[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 the Body of someone you do not know dies, will you suffer over the loss or disappearance of that body ? Not very much. If the body of someone you know dies, will you suffer over the loss or disappearance of that body ? More. If your body dies, will you suffer ? Suffering is actually needless in all 3 cases. Krishna’s instruction to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita commences with, “Neither for the living nor the dead do the wise grieve.” Why not ? What do the “wise” know ? What is the Wisdom that makes them Wise & enables them to be free of suffering regarding any of the living & the dead ? What the wise know about the nature of the Self, to the extent that they are absolutely convinced, is that there is no one lost at any time. If we go along thinking that things will remain more or less just the way they are, we are in a very precarious situation & we are deluded. The balance of Life & Death is with us all of the time & so we should take the proper steps to realize the Truth, which is immortal & blissful. If you keep this in mind, your spiritual practice will always be very intense. Consequently, you practice Self-Inquiry to know the Truth as if it were the very last thing you were going to do.
Deep Self-Inquiry into the True Nature of the Knower himself will result in an absence of a defined, separate experiencer & thus of the supposedly experienced World. This yields the revelation of the one Infinite Existence of the Self. The meaning of “All is the Self” or “All is Brahman” is comprehended in this Non-Dual Knowledge without a trace of anything other. To experience a World is to conceive it. The World is not actually a Perception, but a Conception. To conceive, or experience, a World, one must first consider oneself as some kind of Body or as in the Body. One must consider the Body as existing, & the Body as being “somewhere”.
That which really exists must also persist forever. That which appears anew will also be lost. Compare Deep Dreamless Sleep & Waking. The Body appears in one State but not in the other. Therefore the Body will be lost. Consciousness was pre-existent & will survive the Body.
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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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