NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 5:
[for a while, preface with the following– skip over if seen before]
In order to hint at how serious this Blog is, let the author unequivocally state that the Knowledge here imparted, none of it original, none to be credited to the author, that Knowledge is THE MOST VALUABLE treasure that exists. If hypothetically offered 100 Billion dollars to forgo this Knowledge, that offer or any other would be disregarded in the blink of an eye. Even with all the good that might be accomplished with $100B, this Knowledge is beyond the World & comes from beyond the Mind. This is no hyperbole.
Because we associate Consciousness with Existence & we are conscious of all the thoughts and perceptions that make up our life in Waking and in Dream, we consider Deep Dreamless Sleep to be a state of unConsciousness. But we should examine the so-called non-consciousness of Deep Dreamless Sleep. The Consciousness that knows thoughts and perceptions is our Mind, which rises and is active in Waking and Dream, but which subsides in Deep Dreamless Sleep. But this rising and subsiding Consciousness is not our real Consciousness. We are conscious not only of the two states of Waking and Dream, in which our Mind rises to experience thoughts and Perceptions, but also of a 3rd state, Deep Dreamless Sleep, in which our Mind has subsided in a State without thoughts and Perceptions.
This fact that we are conscious of Deep Dreamless Sleep as a State distinct from Waking and Dream shows that we are the Consciousness that underlies the rising and subsiding of the transient Consciousness that we call “Mind”. The Consciousness that enables us to affirm confidently, “I did exist in Deep Dreamless Sleep, but I was unconscious of anything”, is not our “rising Consciousness” but our True Existence Consciousness.
This Existence Consciousness, which exists in all our 3 states, is our Real Consciousness, and is what is truly denoted when we say “I exist”. Our Mind, the “rising Consciousness” that appears in Waking and Dream and disappears in Deep Dreamless Sleep, is only a spurious form of Consciousness, which on rising mistakes itself to be both our basic Consciousness “I exist” and this material Body
Some more selected verses from the Maharshi disciple:
Reach your inner core when the Guru reveals to you the Peace that is your real nature. When the Guru tells you that you are the Self, there is a power and an authority in those words that can make them become your own Reality. If you are pure and ready, no practice will be required. One word from a jnani and his state will become yours too.
Everything we see in this Waking State-is a dream. These dreams are our thoughts made manifest. Bad thoughts make bad dreams and good thoughts make good dreams, and if you have no thoughts, you don’t dream at all. But even if you do dream, you must understand that your dream is also the Self. You don’t have to suppress thoughts or be absolutely thoughtless to abide as the Self. If you know that even your Waking and Sleeping dreams are the Self, then the thoughts and the dreams they produce can go on. They will not be a problem for you any more. Just be the Self at all times. In this state you will know that everything that appears to you is just a dream.
The Waking State, which you take to be real, is just an unfolding dream that has appeared to you and manifested in front of you on account of some hidden desire or fear. Your vasanas sprout and expand miraculously, creating a whole Waking-Dream World for you. See it as a dream. Recognize that it is just an expansion of your thoughts. Don’t lose sight of the Self, the substratum on which this vast, believable dream is projected. If you hold onto the knowledge “I am the Self” you will know that the dreams are also the Self, and you won‘t get entangled-in them.
A great Power of the Self can you in the right place at the right time; it makes you say the right things to the people you meet. This Power takes you over so completely, you no longer have any ability to decide or discriminate. The Ego that thinks, “I must do this” or “I should not do that” is no longer there. The Self simply animates you and makes you do all the things that need to be done. If you are not in this state, then use your discrimination wisely.
So, while you still have an Ego, and the power of discrimination that goes with it, use it to find in the presence of an enlightened being. If you spend time in the proximity of a jnani, his Peace will sink into you to such an extent that you will find yourself in a state of Peace. If, instead, you choose to spend all your time with people whose minds are always full of bad thoughts, their mental energy and vibrations will start to seep into you. I tell you regularly, “You are the Self. Everything is the Self.” Advaita may be the ultimate experience, but it is not something that a Mind that still sees distinctions can practice.
Inquire ‘Who am I?’ or ‘What is my real nature?’ The nature of the Self is nothing but Peace. If you are not aware of that Peace, it means that you are identifying with something that is not the Self. As long as you hear, taste and smell things, you identify with the Body. When the perceptions and the perceiver of them vanish, you become aware of the Peace.
[The above themes & 1600 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 ]