 3-D graph-space with thoughts, somehow floating in the Coordinate Space. It is like a Coordinate Space in that each thought is defined with reference to a central Origin, somewhat as on a graph. Every indefinable thought has supposed meaning, only with reference to that Origin which is Ego. Like this metaphor, or with whatever other theory or nature that a Mind is supposed to have, can any such concept actually be Real ?

Penetrating deeply with Self-Inquiry, abide in “the core, or nature of this “I” … its real “I” nature, the nonego state the Absolute Non-Dual Self.

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Being as Consciousness – some Master Nome comments

Being as Consciousness some Master Nome comments

 Spontaneous, off-the-cuff comments by a World Teacher [even if not so widely recognized as such in his/her lifetime] in response to questions in Satsang, are typically very deep.

 ” If you deeply, penetratingly inquire within yourself “Who am I ?” you find that you cannot possibly be a body; nor can you be an individualized or separated Mind; nor can you be the idea of “I” which is just an idea & not your essential Being, or the quintessential Consciousness.”                                                                           Master Nome

This perfect summary warrants word-for-word adherence. Examined carefully, without “body-image” prejudice, [typically stronger when the Body is self-appraised as especially beautiful, or the opposite], that trillion-cell, dying sack of unlikely atoms belongs in a zoo or biology lab more than in the center of your Mind as one’s actual Identity. Can I really be this salt-water bag, jammed with muscle-meat & neurons ? Where is my actual self in all that mess ? Where was that Body a hundred years ago ? Where will it be a hundred years from now ? If this Consciousness began decades ago, then how ? How do wet neurons “know”, how do they seen to think ? Will I really soon disappear ? Or could there really be some individual “soul” transported to some fairy-tale Purgatory jail-house, or worse ? Who makes this stuff up ?

How about some “Mind” that is a supposedly invisible, individual ghost that generates unsubstantial thoughts, each lasting for an instant, none with any way to contact other thoughts or some objective outer entities ? Materialist nerve-soup theories are just as flimsy. Am I what I think ? What is a Mind anyway ?

Then there’s that instantaneous notion “I”, the reference for each & every thought good/bad for “me”, close/far from “me”, & so on. Some inner certainty of Existence is doubtless. But what constitutes any actual self that “I” could refer to ? Can “I” be anything objective at all, or must it not be point to a pure Subjectivity that must be Formless, without boundary or separation, & notindividualized ? As for the true Universal, Non-Dual “I”, what does it “do”, how does it “be” ? Find “I” to be Pure Consciousness.

[to be continued]

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Reality can be indicated

Reality can be indicated, pointed out, hinted by special & sometimes spectacular words:

Eternal in both Past & Future, indeed Timeless.

Infinite, Silent, All-Wisdom.

Resting safe as pure Being, Existence itself, without a trace of Individuality or Objectivity.

Reality ever is itself, knows itself, & when we open to it with sincere effort, the Real realizes itself by reveals itself to itself, which is to say: one’s Self.

Knock, knock !

Do you exist ?

Assuredly, yes !

Do you know that you exist ?

How do you know ? How instantaneous, immediate, deep, & certain is that Self-Knowledge ?

With what instrument is one’s Existence known, [or lack of instrument] ?

Or is this direct Knowledge ?

Penetrate deeply inward to the Source of this Being with the probe: “Who am I ?”

deham naham, koham so’ham                        Ramana Maharshi

deham the Body;   naham is not “I”

koham who am “I” ? ;  so-ham I am He / I am That

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