REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 74
[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 Teaching of Non-Duality, Advaita Vedanta is the final, highest Knowledge, not a set of suppositions, for it does not begin by naming or explaining the World, the Individual, the Supreme. Advaita Vedanta begins with Existence. It begins where we (Ego–“I” Individuals) end. Advaita Vedanta does not attempt to name or explain things that are supposed to exist, but rather aims at Self-Inquiry into the very Nature of Existence. What is it that is called the Individual ? However the Individual is named or explained, so in accordance with that is the World & the Supreme Self explained.
Since there are truly no “internal” & “external” aspects in a Dream, though in the Dream those appear, so it is with thought now in the Waking State in which this writing is probably appearing. Even the largest thought occupies no Space, & the longest one endures for no time. Therefore all that is conceived is Maya (Illusion). One thinks, envisions, dreams, & such with no respect to physical things, such as when thinking of a large mountain or dreaming of being in another place. We do not travel to those places & those things are not altered in any way. So likewise, all is thought inclusive of the large & small, now & then, this & that, you & I, he & she, here & there; past, present, & future. Again, no effect or from all things, all actions, all occurrences, Life & Death, & all that is considered the Universe-Individual-God (jagad-jiva-para). T he Self transcends all this, for it is free from though t.
Ignorance is forgetfulness of the Self. Can there be darkness before the Sun ? Similarly, can there be Ignorance before the self–evident & self-luminous Self ? If you know the Self there will be no “darkness”, no Ignorance, & no misery. It is the Mind which feels the trouble & misery. “Darkness” never comes nor goes. See the Sun & there is no darkness. Similarly, see the Self & Ignorance will be found not to exist.
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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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