Mind & Happiness 45
Whereas our Consciousness “I exist” is permanent, our Mind is impermanent.
Whereas our Consciousness “I exist” is ever unchanging Existence, which always remains as it is, our Mind is a constantly changing flow of thoughts. And:
Whereas our Consciousness “I exist” is always conscious of its own Existence, our Mind is sometimes conscious of itself & other things, & sometimes conscious neither of itself nor of any other thing. Therefore our Consciousness “I exist” is Real, whereas our Mind is merely an unreal appearance.
If the essential nature of something is Consciousness, it must always be conscious, because nothing can ever be separated from its essential nature. Because Consciousness is the essential nature of our Consciousness “I exist”, Consciousness is conscious at all times & in all 3 States.
Similarly, because the essential nature of our Consciousness “I exist” is also Existence or existence, it exists at all times & in all 3 States. In contrast, since our Mind is conscious only during the Waking & Dream States, & ceases to be conscious in Deep Dreamless Sleep, its essential nature cannot be Consciousness.
Similarly, since the Mind exists only in Waking & Dream, but ceases to exist in Deep Dreamless Sleep, its essential nature cannot be Existence. In fact, there is nothing that can be pointed out as being the essential nature of our Mind, because it is not constantly any one thing. The Body cannot be its essential nature, because though it identifies itself with a particular Body in the Waking state, in Dream it identifies itself with some other Body, & in Deep Dreamless Sleep it identifies itself with no Body at all.
Similarly, the Mind’s essential nature cannot be any thought or even the act of thinking, because throughout the Waking & Dream states the thoughts it thinks are constantly changing, & in Deep Dreamless Sleep the Mind ceases to think any thought. Though our Mind in fact has no essential nature of its own, in the Waking & Dream states its Essential Nature appears to be Consciousness. However, since the Mind ceases to be conscious in Deep Dreamless Sleep, the Consciousness that appears to be its Essential Nature in Waking & Dream is in fact borrowed by it from our real Consciousness “I exist”.
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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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