[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.]
One may imagine loss of Existence or Happiness, yet one knows intrinsically that such is meant to be there, & that Happiness & Bliss are both the Natural & the Eternal State. That is where the natural Discrimination lies for someone spiritually oriented, even though one may not cognize this. No one wants to go out of Existence. Everyone rightly supposes that Existence is one’s Happiness. There is corresponding suffering whenever there is a reminder of the mortality, impermanence of what we are regarding as our existence, such as the Body, which is not True Existence itself that which remains unseen.
The Existence of the Self is not sensorially perceived, but is known more interiorly. The World is perceived only through the Senses. The Self is ever the Subject, the Knower. The World is only the object, the Known. Therefore, the Self has no connection with the World since the Self shares none of its characteristics or qualities. The Self is not defined by the World or worldly things. The Self is not bound by the World or anything of the World. The Self does not depend on the World in any way in order to exist. That which is true of the Existence & Consciousness of the Self is also true of the Bliss of the Self, these three not being actually 3, but 1 & the same thing. This Discernment yields Freedom from the illusory Bondage, both when the World is apparently perceived as well as when it is not so. By such Knowledge, one realizes that the Self is not of the World & is not in the World.
Consciousness is indeed always with us. Everyone knows “I exist”. No one can deny his own Existence. The man in Deep Dreamless Sleep is not aware. While awake he seems to be aware. But it is the same person. There is no change in the one who slept & the one who is now awake. In Deep Dreamless Sleep he was not aware of his Body & so there was no body–consciousness.
In the wakeful state, he is aware of his body & so there is body-consciousness. Therefore the difference lies in the emergence of body-consciousness & not in any change in the real Consciousness.
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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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