Mind & Happiness 90

Mind & Happiness 90

Who am I ?

 When we seek to obtain knowledge about something, the primary & essential instrument we use is our power of attention.  Without paying attention to something, we cannot know it.

Now it is only by means of 1 or more of our 5 Senses that we can obtain knowledge about anything in the external World.  However, though our 5 Senses provide us with information about the external World, we can only know that information by attending to it.  If we do not pay attention to the information provided by our Senses, we can fail to see something that happens right in front of our eyes, or to hear a conversation between 2 people sitting just beside us.

Therefore all knowledge is ultimately obtained by us only by means of our power of attention. Since our Consciousness is not an object, it cannot be observed by means of any mechanical aid, nor can it be observed by means of any of our 5 Senses. The one & only instrument by which we can observe & know our Consciousness is our own power of attention, unaided by anything else.

Since we are Consciousness, & since our Consciousness knows itself without any sort of aid, all we need to do to obtain a clear Knowledge of our Consciousness as it really is, is to withdraw our attention from all the objects known by our Consciousness & to concentrate it only upon our Consciousness itself.

Since our power of attention is our power of knowing or Consciousness, which we are free to direct towards whatever we wish to know, concentrating our attention upon our own Consciousness means concentrating our attention upon itself, or concentrating our Consciousness upon itself.  Since we experience our Consciousness or power of knowing as “I”, as our own Essential Self, attending to it is not any form of objective attention, but is a purely subjective  attention a perfectly Non-Dual Self-Attention, an attention to our own essential self or “I”.

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 (but with graphics) are 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/

[A brief note of explanation this Blog is entitled “Non-Duality & Science”, & so the more Science oriented pages (from what I like to think of as a “comic book”) have been posted there, while other chapters have been posted in the other Blog noted below. Science is a mental discipline that attracts some worthy admirers & participators.  Some of these, too few, are good prospects for the ancient teaching introduced here in many ways.  Otherwise certain Science topics like the Anthropic Principle, reinforce the general Theism which is a good idea in this materialistic age. A few other topics in Science, such as the Copenhagen II Max Born Von Neumann Wigner model of Quantum Mechanics, are worthy entries to the extent that they introduce Consciousness into the physical Sciences. All that aside, the real topic here is the pinnacle as Advaita Vedanta, Non-Duality that pinnacle being Ajata Vada, NoCreation. The great Teachers of the same include Sri Shankara & Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Both would support Theism in general & adaptations of Vedanta, such as Vishishtadvaita Vedanta Qualified Non-Duality, for those not making headway in Ajata Vada, their present course of growth might be better served with a temporary involvement in Qualified Non-Duality. The scientist who perhaps best expresses the influence of Qualified Non-Duality in Science, for instance, would be the quintessential “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  degree program], along with more than a half-dozen good books & former participation in the controversial What the Bleep movie, to him I extend enthusiastic endorsement, for that Qualified Non-Duality described in the context of Science.  I do not stand so much “with him”, as much as nearby saluting his good work. Again, as here, a goal is inserting Consciousness into Science & “saving the World.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.

Mind & Happiness 89

Mind & Happiness 89

Who am I ?

 In order for us to determine the means by which we can discover who or what we really are, it is necessary for us first to gain a clear theoretical understanding of what we are & what we are not. We can gain such an understanding only by carefully & critically analyzing our experience of our self.  For such an analysis to be complete & thorough, we must consider our experience of our self not only in our present Waking state, but also in each of our other 2 States of Consciousness, Dream & Deep Dreamless Sleep.

First we carefully consider all the already known facts about the subject under investigation in order to formulate a reasonable hypothesis that can explain those facts, & then they proceed to test that hypothesis by rigorously conducted experiments.  The hypothesis formulated by Sages is that we are not the Body composed of unconscious Matter.  Nor are we the Mind consisting of Thoughts, Feelings, & Perceptions, but that we are the essential underlying Consciousness by which the Body & Mind are both known.

This hypothesis has been independently tested & verified by many Sages before us, but these findings cannot be demonstrated objectively.  Therefore, to be truly benefited by this Self-Knowledge, we each have to test & verify this hypothesis for our self. In order to do so, we must each see whether or not the Consciousness that we experience as “I” can stand alone without our Body or Mind.

If we are able to remain as Consciousness in the absence of any kind of Body or Mind, we will prove to our self that we are neither of those 2 objects known by us.  In order to remain as our mere Consciousness “I exist” without any awareness of our Body or Mind, it is necessary for us to know our Consciousness in its pure form, devoid of any contents devoid of any objects of knowledge.

We are so accustomed to identifying our Consciousness “I exist” with our Body & Mind that it may initially appear difficult for us to distinguish our essential Consciousness from these objects known by it.  Because of this identification of our Consciousness with its objects or contents, our knowledge of it appears to be clouded & unclear. Therefore, in order to distinguish between our Consciousness & its objects, we must gain a clear Knowledge of it as it really is.

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 (but with graphics) are 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/

[A brief note of explanation this Blog is entitled “Non-Duality & Science”, & so the more Science oriented pages (from what I like to think of as a “comic book”) have been posted there, while other chapters have been posted in the other Blog noted below. Science is a mental discipline that attracts some worthy admirers & participators.  Some of these, too few, are good prospects for the ancient teaching introduced here in many ways.  Otherwise certain Science topics like the Anthropic Principle, reinforce the general Theism which is a good idea in this materialistic age. A few other topics in Science, such as the Copenhagen II Max Born Von Neumann Wigner model of Quantum Mechanics, are worthy entries to the extent that they introduce Consciousness into the physical Sciences. All that aside, the real topic here is the pinnacle as Advaita Vedanta, Non-Duality that pinnacle being Ajata Vada, NoCreation. The great Teachers of the same include Sri Shankara & Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Both would support Theism in general & adaptations of Vedanta, such as Vishishtadvaita Vedanta Qualified Non-Duality, for those not making headway in Ajata Vada, their present course of growth might be better served with a temporary involvement in Qualified Non-Duality. The scientist who perhaps best expresses the influence of Qualified Non-Duality in Science, for instance, would be the quintessential “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  degree program], along with more than a half-dozen good books & former participation in the controversial What the Bleep movie, to him I extend enthusiastic endorsement, for that Qualified Non-Duality described in the context of Science.  I do not stand so much “with him”, as much as nearby saluting his good work. Again, as here, a goal is inserting Consciousness into Science & “saving the World.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.

Mind & Happiness 88

Mind & Happiness 88

In our Waking & Dream States our attention is so absorbed in thinking of other things that we barely notice our own peacefully Self-Conscious Existence, & the Happiness that is inherent in each States.  Generally, the only occasion on which we are clearly aware of the peaceful Happiness of Existence that we experience between 2 consecutive thoughts is during Deep Dreamless Sleep, because Deep Dreamless Sleep is a comparatively long gap between 2 consecutive thoughts, brought about by the sheer exhaustion of our Mind.

Nevertheless, though we may hardly notice it, even during Waking &  Dream, in the extremely brief moment between the subsiding of each thought & the rising of the next, we do in fact experience our own essential Self-Conscious Existence or brahman in its true & perfectly pure form, uncontaminated by thinking or doing.  Moreover, whenever one of our desires whether a desire to experience something that we like or a desire to avoid experiencing something that we dislike is fulfilled, the momentum with which thoughts rise in our Mind slows down temporarily, so not only does each thought rise with less vigor, but also the momentary gap  between 2 consecutive thoughts becomes slightly longer.

Thus for a short while we are able to experience the peaceful Happiness of our own Existence more clearly, until some other desire takes hold of our Mind, thereby reanimating the momentum & vigor with which our thoughts rise, & thus once again obscuring our Happiness of Existence more densely.

The true, motionless, unadulterated & thought-free form of our own Essential Existence or brahman, which we experience momentarily between each 2 consecutive thoughts, is both our fundamental Consciousness of Existence, “I exist”, & the perfect Happiness of our thus Existence conscious only of our Existence.  Therefore, if we wish to experience our own natural & perfect Happiness constantly, our attention must penetrate beneath the wavering or oscillation of thoughts on the surface of our Mind in order to experience in its pure unadulterated form our Essential & Fundamental Consciousness of our own Existence, “I exist”, which always underlies our wavering Mind.

Thus we can permanently experience perfect & absolute Happiness only in the State of True Self-Knowledge the State in which we always remain merely as our own essential Existence, our Fundamental Self-Consciousness “I exist”, without rising to think or do anything.  Therefore, let us now examine the knowledge that we have about our self at present in order to understand not only how it is a wrong knowledge, but also what the correct Knowledge of our Self really is, & how we can attain immediate experience of that correct knowledge.

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 (but with graphics) are 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/

[A brief note of explanation this Blog is entitled “Non-Duality & Science”, & so the more Science oriented pages (from what I like to think of as a “comic book”) have been posted there, while other chapters have been posted in the other Blog noted below. Science is a mental discipline that attracts some worthy admirers & participators.  Some of these, too few, are good prospects for the ancient teaching introduced here in many ways.  Otherwise certain Science topics like the Anthropic Principle, reinforce the general Theism which is a good idea in this materialistic age. A few other topics in Science, such as the Copenhagen II Max Born Von Neumann Wigner model of Quantum Mechanics, are worthy entries to the extent that they introduce Consciousness into the physical Sciences. All that aside, the real topic here is the pinnacle as Advaita Vedanta, Non-Duality that pinnacle being Ajata Vada, NoCreation. The great Teachers of the same include Sri Shankara & Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Both would support Theism in general & adaptations of Vedanta, such as Vishishtadvaita Vedanta Qualified Non-Duality, for those not making headway in Ajata Vada, their present course of growth might be better served with a temporary involvement in Qualified Non-Duality. The scientist who perhaps best expresses the influence of Qualified Non-Duality in Science, for instance, would be the quintessential “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  degree program], along with more than a half-dozen good books & former participation in the controversial What the Bleep movie, to him I extend enthusiastic endorsement, for that Qualified Non-Duality described in the context of Science.  I do not stand so much “with him”, as much as nearby saluting his good work. Again, as here, a goal is inserting Consciousness into Science & “saving the World.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.

Mind & Happiness 87

Mind & Happiness 87

Since in the perspective of our Waking & Dreaming Mind, Deep Dreamless Sleep appears to be a separate State, which exists relative to Waking & Dream, it seems to us now to be a limited state of relative un-consciousness a State that results from a temporary “forgetfulness” of our Waking & Dreaming self, which is the object-knowing “consciousness” that we call our Mind.

Most forms of philosophy are concerned only or at least principally with what we experience in our present Waking State.  Even when they study our other 2, Dream & Deep Dreamless Sleep, they do so only from the perspective of our Waking Mind. Therefore, since all such forms of philosophy centered around the experience of our WakingMind, they tend to consider our experience in our other 2 states as existence of only secondary importance.  However, in our search for the Absolute Reality, Dream & Deep Dreamless Sleep are both crucially important States of Consciousness, since they each give us essential clues concerning the true nature of our real Self.

Dream is important to us because it clearly demonstrates the fact that our Mind has a wonderful power of Imagination by which it is not only able to create a Body & a whole World, but is also able to delude itself into mistaking its own imaginary creation to be “real”.

Deep Dreamless Sleep is important to us because it clearly demonstrates the fact that we can exist & be conscious of our own existence even in the absence of our Mind.  In our search for the Absolute Reality, which transcends all the limitations created by our Mind, Deep Dreamless Sleep is in fact the most important of our 3 States of Consciousness, because it is the only State in which we experience our Fundamental Knowledge our Essential Self-Consciousness, “I exist” devoid of any other “knowledge”.  Not only does Deep Dreamless Sleep provide us with in-controvertible evidence of the fact that our Essential Nature is only our Non-Dual Self-Consciousness our un-adulterated Consciousness of our own Existence, “I exist” but it also provides us with the vital clue that we require in order to practice Self-Investigation effectively.

That is, Self-Investigation or Self-Scrutiny, that we must perform in order to experience true Self-Knowledge, is a State Non-Dual Self-Consciousness a State in which we knowingly abide as nothing other than our own Essential Self-Conscious Existence.  If we did not already have a taste of this Non-Dual Self-Consciousness in Deep Dreamless Sleep, it would be difficult for our Mind (which is always accustomed to experiencing only Duality or “otherness” throughout its 2 States of activity, Waking & Dream) to comprehend what this State of Non-Dual Self-Consciousness actually is, & hence when we attempt to practice Self-Investigation, which Sri Ramana revealed to us is the only means by which we can experience true Self-Knowledge, it would not be so easy for us to abide knowingly as our own Essential Self-Conscious Existence, “I exist”.

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 (but with graphics) are 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/

[A brief note of explanation this Blog is entitled “Non-Duality & Science”, & so the more Science oriented pages (from what I like to think of as a “comic book”) have been posted there, while other chapters have been posted in the other Blog noted below. Science is a mental discipline that attracts some worthy admirers & participators.  Some of these, too few, are good prospects for the ancient teaching introduced here in many ways.  Otherwise certain Science topics like the Anthropic Principle, reinforce the general Theism which is a good idea in this materialistic age. A few other topics in Science, such as the Copenhagen II Max Born Von Neumann Wigner model of Quantum Mechanics, are worthy entries to the extent that they introduce Consciousness into the physical Sciences. All that aside, the real topic here is the pinnacle as Advaita Vedanta, Non-Duality that pinnacle being Ajata Vada, NoCreation. The great Teachers of the same include Sri Shankara & Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Both would support Theism in general & adaptations of Vedanta, such as Vishishtadvaita Vedanta Qualified Non-Duality, for those not making headway in Ajata Vada, their present course of growth might be better served with a temporary involvement in Qualified Non-Duality. The scientist who perhaps best expresses the influence of Qualified Non-Duality in Science, for instance, would be the quintessential “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  degree program], along with more than a half-dozen good books & former participation in the controversial What the Bleep movie, to him I extend enthusiastic endorsement, for that Qualified Non-Duality described in the context of Science.  I do not stand so much “with him”, as much as nearby saluting his good work. Again, as here, a goal is inserting Consciousness into Science & “saving the World.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.

Mind & Happiness 86

Mind & Happiness 86

The nature of Happiness is expressed succinctly by Sri Ramana in the opening sentence of his introduction to his Tamil translation of Sri Adi Sankara”s great philosophical poem, Vivēkacūāmai:

Since all living beings in the World desire that they should always be happy [&] devoid of misery, just as [they desire] that they should be happy as always [by] getting rid of those [experiences] such as illness which are not their own nature, since all [living Existences] have love completely only for their own self, since love does not arise except for Happiness, & since in Deep Dreamless Sleep [all living beings have] the experience of Existence happy without anything, when what is called Happiness is [therefore] only [their own real] self, only due to [their] ignorance of not knowing [their real] self do they rise & engage in pravtti [extroverted activity], whirling in boundless sasāra [the State of restless & incessant wandering of the Mind], forsaking the path [of self-discovery] which bestows [true] Happiness, [believing] as if attaining the pleasures of this World & the next were alone the path to Happiness.”

Sri Ramana expresses the same truth even more tersely in the opening paragraph of Yār? (Who am I ?), a brief 20-paragraph treatise that he wrote about the need for us to attain true self-knowledge, & the means by which we can do so:

Since all living beings desire to be always happy [&] devoid of misery, since all [of them] have greatest love only for their own self, & since Happiness alone is the cause of love, [in order] to attain that Happiness, which is their own [True] Nature that they experience daily in [Dreamless] sleep, which is devoid of the Mind, knowing [their own real] self is necessary.  For that, jñāna-vicāra [scrutinizing our Consciousness to know] “Who am I ?” alone is the principal means.

The crucial practical conclusion with which Sri Ramana ends this paragraph, “jñāna-vicāra “Who am I ?” alone is the principal means”, was highlighted by him in bold type in the original Tamil. The term jñāna-vicāra literally means “knowledge-investigation”, & is the process (or rather the state) of investigating our essential Self-Consciousness “I exist”, which is our primary Knowledge & the base of all our other knowledge, in order to attain true knowledge of our own Real Self.

What Sri Ramana means here by the term knowledgeinvestigation “Who am I ?” is therefore not a mere intellectual analysis of our Knowledge “I exist”, but is an actual examination or deep  scrutiny of our Fundamental Knowledge or Consciousness “I exist” in order to know through direct experience what it really is.  Such an investigation or scrutiny cannot be done by thinking, but only by turning our attention back on our self to know our own Essential Consciousness of Existence.

When our attention or power of knowing is turned outwards to know things other than our self, it becomes our thinking Mind, but when it turns back inwards to know our Essential Self, it remains in its Natural State as our Essential Self that is, as our true Non-Dual Self-Conscious Existence.

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 (but with graphics) are 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/

[A brief note of explanation this Blog is entitled “Non-Duality & Science”, & so the more Science oriented pages (from what I like to think of as a “comic book”) have been posted there, while other chapters have been posted in the other Blog noted below. Science is a mental discipline that attracts some worthy admirers & participators.  Some of these, too few, are good prospects for the ancient teaching introduced here in many ways.  Otherwise certain Science topics like the Anthropic Principle, reinforce the general Theism which is a good idea in this materialistic age. A few other topics in Science, such as the Copenhagen II Max Born Von Neumann Wigner model of Quantum Mechanics, are worthy entries to the extent that they introduce Consciousness into the physical Sciences. All that aside, the real topic here is the pinnacle as Advaita Vedanta, Non-Duality that pinnacle being Ajata Vada, NoCreation. The great Teachers of the same include Sri Shankara & Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Both would support Theism in general & adaptations of Vedanta, such as Vishishtadvaita Vedanta Qualified Non-Duality, for those not making headway in Ajata Vada, their present course of growth might be better served with a temporary involvement in Qualified Non-Duality. The scientist who perhaps best expresses the influence of Qualified Non-Duality in Science, for instance, would be the quintessential “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  degree program], along with more than a half-dozen good books & former participation in the controversial What the Bleep movie, to him I extend enthusiastic endorsement, for that Qualified Non-Duality described in the context of Science.  I do not stand so much “with him”, as much as nearby saluting his good work. Again, as here, a goal is inserting Consciousness into Science & “saving the World.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.

Mind & Happiness 85

Mind & Happiness 85

This individual entity that we call our “Mind” is a limited form of Consciousness that always identifies a physical Body as itself.  In our present Waking state, our Mind mistakes this particular Body to be itself, whereas in each Dream it mistakes some other Body to be itself.

Because it takes one Body to be itself in the Waking state, & another Body to be itself in Dream, our Mind clearly does not know what its real self is.  Therefore, so long as we mistake our self to be our Mind, & the particular Body that our Mind at any given time mistakes to be itself, we do not know who or what we really are.  In Deep Dreamless Sleep we do not mistake our self to be our Mind or any particular Body, whereas in Waking we mistake our self to be our Mind & this particular Body, & in Dream we mistake our self to be our Mind & some other particular Body.

In Deep Dreamless Sleep, when we do not take our self to be our Mind or any Body, what do we take our self to be  All we know of our self in Deep Dreamless Sleep is “I exist”.  However, though in sleep we know that we are, we do not clearly know what we are.

For some inexplicable reason, our knowledge of our self in Deep Dreamless Sleep is somehow obscured & vague.  In Deep Dreamless Sleep we definitely know that we are, because if we did not, we would not be able to remember so clearly in the Waking state “I slept happily & peacefully, & did not know anything at that time.”  What we did not know in Deep Dreamless Sleep is anything other than our self our own essential Self-Consciousness, our fundamental Consciousness of our own Existence, “I exist”.

However, just as in Waking & Dream we appear to identify our fundamental & essential Consciousness “I exist” with our Mind & some particular Body, in Deep Dreamless Sleep we appear to identify it with a seeming lack of clarity of self-knowledge.  Because we do not clearly know our real self in Waking, Dream or Deep Dreamless Sleep, we are able to mistake our self to be our Mind & some particular Body in Waking & Dream. Thus our lack of clear self-knowledge is the root cause for the rising of our Mind, & the consequent rising of all our desires, thoughts & un-happiness.  If we clearly knew what we really are, we could not mistake our self to be anything other than that.

Therefore the only way to put an end permanently to all our desires, thoughts & consequent un-happiness is to know what we really are.  Since our Mind is a form of false or wrong knowledge, a knowledge or Consciousness that wrongly knows itself as “I am this Body” & that wrongly knows all its other thoughts as Existence objects other than itself, it can be destroyed only by our experiencing a True or correct Knowledge of our own essential Existence, “I exist”. Until & unless we know the true nature of our own real self, we cannot free our self from the self-delusive grip of our Mind, and we therefore cannot permanently experience the natural & Absolute Happiness which is our own Real Nature.

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 (but with graphics) are 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/

[A brief note of explanation this Blog is entitled “Non-Duality & Science”, & so the more Science oriented pages (from what I like to think of as a “comic book”) have been posted there, while other chapters have been posted in the other Blog noted below. Science is a mental discipline that attracts some worthy admirers & participators.  Some of these, too few, are good prospects for the ancient teaching introduced here in many ways.  Otherwise certain Science topics like the Anthropic Principle, reinforce the general Theism which is a good idea in this materialistic age. A few other topics in Science, such as the Copenhagen II Max Born Von Neumann Wigner model of Quantum Mechanics, are worthy entries to the extent that they introduce Consciousness into the physical Sciences. All that aside, the real topic here is the pinnacle as Advaita Vedanta, Non-Duality that pinnacle being Ajata Vada, NoCreation. The great Teachers of the same include Sri Shankara & Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Both would support Theism in general & adaptations of Vedanta, such as Vishishtadvaita Vedanta Qualified Non-Duality, for those not making headway in Ajata Vada, their present course of growth might be better served with a temporary involvement in Qualified Non-Duality. The scientist who perhaps best expresses the influence of Qualified Non-Duality in Science, for instance, would be the quintessential “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  degree program], along with more than a half-dozen good books & former participation in the controversial What the Bleep movie, to him I extend enthusiastic endorsement, for that Qualified Non-Duality described in the context of Science.  I do not stand so much “with him”, as much as nearby saluting his good work. Again, as here, a goal is inserting Consciousness into Science & “saving the World.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.

Mind & Happiness 84

Mind & Happiness 84

Since the activity of our Mind is what seemingly obscures our essential nature as absolute Existence, Consciousness & Happiness, in order to experience our essential nature we must put an end to all our mental activity to all the thoughts that are constantly rising & raging in our Mind.  All forms of thought or mental activity are nothing but the attention that we pay to objects to things that are seemingly other than our Self.  Throughout our Waking & Dream states, we are constantly thinking only about things other than our own Essential Existence or Fundamental Consciousness.

So long as we attend to anything other than our mere Consciousness of Existence, “I exist”, our Mind is active.  However, if we try to turn our attention back on our Self to know our own Essential Self-Conscious Existence, the activity of our Mind will begin to subside.  If we are able to focus our attention wholly & exclusively upon our Consciousness of Existence, “I exist”, then all our thoughts or mental activity will subside completely, & we will clearly know the True Nature of our own Real Self, which is Perfect & Absolute Existence, Consciousness & Happiness.

Did we not see earlier that Happiness is a State of Existence, & un-happiness is a state of doing ? In Deep Dreamless Sleep we remain as mere Existence, without rising to do anything, & hence we experience perfect Happiness.  In Waking & Dream, on the other hand, we forsake our Essential & Natural State of mere Existence by rising as our Mind, whose nature is to be constantly doing, & hence we experience Happiness mixed with un-happiness.  Whereas Deep Dreamless Sleep is a state of mere Existence, & therefore a state of perfect Happiness, Waking, & Dream are States in which our essential Existence is mixed with & obscured by all our doing, & are therefore States in which our Essential Happiness is mixed with & obscured by varying degrees of un-happiness.

Since our Existence is permanent & our doing is impermanent, our Existence is natural & all our doing is unnatural.  Hence our Happiness is natural, because it is our Essential Existence, & all our un-happiness is unnatural, because it is a result of our doing or thinking.  The root of all our doing, & hence the root of all our un-happiness, is only the rising of our Mind. Whenever our Mind rises, it is active, thinking thoughts of innumerable different kinds.  Our Mind cannot remain for a moment without activity without thinking of something other than our own essential Existence.  As soon as our Mind ceases to think of anything other than our own Existence, it subsides & merges motionlessly in our Natural State of mere Existence, which is the Source from which it rose.

Thus, whenever our Mind becomes inactive, it ceases to be the thinking entity that we call “Mind” & remains instead as our Essential Self-Conscious Existence, which is its own True Nature. Though in Deep Dreamless Sleep our Mind subsides & remains merely as our essential Existence, the perfect Happiness that we experience in that State appears to be short-lived, because our Mind driven by its dormant desires eventually rises again to experience a State of Waking or Dream.

Therefore in Deep Dreamless Sleep our Mind & its inherent desires are not destroyed completely, but have merely subsided in a state of abeyance, dormancy or temporary quiet.  If we wish to experience our natural & perfect Happiness permanently, therefore, we must not merely make our Mind subside temporarily in a State of abeyance like Deep Dreamless Sleep, but must destroy it completely. Since the rising of our Mind is the rising of all our un-happiness, the temporary quiescence of our Mind is the temporary quiescence of all our un-happiness, & the destruction of our Mind is the destruction of all our un-happiness.  Why is our Mind, which is the root of all our desires & therefore the cause of all our un-happiness, not destroyed in Deep Dreamless Sleep ?  Why does it rise again from that State ?  To answer this, we must understand why it rose in the 1st place.

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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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

[A brief note of explanation this Blog is entitled “Non-Duality & Science”, & so the more Science oriented pages (from what I like to think of as a “comic book”) have been posted there, while other chapters have been posted in the other Blog noted below. Science is a mental discipline that attracts some worthy admirers & participators.  Some of these, too few, are good prospects for the ancient teaching introduced here in many ways.  Otherwise certain Science topics like the Anthropic Principle, reinforce the general Theism which is a good idea in this materialistic age. A few other topics in Science, such as the Copenhagen II Max Born Von Neumann Wigner model of Quantum Mechanics, are worthy entries to the extent that they introduce Consciousness into the physical Sciences. All that aside, the real topic here is the pinnacle as Advaita Vedanta, Non-Duality that pinnacle being Ajata Vada, NoCreation. The great Teachers of the same include Sri Shankara & Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Both would support Theism in general & adaptations of Vedanta, such as Vishishtadvaita Vedanta Qualified Non-Duality, for those not making headway in Ajata Vada, their present course of growth might be better served with a temporary involvement in Qualified Non-Duality. The scientist who perhaps best expresses the influence of Qualified Non-Duality in Science, for instance, would be the quintessential “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  degree program], along with more than a half-dozen good books & former participation in the controversial What the Bleep movie, to him I extend enthusiastic endorsement, for that Qualified Non-Duality described in the context of Science.  I do not stand so much “with him”, as much as nearby saluting his good work. Again, as here, a goal is inserting Consciousness into Science & “saving the World.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.