Thought cannot exist without Consciousness. Consciousness exists without thought however. The self–existent is alone Real, & the dependent does not truly exists at all (Dependent Origination). Thus in reality, thought is unreal & the Self alone is Real. The unreal is not an attribute of Reality, the Self.
The unreal is not experienced by the Reality, which is of the nature of Existence-Consciousness-Bliss. What is not real & what is not experienced in or of the Real, does not exist. Thus, there are neither thoughts nor the 3 states. One vast Consciousness alone is.
The Mind does not bind the Self, for the Mind does not define or limit the Self, nor does the Mind divide the Self, & does not alter the Self. The Self is not bound, for the Mind has no independent existence. The Self is not bound, for there is nothing other than the Self, & therefore no Mind exists at all.
The Mind is nowhere but in the Self, yet in the Self there is no Mind. The Self is not in the Mind, though the self alone pervades the seeming Mind to such an extent that the distinctions of Pervader & Pervaded do not exist. Though thought exists only as the Self, the Self has never become a thought & has never given rise to a thought.
Thought is entirely unreal & does not exist at all. The Self alone is. The Self is 1–without–a–2nd. The Mind exists nowhere but in the Self, yet there is truly no Mind in the Self. The True Nature of the Mind is only the Self. There is truly no Mind at all, & the Self alone is.
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
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