Sri Shankara’s “Srih Advaitanubhutih” or “Non-Dual Perception”
(translated by Rmamoorthy & Nome, [with square bracket comments added])
The intent of this text is repetitive analogies that aid transcendence of the strikingly convincing appearance of Multiplicity in the World. Apparent objects are actually only perceptions of such “objects”. Perceptions are actually only thoughts. Thoughts are actually only illusory “waves” (vritti s) in Consciousness, the single Non-Dual Consciousness. The self-luminous & unmistakable Reality of your own Existence is the Self, the only Real,
 Just as, by the destruction of the bubble there is not, at any time, destruction of the water, so likewise by the destruction of the apparent manifest Universe, there is not indeed destruction of the Self.
 Purity & such pertaining to the shed skin of a snake do not pertain to the snake [snakes shed their skin periodically so the new skin layer underneath compensates for wear & tear & growth]. Likewise, purity & such related to the gross Body & such do not pertain to this [Non-Dual] Self.
 Just as the snake does not consider the shed skin that is discarded as being itself, so always the enlightened Sage does not consider the physical Body & the Mind that he/she renounces as being the Self.
 Just as by the destruction of the shed skin. there is indeed no destruction of the snake, so, likewise by the destruction of the physical Body & the Mind. there will be no destruction of the Self.
 Just as iron, wood, & other substances, when 1st being put into fire, appear like fire, so too the gross Body & the Mind, both being united with one’s own Self, appear as if the Self.
[to be continued]
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