Reality 97: Self-Inquiry – (Atma Vichara)
Since very ancient times, seekers yearning for Self-Realization, or Enlightenment, have sought instruction to assist them. Instruction from genuine sages established in the Knowledge of the Self has generally been in 2 ways: instruction about the nature of the Self, the Absolute, & instruction regarding the way to abide in, or realize, this Supreme Knowledge. The latter forms the instruction regarding a Path or Spiritual Practice.
In the Teaching of Non-Duality, which clearly reveals the identity of the Self & the Absolute (Brahman, God), Liberation or SelfRealization is recognized to be of the nature of Self-Knowledge. A Path of Knowledge results in Self-Knowledge, & the primary method of the Path is that of Self-Inquiry. The Self-Inquiry is the introspection, or Meditation, that ascertains in the most experiential manner what it is of which one’s true Identity consists. It is the Self-Revelation of the nature of Being, or Consciousness itself, un-obscured by any definition or misidentification. Questing inwardly as to “Who am I ?” one realizes one’s true state of Non-Dual Existence, which is ever free, ever at Peace, un-changing, without modifications, Illimitable, Timeless, Indivisible, forever unconditioned, Formless, Un-Differentiated – the One Reality.
In practice, the actual Self-Inquiry, itself, involves the relinquishment of the false super-imposition of forms & attributes upon the Self. This involves the recognition of the false definition & the discernment of how it is not actually one’s Identity. It is the shifting of Identity from where it has been misplaced, such as being associated with the Body or with thought, & restoring it to its natural position, which is the Self alone. It is the ceasing of the confusion regarding what is Real & what is unreal, so that the erroneous attribution of Reality to the un-reality, such as conceiving the World, objects, events, sensations, & thoughts to be Real or to be the means of determining what is Real, is relinquished.
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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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