Reality 99: Self-Inquiry – (Atma Vichara) [contnued]
The 4 Requisites for Realization are valuable those who are practicing Self-Inquiry. The practice of Self-Inquiry will be aided by the development of these, & the Self-Inquiry itself causes these to develop.
The Self-Inquiry uses Discrimination & causes Discrimination. Self-Inquiry is strengthened by Detachment & brings about Detachment from all that is un-real or not the Self. Peacefulness & Equanimity give the opportunity to inquire, & the Self-Inquiry results in enduring Peace & seeing all equally. Self-control allows one to direct oneself toward the Self-Inquiry, & the Self-Inquiry yields the ability to guide oneself wisely. Renunciation turns the Mind inward to inquire while dissolving the bondage to samsara, & Self-Inquiry causes one to relinquish the possession of the unreal & the mis–identification with the not–Self in light of the non–dependent nature of the Self. Fortitude enables one to consistently persevere in the Self-Inquiry while overcoming all apparent obstacles, & the Self-Inquiry yields the transcendent strength of the knowledge that all obstacles are unreal. Faith in the Absolute enables one to inquire with the support of true teachings & one’s own inner capacity, & the Self-Inquiry results in the certitude of the Truth of the Self. Deep, profound Meditation yields the experience of Self-Inquiry, & Self-Inquiry, making the Meditation profound, reveals that the formless nature of the Self is ever present & not Subject to any change or condition.
The requisites may be regarded as several or may be regarded as one whole. They will be naturally present in one immersed in the Knowledge of the Self. It may be necessary for any particular aspirant to meditate on & develop one of them, several of them, or all of them, or they may be found to be spontaneously manifesting in the aspirant as a result of the practice of Self-Inquiry. It is for the seeker to examine himself & observe which need growth or deepening. They are all within the context of Knowledge & the path of Knowledge to realize the Self Basic Meditations to foster these requisites are briefly stated here in the description of each requisite. Actual practice will, itself, reveal the actual experience with precision. The best way to develop practice is to practice. The best way to strengthen these requisites is to practice them. The best way to deepen the Self-Inquiry is to actually inquire.
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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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