[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.]
If you want to know how it is after Death, you will want to find out what your Existence is now, which is the same as it was before you were born. As long as there is some association of the Self with the Body, it is difficult to get beyond the notion that there are different states, such as Life & Death. Obviously, from the bodily perspective, there is a living state & a dead state, the state in which the senses are operative & the state in which the senses cease. This is an example of difference. If you, in your own True Nature, have no connection with the Body and with the Senses, then your experience is that “even now” you rest in your eternal Existence & not a particular moment in a particular lifetime.
The Senses, though, are determined by conditions such as the condition of the sense organ, the environment, the experience of those. That experience is the result of the interaction of what appears to have become split in consciousness. The object & the instrument used to know it seem split from the mental attention given to or removed from the Senses. From a higher view, in the 1 Mind, all 3 changing factors (the object, the instrument, & the mental attention) appear, determining the 5 Sense experiences.
The Mind turned inwards is the Self. Turned outwards, the Mind becomes the Ego & all the World. Gold made into various ornaments, we call by various names. But all the ornaments are gold. The one term (gold) is real, the many are mere Names & Forms.
The Mind does not exist apart from the Self, that is, the Mind has no independent existence. The Self exists without the Mind, never the Mind without the Self.
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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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