Since the Truth of the Self cannot be conceived or remembered, what is it that constitutes Self-Realization ? What is it that constitutes the “remembrance” of the Self, the recollection of one’s actual True Nature ? It cannot be a matter of thought. Sri Ramana Maharshi speaks of “Atma–nistha“, which means Self–“abidance” or “absorption”. It signifies the establishment of your very Identity in That as That, & in That as That alone, without the addition of anything added to it. What is this “abidance” ? It cannot be just the movement of some mental attention, some variety of thought, or some form of concentration. It must be something much deeper & more interior, something not subject to changefulness, & something that does not waver. Firm “abidance” or “absorption” is that which does not change as the Body changes or as the Mind changes. Therefore Self-Inquiry & the resultant Knowledge are of a thought-transcendent nature. Self-Inquiry & Knowledge are of the same nature as Pure Existence, which is devoid of thought.
The Realization of the Self is blissful Immortality. It is absorption in & as That which has no beginning or end. The Desires for Happiness & Immortality are the same. They come from the same intuition of the Truth of the Self. Only absorption in the Self, which is the Reality, fulfills both. The Self is that which has no beginning or end & is Real, or truly existent. The Self is changeless. Whatever has a beginning, a change, & an end is unreal. This “being unreal” may be understood as being utterly non–existent or as the existent but entirely misperceived. To experience blissful Immortality, one must realize the Existence of the Self as it really is; one must “abide” as the Beginningless & Endless, as the Changeless.
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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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