REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT51
[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.]
It is not being alive that enables one to be conscious, but Consciousness that knows the state of being alive. So how could Prana be equated with the Self ? The Life-Energy seems to locate itself throughout the Body. The Self is not located in a Body or spatially in any manner. So how could Prana be equated with the Self ? Prana functions, animating the Body & the Senses in various ways. The Self, which is Consciousness, remains as the “Witness” of Body, Senses, & World. The Self is the immovable Reality of Existence & not a function. So how could Prana be equated with the Self ? The Prana does not remain eternally since it manifests for some time, but then it is absorbed. It may be said to be absorbed into the great, Universal (Cosmic) Prana, which in turn is absorbed in the Absolute. Or else Prana may be said to be absorbed in the Mind, which in turn is absorbed in the Absolute. The Self is itself the Absolute & is never absorbed into anything. That which actually exists always exists. That which can be absorbed, or which has a beginning & an end, is an unreal appearance. Ultimately such does not exist. The Self exists, & there is nothing else into which the Self can be absorbed. So how could Prana be equated with the Self ? The Prana depends upon the Self. The Self does not depend upon the Prana. There are ways to alter the Prana or its functions. The Self is unalterable Existence & un-changing. One cannot modify Existence, & one cannot stand apart from Existence to attempt to modify it. So how could Prana be equated with the Self ?
Stillness or Peace is Self-Realization. There is no moment when the Self is not. So long as there is doubt or the feeling of non–realization, the attempt should be made to rid oneself of these thoughts. They are due to the Mis-identification of the Self with the not-Self. When the not-Self disappears, the Self alone remains. To make “room”, it is enough that objects be removed. “Room” is not brought in from elsewhere.
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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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