As long as there is the notion of “I”, there will be the conception of “this.” Between “I” & “this,” all Illusion spreads out. How do you determine “this”, whatever “this” is ? You determine “this” by the position of “I”. Know yourself as you are. What you are is Invariable. All of the time, there is the sense of Existence & the intuitive knowledge of it. What, though, do you attribute to that Existence ? What is superimposed upon it ? How is that Existence Mis-identified & keeps changing ? In Ignorance, one does not notice that Existence & so one takes the changeful Form to be the unchanging Reality. True Self-Inquiry clears that up. Without bringing any new attainment, or producing something, which would then decay & perish, Self-Inquiry reveals what is Real.
What is Real ever is, & what is unreal never is. The great, deep Silence of the Maharshi, & in ancient times, of Dakshinamurti, is a revelation of just that — “the Reality ever is.” If we need to explain more: ‘The unreal never is.” The Silence is indicative, in an overpowering way—overpowering because there is nothing other than it—that there is nothing than it & that there is just one solitary Kaivalyam [aloneness], just one Existence, just one Brahman, or the Real Self
Ideas that “take you out of Meditation” do not “come back”, but rather you conjure them up maintain them. You can also take them [the “Meditation-derailing” ideas] down. You lend them their reality. Otherwise, not only would they be of no effect, but they would cease to exist for you. Binding, delusive thoughts would not only not matter, they would cease to exist, if the Mis-identification, which prompted such bewildered ways of thinking, would cease to exist.
If you Mis-identify, you become accustomed to a certain pattern of thinking, a certain tendency, or Vasana [karmic residual Tendency]. If you dis-identify, having cut off the root, where will the rest of the vasana-plant be ? If there is no seed, there is no sprout. If you take away its birthplace, it [Vasana – karmic residual Tendency] will not grow.
What the Maharshi is talking about when he talks about the Pearl Diver who must Dive Deep, down to the root, in the Sea, is to go deep into your Self. Find what you are Mis-identifying with, & Inquire to see if that is Who you really are. When you are reading the scriptures, old texts, & sayings of the Maharshi—some source of deep Wisdom—your Mind is lifted out of all of that, is it not ? Is it just a change of superficial thought or does something else occur ?
Something deeper than just a change of superficial thought occurs. Look in & at the Self, looking as the Self. So, you are looking to the Self, or as the Self or both. There is a depth regarding the nature of your Identity. Later, something [a Vasana – karmic residual Tendency] intervenes. It is not given to you. You conjure it up. It is not by accident. See what it is that you conjure up. Trace it to its root. Dissolve the root by Knowledge. It is not merely your Body becoming active or going about your daily affairs that causes Ignorance. However, the idea that you have daily affairs [& a Body] might be worthwhile questioning, because the “I” that has daily affairs & the “I” you are finding when you are reading Ribhu Gita or reading the Maharshi or reading some other Text or Scripture are not the same “I” are they? Yet, there is only One of you. You are not a plurality. Determine What you are.
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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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