Mind & Happiness 42
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.
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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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