[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.]
Supposed Self-Inquiry that is the looking for a “what” is spiritually useless. Actual Self-Inquiry is looking for “Who ?” is looking. The first one leaves the Ego–“I” solidly intact. That is the Illusion, but it is being left solidly intact. In the other, the “I” must be the first to die. It is totally different. Instead of “accumulating” something, in terms of more objective knowledge, you are eliminating the very core of objective knowledge, of Illusion. There is dissolution of the very “knower” who would be involved in the accumulating.
Those who would know the Self by Knowledge cease to regard the Senses as the measure of Reality & of the Self. This non-sensory Knowledge reveals the Self’s freedom from the Senses & sets one free of the limitations of the Senses. Those who know that there is neither permanence of the Senses nor Happiness via them, who do not equate pleasure with Happiness or pain with Sorrow, but recognize that Happiness & Sorrow are determined by Knowledge of the Self & Ignorance respectively. They desire to experience the spiritual Truth beyond the Senses, take recourse to Self-Inquiry to know the Self. By such Self-Inquiry the Knowledge that the Self is innately transcendent of the Senses & not bound by the Senses in any manner shines.
Liberation is our very nature. We are That. The very fact that we wish for Liberation shows that Freedom from all Bondage is our Real Nature. Liberation is not to be freshly acquired. All that is necessary is to get rid of the false notion that we are bound. When we achieve that, there will be no desire or thought of any sort.
In saying, “I had a Dream; I was in Deep Dreamless Sleep; I am awake,” you must admit that you were there in all those 3 States. That makes it clear that you were there all the time. If you remain as you are now, you are in the Wakeful State. This State becomes hidden in the Dream State. The Dream State disappears when you are in Deep Dreamless Sleep. You were there then, you are there now, & you are there at all times. The 3 States come & go, but you are always there.
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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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