[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.]
Regarding the fear of Death, it can also be the case that the identification is, at that moment, in the mind, with something else more than with the health & welfare of one’s own particular body. An example might entail great care for a loved one, a child, or someone else. Such a person may say, “I have no fear of dying, but if my son or daughter would ever get even close to death, it would be a great tragedy.” (Some religious fundamentalists actually turn away from God when, in “His mysterious ways”, He takes from them a close loved one.) This is another case of a person not examining his own experience. Such is due to lack of Self-Inquiry. A person may experience this same “fear” as a sense of “loss” & “suffering” as well as fright. Few ponder this even though they are surrounded by Death all the time.
Reality does not bring forth the un–real. Being Non-Dual, Reality also does not bring forth anything real because Reality does not bring forth anything. Ever-Existence, itself Un–born, creates not at all. The un–real is also not born, for the un–real does not exist. Being un–real, the un–real does not disappear, anymore than the Dream World disappears for the Dream character when one awakens from both. The World appears in Consciousness alone. The World is known by the Knower. The World is known in the Knower. The World has no existence apart from the Knower, which is Pure Consciousness. The World appears in Consciousness, by the power of Consciousness. The World is composed of Consciousness, & is known or experienced by Consciousness. All of the World is just Consciousness. The World has not the least degree of any other existence. One Existence-Consciousness exists everywhere always.
The Ultimate Truth is so simple & is nothing more than being in the pristine state. This is all that need be said.
Deep Dreamless Sleep, Dream, & Waking States are mere phenomena appearing on the Self which is itself stationary. The Self is also a state of Pure Consciousness. Can anyone remain away from the Self at any moment ? This question can arise only if that were possible.
The question may as well be, “Am I nearer to myself in my sleep than in my waking state ?”
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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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