REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT62
[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.]
Further reflecting on Death (for the sake of spiritual motivation) – if you are in the Body, there will be an out-of-the-body (OTB) experience shortly thereafter. If you are not in the Body to begin with, in & out do not pertain to you. Where do you exist even now ? Do you exist in the Body ? Knowing for certain that you do not exist in the body, is there anywhere for you to “go” when the Body vanishes from your experience ? The Illusion, or the Delusion, is to think that you are embodied & that, when the Body’s life expires, somehow the Life–Essence is snuffed out. Really, the Essence is pure Consciousness, existing in & out of the Body, or beyond the “body-consideration” entirely. And it is the Body that appears & disappears, while the Essence, the pure Consciousness, always exists.
If the World appears, it & its knower are only the Self. If there is no appearance, there is only the Self. In the Knowledge of the un-changing, ever-same Reality, the Self alone exists. Thus, in Reality, there is no question of a World ever being created or ever appearing. For whom would it appear ? Since there is no 2nd self but only the One Self ever, the Self is the Seer of the World. The World does not see the Self. Existence is Consciousness, & the Self is That. There is no existence apart from Consciousness, the Self. Realizing the Truth of the Self, one sees that there is no World. It is not that the Seer of Truth does not see the world, as if this Knowledge were a sensory state, but rather the Seer of Truth sees “that there is no World.”
Do you not admit that you exist in Deep Dreamless Sleep ? And you are the same person that is now awake. ls it not so ? So there is a continuity in the Deep Dreamless Sleep & Waking States. What is that continuity ? It is only the state of Pure Existence. There is a difference in the 2 States. What is that difference ? The incidents, namely: the Body, the World, & objects appear in the Waking State but they disappear in Deep Dreamless Sleep when there is no awareness of the Body or of the World. But you must exist in Deep Dreamless Sleep in order to say, “I was not aware in my Deep Dreamless Sleep.” Who says so now ? It is the wakeful person. The sleeper cannot say so. That is to say, the Individual who is now identifying the Self with the Body says that such awareness did not exist in Deep Dreamless Sleep. There is the continuity of Existence in all the 3 States, but no continuity of the Individual & the objects.
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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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