REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 73
[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 only way of knowing what it is that is really your Self, what really is the Supreme Self, & what is really the nature of the Universe is remaining devoid of the assumption if an Ego–“I”. Once Individuality is assumed, then there is “this”, there are other things. If there is dissolution of this false Ego–“I” assumption, what is left ? Without the “I”, what is the World & the Body that experiences that World ? Without the “I”, what is left of those we call “you”, of others ? Without the Ego–“I”–notion, what is our view of the Supreme Self ? What has become of these ? The 3 (the Individual, the World, the Supreme) are no longer 3. What remains of them, and what has happened to their distinction ? Knowing or “naming” any of that “Triad” cannot compare to remaining without the false Ego–“I”–notion, because, without the false notion of “I” , Pure Existence knows itself. It is not 3–fold. It is that which is ever Undivided.
The apparent interaction of things upon “thought” & thoughts upon “things” is entirely a play of thought, which is merely thoughts affecting thoughts. Thought itself projects itself into itself. There is no “in” or “out” for such are only mere notions. It is just like the appearance of a Dream thinker in a Dream. There appear to be his perceptions of the objects & his interior thoughts, be they conceptions, associations, emotions, memories, etc. The whole of the Dream, “inner” & “outer”, is actually just composed of thought appearing in various ways.
The Ego does not exist. Otherwise do you admit of 2 selves ? How can there be Ignorance in the absence of the Ego ? If you begin Self-Inquiry, the Ignorance which is already non-existent will be found not to exist. Or else you will say it has “fled” away. Ignorance pertains to the Ego. Why do you think of the Ego & also suffer ? What is Ignorance again ? It is that which is non–existent.
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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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