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[The daily Blogs presented here have been available as duplicates at another site listed below.  For a time, at that other site, the Science aspect of “Non-Duality & Science”, the title of this Blog, will be satisfied in a presentation of pages from a PDF also cited below. These fanciful & playful mixtures of Science & Philosophy, from half a decade ago, will serve to fulfill the Science “requirement” that has been absent of late from this “Non-Duality & Science” blog, though available in the Word Press Archives.]

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Even more rare than those highly mature souls who are able to experience the Truth as soon as they hear it, there are some people who without ever hearing the Truth experience it spontaneously.  But such people are very rare indeed.  The sage known as Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi was one such extremely rare Existence who experienced the Truth spontaneously

without ever having heard or read anything about it.  He spontaneously attained the experience of true Self-Knowledge one day in July 1896, when he was just a 16-year-old schoolboy.  That day he was sitting alone in a room in his uncle’s house in the south Indian town of Madurai, when suddenly & with no apparent cause an intense fear of death arose within him.

Instead of trying to put this fear out of his Mind, as most of us would do, he decided to investigate & discover for himself the truth about death. “All right, death has come !  What is death ?  What is it that dies ?  This Body is going to die let it die.”  Deciding thus, he lay down like a corpse, rigid & without breathing, & turned his Mind inwards to discover what Death would actually do to him.  He later described the Truth that dawned upon him at that moment as follows:

“This Body is dead. It will now be taken to the cremation ground, burnt, & reduced to ashes. But with the destruction of this Body, am I also destroyed ?  Is this Body really “I” ?   Although this Body is lying Lifeless as a corpse, I know that I exist. Unaffected in the least by this death, my Existence is shining clearly. Therefore I am not this Body which dies. I am the ‘I’ which is indestructible. Of all things, I alone am the Reality. This Body is subject to Death, but I, who transcend the Body, am that which lives eternally. The Death that came to this Body cannot affect me.”

Although he described his experience of Death in so many words, he explained that this Truth actually dawned upon him in an instant, not as reasoning or verbalized thoughts, but as a direct experience, without the least action of Mind.  So intense was his fear & consequent urge to know

the truth of Death, that without actually thinking anything he turned his attention away from his rigid & Lifeless Body & towards the innermost core of his Existence his essential, unadulterated & Non-Dual SelfConsciousness “I exist”.  Because his attention was so keenly focused on his Consciousness of Existence, the True Nature of that Existence-Consciousness revealed itself as a flash of direct & certain Knowledge Knowledge that was so direct & certain that it could never be doubted.

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/

Different blogs, with graphics 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 25

That which thus mistakes this Body to be “I” is our Mind. Our Mind comes into existence only by imagining itself to be a Body. In Deep Dreamless Sleep we are unaware of either our Mind or our Body. As soon as we wake up, our Mind rises feeling “I am the Body”, “I am called so-&-so,” &  only after thus identifying itself as a particular Body does it perceive the external World through the 5 Senses of that Body.

Exactly the same thing happens in Dream our Mind identifies itself as a particular Body & through the 5 Senses of that Body it perceives a seemingly real & external World. When we wake up from a Dream, we understand that the Body we mistook to be “I” & the World we mistook to be real & external were both in fact only figments of our imagination.

Thus from our experience in Dream we all know that our Mind has a wonderful power of imagination by which it is able to create a Body, to mistake that imaginary Body to be “I” &  through that Body (via the Senses) to project a World which, at the Time we perceive it, appears to be every bit as real & external to us as the World that we now perceive in this Waking State.  Knowing that our Mind possesses this wonderful power of creation & self-deception, is it not reasonable for us to suspect that the Body we take to be “I” & the World we take to be real in our present Waking state may in fact be nothing more than a mere imagination or mental projection, just like the Body & World that we experience in Dream ?

What evidence do we have that the Body & World we experience in this Waking state are anything other than a creation of our own Mind ?  We may be able to point out certain differences between Waking & Dream, but on analysis we will discover that those differences are superficial, “existence” concerned with quality or quantity rather than with substance.

If we compare the World drama we see in Waking or Dream to a drama we see on a cinema screen, we may say that the drama seen in Waking is a better quality & more impressive production than that seen in Dream, but both are productions none the less productions not of some external agency but of our Mind which sees them.

In substance, there is no essential difference between our experience in Waking & that in Dream. In both states our Mind rises, attaching itself to a Body by taking it to be “I” &  through the Senses of that Body it sees a World bound within the limits of Time & Space, & filled with numerous people & other objects, both sentient & insentient, all of which it is convinced are real. How can we prove to our self that what we experience in the Waking state exists at all outside our own imagination, any more than a Dream exists outside our Imagination ?

When we carefully analyze our experience in our 3 States of Waking, Dream & Deep Dreamless Sleep, it is clear that we are able to confuse our Consciousness “I” to be different things at different Times. In the Waking State we mistake our present Body to be “I”, in Dream we mistake some other imaginary DreamBody to be “I”, &  in Deep Dreamless Sleep we mistake unconsciousness to be “I” or at least on Waking from Deep Dreamless Sleep what we remember is that “I was unconscious.”

What we were in fact unconscious of in Deep Dreamless Sleep was our Mind, our Body & the World, but not our own Existence. Our experience in Deep Dreamless Sleep was not that we ceased to exist, but only that we ceased to be aware of all the thoughts & perceptions that we are accustomed to experiencing in the Waking & Dream States.

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/

Reality 102

Reality 102    Ego   [further continued from sometime past]

Spiritual instruction should not be interpreted so as to say that the Ego is really Born or that the Self actually gave birth to it.  The Ego cannot be self-produced.  To imagine so would be to suppose its pre-existence, which is absurd & which would lead to the consequent question as to what caused that pre-existent Ego ?

This in turn would lead either to the Delusion regarding the Effects causing the Cause or modification in the eternally common, changeless Self, which possibilities have already been negated by Self-Inquiry.  Or else it would lead to an infinite regression.  But the Self alone is Infinite, & Causality is not Real.  One cannot actually recall when this Ego, the root of maya, began, was created or was born, though there is knowledge of Perpetual Existence, which is of the Self alone. Never was there a time when you are not, & never will there be a time when you will cease to be.  [Similar to BhagavadGita quote]

Thus the Self is ever the Un-born – neither coming from another State or thing, nor giving birth to any – & Ego is also “unborn” in the sense that it never comes to be.  This may be regarded as the final significance of Ramana Maharshi’s Self-Inquiry as to: “Whence am I ?”  This is graciously given to show the method of tracing inwardly from the Identity, where the Identity of “I” derives, as well as: “Who am I ?”

How can there be the Ego’s Effect (Delusion), as the supposed Cause itself is never come to be ?  The Ego is an assumption. Who assumes this assumption ?  No one.  Who knows the Knowledge of the Self ?  The Ego I cannot know the Self, since the Self alone is capable of knowing.  The “I” is inert, & the “known” is a mere notion, a vacuous imagining, an assumption that is non-existent. There is no Ego to be ignorant or to be bound, to attempt to know the Self, or to return to It, or to unite with It.  The Self is what you are, & It is innately Ego-less.  Let this is Ego-less Knowledge of the Self abide.  Let the Knowledge of the Non-Dual, In-divisible Nature of the Self, the only true “I”, in which there is never an individual–”I”   that true “I” alone exists.

The above themes & 1600 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:

http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58

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 24

That which thus mistakes this Body to be “I” is our Mind. Our Mind comes into existence only by imagining itself to be a Body. In Deep Dreamless Sleep we are unaware of either our Mind or our Body. As soon as we wake up, our Mind rises feeling “I am the Body”, “I am called so-&-so,” &  only after thus identifying itself as a particular Body does it perceive the external World through the 5 Senses of that Body.

Exactly the same thing happens in Dream our Mind identifies itself as a particular Body & through the 5 Senses of that Body it perceives a seemingly real & external World. When we wake up from a Dream, we understand that the Body we mistook to be “I” & the World we mistook to be real & external were both in fact only figments of our imagination.

Thus from our experience in Dream we all know that our Mind has a wonderful power of imagination by which it is able to create a Body, to mistake that imaginary Body to be “I” &  through that Body (via the Senses) to project a World which, at the Time we perceive it, appears to be every bit as real & external to us as the World that we now perceive in this Waking State.  Knowing that our Mind possesses this wonderful power of creation & self-deception, is it not reasonable for us to suspect that the Body we take to be “I” & the World we take to be real in our present Waking state may in fact be nothing more than a mere imagination or mental projection, just like the Body & World that we experience in Dream ?

What evidence do we have that the Body & World we experience in this Waking state are anything other than a creation of our own Mind ?  We may be able to point out certain differences between Waking & Dream, but upon analysis we will discover that those differences are superficial, “existence” concerned with quality or quantity rather than with substance.

If we compare the World drama we see in Waking or Dream to a drama we see on a cinema screen, we may say that the drama seen in Waking is a better quality & more impressive production than that seen in Dream, but both are productions none the less productions not of some external agency but of our Mind which sees them.

In substance, there is no essential difference between our experience in Waking & that in Dream. In both states our Mind rises, attaching itself to a Body by taking it to be “I”, &  through the Senses of that Body it sees a World bound within the limits of Time & Space, & filled with numerous people & other objects, both sentient & insentient, all of which it is convinced are real. How can we prove to our self that what we experience in the Waking state exists at all outside our own imagination, any more than a Dream exists outside our Imagination ?

When we carefully analyze our experience in our 3 States of Waking, Dream & Deep Dreamless Sleep, it is clear that we are able to confuse our Consciousness “I” to be different things at different Times. In the Waking State we mistake our present Body to be “I”, in Dream we mistake some other imaginary DreamBody to be “I”, &  in Deep Dreamless Sleep we mistake unconsciousness to be “I” or at least on Waking from Deep Dreamless Sleep what we remember is that “I was unconscious.”

What we were in fact unconscious of in Deep Dreamless Sleep was our Mind, our Body & the World, but not our own Existence. Our experience in Deep Dreamless Sleep was not that we ceased to exist, but only that we ceased to be aware of all the thoughts & perceptions that we are accustomed to experiencing in the Waking & Dream States.

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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Mind & Happiness 23

The Knowledge of Existence is fundamentally unlike all other Knowledge because it is not a Knowledge that involves doing anything. It is a Knowledge of not of doing but of nondoing a Knowledge of just Existence.

The state of just Existence is one in which our Mind does not rise to do, think or know anything, yet it is a state of full Consciousness Consciousness not of anything else but only of Existence. The skill that is to be learnt in this Knowledge is not simply the skill to exist because we always exist & therefore require no special skill or effort to exist nor is it merely the skill to exist without doing or thinking anything because we are able to exist so each day in Deep Dreamless Sleep. The skill to be cultivated is the skill to remain calmly & peacefully without doing or thinking anything, but nevertheless retaining a perfectly clear Consciousness of Existence that is, Consciousness of our own Existence or essential “am“-ness. Only in this pristine state of clear Non-Dual SelfConscious Existence, unclouded by the distracting agitation of thought & action, will the True Nature of Existence become perfectly clear, obvious, selfevident & free from even the least scope for doubt or confusion.

Our first &  most direct experience of Existence is that of our own Existence.  First we know that we exist, & then only can we know of the existence of other things. But whereas our own Existence is Self-Conscious, the existence of each other thing depends on us to be known.

We know our own Existence because we are Consciousness. In other words, our Existence is itself the Consciousness that knows itself. It knows itself because it is essentially Self-Conscious. Thus it is reasonable to hypothesize that Consciousness is the primal &  essential form of Existence. Without Consciousness, Existence would be unknown, & without Existence, Consciousness would not exist.

Our Existence & our Consciousness of Existence are inseparable – in fact they are identical – &  both are expressed by the single phrase “I exist”. This Existence-Consciousness, “I exist”, is our most fundamental experience, & the most fundamental experience of every sentient Existence.

“I exist” is the one basic Consciousness the essential Non-Dual Self-Consciousness without which nothing would be known.  “I exist” is therefore the source & foundation of all knowledge.

What then is the use of knowing anything else if we do not know the Truth of our own Existence-Consciousness, our Self-Consciousness, “I exist”, on the basis of which all else is known ?  All that we know about the World & all that we know about God – all our sciences &  all our religions are of no real value to us if we do not know the Truth about our Self, that who desires to know the Truth about the World & God.

We are the Existence-Consciousness “I exist”, yet our knowledge about this “I exist” is confused. We all believe “I am this Body”, “I am a person”, “I am called so-&-so, & was born on such-&-such a date at such-&-such a place.” Thus we identify our Consciousness “I exist” with a particular Body.

This identification is the result of a confused & unclear knowledge of the True Nature of Consciousness.  Our Consciousness “I exist” is not something material, whereas our Body is merely a bundle of physical matter, which is not inherently conscious. Yet somehow we are deluded into mistaking this material Body to be our Consciousness “I”. As a result of our unclear knowledge of Consciousness, we mistake matter to be conscious, &  Consciousness to be something material.

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/

Reality 101

Reality 101    Ego  [continued from sometime past]

If the Ego were an attribute of the Self, the Ego would be Eternal, in which case all Liberation, all Scriptures, all spiritual life, all spiritual practice, all sayings of Sages, & such would be futile & false.  This would be absurd.  It is better to give up the notion of the Ego than to hold to it as alone being Real.

The Ego is not a temporary quality of the Self.  The Truth cannot be like the case of an unripe fruit becoming a ripe fruit, in which there would be 2 stages, or States for the Self, one with an Ego & one without.  The Existence of the Self is Absolute & unchanging.  If the Ego were ever the Existence, as part of it, or sharing in it in any way whatsoever, Existence would be changeful & transitory & would cease to exist. Existence is always Ego-less & has no Ego quality whatsoever.

And where is the Ego ?  It is not in the World, which is unreal & it is not in the Body, which is unreal & not the Self.  It is not in the Senses, which is unreal & not the Self.  It is not in thought, which is unreal & not the Self.  It is not in the flawless, unmodified, perfect Self.  The Ego is never actually experienced by itself & is not actually experienced in any of these.  The Ego dwells nowhere.

The Ego is not a thing in itself, does not reside anywhere, & is not inherent in anything. The remaining possibility is that it’s supposed “existence” is an effect produced by something else.  The Ego is not produced by the World, the Body, the Senses, the LifeForce prana, or the Mind. These produce phenomena, sensations, physical, subtle & mental experiences, & thoughts.  These appear after the Ego is differentiated, & so they cannot produce it, for the Effect does not produce a Cause.

The Ego is not produced by the Self, which is the Absolute. The Absolute Self does not produce or create at all, but ever just exists as It is. That the Ego is said to rise from the Origin, or Substrate, of the Self is expedient Teaching intended to guide those desirous of Liberation onward to the Origin, the one Substrate, in order to realize its Ego-less Nature.

The above themes & 1600 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:

http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58

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/

Mind & Happiness 22

Mind & Happiness 22

Happiness lies deep within us, in the very core of our Existence. Happiness does not exist in any external object, but only in us, who are the Consciousness that experiences Happiness. Though we seem to derive Happiness from external objects or experiences, the Happiness that we thus enjoy in fact arises from within us.

Whatever turmoil our Mind may be in, in the Center of our Existence there always exists a state of perfect peace & joy, like the calm in the eye of a storm. Desire & fear agitate our Mind, & obscure from its view the Happiness that always exists within it. When a desire is satisfied, or the

cause of a fear is removed, the surface agitation of our Mind subsides, & in that temporary calm, our Mind enjoys a taste of its own innate Happiness.

Happiness is thus a state of Existence a state in which our Mind’s habitual agitation is calmed. The activity of our Mind disturbs it from its calm state of just Existence, & causes it to lose sight of its own innermost Happiness. To enjoy Happiness, therefore, all our Mind need do is to cease all activity, returning calmly to its natural state of inactive Existence, as it does daily in Deep Dreamless Sleep.

Therefore to master the Knowledge of being happy, we must master the Knowledge of just Existence. We must discover what the innermost core of our Existence is, & we must learn to abide consciously & constantly in that state of pure Existence, which underlies &  supports (but nevertheless remains unaffected by) all the superficial activities of our Mind: thinking, feeling & perceiving, remembering &  forgetting, & so on.

The Knowledge of just Existence, remaining fully conscious but without any activity of the Mind, is not only Knowledge a practical skill that can be cultivated & applied to produce an experience of inexpressible beauty & joy but also an attempt to acquire true Knowledge by keen observation & rigorous experiment. And this Knowledge of Existence is not only the Knowledge of Happiness, but also the Knowledge of Consciousness, & Self-Knowledge.

The Knowledge of Existence is incredibly simple & clear. To the human Mind, however, it may appear to be complex & abstruse, not because it is in any way complex in itself, but because the Mind which tries to comprehend it is such a complex bundle of thoughts & emotions desires, fears, anxieties, attachments, long-cherished beliefs &  preconceived ideas that it tends to cloud the pure simplicity & clarity of Existence, making what is obvious appear to be obscure.

Like any other knowledge, the Knowledge of Existence begins with observation & analysis of something that we already know but do not fully understand, & proceeds by reasoning to formulate a plausible hypothesis that can explain what is observed, & then rigorously tests that hypothesis by precise & critical experiment. However, unlike all other Knowledge, this Knowledge does not study any object of knowledge, but instead studies the very power of

Knowing itself the power of Consciousness that underlies the Mind, the power by which all objects are known.

Hence the Truth discovered by means of this Knowledge is not something that can be demonstrated or proved objectively by one person to another. It can, however, be directly experienced as a clear Knowledge in the innermost core of each person who scrupulously pursues the necessary process of experiment till the True Nature of Existence which is the True Nature of Consciousness, & of Happiness is revealed in the full clarity of pure unadulterated Self-Consciousness.

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/