[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.]
After the dissolution of the Ego–“I”–notion, after the utter relinquishment of the assumption of existing as an individual entity, in them there is no space for the thought of death. If one seems to be an Individual, there is plenty of room for fear, unhappiness, suffering, & “bondage”. With the demise, or utter dissolution, of the Individual, there is just this space-like, pure Consciousness. Consciousness is space-like in its formlessness, yet it is packed full with the perfection of its own Existence. There is not a gap, not even a particle-sized space, for anything else to be.
Freedom from misidentification with the Senses is Knowledge. Knowledge is Liberation, & since one seeks to know Reality & not create it, for it always exists. Therefore one should discern clearly the Self, its innate freedom from the Senses, & its freedom from all the limitations of the Senses. The Self is singular and indivisible Existence. The senses are multiple and divided. The senses themselves are objective, the known, just as the sense objects are. The Self is nonobjective, ever the knower, of the nature of Existence-Consciousness. So, how can the senses be considered to be the Self ?
There is truly only 1 State, that of consciousness or Existence. The 3 States of Waking, Dream, & Deep Dreamless Sleep be real. They simply come & go. The Real will always exist. The “I” or Existence that alone persists in all the 3 States is Real. The other 3 States are not real & so it is not possible to say they have such & such a degree of reality.
Existence or Consciousness is the only Reality. Consciousness plus waking, we call Waking. Consciousness plus sleep, we call Deep Dreamless Sleep. Consciousness plus dream, we call Dream. Consciousness is the screen on which all the pictures come & go. The screen is real, the pictures are mere shadows on it. Because by long habit we have been regarding these 3 States as real, we call the State of Pure Consciousness the 4th (turiya). There is however not really a 4th State, but only 1 State.
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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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