REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 82
[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.]
If we make definitions to help us reach spiritual understanding, we soon have definitions about formulating definitions, & even the negation of definitions. Self-Inquiry gets rid of suppositions & self-created doctrines fall by the wayside. Whether we go through all the thinking ir directly inquire, we must in the end actually inquire in our True Nature & arrive at the dissolution of the Ego-“I”-notion. We must come to know the Self. Again, knowing the Self is not a matter of making definitions, conceiving of ideas, or giving names to things. In Knowledge of the Self, the Individuality that is falsely assumed must dissolve. There, all doubts are dissolved & all questions are answered.
Each thought depends completely on Consciousness & is never known or experienced apart from Consciousness. Each thought appears & disappears in Consciousness alone. So thought is just Consciousness viewed as such. Thought is said to be a mental mode (vritti), a modification, or a form of Consciousness. Consciousness, itself, is forever formless, unmodified, and has no modes, for it is changeless and eternal. How can there be a form of the formless or a modification of the changeless? Or, how can there be a mode for the birthless and the eternal? Thought has no real existence. It is like a snake imagined in a rope or the waters of a mirage.
The un–realized sees only the Mind which is a mere reflection of the Light of Pure Consciousness. Of the Self itself he is ignorant. Why ? Because his Mind is extroverted & has never sought its Source.
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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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