Mind & Happiness 102
When we wake up from Deep Dreamless Sleep, we are able to say with certainty, “I slept peacefully & happily. I knew nothing at that Time, & was not disturbed by any Dream.” Does not this certain knowledge that we have about our experience in Deep Dreamless Sleep clearly indicate not only that we did exist at that time, but also that we knew we existed ?
Generally we think of Deep Dreamless Sleep as a state of “un-consciousness”. But what we were un-conscious of in Deep Dreamless Sleep was only things other than “I”, such as any Body or World. We were not, however, un-conscious of our own existence. We need other people to tell us that our Body & the World existed while we were deeply asleep, but we need no one to tell us that we existed at that time. Without the help or testimony of any other person or thing, we know clearly & without any doubt “I slept”.
In Deep Dreamless Sleep we may not have known exactly what we were, but we did know very clearly that we were. The clear knowledge that we possess about our experience in Deep Dreamless Sleep, & that we express when we say. “I slept peacefully, & knew nothing at that Time”, would not be possible if in Deep Dreamless Sleep we had not been conscious of that experience. Or to be more precise, if we had not been conscious of our self as the Consciousness that was un-conscious of anything other than our own peaceful & happy Existence.
If we did not know “I exist” while we were deeply asleep, now after we have woken from Deep Dreamless Sleep we could not know so clearly “I slept”. That is, we could not now know so clearly that we were then in the State that we now call “Deep Dreamless Sleep” – in other words, that we did indeed exist in that State. We know that we existed in Deep Dreamless Sleep because in that State we did actually experience our own existence – our Essential Self-Conscious Existence, “I exist”.
Since in the Waking State we know clearly not only that we deeply slept, but also that in Deep Dreamless Sleep we did not know anything, is it not clear that Deep Dreamless Sleep was a State that we actually experienced ? The seeming “un-consciousness” of Deep Dreamless Sleep – the absence at that time of any knowledge about anything other than “I exist” – was our own experience, something that we our self experienced & knew at that time.
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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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