[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 Self is not produced by anything of the World, shares none of the World’ s limited qualities, & is not an object within the World. The Self is neither a Body nor located in a Body. Entertaining & debating various concepts or opinions regarding the World can continue only so long as there is no clear Discernment of the One who perceives the World. Once there is deeper Knowledge regarding the Self, the questions about the World’s nature no longer arise. The Realization of the Unborn is the Realization of No-Creation. In the absence of this Knowledge, there may arise confusion such as: “If it is unreal, why does it appear; if it is unreal, why does it not disappear ?” The confusion is rooted in the delusive supposition that the mere Senses are the determination of Reality. Then the Knower is conceived as a sensory being engaged in an experience that is of the same nature (sensory) as himself.
The Body & body-consciousness arise together & sink together. All this amounts to saying that there are no such limitations in Deep Dreamless Sleep, whereas there are those limitations in the Waking State. These limitations are the Bondage. The feeling “I am the Body” is the error. This false sense of “I” must go. The real “I” is always there. The real “I” is here & now. The real “I” never appears anew & disappears again.
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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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