Mind & Happiness 97
How do we come to be so sure that we know nothing in Deep Dreamless Sleep ? How exactly does this knowledge of not knowing anything in Deep Dreamless Sleep arise ? In Waking this knowledge takes the form of a thought, “I did not know anything in Deep Dreamless Sleep”, but in Deep Dreamless Sleep no such thought exists. The absence of knowledge in Deep Dreamless Sleep is known by us only because at that time we know that we exist. That is, because we know that we exist, we are able to know that we exist without knowing any other thing.
In Waking we are able to say that we knew nothing when we were deeply asleep because in Deep Dreamless Sleep we not only existed in the absence of all other knowledge, but also knew that we existed thus. However, it is important to remember that though in our present Waking State we say, “I knew nothing in Deep Dreamless Sleep”, the knowledge that we actually experience while deeply asleep is not “I know nothing”, but is only “I exist”.
In Deep Dreamless Sleep what we actually know is “I exist”, & nothing but “I exist”. Since this Knowledge or Consciousness “I exist” exists in all our 3 States (Waking, Dream, & Deep Dreamless Sleep) of Consciousness, & since nothing else exists in all 3 of them, is it not clear that we are in reality only this essential Consciousness “I exist” – or to be more precise, this Essential Self-Consciousness “I exist” ?
Thus by critically analyzing our experience of our self in each of our 3 States of Consciousness, we come to understand that we are in essence only Self-Consciousness – our fundamental Consciousness of our own Existence, “I exist”. Unless we analyze our experience of our 3 States of Consciousness in this manner, we cannot arrive at a clear, certain & correct understanding of who or what we really are. This critical analysis is thus the essential foundation upon which the entire philosophy of true Self-Knowledge is built.
Therefore, since this analysis is so essential to our correct understanding of our self, let us delve into it more deeply, examining our experience of our 3 States (Waking, Dream, & Deep Reamless Sleep) of Consciousness from several alternative angles. Though certain ideas may appear to repeat themselves when we do so, it is nevertheless useful to explore the same ground again from various different perspectives, because unless we gain not only a clear understanding but also a firm conviction about our Real Nature from our critical analysis of our 3 States of Consciousness, we will lack the motivation required to pursue the rigorous & extremely demanding investigation into our own Essential Self-Conscious Existence, “I exist”, without which we cannot attain direct & immediate experience of true Self-Knowledge.
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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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