Mind & Happiness 119
Just as a Dream appears within our own Mind, so everything that we experience in this Waking State appears within our own Mind. However, though the World that we now perceive is experienced by us within our own Mind, we imagine our self to be a particular Body, which is one among the many objects that exists in this World.
Therefore if we wish to know the Truth about our Self & this World, should we not determine which of these 2 conflicting experiences is Real & which is an Illusion ?
1) Does this World really exist only in our own Mind, or is
2) our Mind really something that exists only within a particular Body in this World ?
3) Is this entire Universe, which seems to be so vast, extending with no known limit in Time or Space, merely a series of thoughts in our Mind, or
4) are we merely an insignificant person who lives for a few brief years in a small corner of this Universe ?
In other words, is this whole World really in us, or are we really in the World ?
If this Body & World actually exist only in our own Mind, as the Body & World that we experience in a Dream do, our experience that we are confined within the limits of this Body cannot be real, & must therefore be an Illusion. We could know that it is real, & not an Illusion, only if we could prove that this Body & World really do exist outside of & independent of our own Mind.
Can we ever prove to our self that anything that we know exists independent of our own Mind ? No, except our own Essential Self-Consciousness, “I exist”, which we experience in Deep Dreamless Sleep in the absence of our Mind, we cannot prove to our self that anything is more than a mere Imagination that is created & experienced only in & by our own Mind.
All we know of our Body & this World is only the thoughts or mental images of them which we have formed in our Mind by our power of Imagination. Other than our Fundamental Consciousness of our own Existence, “I exist”, everything that we know can be known by us only within our own Mind.
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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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