[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.]
As regards the fear of Death, the very notion of going out of existence is absurd for you who are the Self’s own Existence. This must be realized experientially, vividly, by a profound Self-Inquiry into your own True Nature to see what you actually are. What are you in your own Existence ? The Self, your own Existence as it truly, naturally is, is what was proclaimed in ancient times, & now also, as the “Immortal”. Can the Immortal fear mortality ? Can that which is Knowledge itself entertain Ignorance ? Where will there be the space for Ignorance in Knowledge ? Where will there be space for the thought of death in your Immortal Existence ?
The Self is changeless, continuous, permanent Pure Existence. The Senses are changeful, discontinuous, & impermanent. The Senses are lost, dulled, or altered in Death, old age, & illness. The Senses change during the lifetime, from infancy until the end of the Body. The Senses are changing all the time, alternately transforming into dull & acute states. ( subject as they are to the 3 guna-s – the qualities of tamas, inertia; rajas, agitation; & sattva tending toward the light of Knowledge.
There is no essential difference between Dream & the Waking State except that the Dream is short & the Waking long. Both are the result of the Mind. Because the Waking State is long, we imagine that it is our “real” state. But our Real State is turiya or the 4th State which is always as it is & knows nothing of the 3 States of Waking, Dream, or Deep Dreamless Sleep. Because we name these 3 “states” we name the 4th State also turiya. But is it not a state avastha, but simply the Real & Natural State of the Self. When this is realized, we know it is not a turiya or 4th State, for a 4th State is only relative. So at times the term used is turiyatita (beyond the 4th ), the Transcendent 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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