Know that the Senses do not & cannot provide Happiness, & that attachment to the Senses or their objects is Bondage. Know that the Senses are neither Bliss nor immortal, & that the purpose of Life is not fulfilled by any kind of sensory experience. Know that Liberation is not any kind of sensory experience & that Realization is not a particular kind of sensation. Realization is not an increase in sensation, & not a decrease in sensation. One’s freedom from the Senses must be firm & natural for there to be Realization. This necessitates the Knowledge of the Self’s transcendence of the Senses.
The Self is infinite Consciousness, unchanging Existence, perfectly full Bliss, vast, & space-like, formless & unconditioned. The Self is of immense silent Peace, ever shining & motionless. Within the Self, without activity occurring, there is imagined the realm of objective experience manifesting as the World perceived by the 5 Senses. There appeared to be 5 Senses with their corresponding kinds of Sense objects. Within the realms of the Senses, great variety of sensations & apparently uncountable number or Sense objects arise. These are the Sense experiences of living beings. The living beings appear to be multiple & differentiated from one another due to mis-identification with the Body.
Like the surface ripples & foam on the waves in the Ocean of Consciousness, like clouds in the Sky of pure Being, so are the Senses. The Self is Existence–Consciousness. To confound the Self with any of or all of the Senses in any way is Ignorance. Freedom from mis-identification with the Senses is True Knowledge. Since True Knowledge is Liberation, & since one seeks to know Reality & not merely try to create it, for it always is therefore, one should discern clearly the Self, it’s in a Freedom from the Senses, & is Freedom from all limitations of the Senses.
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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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