Mind & Happiness 126
Even now in our present Waking State, if we turn our attention away from all thoughts towards our own Essential Self-Consciousness, “I exist”, all our knowledge of external objects will disappear. Is it not clear, therefore, that all our objective knowledge depends upon our thoughts about the objects that we know ? We appear to know an object only when we form an image of it in our Mind. Since mental images are what we otherwise call thoughts, all that we know of external objects is only the thoughts of them that we form in our own Mind by our power of Imagination.
Except our Essential Self-Consciousness, “I exist”, everything that we know or experience is only a thought – one among the many mental images that we form in our own Mind. Just as we understand that everything that we experience in a Dream is merely our own Imagination, by analysis we can understand that everything that we experience in our present Waking State is likewise merely our own Imagination.
Our belief that our knowledge of this seemingly external World corresponds to something that actually exists outside our self is merely an Imagination – one among the many thoughts that we form in our Mind. There is absolutely no evidence – & there never can be any evidence – that the World we now experience actually exists outside our self, any more than there is any evidence that the World we experienced in a Dream actually exists “outside” our self.
In Verse 1 of Ēkātma Pañcakam, after the first 2 clauses,
“Having forgotten our self” & “having thought ‘[this] Body indeed is myself’.”
Sri Ramana adds a 3rd clause,
“having [thereby] taken innumerable births.”
What exactly does he mean by this ? How actually do we “take innumerable Births” ?
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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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