Mind & Happiness 136

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.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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, NoCreation. 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 “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  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.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.

Mind & Happiness 135

Mind & Happiness 135

The 2nd question that Sri Sivaprakasam Pillai asked Sri Ramana was “What is the nature of [such] Knowledge ?”, to which Sri Ramana replied either “The nature of Knowledge is sat-cit-ānanda” or more probably just “saccidānanda“.  The compound word sat-cit-ānanda (which is actually fused into one word, saccidānanda), is a well-known philosophical term, which is of Sanskrit origin, but which is widely understood & frequently used in Tamil & all other Indian languages.  It is a term used to describe the Nature of the Absolute Reality, & though it is composed of 3 words, it is not intended to imply that the Absolute Reality is composed of 3 distinct elements, but only that the single Non-Dual Nature of the One Absolute Reality can be described in 3 different ways.

The word sat basically means “Existence” or “existing“, but by extension also means “That which really is“, “Reality“, “Truth“, “Essence“, “Real“, “True“, “Good“, “Right“, or “that which is Real, True, Good or Right“.

The word cit means “”Consciousness””, from a verbal root meaning “to know“, “to be conscious of”, “to perceive“, “to observe“, “to attend to” or “to be attentive“.  And the word ānanda means “Happiness“, “Joy“, or “Bliss“.

Thus saccidānanda, or as it is more commonly spelled in Roman script, sat-citānanda, means “Existence-Consciousness-Bliss”, that is, Existence which is both Consciousness & Bliss, or Consciousness which is both Existence & Bliss, or Bliss which is both Existence & Consciousness. True Existence & true Consciousness are not 2 different things.  If Consciousness were not the essential nature of Existence, Existence would have to depend upon some Consciousness other than itself in order to be known.  Hence it would not be Absolute Existence, but only relative Existence Existence that existed only in the view of some other existing Consciousness.

If we postulate that there is an Absolute Existence that is not conscious of its own “existence” & that exists even though it is not known either by itself or by any Consciousness other than itself, such an Existence would be a mere supposition or Imagination an Existence that exists only in our own Mind & hence it would not be real Existence.

We have no valid reason to suppose that any such “unknown” Existence exists.  The term “Existence” has a valid meaning only if it is applied to something that is known to exist & not if it is applied to something whose existence is merely imaginary.  Therefore true & Absolute Existence must always be conscious of its own Existence.  Hence Consciousness must be its very Nature.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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, NoCreation. 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 “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  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.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.

Mind & Happiness 134

Mind & Happiness 134

The 2nd question that Sri Sivaprakasam Pillai asked Sri Ramana was “What is the nature of [such] Knowledge ?”, to which Sri Ramana replied either “The nature of Knowledge is sat-cit-ānanda” or more probably just “saccidānanda“.  The compound word sat-cit-ānanda (which is actually fused into one word, saccidānanda), is a well-known philosophical term, which is of Sanskrit origin, but which is widely understood & frequently used in Tamil & all other Indian languages.  It is a term used to describe the Nature of the Absolute Reality, & though it is composed of 3 words, it is not intended to imply that the Absolute Reality is composed of 3 distinct elements, but only that the single Non-Dual Nature of the One Absolute Reality can be described in 3 different ways.

The word sat basically means “Existence” or “existing“, but by extension also means “That which really is“, “Reality“, “Truth“, “Essence“, “Real“, “True“, “Good“, “Right“, or “that which is Real, True, Good or Right“.

The word cit means “”Consciousness””, from a verbal root meaning “to know“, “to be conscious of”, “to perceive“, “to observe“, “to attend to” or “to be attentive“.  And the word ānanda means “Happiness“, “Joy“, or “Bliss“.

Thus saccidānanda, or as it is more commonly spelled in Roman script, sat-citānanda, means “Existence-Consciousness-Bliss”, that is, Existence which is both Consciousness & Bliss, or Consciousness which is both Existence & Bliss, or Bliss which is both Existence & Consciousness. True Existence & true Consciousness are not 2 different things.  If Consciousness were not the essential nature of Existence, Existence would have to depend upon some Consciousness other than itself in order to be known.  Hence it would not be Absolute Existence, but only relative Existence Existence that existed only in the view of some other existing Consciousness.

If we postulate that there is an Absolute Existence that is not conscious of its own “existence” & that exists even though it is not known either by itself or by any Consciousness other than itself, such an Existence would be a mere supposition or Imagination an Existence that exists only in our own Mind & hence it would not be real Existence.

We have no valid reason to suppose that any such “unknown” Existence exists.  The term “Existence” has a valid meaning only if it is applied to something that is known to exist & not if it is applied to something whose existence is merely imaginary.  Therefore true & Absolute Existence must always be conscious of its own Existence.  Hence Consciousness must be its very Nature.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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, NoCreation. 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 “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  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.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.

Mind & Happiness 133

Mind & Happiness 133

In order to know our Self thus, we must concentrate our entire attention upon our Essential Self-Consciousness “I exist”.  This concentration of our attention upon our Self is the practice of ātma-vicāra – Self-Investigation, Self-Examination, Self-Scrutiny or Self-Inquiry which Sri Ramana taught as the only means by which we can experience True Non-Dual Self-Knowledge.

We must attempt to find an experiential answer to the crucial question “who am I ?” An event in the early life of Sri Ramana entailed when the 1st person asked him truly pertinent & useful questions.  He was a humble & self-effacing devotee called Sri Sivaprakasam Pillai, who 1st came to him in 1901, when he was just 21 years old. The 1st question Sri Sivaprakasam Pillai asked him was “Who am I ?”, to which he replied simply:

Knowledge [or Consciousness] alone is I.”

The actual Tamil words spoken by Sri Sivaprakasam Pillai were “yār?“, which literally mean “I [am] who ?”, & the words that Sri Ramana, who seldom spoke in those early Times, wrote in reply with his finger on the sandy ground were “aivē nā“.  The Tamil word aivu means “knowledge” in the broadest sense, & is therefore used to denote many different forms of knowledge, including Consciousness, Wisdom, Intelligence, Learning, Sense Perception, anything that is Known, & even ātmā, our Real Self, which is our Fundamental Knowledge “I exist”.

In this context, however, it means only our Fundamental Knowledge “I exist” our Essential Consciousness of our own Existence.  The letter ē that he appended to aivu is a suffix that is commonly used in Tamil to add emphasis to a word, conveying the sense “itself”, “alone” or “indeed”, & the word means “I”.

In these 2 simple words, aivē nā, Sri Ramana summarised the essence of his experience of true Self-Knowledge, which is the basis of his entire Teaching.  What he meant by these simple

words is that our true & Essential Nature is only our Fundamental Knowledge or Consciousness “I exist”, which is the conclusion that we have to arrive at if we critically analyze our experience of our Self in our 3 ordinary States of Consciousness (Waking, Dream, & Deep Dreamless Sleep).

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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, NoCreation. 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 “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  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.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.

Mind & Happiness 132

Mind & Happiness 132

When we wake up from a Dream, we know that everything, that we experienced in that Dream, was merely our own Imagination & was therefore entirely unreal.  Similarly, when we attain the Non-Dual Experience of True Self-Knowledge, we will know that everything that we experienced in this State of “self-forgetfulness” (including our “self-forgetfulness” itself) is merely our own Imagination, & is therefore entirely unreal.

In our Present experience, the only thing that is Real is our own Self-Consciousness, “I exist”. If we did not exist, we could not know our own Existence, nor could we imagine the existence of anything else.  The one real basis of all our knowledge & all our experience is our own Consciousness.  When we say “I know” or “I experience”, we imply “I am conscious.”  However, though we sometimes appear to be conscious of things other than our self, our Consciousness of those other things appears & disappears.  Being impermanent, it is only relatively “real”.

The only thing of which we are permanently conscious is our self our own Existence, “I exist”. Even when we are conscious of nothing else, as in Deep Dreamless Sleep, we continue to be conscious of our own Existence, because our Existence is inherently Self-Conscious.  In other words, we are Self-Consciousness, & hence we always experience our self as “I exist”.

Since our Consciousness of other things appears only when our Mind is active, it is merely an Imagination.  But since we are the Consciousness that experiences both that imagination & the absence of it in Deep Dreamless Sleep, we are the Real Consciousness that underlies the imaginary Consciousness of otherness.

Since the only form of Consciousness that we experience permanently is our own Self-Consciousness, we can definitely conclude that it is the True & Essential form of Consciousness. In other words, since we are the fundamental Self-Consciousness that underlies the appearance of all other forms of Consciousness, we alone are the True & Essential form of Consciousness.

We can also conclude that we are the Absolute Reality, because we are the fundamental non-dual Self-Consciousness “I exist”, which is essentially unqualified & unconditioned, Existence free from all limits & any form of dependence upon any other thing. Whatever else may appear or disappear, & whatever change or other action may seem to happen, our Essential Self-Consciousness always remains unchanged & unaffected.

Therefore, whereas all other things are relative, our true Self-Consciousness is absolute.

We are absolute Existence, absolute Consciousness & Absolute Happiness.  Therefore if we wish to free our self from all un-happiness & all forms of limitation, we must know our self as we really are. That is, we must actually experience our self as the Absolute Non-Dual Self-Consciousness that we really are, & that we now understand our self to be.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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, NoCreation. 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 “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  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.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.

Mind & Happiness 131

Mind & Happiness 131

The State of true Self-Knowledge is our natural, eternal, unchanging & Non-Dual State of Self-Conscious Existence.  Since it is the Absolute Reality, which underlies the appearance of all relativity, Self-Knowledge can never undergo any form of change or “becoming”.  It never has become anything, & it never will become anything.  Self-KnowledgeIt just is.

When we imagine that we know anything other than our Self, we seem to “become” something limited.  However, such “becoming” is only imaginary. In Reality, we always remain as we really are that is, as Infinite & Absolute Existence, Consciousness, & Happiness.  Hence when we know our Self as we really are, we do not become anything, but simply remain as the Infinite &

Absolute Reality that we always have been & always will be.  Therefore in Verse 26 of Upadēśa Undiyār Sri Ramana says:

Being [our Real] Self is indeed knowing [our Real] Self, because [our Real] Self is that which is devoid of 2. […]

Since we are the Absolute Reality, we are in truth devoid of any form of Duality, & hence we can know our Self only by being our Self, which is what we always are. Therefore the State that we call Self-Knowledge is not a State in which we know anything new, but is only the State in which we shed all “knowledge” of everything other than our Self.

When we wake up from a Dream, we do not become anything new or know anything new. We merely shed the imaginary experience of our Dream, & remain as we previously were.  Similarly, when we wake up from our imaginary “sleep” of “self-forgetfulness”, in which we have experienced innumerable Dreams, we will not become anything new or know anything new.

We will merely shed the imaginary experience of our “self-forgetfulness” & all our resulting Dreams, & remain as the Infinite & Absolutely Non-Dual Self-Consciousness that we always have been.  Therefore Sri Ramana concludes this 1st Verse of Ēkātma Pañcakam by saying:

[…] finally knowing our self [&] Existence our self is just [like] waking from a Dream of wandering about the World. See [thus].”

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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, NoCreation. 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 “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  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.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.

Mind & Happiness 130

Mind & Happiness 130

Sri Ramana said, “having taken innumerable Births“, he was referring to this repeated process of forsaking one Dream Body & imagining another Dream Body to be our self.  Rebirth or Re-incarnation is therefore not real, but is just a Dream an imaginary event that occurs repeatedly in our seemingly long “sleep” of imaginary “self-ignorance”.

Though Rebirth is merely a figment of our Imagination a Dream created by our own Desires & Fears it is “as real” as our present Life in this World, which is itself just as “real” as our Mind, the limited & distorted form of Consciousness that experiences this & so many other Dreams.

Until we know what we really are, thereby putting an end to our imaginary “sleep” of “self-forgetfulness” or “self-ignorance”, we will continue to experience one Dream after another.  In each of those Dreams we will mistake our self to be a Body that we have created by our own imagination.  Since the fundamental cause of all the Suffering & lack of perfect Happiness that we experience in this Dream-Life & so many other Dream-lives is our imaginary “”self-forgetfulness”” or “self-ignorance”, we can end all our Suffering & attain perfect Happiness only by experiencing the Absolute Clarity of true Self-Knowledge.

Since the illusion of Duality is caused by our “self-forgetfulness” our “forgetfulness” of our fundamental Non-Dual Consciousness of our own infinite & absolute Existence – it will be dissolved only when we experience perfectly clear Non-Dual Self-Knowledge or Self-Consciousness.

By seemingly forgetting our Real Self, we enable our self to imagine that we have become a Body. Therefore though we have never really ceased to be our Infinite Real Self, we do appear to have become something else.

Hence in his 1st Verse of Ēkātma Pañcakam, Sri Ramana says that having forgotten our Real Self, having repeatedly imagined our self to be a Body, & having thereby seemingly taken birth in innumerable different bodies, when we finally know our self we become our self once again.  He says:

[…] finally knowing our Self [& thereby] becoming our Self […]

He does not mean to imply that the attainment of true Self-Knowledge is really a process of “becoming”.  Relative to our present State of “self-forgetfulness”, in which we seem to have become a Body & Mind, the State of Self-Knowledge may appear to be a State in which we will once again become our Real Self, but in Reality it is just our Natural State of Existence, in which we remain as we always have been that is, as our immutable Real Self.

The word that Sri Ramana actually uses in this Verse is ādal, which is a gerund that primarily means “becoming” but can also mean “Existence”. Therefore, though the words “iṟudi taṉṉai-y-uṇarndu tāṉ-ādal“, which form the subject of this Verse, could be translated as:finally knowing our Self [& thereby] becoming our Self“, they can be translated more accurately as “finally knowing our Self [& thereby just] Existence our Self.”

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

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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, NoCreation. 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 “NewAge” Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  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.”]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via “John Stiga” etc, on the “Wayback Machine” Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on “Amazon.com”, reference-able by the author “John Stiga”, each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.