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.
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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, No–Creation. 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 “New–Age” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1–course 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.”]
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