Reality 36

Reality 36

Mind (continued)

Self-Knowledge is not merely a “blank mind” in which thought activity is temporarily stilled.  For Self-Realization one should know the Self’s freedom from thought & the true nature of the Mind.  Inquiring, “For whom is this thought ?” & “For whom is this Mind ?”,  One should seek the knowledge of the Self, beyond all mental modes & States of Mind [Waking, Dream, & Deep Dreamless Sleep].

Inquiring “Who am I ?”, one should know that true Existence, interior to any thought, more formless than any thought, transcendent of all thought, & ever free from all thought.

Checklist points demonstrating that the Self never connects with, never really relates to the Mind.

Comparing & contrasting the Self & the Mind (a partial Checklist):

(1) Change

a) The Self is changeless.

b) Thought is changeful.

(2) Qualities

a) The Self is singular, stateless, & mode

b) Thought is multiple, appearing ultimately as thoughts, modes, and states.

(3) Homogeneous

a) The Self is homogeneous.

b) Thought has many

(4) Continuity

a) The Self is continuous Existence

b) Thought is sporadic & each thought is momentary.

(5) Disappearance

a) The Self does not rise and has no disappearance.

b) The rise and fall of thought can be observed by anyone who meditates with depth.

(6) Objectivity

a) The Self is the Knower, the silent nonobjective Witness of all thought. The Self is Consciousness, which is the Knower, the so-called “Knower of the field”.

b) The Mind is the so-called “field” [from the Bhagavad-Gita].

(7) “I”

  1. The Self, the True “I” knows thought.
  2.  Thought does not know the “I”.

How then can thought pertain to the Self ?  How then can thought defined the Self ?  The Mind cannot be equated with the Self.

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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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 35

Reality 35

Mind

Inquiring to liberate the Self from every misidentification with thought requires thoughttranscendent Knowledge.  Such is the Revelation of the Self, beyond all of the Mind.  Initially this may be the Revelation of the Self as the pure, unchanging, Witnessing Consciousness.  In Realization, the Self which is indivisible Consciousness alone is.

Those who are introspective, observing the changeful nature of thoughts in States of Mind, & desiring to be free of the Mind, are intent upon discerning the inconceivable Self that is not to be misidentified with thought.  Liberation from thought means Abidance as Pure Consciousness. Such Abidance is Freedom from all States of Mind [Waking, Dream, & Deep Dreamless Sleep] & their content.  It is awakening from this Waking Dream.  It is the Realization of that which is not a State.

“Mind” signifies all thought, & Liberation from the Mind means Freedom of all thought of every kind.  There are innumerable permutations of thought.  Some deal with the Senses & some are associations with the impressions past impressions of the Senses.

Some thoughts are more subtle and some are abstract thoughts.  Some thoughts are Memories.  Some thoughts may appear as emotions of various kinds.  Thoughts that are more clear which are sattvic in character (of the nature of the guna: sattva), they point towards Knowledge.  Self-knowledge is Liberation from all of those thoughts.

The Mind may be understood in terms of its aspects, such as manas & buddhi (choosing, imaging Mind & Intellect), or else as manas, buddhi, and chitta [mindstuff] (Mind, Intellect, & Memory).

Inquiring to know the Self, one can see that thought is a power capable of appearing in multiple ways or permutations with varied content.  The same power of thought may appear individually in patterns, in modes, or as States of Mind.  Knowing this one can take Sri Ramana Maharshi’s direct approach [vichara atma, Self-Inquiry] of liberating the Self from all of the Mind at once.

Free oneself from the Mind, from thought, release it realizing that all Duality, which is all experience other than the Self, is a creation of the Mind.  Such creation is due to thoughts & is composed of thoughts.  Abidance free from thought requires one to abide free of Dualistic notions regarding the Mind itself the unmoving Self does not travel through the Mind & thought does not drag the everstill, transcendent Self about.  The Self is Silent and untouched, endowed with the Supreme solitary power of Reality.  It is not contend with thought, as if thought were an enemy with its own power.  Self-Inquiry entails freedom from the pursuit of delusive thoughts, that in the form of tendencies or vasanas, form samsara.

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:  

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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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 34

Reality 34

Body (continued)

Continuing Checklist points demonstrating that the Self never connects with, never really relates to the Body.

Comparing & contrasting the Self & the Body (a continued partial Checklist):

(1) Location

a) The Self is not located in a Body. The Self is not located in relation to a Body. That is the Self is not in or out of the Body. The Self has no location.  Existence is neither a particular part of the Body nor confined inside a Body. If it were a spot or in a spot, the spot could be pointed out, & that very Form would be the Self, or would contain the Self.  But then the Self would neither be Existence or Real, neither Infinite nor Eternal, & there would be no Liberation from Bondage. Then the very declarations of the wise Gurus would become false.  This result & these causes are not reasonable.  The Self is not the Body & is not in the Body. There is no Birth or Death the Self.  The Self does not enter into or exit out of the Body. The self is not in relation to a Body. The Self is not in the Body now, nor is it out of the Body at some other time.  The Self is locationless

b) If the Self would be located throughout the Body or in a bodily spot, such a location would be objective. The Self, though nonobjective, & the nonobjective cannot have an objective location or other objective attributes.  If the Self were located in the Body, when that part of the Body underwent change or decay, so would Existence itself.  If that part of the Body would be lost, the Self would be lost.  The Self is always present. If the Self would be located throughout the Body exists, Existence would diminish and change as the cells of the Body change.  If one part were lost, even a single hair are cell, Existence would diminish accordingly.  This though is not so, for the self is changeless & ever undiminished.  The Self is not located in the body.  The entire assumption of being located in the Body, as if the body were a container of the Self, is simply not true.

(2 ) Modification, Possession, & Relation

a) The Self is ever as it is with no modifications what the Self is it is always. The Self does the Self possess a Body. For otherwise, the Self would always have the Body, which is not so.

b) Possession of a Body is not in the nature of the Self, & the Self being Reality never changes its nature. The Self does not have a body, as possession implies division or the Duality of the possessor & the possessed, & posits there relation. Existence is Non-Dual & indivisible.  Existence is Absolute & infinite.  Existence is not in relation to anything.

(3) Attribute

a) There is not anything to which the Self could have a relation, as a finite object might the Self does not have a Body, as an attribute can only be for a thing, and pure existence is not a thing. The Self does not have a body. In this lies the Self’s great freedom.

b) The Body with its transience & change, is not an attribute of the Self. The Body does not possess, or have as an attribute, the Self. The attributes of the Body are not the attributes of the Self.

(4) Form

a) The Self is formless. The formless does not have a form in any manner. The Self is Infinite & spacelike, ever the same, & bodiless.  The Infinite does not wear a Body, and the spacelike has no Form.

b) The Body is a Form. The Body does not possess the Self, & the Self does not possess a Body.

The Body cannot be equated with the Self.

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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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 33

Reality 33

Body (continued)

Continuing Checklist points demonstrating that the Self never connects with, never really relates to the Body.

Comparing & contrasting the Self & the Body (a continued partial Checklist):

(1) Characteristics

a) The Self is not the Body. The Self is bodiless, unchanging, indivisible, unborn, undying, indestructible, everexistent, continuous, formless, partless, beyond the elements or matter, non-dependent, & selfexistent forever. This is beyond doubt.

b) The Body is changing, divisible on, is born, dies, is indestructible, falselyexistent, dis-continuous, with form, part, made of elements of matter, dependent, & not self–existent.

(2) Motion & Action

a) The Self is motionless & actionless. The Self is not affected by the actions of the Body. The Self does not act, move, or change by the results of motions & actions of the Body. Abidance in this Knowledge alone constitutes the truly still & actionless State. This alone is truly Liberation from karma, which can never be achieved within the context of “I am the Body” notion & its corollary concept “I am the doer”.  The Self is free of Birth to Death inclusive of everything in between. The Self is ExistenceConsciousness & is never nonexistent or in In Delusion one thinks that the Self, of the nature of existence consciousness parishes rather than that the bodily definition, being with a beginning & being false, cannot last.  ExistenceConsciousness as it is purely, is bodiless and has neither Life nor Death.  In Knowledge, this is self-evident.  Thus one who abides in this Knowledge of the Self abides in imperturbable Bliss

b) The Body moves & acts. All physical experience, from Birth to Death inclusive of everything in between, is only for the Body. The Body is inert & not endowed with Consciousness. ExistenceConsciousness plus bodily definition is falsely called “Life”, which not being Eternal or True has a corresponding Death.

The Body cannot be equated with the Self.

The above themes & 2000 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through:  

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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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 32

Reality 32

Body (continued)

Continuing Checklist points demonstrating that the Self never connects with, never really relates to the Body.

Comparing & contrasting the Self & the Body (a continued partial Checklist):

(1) Continuity

a) The Self is continuous it does not commence at Birth, & it does not cease at Death. Existence is not have the attribute of “living” or “dead”. Existence & the Knowledge of Existence are full & not partial.  Knowledge of Existence is not sporadic & does not move about to different parts of the Body, or of the Mind, or of the World.  The Existence of the Self is a constant background of the Body’s appearance & disappearance, & likewise, of the entire Waking State, &, Deep Dreamless Sleep.

b) The Body is dis-continuous in several ways. For the body there is Life & Death. The experience of the Body is sporadic even in perception, with only one, or a few parts, limbs, or Senses experienced at any one time.  Never is one of where of all of it at once.  The Body appears only in the Waking State of Mind.

(2) Dependence

a) The Self is non-dependent The Self exists, regardless of the Senses & corresponding thoughts. The Self is directly & immediately known.  The Self is not known through something else.

b) The Body is entirely dependent on Sense Perception or in order to appear. The Senses depend upon the Mind. There is no Body apart from these Senses & Mind.

(3) sense of “I”

a) The Self is the immovable Reality of Existence & not a function. The Self does not depend upon the prana.

b) The Body has no sense of I. The “I” belongs to Existence. When the “I”sense is confounded with the Body, such is Delusion. The Self is then assumed to be a bodily being or an embodied entity.

(3) Existence 

a) The Self is the immovable Reality of Existence. There is actual Existence, with its own unbroken continuity, the invariable, constant Knowledge that you exist.

b) There is no actual experience of being a Body. There are only Sense Perceptions, which are mis-construed in Delusion.

(4) Memory

a) There is the timeless Knowledge of Existence, even in the Past. The Self is not in Time & Space.

b) There is no Memory of being a body. Memory, is always only of something, objective, yet the object itself does not exist. So the Memory of it is also unreal & cannot actually exist at the time of the Memory. The Body is an illusion in Time & Space.

(5) Concept & Notion

a) The Self is self existent and not a notion or a product of a concept. The Self is naturally, without effort, thought, notion, or becoming, anything other than what it is, the “I”.

b) The notions of an existent body & that the “I” is the Body are only Delusion utterly dependent upon the concepts of such.

The Body cannot be equated with the Self.

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:  

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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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 31

Reality 31

Body (continued)

Checklist points demonstrating that the Self never connects with, never really relates to the Body.

Comparing & contrasting the Self & the Body (a partial Checklist):

(1) Change

a) The Self is changeless Existence.

b) The Body changes continuously, even if this change is noticed only after some time.

(2)  Birth

a) The Self is itself the Absolute & is never absorbed into anything. That with actually exists, always is. That which can be absorbed, or which has a beginning & an end, is an unreal appearance, & ultimately does not exist.

b) The Body Birth, growth, & decay.

(3) Death

a) The Self is deathless. There is no time when Existence is not, & nonExistence cannot even be imagined without oneself existing to imagine so. If one Self did not exist at some point of nonExistence, who is there to know that nonExistence, & how can it even be spoken about.

b) The Body is transient & is subject to Death.

(4) Parts

a) The Self is partless, indivisible, inhomogeneous, pure Existence. The Existence is beyond its name & more than just its name or designation.

b) The Body is a multiplicity of elements & organs, a conglomerate of cells, apart from which there is no entity that can be inferred to as a Body. There are trillions of cells with quadrillions of interconnections in nerve cells alone.

(5) Matter

a) The Self is immaterial.

b) The Body is matter. How can the Body is composed of matter, the very same that is contained in the food consumed, why should one regard that as oneself ? Before eating the food matter is not regarded as oneself. After eating, it is by Delusion regarded as oneself, provide it provided one does not regurgitate it.  After passes through the system of digestion, the remnants are certainly not regarded as oneself.  Similarly is it with the parts of the Body.  They regarded as oneself only so long as they are connected with the rest of the Body.  Snipping of the nails, cutting of the hair, even loss of a limb, does not result in identification with that missing part.  The mis-identification is thus arbitrary, & delusive layouts associated with proximity to the rest of the form of the Body.

(6) Permanence

  1. ) The Self is not momentary but permanent without a moments interruption. Its Existence does not cease even in the absence of Perception.
  2. ) The Body is momentary. It endures but for only one Lifetime, at most. It actually appears only in the moments of Perception.

(7) Objectivity

  1. ) The Self is non-objective & ever is the Knower.
  2. ) The Body is objective & always is only the Known.

(7) Attributes

  1. ) The Self is attributless Existence.
  2. ) The Body is known by its perceived attributes, apart from which there is no Body.

The Body cannot be equated with the Self.

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:  

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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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 30

Reality 30

Body

For Self-Realization, it is necessary to know that the Self is transcendent of bodily form & limitation.  By liberating oneself from the ignorant misidentification with the Body & its attributes, one abides as the Infinite & the Eternal.

Seek Self-Realization that is not a bodily state, & be neither enamored nor ashamed of the Body.  Seek to discern the Self’s freedom from the Body & its attributes.  One should know the Self’s transcendence of all bodily definition.  The results of this Self-Knowledge, Knowledge of the Self’s freedom from the limitations of the Body & its attributes, are Bliss & Peace that are undisturbed by bodily conditions, spiritual freedom from: birth, growth, decay, illness, & death; & transcendence of action.

Intent on the Supreme Knowledge, remain detached from the Body, its attributes, & its activities.  Utilize the bodily form, while it is alive, as an instrument for selfless activity inspired by Wisdom, by the desire for Liberation, & by the immensity of Grace, acting with corresponding equanimity, purpose, & devotion.  The bodily activities are used as an instrument that expresses the Divine.

By contemplation on its wondrous working, the Body may be viewed as a reminder of Supreme Consciousness by which it appears, as does appear the entire Universe.  The emphasis is placed, not on the reminder, that is the Body, but on that of which one is reminded, the Self.  Abide unmoved by Pleasure & Pain, motion & inactivity, & Birth & Death.  For invariable Bliss know one’s Freedom from the body & all bodily attributes.  Knowledge is Realization.

Self-Realization is neither something done nor is it any bodily transformation, but it is the comprehension of what is Truth.  The self is formless, birth, deathless, and unchanging.  The Self is Eternal & Infinite Existence-Consciousness-Bliss.  Realization of this results from liberating the Self, by the essential Discrimination inherent in Self-Inquiry, from illusory bondage of Ignorance, which is composed of the delusive assumption that the Self is something other than the True Existence that it is.  It possible to realize this True Existence only if one is thoroughly free of the Ignorance that consists of misidentification with the Body, for body has form, birth, death, change, & does not last forever, and is not Infinite.

As long as there is any mis-identification with the Body, the Real Nature of the Self will not be known, while the Self is mis-conceived in terms of the limitations of the Body.  When Such mis-conception is relinquished by deep Self-Inquiry into one’s actual Existence, the nature of the Self is self-evident.

The Body cannot be equated with the Self.

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:  

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http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

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Duplicate blogs (but with graphics) have been available on:

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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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/