Mind & Happiness 104
We are so accustomed to associating Consciousness only with our Mind, the Consciousness that knows things other than itself, that with regard to Deep Dreamless Sleep we overlook the obvious. We overlook the fact that the “un-consciousness” of Deep Dreamless Sleep is something that we our self have experienced, & that in order to have experienced that so-called “un-consciousness” in Deep Dreamless Sleep we our self must have been conscious.
Therefore, as far as we can ever possibly know, there is no such thing as a state of “absolute un-consciousness”. Such a state of “absolute un-consciousness” would be a state that could never be known or experienced. The only type of un-consciousness that we can experience & know is not a state of “absolute un-consciousness”, but merely a state of relative un-consciousness – a state in
which the Consciousness of duality with which we are familiar in the Waking & Dream states has subsided, a state in which we are not conscious of anything other than our mere Existence, our fundamental Non-Dual Self-Consciousness “I exist”. If we were really un-conscious in Deep Dreamless Sleep, or at any other time, we could not
be Consciousness, because Consciousness can never be un-conscious. However, since we are conscious of Deep Dreamless Sleep & other such States of relative un-consciousness, we are the Absolute Consciousness that underlies & supports yet transcends all states of relative Consciousness & un-consciousness.
Does not the fact that we experience Waking, Dream & Deep Dreamless Sleep as 3 distinct States clearly prove that we exist & are conscious of our Existence in all these 3 States ? There is thus a continuity of our Existence and our Consciousness through all our 3 States of Waking, Dream &
Deep Dreamless Sleep.
However, the Consciousness of our mere Existence that continues unbroken in all these 3 States is distinct from the “consciousness” that knows a Body & World in just 2 of the States, namely Waking & Dream.
Our simple & fundamental Consciousness of our own mere Existence that continues throughout our 3 States is our pure un-contaminated Consciousness “I exist”, whereas the “consciousness” that identifies itself with a particular Body & that knows a World through the 5 Senses of that Body is the mixed & contaminated “consciousness” of “I am this Body.”
This mixed “consciousness” that identifies itself with a Body is a limited & distorted form of our original & fundamental Consciousness “I exist”. Since this distorted “consciousness”, which we call our “Mind”, appears only in the States of Waking & Dream, & disappears in deep sleep, it cannot be our Real Nature, our True & Essential Self. Our Real Nature is only our pure, un-contaminated & unlimited Consciousness “I exist”, which underlies & supports the passing appearance of our 3 States (Waking, Dream, & Deep Dreamless Sleep).
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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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