REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 91
[The Teaching of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi. Section appended below derives this time from Vedic analogies.]
All the assertions of the Mind cannot compare to Liberation. If we remain without an “I” or a “this”, we can be content. The “I”-less state has no differences. In the “I”-lessness, in the difference–less, there is no contention. Differences arise after the “I”, & they are differences among things considered as “this”. In the “I”-less state, there is no “this” at all. Whether we consider something as True or as False, as inert or as Consciousness, as Happiness or as Suffering, & whether these ideas pertain to something in the World or to the World as such, these thoughts are still a consideration about “this”, built upon the supposition of “I”.
The Absolute is without attributes. The Absolute is never sensed since one never sees, hears, touches, or has any other sensory impression by the Ego. The Ego is not the word, “I” nor the particular thought of “I”. Realized sages, who are fully identified with the true Self alone, may say “I” but they neither give rise to nor retain any Ego. The Ego has no form of its own & is never seen by itself as it is. Though the Ego is assumed to be a division in Pure Existence, how can Pure Existence be Dual or be divided in Itself ?
The result of Self-Inquiry is remaining as pure Existence-Consciousness, which transcends the animate & the in–animate, & which never dies. This is remaining in the invariable state of the Self. As long as one is identified with the Prana, there will be the differentiation of living & dead. Then the one Existence which ever is will appear “veiled”. When this Mis-identification is destroyed through Knowledge, the Duality vanishes. Prana undergoes fluctuations from Birth to Death, in health & sickness. Prana also varies according to lifestyle & activities. Pure Existence does not fluctuate. So, how could Prana be equated with the Self ? The animating Prana is objective. Prana is something experienced & not the Consciousness that knows it.
One classic Vedic analogy points to non–objective Consciousness, the singular Reality that we are.
Eyes in a Desert
This analogy that points to non–objective Consciousness refers to “vision” of a man in a desert place with no standing pool of water or shiny metal that might accidentally serve as a mirror. With no such mirror to reflect an image of the man’s eyes, he has no direct, objective experience of those eyes.
And yet, by virtue of his vision of the surrounding terrain, & of part of his own body, this man does know himself to be a “Seer“. So too we know non–objective Consciousness to be the Seer, even though we have no direct, objective experience of that non–objective Consciousness which is the Self, oneself.
That sees all, but cannot be seen because it alone does all the seeing.
Another classic Vedic analogy refers to a earthen vessel/pot with many holes. A candle in the bottom casts the impression of many “lights” all deriving from the one candle, many “seers” seemingly shining, but only one candle, One Consciousness. From any one & all, the One Consciousness that we are cannot only be inferred, but never seen. Each can ask & then say: Who am I ? I Am That.
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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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