For Realization of the invaluably precious opportunity of the “Final Teachings”, for a conclusive revelation of Reality “as it is”, one must investigate, inwardly study, scrutinize, “inquire” into the very definition of oneself, the nature of that certainty “I exist”. By relinquishing the notion of being an Ego, we remain in our Real Nature. Such Self-Inquiry is actually to be maintained constantly whether thought, sense experience, or apparent bodily actions continue or not. The deepening experience of Self-Inquiry is said to be “immediate” experience, in the sense of “direct” without a “mediate” process intervening between the experience of Truth & oneself.
Existence–Consciousness is the One Reality which also is the One Self. We can remember an idea about the Self, but we cannot directly remember the Self as such since the Self is beyond thought. But cannot really forget the Self either, because that Existence is always present, resulting in everyone’s firm conviction in it, that “I exist”. Nor can the Self be remembered or even thought of, as if it were an object (Reality being non-objective or “trans–subjective”). The Self can neither be forgotten nor remembered. It is not an object, & it is not apart from the one who seeks to know it. The Self is always there, but interior to, & beyond conception by, the Mind.
Yet having heard, or heard of the Teaching, one wants to “know” & “remember” the Self, to be awake to Reality, for not to do so is to “dream” in Illusion. To dream in Illusion is to unnecessarily create Bondage & Suffering. To be awake to Reality is to be happy, blissful, & at Peace. We sense this transcendent Knowledge was originally there, it was always there, but interior to, & beyond conception by the Mind so we want to remember it. (One classical analogy depicts a woman searching for a most precious jewel that seems to be lost. When her searching grasping turns inward towards her heart, she finds the jewel to have been on a necklace the whole time.)
Consider one’s Existence very deeply in one’s own Self-Inquiry. To know the Self is to be immersed in its Bliss & Peace. While we cannot simply or strictly remember the Self, we are taught that we can “merge”, “rest”, or “abide” as That, as pure Existence–Consciousness–Bliss which is free of all thought., That is the proper way to know the Self & the only way to “remember” the Self. We abide in That as That Self.
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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
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