NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 116:
Ribhu Gita (Tamil) Ch 32:
(30) The Body and such that are seen are only non-Self. The Seer only is yourself. The One Supreme Brahman is yourself. It is indeed ever myself. All appearances such as the Guru & the disciple and the pure Supreme Knowledge, are all indeed the indivisible Absolute, and That am I. By such bhava, by such bhava (conviction, attitude) become yourself the Supreme.
(33) Other than in thought, there is no phenomenal World, thought it is that appears as the phenomenal World. Except for thought, there is no Birth & Death cycle. Thought is that which appears as the Birth & Death cycle. When inquired into, thought is found to be Consciousness alone. Thought, as Consciousness, remains as blessedness. I am indeed that blessedness full of thought-free Consciousness. Contemplating thus, contemplating thus, become yourself that blessed state.
[selections based on Master Nome’s Self-Knowledge]
All the superimposed Forms (particular, objective, circumstances) are of a Sensory or Mental character. The experience of Happiness is not a Sensation, like seeing, hearing, etc. It is not a thought or a collection thoughts. It is of a formless nature, shining at the same depth from which the desire springs, at the very Source of Happiness itself.
The Source of the desire & the Source of Happiness are one & the same. That Source is within. Unrealized, the Source manifests as the desire (misdirected toward objects or for truer Happiness). Realized, it shines as Bliss itself. Realization means Knowledge. Knowledge is direct experience of the Self. Such is Abidance at & as the very Source of Happiness. The Self is the Source of Happiness. Nothing else is the Source.
The known depends on the knower and does not exist apart from the knower. Consciousness can never be a known or unknown object.
Consciousness is self-luminous. None knows it. It knows all. It knows itself. Thought is only Consciousness, yet Consciousness is not thought. The world in the senses, the senses in the thinking process, thinking within Consciousness; Consciousness is vast and formless, this is the clear perspective. The origin of the universe is the origin of one’s present experience. It is Consciousness. All things originate from That which is not a thing. All thoughts derive from That which is not any of them. That is formless, inconceivable Consciousness.
There is no experience apart from Consciousness. Consciousness alone appears as all experience. Known as it is, Consciousness has no appearance whatsoever. That which illumines thoughts, sensory perceptions, and all experience is known by none of these. It is Consciousness, formless, and infinite. All experience rises, appears, and dissolves in Consciousness, which has no rise, appearance, or dissolution. He who knows the Truth of the Self has neither birth nor death, neither attachment nor fear, for he is one with Consciousness. First, see that Consciousness contains all that is ever experienced. Then, see that Consciousness is forever unmodified and there is no all for it to contain. Only Consciousness can know itself. Nothing else can do so.
[based on the Maharshi’s Teaching]
A mere theoretical understanding of the truth that we are only consciousness will be of little use to us if we do not apply it in practice by endeavoring to gain real experiential knowledge of that truth. By itself, a theoretical understanding will not & cannot give us true & lasting Happiness, because it cannot destroy our deep-rooted Sense of identification with the Body, which is the root of all ignorance, & the cause of all misery. That which understands this truth theoretically is only our Mind or intellect, & our Mind cannot function without first identifying itself with a Body. Since our Mind or intellect is thus a confused knowledge whose existence is rooted in ignorance about who or what we really are, no intellectual understanding can ever by itself give us true Self-knowledge. Self-knowledge can only be gained by direct experience of the pure unlimited consciousness which is our real Self, because only such experience can root out the ignorance that we are anything other than that consciousness. Therefore a theoretical understanding of the truth can be of real benefit to us only if it prompts us to investigate our essential consciousness of being – our simple Self-consciousness, “I am” – & thereby attain through direct experience a clear knowledge of our own true nature.
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