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].”
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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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