To make Self-Inquiry most effective, assume that I you not know an answer to: “Who am I ?” But you know that you exist; you cannot not know that. Bur assume that you just really do not know the answer to: “Who am I ?” & really try to find out. That way you then rely on experiential knowledge rather than an image or an idea. The idea of “existence” is far removed from actual Pure Existence. That it is so far removed, not even close, is generally true of everything of a spiritual nature. The idea of Bliss is not the experience of Bliss, & the experience of Bliss does not resemble any idea about Bliss. Likewise, the idea of Consciousness has nothing to do with Consciousness.
The Self ever is as it is, with no modifications. What the Self is, the Self is always. The Body, with its transience & changing nature, is not an attribute of the Self. The Self does not possess a Body. Otherwise, the Self would always have that body, which is not so. Possession of a body is not in the nature of the Self, & the Self, being Reality, never changes its True Nature. The Self does not have a Body, as possession implies division, or the Duality of the possessor & the possessed & posits their relationship. Pure Existence is Non-Dual & In–divisible. Pure Existence is Absolute & Infinite. Pure Existence is not in relation to anything. There is not anything to which Existence could have a relationship, as a finite object might. The Self does not have a Body, as an attribute can only be for a “thing” & Pure Existence is not a thing.
It is false to speak of Realization. What is there to realize ? The Real is as it is always. We are not creating anything new or achieving something which we did not have before.
If we dig a well & create a huge pit, the Space in the pit or well has not been created by us. We have just removed the earth which was filling the Space there. The Space was there then & is also there now. Similarly we have simply to throw out all the age-long samskaras [innate tendencies] which are inside us. When all of them have been given up, the Self will shine alone.
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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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