Mind & Happiness 114
When we analyze our experience in Deep Dreamless Sleep more deeply, it becomes clear to us that though we now imagine that we did not experience any consciousness in Deep Dreamless Sleep, we did in fact experience our Fundamental Consciousness of our own Essential Existence, “I exist”. Therefore, though Deep Dreamless Sleep does appear to our Waking– Mind to be a State of “self-forgetfulness”, on more careful consideration we cannot deny the fact that we did indeed experience our Natural & Eternal Self-Consciousness even in Deep Dreamless Sleep.
Hence, when talking from the perspective of the Absolute Reality, which is our own Infinite Self-Consciousness, “I exist”, Sri Ramana used to describe Deep Dreamless Sleep as our True State Of Non-Dual Self-Consciousness. The truth is that we do indeed know that we exist even in Deep Dreamless Sleep. However, though in Deep Dreamless Sleep we know that we are, we appear not to know what we are.
Nevertheless, though we appear not to know what we are in Deep Dreamless Sleep, we should remember that this seeming “ignorance” or “forgetfulness” of our Real Self in Deep Dreamless Sleep is imaginary & therefore unreal, just as our present “ignorance” or “forgetfulness” of our Real Self is imaginary & unreal.
We have never truly forgotten our Real Self, or been ignorant of it. We merely imagine that we do not know our self as we really are. However, as Sri Ramana repeatedly pointed out to us, this imaginary “self-ignorance” or “self-forgetfulness” is experienced only by our Mind, & not by our Real Self, which always experiences itself as Infinite & eternally happy Consciousness of just Existence.
Since in Deep Dreamless Sleep we do not experience our Mind, which alone imagines the existence of “self-forgetfulness”, Deep Dreamless Sleep cannot really be a State of “self-forgetfulness”. In Deep Dreamless Sleep no individual consciousness exists to experience “self-forgetfulness”. All that exists in Deep Dreamless Sleep is our un-adulterated Consciousness of our own Real Self or Essential Existence, “I exist”. Therefore, though the relative truth about sleep is that it is a state of “self-forgetfulness”, the Absolute Truth about Deep Dreamless Sleep is that it is a State of perfect Self-Consciousness or 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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