REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 71
[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.]
What does this say of the idea of individually knowing something ? What does it say about the Individual, or Ego–”I” ? What does it say about the entire Universe ? Just One is all this because for the Self there is no creation, no World, no “this”, no “other”, or any such conception. The same One Self is known as the Witness, which is infinite Consciousness, for those who are meditating in the Mind, & as the Self which alone exists, for those who have realized Reality. There can be no difference in Thatt, ever. Whether speaking of Pure Existence, or of “all this”, still there is only One Existence. No change ever occurs for It. We need never take the Experiencer, the Experiencing, & the objects of Experience to be real. They are like images on a “Screen”, they are Illusions. Such are artificial names given to the One Existence, as if it were divided among many things.
What is called “the mind” is only the combination of thought & Consciousness. That combination is an Illusion. It is the Illusion of combining the ever Formless with Form. Consciousness is the Self & cannot truly be combined with thought, for the Self is Formless & will not change its Nature. The Self is Infinite & will not be added to. The Self is real Existence that cannot be combined with false appearances any more than the Rope can be combined with the imagined Snake, or the Sand with the Water of a mirage.
The Ego-“I”-Self appears & disappears & is transitory, whereas the real Self is permanent. Though you are actually the true Self you wrongly identify the Real Self with the ego-self.
See if that mistake has actually come about. The ego-self does not exist at all. If you ask why does it give you trouble, ask: “To whom is the trouble ?” The trouble also is imagined. Trouble & pleasure are only for the Ego.
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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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