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