REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 37
[The Teaching of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi. Sections appended below derive from Sri Ramana’s Teaching.]
In Delusion, Pure Existence is mis–identified with “something” that perishes. As soon as there is Mis–identification with any Form, there is correspondingly a fear of Death, a fear of going out of existence, for every Form has a creation & a destruction. If the Mis–identification is with the Body, there is the commonly known fear of death of the body. If the Mis–identification is with something subtle (“astral”, “prana”, “life–energy”) or mental (a thought form), there is the fear of that thought form being destroyed. Thus, there is fear of destruction, which is the fear of Death. One who has fear of Death can find that which is a “refuge” from Death only in that which is unchanging by its nature, That which has neither Birth nor Death. Those who have a fear of Death should seek a Peace that will not be destroyed & so seek Freedom from the perishing.
The Self is attributeless Existence. The Body is known by its perceived attributes, apart from which there is no Body. How therefore, can the Self’s Existence be equated with the Body ? The Self is continuous. It does not commence at Birth & it does not cease at Death. Existence does not have the attribute of “living” or “dead.” Existence & the Knowledge of Existence are full & not partial. Knowledge of Existence is not sporadic & does not move about to different parts. The Existence of the Self is the constant background of the Body’s appearance & disappearance. Likewise, the Self is the constant background of the Waking & other states of Mind (Dream & Deep Dreamless Sleep). The Body is discontinuous in several ways. For the Body, there is Life & Death. The experience of the Body is sporadic in perception, with only one or a few parts, limbs, or senses experienced at any one time. Never is one aware of all of it at once. The Body appears only in the Waking State of Mind. How therefore can the Self’s Existence be equated with the Body ?
Jnana, the final & unobstructable state of True Knowledge, alone is Non-Attachment. Jnana alone is Purity, the attainment of God, is devoid of forgetfulness of Self & alone is Immortality. Jnana alone is everything.
You are Consciousness. Consciousness is another name for you. Since you are Consciousness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being conscious of other things, that is of the not-Self. If one gives up being conscious of them then pure Consciousness alone remains, & that is the Self.
There is no Duality. Your present knowledge is due to the Ego & is only relative. Relative knowledge requires a Subject & an Object, whereas the Consciousness of the Self is Absolute & requires no Object.
Memory also is relative, requiring an Object to be remembered & a Subject to remember. When there is no Duality, who is to remember whom ?
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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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