NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 92:
Ribhu Gita (Tamil) Ch 35:
(6) None of the illusions such as God, Creation, Sustaining, Destroying, practices, mantras; shrines, charity, warship, holy service exist. Casting aside everything, with the unhindered certitude that all is the taintless Brahman, and That I am, abide changelessly in the Self.
(7) There do not exist any of these illusions such as what is laid down in so many ways by the Vedas, what is laid down at length by Philosophy, what factors are recognized by religion, that delusion and such exist, and that delusion and such exist not. Casting aside everything, with the steadfast certitude that the Supreme Brahman is the One, and That I am, casting aside everything by the steadfast certitude that all this is Brahman, the Mass of Bliss, and That I am, abide changelessly in the Self.
(8) They are all false – all the illusions bandied about such as non-existence, Existence, Duality, the one, the many, and the all. The troublesome, the new, the nearby, the far off, sorrow. Happiness, and such. Casting aside everything, with the unencumbered certitude that all this is Brahman, the Mass of Bliss, and That I am, abide changelessly in the Self.
(9) All the delusions of the Mind — Wakefulness, Dream. Deep Dreamless Sleep, the 4th. The Subtle and other bodies and their experiencers, various groupings as the aggregate and the discrete — are totally untrue. Casting aside everything by the faultless, steadfast certitude all is the great Brahman, and That I am, abide changelessly in the Self.
Some disciple of Ramana Maharshi quotes:
Don’t waste energy on thinking or evaluating how well or how badly you are doing in your Meditation.
We have to give up all the things of this World and direct all our attention towards the Self. If we want anything in this World our energy will be dispersed in these desires, and to fulfill these desires we shall have to be reborn again and again.
To find the Self, to find what is real, you have to look inside yourself.
Turn to the light within all the time.
You dissipate your desire for the Self by undertaking all kinds of useless activities that waste your time and lead to attachments. You think that your life is endless and that you can put off meditation till a later date. With this kind of attitude, you will die filled with regrets, not filled with peace.
There are 2 kinds of impediments which act as obstacles for the mind to achieve Self-abidance, and hence 2 kinds of strength of mind are essential for overcoming them. The first strength is that which is required to prevent the mind from branching out into innumerable thoughts through the force of tendencies towards the sense-objects. The second strength is that which is required to direct the mind (the power of attention) towards the first person or Self, that is, the strength actually to attend to Self.
The nature of the mind is to attend always to things other than itself, that is, to know only 2nd & 3rd persons. If the mind in this way attends to a thing, it means that it is clinging (attaching itself) to that thing. Attention itself is attachment !
Based on the Teachings of a great Sage:
From previous considerations of expressions such as Consciousness, the principle of Consciousness, Peace, & Non-Duality, an important fact emerges. Material objects & their spatial situation are seen as separate notions linked only by Memory. That is to say, in the Mind, it must be clear that objects are situated, not in some invisible & external Space, but in the Consciousness of their perception
A characteristic of Waking & Dreaming experience is that of change. But nothing, in truth, changes, for when the prototype has changed, it has ceased to exist. In other words, if the object supposedly altered has ceased to exist in its previous form. We cannot then say that the present form is anything but a new form, that is, another & original object of Consciousness.
That the Absolute Existence of a 3-dimensional Space is no longer accepted by Physics without many reservations is of real importance, since it confirms the findings of Advaita Vedanta. The same may be said regarding the rejection of the commonsense notion of Time & the emergence of a theory of Space-Time conceived as a 4-dimensional continuum.
But when the classical concept of tri-dimensionality has been discarded, why is it thought necessary to postulate a 4-dimensional continuum, which perpetuates, in a new form, the old commonsense illusions of the real & independent existence of things ? There is the practical advantage that such a concept is said to bring to empirical Science. It has little meaning for Psychology & none at all for Advaita Vedanta.
This 4-dimensional continuum, if it may still be so called, is the single Consciousness in which all our manifold experience occurs. A question may arise whether records taken of the original, or our Memories of it, do not provide an adequate basis for comparing & associating the 2 objects, the old & the new. But a photograph, for example, can only be an extension to Memory, when it is not simply a substitute. And as for the ideas of plain men regarding the nature of Memory, they are based on a misunderstanding.
Some more selected verses from the Ramana Maharshi disciple Master Nome:
Sometimes, Consciousness is thought to be the Lord of all, creating, sustaining, & destroying everything. Some consider it to he only a Creator. After being a Creator, this God steps aside & lets everybody else take care of the creation. Some hold the view that Consciousness has created so much within it, & this Play goes on by some residual energy of the Consciousness. All the explanations were not intended to give further credence to the thing created. Some people do however think in terms of these explanations as really existing or occurring.
Inquiring to know who we are, we look for the Consciousness that is invariable. Whatever is variable is only the modification of thoughts & is not Consciousness itself Consciousness is aware of all change, yet is unchanging. The characteristic sign of Reality, real Being, is that it always is just as it is, without beginning, middle, or end, & without change. Inquiring, we find our Identity is just Consciousness. We find that Reality is, indeed, Consciousness.
The question arises, “If Consciousness, the real Self, is ever the same, how has any of this [the World] ever come to be?” The question resolves itself further into, “Has it come to be ?” One requires a “how” if it is really there. We do not require a reason why or an explanation of how the proverbial Snake came to be in a Rope, or how the water came to be in the mirage. The true knowledge is that there is no water & that there is no Snake. Likewise is it with the whole Creation. The idea of how it comes to be experienced is based upon the idea that it is experienced. We inquire & know Reality. We find that all else did not arise & will not arise in the Future. Such did not happen. Such will not happen. While you are in deep Meditation, all objectified experience may cease, even at its own level, yet should it not cease, it is still not created. It does not need to go away because it is not there to begin with.
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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
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