Mind & Happiness 136
Though Existence has no form of its own, it is the indefinable essence of all forms. Being Essentially formless, Existence is devoid of all forms of limitation, & hence it is Infinite. Since the Infinite includes all things within itself, it is essentially single & Non-Dual. There cannot be more than one Infinite Reality, because if there were, none of those “infinite realities” would actually be Infinite. Being is therefore the Non-Dual Infinite whole – the totality of all that is.
However, though Existence is Infinite & Non-Dual in itself, it nevertheless includes within itself all that is Finite & Dual. Though Duality appears to exist in Existence, it is not the Essential Nature of Existence, but is a mere illusion. It is an illusory form of Existence, an imagination that appears & disappears in Existence, yet does not affect the Essential, formless, Infinite & Non-Dual Nature of Existence even in the least.
However, though it is an illusory Imagination, Duality could not even appear to exist without the underlying support of the Essential, Infinite, & Non-Dual Existence. Just as Existence is Non-Dual, so the Consciousness of Existence is Non-Dual, because it knows only its own Existence & nothing else. The Consciousness that appears to know things that it imagines to be other than itself is not the Infinite, Absolute & therefore Real Consciousness, but is only a finite, relative & therefore unreal form of Consciousness.
Just as any finite, relative, or Dual form of Existence is not the True & Essential nature of Existence, so any finite, relative, or Dual form of Consciousness is not the True & Essential Nature of Consciousness. Therefore the compound word sat-cit denotes only the Real & Essential Existence-Consciousness, which is completely unconditional, independent, nondual, Infinite, & Absolute.
Just as the Essential, Absolute & Infinite Reality is both Existence & the Consciousness of Existence, so it is also perfect Happiness or Bliss. Un-happiness is not a natural condition, any more than either non-existence or un-consciousness is natural. Non-existence, un-consciousness & un-happiness are not in any way Absolute, but are merely relative conditions that appear to arise only when we mistake our self to be the finite form of a physical Body.
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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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