REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 93
[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.]
It is a waste of time to dispute in the Mind, because our focus should be the Knowledge of the Self & not an attempt to determine what “this” is without first knowing “I”. If we attempt to determine what “this” is (any “this”), without first knowing the “I”, the best that we can hope for some doctrinal supposition. Reality alone can know the Reality. Any supposed “stepping stone” would not be an outward or mental dispute, it would be some “stepping stone” to actually inquiring into the “I” & knowing the Self as it is. For in that way alone, does one know Reality. This is so because the un–real cannot know the Real. The Ego is un–real & as long as we take up our position in the Ego as it were, our knowledge un–real knowledge of things un–real.
The Ego is not a temporary quality of the Self. The Truth cannot be like an “unripe fruit becoming a ripe fruit.” Then there would be 2 stages, or States, for the Self, one with an Ego & one without. The Existence of the Self is Absolute & un-changing. If the Ego were ever part of Pure Existence, or sharing in it in any way whatsoever, Pure Existence would be changeful & transitory & would cease to exist. Existence is always Ego–less & has no Ego quality whatsoever.
The Body is not the truth, for the Body is only imagined in the Mind. For the Illusion of the World, one must also regard the sensations not as sensations or modes of Mind, but as an actually objective entity endowed with the Duality of inner & outer, & with the apparent object portion of the sensation considered as separate from the knowing aspect (as if there were an independently existing “external” World). Since the Body is not oneself, & the Self is not in a Body, the World is not distributed out “around” oneself. “Around” is imagined within the Mind & is not distributed all “around”.
Realization is already there. The state free from thoughts is the only real state. There is no such action as “realization”. Is there anyone who is not realizing the Self ? Does anyone deny his own existence ? Speaking of realization, it implies 2 selves – the one to realize, the other to be realized. What is not already realized is sought to be realized. Once we admit our existence, how is it that we do not know our 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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