Mind & Happiness 107
Since both the “Existence” form & the “knowing” form of our Consciousness are experienced by us in the Waking State, we have a choice of attending either to the Thoughts, Feelings, Objects, & Events that are known by the “knowing” form of our “consciousness”, or to the “I exist” that is known by the Existence form of our Consciousness.
When we attend to things other than our Existence, we seemingly become our false form of “knowing consciousness”, which is our Mind, whereas when we attend only to our own Existence, “I exist”, we remain as our Essential Form of Non-Dual “Existence Consciousness”, which is our Real Self.
The nature of our Essential “Existence Consciousness” is just to be, & not to know anything other than itself. Since it is Consciousness, it knows itself merely by Existence itself. Its knowledge of itself is therefore not an action, a “doing” of any sort, but is just Existence.
In order to know our Real Self, therefore, all we need do is just exist [Consciously]. What seemingly prevents us from knowing our Real Self, our mere “Existence Consciousness”, is our “doing”, our rising [as a Mind] to know things that we imagine to be other than our Self. Whereas knowing our Self is not a “doing” but just “Existence”, knowing other things is a doing or action.
The very nature of our “knowing Consciousness” or Mind is therefore to be constantly doing. Our “knowing Consciousness” comes into existence only by an act of Imagination – by imagining itself to be a Body, which it creates by its power of Imagination. Thus it is nothing but a form of Imagination. Since it is itself an Imagination, all that it knows is likewise an Imagination. Since imagining is a doing or action, the very formation of our “knowing Consciousness” in our Imagination is a doing & of all doings it is the first.
Since the rising of our “knowing Consciousness” from sleep is a doing or act of Imagination, all that it gives rise to – all our dualistic “knowledge” which rises in the form of our thoughts, some of which appear to exist externally as our “Body” & the other objects of this “World” – is just a product of doing, a result of our repeated acts of Imagination.
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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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