When Sri Ramana Maharshi posed the question regarding how we can remember the Self he urged us to go deeper into what is signified when we are told to “remember” the Self. We are to go deeper than misidentification with an Individual Ego “I”. In fact, all thought is objective & pertains to the “I”. The “I” is implicit in every thought & is integral to it. Without the notion of “I”, however it is defined – whether as a “perceiver”, as a “conceiver”, as an “experiencer”, as a “rememberer”, as a “thinker”. How else can there be any false notions such as: “this thought exists” or “the object of this thought exists”. The entire Illusion of differentiation in the truly Undifferentiated Consciousness is utterly dependent upon this 1st assumption of “I”. Without the “I”-notion, there is no such differentiation. Self-Inquiry reveals that the “I”-notion has not yet been born.
Absorption in & as the Self is Knowledge of the Self. Self-Inquiry into the Knowledge of Immortality reveals that Bliss & Immortality are the same & that both are realizable by Knowledge. As a result of comprehending this Teaching if Non-Duality, one is liberated from the illusory connection to the Body & to what is mortal. The fusion of the Desire for Happiness & the desire to exist results in one being endowed with a singular focus upon Self-Realization. This enables one to practice Self-Inquiry to know the Self with the power of undistracted meditation. Fullness & Perfection, the unceasing Bliss, reside in That (Absolute) which neither rises nor sets, which neither begins nor ceases. The experience of Happiness is connected with the experience of Eternity, & the Desire for Happiness is connected with the Desire for Eternity. No one desires a Happiness that will cease, but, rather a Happiness that will not cease & lasts forever. One wishes to exist forever so as to experience that Happiness forever. The Desire for Immortality is as strong as the Desire for Happiness. The 2 are inextricably woven together. Just as no one wishes to be unhappy, so no one wishes to cease to exist. One may wish unwanted objective appearances, such as the sensations, the body, and thoughts, to cease. But those aside no one really wishes to cease to exist.
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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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