REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 89
[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.]
Remaining without differentiation, remaining without doubt is where our Bliss lies & where our Peace is because of its nature of Bliss, that is of Happiness & Love – absorption in the Absolute, remaining as the Absolute. If there are no differences, if there is no World & no “I”, that is seeing no world & the clear ascertainment that there is no “I” – this is the right state – remaining in That, as That itself.
This Self, which is formless Existence-Consciousness, cannot be sensed & does not have senses. It is not a sensing entity, conceived as a nexus of all the sensations, but ever un–mixed Consciousness. The Self is all-seeing but eye– less. In Truth, the Senses do not exist. They are only a figment of the Mind, which is in the Infinite Consciousness. Upon the substrate of the Self, which is Existence-Consciousness, there appear the Senses which are only the thought of them. The Sense objects do not separately exist, but appear only to & in the Senses. The Senses vanish, leaving the substrate (Self) unaffected & all alone. The substrate is Reality, which is un-changing. There is no actual “creation” of the Senses in that Consciousness. By this Knowledge, one remains identified as the Self & not mis–identified with the Senses, which are unreal.
What & where is the Ego ? One should inquire into this deeply to realize the natural non–Ego state, which is Blissful & Free from all Bondage & Suffering. The Ego is merely a false notion – a bare assumption—of Individuality, of a separate “I”, which is the supposition of differentiation from the Absolute. The Ego has no form of its own, &, so to appear in any way it creates an Illusion of Form & attaches itself to such. It itself appears as the mis–identification with & attachment to the unreal forms of the Mind, the Senses, the Body, & the World. Thus, in the course of spiritual practice, when one destroys these mis–identifications & attachments, the Ego dissolves.
Ignorance never arose. It has no real existence. That which exists is only vidya [Knowledge]. If does not realize it, such is because of the samskaras. Find out who does not realize & what he does not realize. Then it will be clear that there is no avidya (Ignorance).
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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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