The supposedly knowing Mind & the Universe known are both imagined. Existence-Knowledge, which is Being-Consciousness, that alone is real. The Reality exists without anything else. That Self is alone the Knower & the Known, but any forms given to Knower & Known are only imagined. Difference, which manifests only in the Mind within the Waking & Dream States, such difference is unreal. Non-Dual Consciousness alone exists.
The ancient Sages gave their instruction in Silence & with Teaching that reveals how “That you are, (tat tvam asi).” Inquiry into this instruction removes all ideas, of what is not the Self, from the Self. This is like the proverbial negation the Analogy’s snake from the rope. Negation of the not-Self is never negation of a reality, but rather a negation of false assumptions or superimposition. If real things would have to be negated, Liberation would be transitory, or not occur at all. For how would it be possible for anything truly existent to go out of existence, or for something to actually change its nature.
Self-Inquiry & negation eliminate only Ignorance & Illusion. All that is objective, & also the Ego, are negated by Self-Inquiry & negation summed up as neti, neti “not this, not this”. Such reveal Being, which is Consciousness, the one Self.
The Ego is ignorantly assumed to be the Self &, thus the Knower. The conception of the Mind determine whether one is endowed with wrong knowledge, doubtful knowledge, or true knowledge. With mis-identification, there is wrong knowledge. Then, what is regarded as knowledge is actually Ignorance. Thereby arises self-caused Delusion regarding Happiness, Identity, & Reality.
With spiritual practice, wrong knowledge gives way to yet-doubtful knowledge. This means there is some actual knowledge regarding Happiness, Identity, & Reality. But this knowledge is not yet steady for it is either a conviction, without direct experience, or a conviction fused with some experience. But still, it is not steady because there remains the need to destroy remaining tendencies to mis-identify.
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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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