Mind & Happiness 124

Mind & Happiness 124

The relationship between our self & our Body is similar to the relationship between gold & a gold  ornament.  Just as gold is the 1 substance of which the ornament is made, so we are the 1 substance of which our Body & all the other objects of this World are made.

Therefore in Verse 4 of Ēkātma Pañcakam Sri Ramana says:

Is [an] ornament other than [the] gold [of which it is made] ?  Having separated [freed or disentangled] our self, what [or how] is [our] Body ? One who thinks himself [or herself] to be [merely a finite] Body is an ajñāni [a person who is ignorant of our one Real, Infinite & Non-Dual Self], [whereas] one who takes [himself or herself] to be [nothing other than our one Real] Self is a jñāni, [a Sage] who has known [this One Real] Self.  Know [your Self thus as this 1 Infinite Self].”

In the kaliveversion of Ēkātma Pañcakam Sri Ramana added the word vattuvām, which means “which is the substance,” before the initial word of this Verse, poor “gold”.  The word vattu is a Tamil form of the Sanskrit word vastu, which means “substance“, “essence” or “reality” & which is a word that is often used in Philosophy to denote the Absolute Reality, our own Self-Conscious Existence, which is the one essential substance of which all things are formed.  Since Sri Ramana is here using gold as an analogy for our Real Self, by describing gold as the vastu or “substance” he implies that we our Self are the one Real substance of which our Body & all other things are merely imaginary forms.

The rhetorical question: “Having separated our self, what is [our] Body ?” expresses 2 closely related truths.  Firstly, it expresses the truth that our Present Body does not exist when we separate our self from it, as we do in both Deep Dreamless Sleep & Dream.

Secondly, & in this context more importantly, this question is an idiomatic way of expressing the truth that just as an “ornament” cannot be other than the gold of which it is made, so our Body cannot be other than our Real Self, which is the one substance of which all things are made.

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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Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

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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.

Mind & Happiness 123

Mind & Happiness 123

The State that we now experience as Waking is in fact just another Dream.  Just as we now mistake our Present State to be Waking, in a Dream we likewise mistake our then current State to be Waking.  We always mistake whatever State we are currently experiencing to be our Waking State, & we consider all our other States to be Dreams.

What distinguishes one State of Dream from another is that in each such State or each series of such States we mistake a different Body to be our self.  Since we remember a series of consecutive States in which we mistook our self to be the same Body that we now mistake our self to be, we consider each of those States to be a resumption of this same “Waking State”.  However, we also remember other States in which we mistook our self to be various other bodies, so we consider those other states to be “Dreams”.

Since the fact that we take various different bodies to be our self is what makes us imagine that there is a basic distinction between our Present so-called Waking State & our other States of Dream, in the 3rd sentence of the 18th paragraph of Yār ?  Sri Ramana says, “In Dream [our] Mind takes another Body“.

In our Present State of Dream, we consider certain other States of Dream to be real, because in them we took this same Body to be our self, but we consider yet other states of Dream to be unreal, because in them we mistook other bodies to be our self.

How exactly do we “take another Body” in each of our Dreams  ?  In a Dream we imagine the existence of some other Body, & we simultaneously imagine that Body to be our self.  Similarly, in our Present so-called Waking State we imagine the existence of this Body & simultaneously imagine it to be our self.  Just as the Body that we mistook to be our self in a Dream was merely a product of our own Imagination, so this Body that we now mistake to be our self is merely a product of our own Imagination.

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 122

Mind & Happiness 122

In order to know our self, we must keenly scrutinize our Self – that is, we must focus our attention wholly & exclusively upon our Essential Consciousness of our own Existence, “I exist”. So long as we have any Desire, Attachment, Fear. or Aversion for anything other than our own Essential Self-Consciousness, whenever we try to focus our attention upon our Self, we will be distracted by our thoughts of whatever other things we Desire, Fear, or Feel Averse to.  

 And so long as we believe that those other things exist outside our own Imagination & are therefore real in their own right, we will not be able to free our self from our Desire, Attachment, Fear. or Aversion for them.  Therefore to help us to free our self from all our Desires, Attachments, Fears, & Aversions, Sri Ramana & other sages teach us the truth that everything other than our own self-Consciousness, “I exist”, is unreal, being a mere figment of our own imagination.

 This is why in Verse 559 of Guru Vācaka Kōvai he confirmed the inference that we can draw from the fact that whatever we experienced in a Dream appeared then to be as real as what we experience in this Waking state appears now to be, stating explicitly:

 If Dream, which appeared [and was experienced by us as if it were real], is a mere whirling of [our own] thoughts, Waking, which has [now] occurred [and is Existence experienced by us as if it were real], is also of that [same] nature [that is, it is likewise a mere whirling of our own thoughts]. As real as the happenings in Waking, which has [now] occurred, [appear to be at this Present moment], so real indeed [the happenings in] Dream [appeared to be] at that Time.”

 Sri Ramana affirms emphatically that Waking & Dream are both a “mere whirling of thoughts.”   That is, they are each a series of mental images that we form in our own Mind by our power of Imagination.  In other words, other than our Fundamental Self-Consciousness “I exist”, every thing that we experience in either Waking or Dream is just a figment of our own Imagination.

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.