The apparent obstacles to Self-Realization, to Liberation, to Enlightenment are the ignorant Misidentifications that take the form of thoughts, & the thoughts themselves, are the very form or apparent substance of which the misidentifications are made. When a thought is formed, what actually happens ? In the space of Consciousness, how does the thought form ? From where do our beliefs, whatever they are, derive ? There is the belief about something, “it exists.” Yet, that does not mean that thing or the thought about such exists ?
You first have to imagine yourself in some manner other than the Self, in order to believe that thought exists. It occurs only when there is Imagination. Once that imagined separation from the Self occurs, thought appears to have an independent reality. Before that is imagined, thought does not exist. So, the only difference between the 2 times is that one is with Imagination & the other is without. How did there come to be 2 different times ? Each thought is dependent upon the other in a cycle, but there is nothing solid there.
Where is there a difference between you, or your experience, & the Absolute ? The idea is that first there is the Absolute, & then there are the so-called Illusions. Does the Absolute change its nature ? Does some change occur to this Pure Existence ? Self-Inquiry includes rather the inner question, “Illusion, or change, or thought for whom ? “For myself.” But: “Who am I ?”
Focusing on the apparent “I” & inwardly “beyond” the real Self, Pure Consciousness, there comes in time, short or long, Self-Realization, to Liberation, to Enlightenment.
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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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