Mind & Happiness 100
The assumption that the Body & World existed when we were unconscious of them in Dream & in Deep Dreamless Sleep is an assumption is based upon our 1st & most fundamental assumption – our wrong assumption that we are somehow a mixture of both a physical Body & the Consciousness that knows that Body. That Consciousness knows that Body not only subjectively as “I” but also objectively as “my Body”.
Before we seek to acquire any knowledge about other things, all of which we merely assume to be real, but which are quite possibly nothing more than figments of our own imagination, is it not necessary for us first to question this fundamental assumption about who or what we are ? Since in Dream & in Deep Dreamless Sleep we are consciously separated from this Body that we now in the Waking state identify as “I”, is it not clear that this Body cannot actually be our Real Self ?
In Dream we identify another Dream-Body as “I”, & through the 5 Dream-Senses of that Dream-Body we see a Dream-World of Dream-objects & Dream-people around us, just as in Waking we identify this Body as “I”, & through the 5 Senses of this Body we see a World of objects & people around us. Does not Dream therefore clearly demonstrate to us that our Mind has a power of Imagination that is so strong & self-deceptive that it can not only create for us a Body & a whole World, but can also deceive us into believing that that Body is “I” & that World is real ?
Does this not give us a very compelling reason to doubt the “reality” of this Body & World in the Waking State ? Is it not quite possible that this Body & the World full of objects & people that it sees around it are just another creation of the same self-deceptive power of Imagination that created a very similar Body & World in Dream – a Body & World that at that time seemed just as real as this Body & World now seem to be ?
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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.
Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as non–copyrighted, public–domain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.