The World appears in Consciousness alone. The World is the known that is known by the knower (apparent individual). The World is also known “in” the knower (the real knower, the Self). The World has no existence apart from the (real) knower which is pure Consciousness. The World appears in Consciousness by the power of Consciousness. The World is composed of Consciousness, & is known or experienced by Consciousness. All of it is just Consciousness. The World has not the least degree of any other existence.
One Existence-Consciousness exists everywhere always. The one Self experiences itself everywhere always. The Self itSelf is in that case just “thought of” as the World, Space, Time, matter, motion & events, moments, eons, things, & people – the animate & the inanimate, moving & still, large & small, living & dead, far & near, atoms & galaxies, root & flower, cause & effect, & all else. The one Self is all. The one Self appears as all this Universe. The Universe appears, in the Self. The Self being Formless & Infinite, does not appear in the Universe. The Self rather appears “as” the Universe, but that Self really undergoes no modifications. The Self always abides as the perfectly full Void of Being. If the World appears, the World & its knower (apparent individual) are only the Self. If there is no appearance of a World, there remains only the Self. In the Knowledge of the unalterable, ever-same Reality, the Self alone is. Thus, in Reality, there is no question of a World ever being created or ever appearing. For whom would a World appear, since there is no 2nd “Self” but only the 1 Self, forever.
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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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