REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 34
[The Teaching of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi]
When we have abandoned the false identity with the notion Ego–“I”, all that remains is Absolute Existence, & that is Innately Immortal. There is not even any room for the fear of Death in the Absolute, Undivided Existence. No one wishes to go out of existence. Intuitively, everyone knows that Happiness is connected with existence. We do not wish to go out of existence because we do not wish to lose our Happiness. This desire to remain happy & to exist lies at the very root of the fear of Death, which occurs when we mix up the Self with what is not the Self. If there is an Ego–“I”, there is that which is mortal (the Body, etc.). If we are without the Ego–“I”–notion, there is no Death, no fear of going out of Existence, & no fear of losing our Happiness.
Knowledge is Realization. Knowledge neither something “done” nor is it any bodily transformation, but it is the comprehension of what is true. The Self is formless, birthless, deathless, & unchanging. It is eternal & infinite Existence-Consciousness-Bliss. Realization of this Existence-Consciousness-Bliss results from liberating the Self, by the essential Discrimination inherent in Self-Inquiry, from the illusory Bondage of Ignorance, which is composed of the delusive assumption that the Self is something other than the true Existence that it is. It is possible to realize this true Existence only if one is thoroughly free of the Ignorance that consists of Mis-identification with the Body, for a Body has form, birth, death, change, does not last forever & is not Infinite. As long as there is any Mis-identification with the Body, the Real Nature of the Self will not be known. Or else the Self will be misconceived in terms of the limitations of the Body. When such misconception is relinquished by a deep Self-Inquiry into one’s actual Existence, the nature of the Self is self-evident.
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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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