REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 12

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 12

[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi]

Some places are considered “holy” & seem to especially support & foster Self-Inquiry & spiritual practice generally. Wherever Truth shines may become known in this World as a holy place. That effect is difficult to explain, yet there are Scriptures that have mentioned this. The effect of being in such a place is known by those who are there. But what is it that they experience when they are in that place or in such holy company ?  They experience something that goes beyond the boundaries of Time & Space. The effect is not really something in this world. Worldless, Timeless, & Spaceless, the pure Existence is what they experience in a “holy” place

But any place is holy when we experience something Timeless, Spaceless, Worldless, & Formless, when we are Timeless, Spaceless, Worldless, & Formless.  Then, “right here”, “here” & “there” disappear.  If one imagined that he is not in that Timeless, Spaceless, Worldless, & Formless Consciousness, if one does not experience That,  the question should arise, “Why not ?”

That would be a call for the examination of “that” with which you are misidentifying or to which you are attaching yourself.  If one is not experiencing the fullness of what is experienced in some “holier” place, it again is misidentification.  At the same time, the advice given in various Scriptures & by Sages & Saints is that one should never permanently abandon any support which supplies such experience. That could be the holy place, the holy company, the Self, or any combination thereof.  It depends on the practice & spiritual approaches of the seeker in question.

All actually belongs to, actually is the un-changing Self.  Nor can it even ever belong to another. So it is because the very conception of “another” is a product again of Ignorance. The notion of an individual, separate “I” is the very epitome of such Ignorance.  Though unreal, such Ignorance seems to “veil” the Truth.  This unreal Cause yields an unreal Effect, that of apparent “bondage”.  Therefore it is imperative that Ignorance be destroyed so that no obscuration of the Self is experienced.  Ignorance can be destroyed by True Knowledge alone, & by no other means.

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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/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 11

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 11

[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi]

Feel that all of whatever you have thought of in Life exists is proof of the Existence underlying That. Thought is not proof of what you have thought of, but is proof that there is an invariable Existence that does not diminish, no matter how much you lend its reality to whatever you think. Pure Existence is quite beyond thought. Not one idea applies to this Pure Existence.

To be absorbed in Reality, free of the Mis-identification with thought, this is to know the Truth of your own Existence. One need not be concerned with whether the thought exists or exists not.  In our Self-Inquiry, let our focus be upon distinguishing our Identity from, & freeing our Identity from whatever is conceived. That accomplished, the Unconceived remains, which is Self-luminous. This Self remains as itself. This is absorption in the Self as referred to by the Sri Ramana Maharshi, Existence just by Itself.

The “state” of Self-Realization (not really a state) consists of  True Knowledge.  Reality always exists &, by its own True Nature, is perfect Fullness (sarvam) always. That the Self is everpresent is self-evident for nonexistence of oneself is not known by anyone, ever.  The Reality of the Self is un-changing & un-changeable, & what changes is not real, but is only Illusion or misperception of what is real.

What truly exists is un-changing & un-changeable, That One & Alone, there is nothing else to alter It. If blissful Reality were not completely experiential at any time, this would not be due to a change in the un-changeable Real Self.  But neither would the same apparent change be due to “eternal factors”, for such would have no real preceding Cause.  The change, the lack of completely blissful experience only appears due to an Ignorance that actually has no existence of its own.  All actually belongs to, actually is the un-changing Self.

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/

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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/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 10

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 10

[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi]

Since “all of our Illusions only prove the Reality & nothing more” [previous blog], & all is comprehended by that One, 1withouta2nd. That One, actually being all alone (kevalya), it is revealed that all of “creation” reveals no-creation (the Ajata Vata school of Advaita Vedanta). The entire Illusion only indicates Reality, because there is only the undifferentiated One, & you are that One. That One is pure Existence, your own Existence, which you have always known & which you always are. There is no one who is apart from this. Know the Pure Existence from the Existence, itself.

Could there have been Illusion ?  For whom would the Illusion have been ?  Yourself  ? How can you think of yourself ? The entire purpose of spiritual practice, in all the forms that it takes and, most especially, in Self-Inquiry  to know your Self, which is absorption in That, as That, Itself.  This is to have the “vision” of Truth. It is to “see” Reality, which is seeing one’s own Self. One starts to realize this by first recognizing the Self’s freedom from thought. The Self is inconceivable. Distinguish clearly Existence from thought, be such a thought of the World, a thought of the Body, a thought of some attribute of the Body, a thought of some activity in the World, or a subtler or abstract thought.

Distinguish clearly what is merely a thought & what is Pure Existence, because the Existence is free from thought. If you are to know your Existence, you should disentangle the pseudo-connection between your Self, which is your Identity, & whatever is thought of. Whatever may be the thought, it is not you. In Truth, you have never thought of yourself, & you never will. You will know yourself, but you will never think of yourself. Every limitation, every kind of suffering, & every seed for suffering is a thought, & only a thought. A thought is just an idea. A thought is not reality. A thought is the stuff of which dreams are made. Such a thought is not the Truth. Such a thought is not Pure Existence, or in itself truly existent.

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/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 9

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 9

[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi]

Divine Grace takes the form of the very self-effort by which we awaken from the Illusion of Duality as we are absorbed in one’s very Identity referred to in Tat Tvam Asi (“Thou Art That”), Brahman.  Comprehended only by Itself, Atman, the Self, this Pure Existence is itself the self-knowing Knowledge, & at the same time Bliss, 1withouta2nd or Non-Dual.  There is no other Knower & there is no object to be known, leaving self-knowing as True Knowledge.  Transcending thought, by its absence, or by non-attachment to thought, not retaining any concept of tendency (vasana), free of Mis-identification with the Body, Mind, Life-Force (Prana), or Ego-Individuality, (Ahamkara), we contemplate, without standing apart, Oneness, Identification with Pure Existence, with un-distracted focus on Ultimate Truth, one inquiring abandons meandering delusions for the sake of sacred Self-Realization. Thus the one inquiring is absorbed in That which is blissful, un-limited, un-divided, beyond Body & Mind, into Formless Existence.

Should any distraction or other thought appear, Sri Ramana Maharshi’s instruction was to inquire deeply within: “For whom is this thought ?” & so on.  Disappointed in one’s apparently limited success in this interior process, the existence of the one who would be disappointed would be further proof of the Self if one inquires: “For whom is this disappointment ?”  Penetrating in past the apparent “I”, to the Formless Self, we find that in this sense, all of our Illusions only prove the Reality & nothing more.  If there is one to have the disappointing, or any other experience, “Whom is that one ?”  “Who am I ?”

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/

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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/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 8

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 8

[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi]

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.

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/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 7

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 7

[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi]

Thought is never a definition for what I am, for what you are, what remains to be called “your Existence” ?   What boundary does it have ?  What form does it have ?  What division does it have, ?  It is none & has none of such things.  In this spacelike, One Existence, where is the place for thought ? Where is the cause of thought ?  Examining one’s own nature, know that it is transcendent of thought. Reality is this inconceivable sole Non-Dual Existence. Inconceivable because it cannot be conceived of, thought about, or any known as an object.

Examine your own experience to perceive what it actually is that you refer to as thought.  A mere wisp in instantaneous nothingness, inexplicable “mental” experience.  We, as Pure Existence, can remain free from the influence of any (apparent) idea, free from the impact of any thought, free from the hold of any concept, desire, or fear.

Unreal is the idea of an existent object, the idea of an existent perceiver, the idea of  an “I” since there is subjectobject division, perceived or conceptual attributes. Fortunately, the (apparent) idea of the existence of the Supreme Self (though only apparent, yet still a redeeming idea) derives as Grace from that One Existence, even though the One Existence, which is, indeed, the Self, & which is the only true “I” transcends all ideas.

If you do not identify yourself with a thought & remain steady in the certain Knowledge that what is thought cannot possibly be who you are, Liberation reveals itself.

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/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 6

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 6

[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi]

There has always been, & will ever be, only one “self”, that Non-Dual sole Reality known as Brahman, the Absolute; & also as Atman, “the” Self.  Without beginning or end, the Self is dimensionless, transcendent of size or extent, neither large nor small, never increasing or decreasing.  Nor does the Reality, the Self evidence any other phase or condition, or any objective quality – the Self, the Reality being non–objective, or “trans–subjective” (in the sense of what “subjective” would be if there were no real objects to complete the subject–object duality).

Self-Knowledge, Knowledge of the Self is based upon the seeker of Self-Realization having a firm conviction in his own identity, the identity or Non-Duality of “That” & “Thou“, as expressed in Tat Tvam Asi, “That Thou Art”, the Upanishadic Maha-vakya” or “Great Pronouncement”, pronouncement of the Ultimate Truth.  “Thou” may seem to be an individual, but is truly Atman, “the” Self.  “That” may seem to be a separate deity,  God, but is truly Brahman the Absolute, which is also Atman, “the” Self.  To be forever free of all Suffering, & to rest in the Peace & Happiness that is the “Bliss” in Existence-Consciousness-Bliss, (another designation for Brahman), the seeker must “realize” his identity as Atman, one with Brahman.  This Self-Realization alone destroys the unreal Illusion (Maya) that constitutes, unnecessarily, all imagined limitation & suffering.

 Seems too good to be true ?  Actually, this Teaching is too good not to be true ?  But there is a “catch“.  Self-Realization require sincere effort – every drop of energy we have, but not a drop more !  Several “pre–requisites” are also involved.  Valuing this Self-Realization, true Immortality, requires that nothing else has greater value for us, indeed nothing else has any real value for us.  With this detachment, this non–attachment, there is necessarily also an inwardly–turned mind.  For the Reality discovered is inward, is non–objective, or “trans–subjective”, while Self-Realization is a “fixed gaze” upon the Infinite, which is Consciousness & Pure Existence, & at the same time Bliss, 1–without–a–2nd or Non-Dual.  But as for the ” attainment” of Self-Realization, there is no attainment, for there is no “us”, no other Knower, but only That, Brahman  which alone knows itself.  Indeed, that Consciousness is itself the Knowledge of Itself.  Self-effort toward absorption in Brahman, Atman, the Self is the final, irreversible entry into the Real, discarding individual identity, suffering, & all Duality.

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/