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Mind & Happiness 18

The only thing whose reality we cannot doubt is our Consciousness of our own Existence – our Non-Dual Self-Consciousness, “I exist”.  Other than this Non-Dual & fundamental Consciousness “I exist”, everything that we experience is open to doubt. Hence we cannot reasonably avoid doubting the reality of all Duality, & suspecting that in fact the only Reality is our Non-Dual Consciousness of our own Existence, “I exist”.

By what standard can we determine whether or not something is real ?  A thing can be truly said to be real only if it is absolutely, unconditionally & independently real, & not if its reality is in any way relative, conditional, or dependent upon something else.  Therefore, according to Sri Ramana, something can be called real only if it satisfies 3 essential criteria: it must be:

1) Eternal,

2) Unchanging, &

3) Self-shining.

If something is not Eternal, though it may appear to be “real” for a certain period of time, it was not real before it came into existence, & it will not be real after it ceases to exist, so in fact it is unreal even while it appears to be real.  Because it is confined within the limits of Time, its seeming reality is relative & conditional.  That which is Absolutely & Unconditionally Real must be Real at all times, & cannot be limited in relation to anything else.

Moreover, if something undergoes Change during the course of time, it is one thing at one time, but becomes another thing at another time, & hence it does not exist Eternally as any one thing. Being impermanent, that which changes is not real.

However, the most important criteria by which we can determine something as Real is that it must be Self-Shining. By the term “self-shining”, Sri Ramana means “self-knowing” or “self-conscious”, that is, knowing itself by its own light of Consciousness. That which is Absolutely & Unconditionally Real need not depend upon any Consciousness other than itself to be known.  If something depends upon something else in order to be known as existing or real, then its reality depends upon the reality of the Consciousness that knows it.  Since it does not know itself to be real, it is not real at all, but merely appears to be real so long as it is known by the Consciousness that knows it.

Measured by this standard, the only existing Reality is our fundamental Consciousness “I exist”, because among all the things that we experience or know, it is the only thing that is permanent, the only thing that never undergoes any Change, & the only thing that knows its own existence without the aid of any other thing.

Unlike this Consciousness “I exist”, our Mind is impermanent, because it appears in the States of Waking & Dream, & disappears in Deep Dreamless Sleep.  Even while it does appear to exist, our Mind is constantly undergoing Change, thinking of one thing at one moment & another thing at another moment.

And though our Mind appears to know itself by its own power of Consciousness, in fact the Consciousness by which it knows itself & all other things is only our basic Consciousness “I exist”, which it seemingly usurps as its own, but which is nevertheless independent of it.  Our Mind is distinct from our essential Consciousness “I exist”, by the light of which it seemingly knows the existence of itself & other things, because our Consciousness “I exist” can exist in the absence of our Mind, as in Deep Dreamless Sleep.

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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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

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Mind & Happiness 17

Moreover, our Mind does not always identify the same Body as “I”.  In Waking, the Mind takes one Body to be “I”, but in each Dream it takes some other DreamBody to be “I”.  Since it can identify itself with different bodies at different times, it cannot really be any of those bodies.

By identifying itself with a Body, our Mind deludes itself into experiencing our Consciousness “I exist” as being something confined within the limits of a Body, & a Body composed of unconscious Matter as being something that is endowed with Consciousness. If our Mind did not delude itself in this manner, it would not exist as a separate entity called “Mind”, but would remain as pure Consciousness, undefiled by any form of limitation.

Because the very nature of our Mind is to delude itself into experiencing that it is what it is not, Sri Ramana said that our Mind itself is māyā, the primordial power of Delusion, Illusion or self-deception the power that makes what is Real appear to be unreal, & what is unreal appear to be Real.

In Dream our Mind projects an imaginary Body, which it identifies as “I”, & through the 5 Senses of that Body it perceives an imaginary World.  So long as our Mind continues to be in that State of Dream, it takes the Body & World that it experiences in Dream to be real.  However absurd some of the things which it experiences may appear to exist, still our Mind deludes itself into believing that those things are real.  So long as our Mind experiences itself as a Body, it cannot but experience all that it perceives through the Senses of that Body as real. But when we wake up from a Dream, we cease to experience the DreamBody as “I”, & we simultaneously cease to experience the Dream World as Real.

Thus from our experience in Dream, & our contrasting experience on Waking from Dream, we can clearly understand that by the power of its imagination our Mind has the ability to create a World of duality & simultaneously convince itself that that World is real. When we know that our Mind has this power of simultaneous creation & self-deception, we have to doubt whether all the duality that it now experiences in the Waking state is anything other than a product of its own self-deceiving power of Imagination.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

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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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

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Mind & Happiness 16

However, in addition to knowing its own Existence, our Consciousness sometimes seems to know other things also.  When our Consciousness thus appears to know things other than itself, we call it our “Mind”.  What exactly is this “Mind”, this Consciousness that knows otherness & Duality ?

Is it the true form of our Consciousness, or merely a false super-imposition upon our real Self-Consciousness “I exist” ?  Is it real, or is it merely a false appearance ?  Whenever our Mind rises, it rises in conjunction with a Body, with which it identifies itself, feeling “I am this Body”.

Without identifying itself with a Body, our Mind cannot rise.  Once it has risen, identifying itself with a particular Body, through the 5 Senses of that Body it perceives the World.  Thus our Mind’s Identification with a Body is fundamental to its ability to know the World.

But how does this Identification with a Body arise ?  Our Mind is a form of Consciousness, whereas this Body is a physical form composed of unconscious Matter.  By identifying itself with this Body, our Mind is confusing 2 different things as one.  It is confusing Consciousness, which is not physical Matter, with the physical form of this Body, which is not Consciousness.

Therefore our Mind is a confused & spurious form of Consciousness, a phantom which is neither our real Consciousness “I exist”, nor the physical form of this Body, but which mixes these 2 different things together, feeling “I am this Body”.  Though our Mind usurps the properties of both our Consciousness “I exist” & this physical Body, it is in fact neither of these 2 things.

Since the Body appears & disappears, & constantly undergoes change, it is not our Real Consciousness “I exist”, which neither appears nor disappears, but exists & knows its own Existence at all times & in all states without ever undergoing any change. And since our Mind is conscious, it is not this Body, which is unconscious Matter.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

Duplicate blogs (but with graphics) have been available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

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Reality 79

 

Reality as It is (continued):

Consider what is taken to be real & how you determine what is real.  In an external sense, you may seem to gather facts about things, but do you really  ?   Or do you have a series of Sense Perceptions, some of which are True & some of which are False  ?

Everyone has had the experience of seeing an optical illusion or such, & the vast majority of information comes by word-of-mouth anyway.  Somebody else tells you, or you read something, or you construct a viewpoint.  You construct a viewpoint of the World regarded as real based primarily on your own ideas, or opinions, or the opinions of others, which when repeated often enough are considered to be real.  How much of what you know about the World, about others, etc., is merely ideas & opinions created out of your own thinking & the words & thoughts of others ?    How much of it is actual experience  ?

This is looking at it at the most relative, basic level.  How much of it is just thought of in the Mind & survives as an idea primarily due to one not undergoing actual experience of any of those things, which might prove one’s idea to be completely different  ?

Apply this point in a deeper way to the Mind & Real Existence.  How much of what you consider to be real is merely an idea, a thought, perhaps an oftenrepeated thought ?   Conversely, how much is actual experience of pure Existence undefined by any thought  ?

Whatever we regard as your Identity determines what you are using to determine Reality.  Consequently your view of what is true likewise depends upon your Identity. How are we to see Reality truly as it is, & not as it is imagined to be  ?   Why should we do so  ?

As countless ancient Sages have testified, & as taught by Sri Ramana Maharshi, if you know Reality as it is, yours is inexpressible Peace & Bliss prolonged without any termination whatsoever.  It is like awakening from a long Dream.  If you do not know Reality as it is, there will be Bondage & is consequent Suffering.

The above themes & 2600 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through:  

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

or directly at:

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Duplicate blogs (but with graphics) have been available on:

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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

 

for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 78

Reality 78

Reality as It is (continued):

If we want to know Existence as it is, as Sri Ramana Maharshi says, we have to give up “the Objective outlook”.  Until we give up the Objective outlook, there is no use wrangling in the Mind, let alone arguing with one another, as to what is Real, what is unreal, what is 1/2 real & unreal, what is both real & unreal, what is neither Real nor unreal, or any other logical combination you can manage to imagine.  Such serves little purpose, & so in Non-Dual texts and in the writings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, those kinds of concepts are discarded. You give up the Objective outlook, lose the sense of Ego, & then you find Reality as it is.

What does giving up the Objective outlook mean ?  What you experience as Reality is determined by what you used to determine that Reality. What you consider to be Real depends entirely upon the instrument you’re using to determine what is Real, & that instrument is very much woven together with where you take your “stand”, with what you identify.

For example, if one misidentifies with the physical form, a Body, in most circumstances such a person would use the Senses as the determination of Reality & will see or cognize only that which is perceived by the Senses, regarding what is, not a senseperceived, as “not there” or as unreal.  Otherwise one thinks that if it is Real it is “beyond his experience”.

However, if the “stand” would change so that you would no longer identifies merely as a physical Body, correspondingly he would no longer take the Senses as being the determinants of Reality.  Then what would be Real for you ?  If you consider that all that comes through your Senses is not the Reality, or is only a partial “perception” of Reality, or is a mis-perception of Reality, such considerably expands your spiritual horizons.

Of course, this makes it much more possible for you to come to the Realization of Absolute Truth, because Formless Existence, Perpetual Consciousness, is not something that will come to you through your Senses.  Consciousness is realized by a different kind of Knowledge.

The above themes & 2600 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through:  

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

or directly at:

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

Duplicate blogs (but with graphics) have been available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

Reality 77

Reality 77

[The “Mind & Happiness” series will be interspersed for a while with insertions from the previous “Reality” series, picking up at this “Reality 77”.]

Reality as It is:

There is One, which dwells in all of us, which is All, & which utterly transcends all. That One is the Real Self, the Abiding Truth, the Non-Dual Reality.  By your own Self-Inquiry & Knowledge of yourself, you come to realize Reality, that is, you come to know the Truth.

Nevertheless, we express a Teaching that points to the Truth, that points to the way to realize it, and then you go within an know it first-hand in a way that is beyond words & beyond thought beyond an individual Knower & an Object known.

Reality as it is pure, un-mixed Existence. It is not “existence” as merely a “thing”, nor as many things, nor even as all things put together, but just Existence without the superimposed notion of anything objective, without form, free of limitations of for  without division, & having no parts.  There is nothing else to divide Existence, to divide Reality.

Reality may also be said to be pure Consciousness without limitation, without individuality, impersonal, without a Subject & an Object, & free of all kinds of division. Reality is also Bliss, which is why when a person realizes the Truth, or finds Reality that person has a Happiness which endures, which does not depend on any cause, which is without conditions, & which is without end.

How you to find the Reality, if your spiritual search is to find the Ultimate Truth, the Absolute Reality ?  How we to find Reality when you yourself are the Reality ?  The attempt to find Reality as if it were an Object, is somewhat like a dog or cat chasing around in a round after its own tail.

Reality is homogeneous Existence, this un-limited Consciousness.  Yet if this is not your own experience, why is that so ?  To tell the truth, there is no valid reason why that is so.  Because there is no valid reason, we say, it is because of “Ignorance”.  The nature of Ignorance is Illusion, which is something unreal.  While it is not possible for the unreal which has never come to be, to veil or diminish Reality.  Reality always exists, yet a seeker tries to realize Truth, & there seems to be something that hides the Truth.

What seems to hide the Truth ?  What seems to make the division ?  What seem to give rise to a split where, in truth, there is only Non-Dual Existence ?  What seems to hide the Truth is whatever we regard as “this”.  By this is meant anything Objective.  Primarily this appears as what we take to be “things” & what we take to be thought.

For someone who is accustomed to meditating in a profound manner & who realizes the World to be within the Mind, the “things” & the thoughts will be regarded as of the same substance. A person seems to be separated from that Absolute Reality, the Supreme Self, though the True Nature of the Self is for Mind, or God.  One seems to be separated from the Absolute by this by the objective definitions, which pertain to “things” & thoughts.

The above themes & 2600 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through:  

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

or directly at:

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

Duplicate blogs (but with graphics) have been available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

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Mind & Happiness 15

All words are open to interpretation & misinterpretation. This is particularly true of words that speak about the Spirit the Reality that lies beyond the limitations of physical matter, & that therefore cannot be perceived by the 5 Senses, or known as an object of Consciousness.  All interpretations of such words fall into 2 distinct categories interpretations that are strictly non-dualistic, admitting no division of the One & only Reality, & interpretations that are either completely dualistic, or that at least concede that within the One Reality there are divisions & distinctions that are real.

Ultimately the interpretation that we each choose to accept depends not upon the Truth itself – because the nature of the Truth cannot be proved objectively but upon our own personal preferences. Most people whether they hold religious beliefs or cherish a more materialistic outlook on Life prefer to take a Dualistic view of Reality, because such a view assures them of the reality of their own Individuality, & of the World they perceive through their Senses, & (if they choose to believe in God) of God as a separately existing entity. Therefore the only basis for a Dualistic view of Reality is the attachment that people have to their own Individuality, to the World that they think gives them Happiness, & to their idea of a God who they believe will give them the things that will make them happy.

There is no way that a Dualistic view of Reality can be proved to be correct & valid.  All our knowledge of Duality is obtained by our Mind & exists only within our Mind.  If our Mind is real, then Duality may be real.  But the reality of our Mind is open to question & doubt.

If we are not overly attached to our existence as a separate Individual, we can begin to question & doubt the reality of our Mind.  If we do so, we will be led unavoidably to a Non-Dualistic view of Reality.  Of all the knowledge we know, the one Knowledge whose reality we cannot reasonably doubt is our own essential Consciousness “I exist”.  Knowledge can exist only if there is a Consciousness to know it.  Since all knowledge depends for its seeming existence upon Consciousness, this Consciousness is the one fundamental, irreducible, & indubitable truth of our experience.  Because we know, our Consciousness is undoubtedly real.

The one essential quality of Consciousness is that it is always Self-Conscious it always knows its own existence or Existence & that Consciousness of its own Existence is what we experience as “I exist”.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

Duplicate blogs (but with graphics) have been available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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

for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/