REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 70
[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.]
The One Reality alone has become both the Seer & the Seen. The emphasis is not so much that the One has changed its Nature, but the inquiry: “What is all this ?” is the point. In our experience, the Subject & the Object appear. The Power by which they appear, the Light by which they are known, the “Screen” on which they are displayed, the “Ground”, or “Substrate”, That which illumines, or knows, as well as that which appears as “I”, the Subject, & that which appears as the Object, the entire Universe, are all just One Reality, One Divine Essence. If we understand in this way, where is the room for believing that “the World is separate,” “I am separate,” & ““this is separate”. Just One appears as all this. To know the Reality, therefore, we must know that One, & that One as it is, not just as that One appears in this “picture”, which is the Dream of this World. We must know the One’s Existence as it actually is. To know the One’s Existence, we need to know our own True Nature & realize our Nature to be that very One, the One of boundless Power, or God. When you have the idea, “I know this,” “I experience this,” the power of that knowing is the Self which is no small personal thing, but of boundless Power.
Thought, itself, is experienced as if all these things. All are only thought. Thoughts join only to other thoughts & affect only other thoughts. Thought appears as Ideas, & thought itself appears as the things that concern those Ideas. Thought cannot join with the Self & cannot affect the Self. Therefore thought cannot bind. Thoughts affect only thoughts. The preceding thoughts generally determine the succeeding thoughts.
There is no “goal” to be “reached”. There is nothing to be “attained”. You are the Self. You exist always. Nothing more can be predicated of the Self than that it exists. Seeing God or the Self is only being the Self or yourself. Seeing is being. You, being the Self, want to know how to attain the Self. It is something like a man being at some place asking how many ways there are to reach that place & which is the best way for him. All that is required of you is to give up the thought that you are this Body & to give up all thoughts of the external things or the not-Self.
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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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