Realizing Non–Dual Liberation, Enlightenment by Self-Inquiry – pt84
[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.]
One imagines that he knows about the World, or the Universe, both in gross (physical) forms & in subtle (astral–“prana”–energy) forms, his so-called “outer experience” of that World & his mental impressions of it. He thinks that he knows about himself, what he is like, & what he is not like. With the ideas of “I am this”, “I am that”, “I am not like this”, “I am not like that”, “I have these qualities”, “I have this history & this memory”, & such, the Individual is thus defined. Then, he enters into the field of spirituality. He hears about the Supreme Self, or about the Supreme Lord, & whatever ideas are fashioned from the perspective of that Individual he takes to be the reality. It is better if all that effort is oriented toward what is Non-Dual & deeply spiritual, in contrast to that which is merely Worldly or Dual, but the best of al Sri Ramana proclaims, is remaining without (“abidance void”, sunya-nistha) the Ego-“I”-notion.
The un–real is not an attribute of the Reality, the Self. The unreal is not experienced by the Reality, which is of the nature of Being-Consciousness-Bliss. What is not real and what is not experienced in or of the real does not exist. Thus, there are neither thoughts nor states. One vast Consciousness is. The mind does not bind the Self, for it does not define or limit the Self, does not divide the Self, and does not alter the Self. The Self is not bound, for the mind has no independent existence. The Self is not bound, for there is nothing other than the Self and, therefore, no mind at all. The mind is nowhere but in the Self, yet, in the Self, there is no mind.
Just as water in a pot reflects the enormous Sun within the narrow limits of the pot, even so the vasanas or latent tendencies of the Mind of the Individual, acting as the reflecting medium, catch the all-pervading, infinite Light of Consciousness. The form of this reflection is the phenomenon called the “Mind”. Seeing only this reflection, the un–realized is deluded into the belief that he is a finite being, the jiva, the Individual self.
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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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