NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 96:
Ribhu Gita (Tamil) Ch 35:
(25) The World, Individuals, and the Supreme. not a trace of which existed before the projections of the Mind arose, and not a trace of which will exist after those projections of the Mind subside, and which seem to have a gross existence, though appearing in between due to the projections of the Mind, when thoroughly inquired into, are realized to not exist at all. Thus negate all else, and abide changelessly in the Self.
(26) There is no Mind and no thought of the World or Individuals or others in Deep Dreamless Sleep. In Dream, there is a “mind” and extensive thoughts of the World and others. By this comparison and contrast, upon even a little Inquiry, there is not a trace of this World or Individuals and others, which are all merely of the inner faculties. Thus negating all such thoughts, abide changelessly in the Self.
(27) There is no Mind, no distortion of Mind, no delusion that the Mind is the cause. No Waking State, no Dream, no Deep Dreamless Sleep, no name, no form, no “me”, no “you”. Nothing else ever – never anything at all. Negating all differences by Inquiry and abiding in the nature of the undivided Absolute with nothing separate, abide changelessly in the Self.
(28) Like the evident truth the Snake [imagined in a Rope] and other superimpositions, when inquired into, |are nothing in the least different from due natural substratum of the Rope. There is nothing of illusory superimposition except the pure Substratum itself which is the Self. By the process of such Negation and blemishless Discernment, be established as the nature of the great undivided Supreme. abide changelessly in the Self.
Some disciple of Ramana Maharshi quotes:
When we mistake that which is impermanent for that which is enduring, it only serves to emphasize the disharmony within our hearts. The true temperament is one that cleaves ton the indestructible Self dwelling at the heart of our very Existence as the immovable Reality.
Unless the mind subsides into the heart, whose nature is consciousness, and experiences the deep peace of union with it, the mind, through separation from it, will fall into the trap of the sense organs, be whirled about in the world of the senses, and become scattered.
Those who crave a worldly life of pomp and ostentation, relying on the fleeting impressions of the sense organs, will remain slaves to the obscuring desires of the flesh, and give scant regard to the eternal life of living as the supreme.
Those who, instead of enjoying the bliss of the Heart — the form of Consciousness — embrace and find pleasure in the objects of sense, will wander from birth to death and death to birth, alternating in that deluded consciousness between the states of membering and forgetting.
Based on the Teachings of a great Sage:
“Past thought” really means I am at Present conscious of the kind of thought called a Memory (or a recollection). “I will think” really means I am at Present conscious of the kind of thought called an Expectation (or a future intention or a prediction). “I think” really means I am at Present conscious of the kind of thought called an Actuality or a Present occurrence.
That the absence of objective experience in connection with the use of “thought” experience cannot be thought or spoken of as a Present occurrence. This is obvious. In the 1st place, there is no occurrence; & in the 2nd, there is no individual to speak or to think. The seeming Duality of a conscious subject & its object arises only when objective experience arises.
“I slept” (in Deep Dreamless Sleep) or “I was unconscious” really means I am at Present conscious of a Memory that relates to the absence of thought. But it is not exactly the absence as such of thought that is remembered. Sleep & unconsciousness are Notions based on the Memory of conditions that preceded & followed the cessation of individual experience.
This comes from the standpoint of the plain man who thinks of Sleep as occurring in Time. That is to say, as having a beginning & an end, thus making it a part of Waking experience. Whereas Deep Dreamless Sleep from its own standpoint cannot be said to occur at all. Profound Deep Dreamless Sleep in itself is non-temporal & neither an Active nor a Passive state. Duration, Activity, & Passivity pertain exclusively to the objective realm which in Deep Dreamless Sleep is non-existent.
But some Positive state, corresponding to what is Negatively called the absence of thought, does undoubtedly exist. That is called it a [mental] State. It is not a State in the common acceptation of the word, for States begin & end, but this is non-temporal. In it [Deep Dreamless Sleep] we are merged in Non-Duality, ready as it were to become, or rather to seem to become. That is the conscious subject, when objects are experienced, or seem to be experienced.
Some more selected verses from the Ramana Maharshi disciple Master Nome:
The Maharshi revealed Truth by exquisite instruction & by example. In his Silence, the instruction & example were identical & simultaneous. In that Silence, transcendent Abidance in the Unborn, the Uncreate, Reality without even a trace of delusion — the perfect example of how to be & also the instruction itself — in that Silence. “The doubts of the disciples were all quelled & subsided.”
The Teaching is the Truth. The example is truthfulness. The teaching is highest Bliss. The example is the perfect Bliss & undisturbed Peace. The Truth is Self-Knowledge. The example is steady Abidance in that Knowledge. In the Silence, the example & the Teaching were the same.
He said that the responsibility of the Guru — himself — is only to reveal his own Existence. How true that is ! How is it revealed ? It is Self-Knowledge. What is the Existence revealed ? It is one’s own Existence, which has no Individuality, is not divided, & is not a multiplicity of beings. It is just One, interminable, Infinite, real Being. So, inquire & know your Self.
In Self-inquiry, there is a negation of what is not the Self, just to reveal the Self. It is, in Truth, a negation of what is unreal, in order to reveal Reality. The negation, itself is not a particular practice. It is just a way of describing what happens in the Inquiry.
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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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