REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 92
[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.]
Some Wise Sages say that this entire World is false, so that we realize the Truth of Brahman. Without actually contradicting themselves, those same Sages at other times say that this entire Universe is “true”, for the Truth of Brahman alone, constitutes all of “this”. Likewise, those same Wise Sages say that all this is inert, so that we realize that which “knows”, which is pure Consciousness & which is not of this World. On the other hand, the Wise Sages also say that this entire Universe is nothing but the Infinite Consciousness, & there is nothing inert anywhere. Similarly, it has been pointed out that this World is a place of suffering. This prompts the aspirant to seek Liberation in the World–less, Ego–less state. For those who have realized the Truth though, that Truth is everywhere, of the nature of Bliss-Consciousness, & there is not a particle of this Universe that is without this Bliss-Consciousness.
The Ego-“I” is not a quality or attribute of the Self, since it is not invariably related to the Self. The Ego-“I” does not continue in Liberation or in Deep Dreamless Sleep. Since the Ego-“I” does not then continue, it must belong to something else & not to the Self. To what does the Ego-“I” belong ? In Self-Inquiry one will find that the Ego-“I” belongs to nothing. The Ego-“I” It cannot belong to what depends on it (concepts, vasanas, etc.). The attributeless Self is homogenous & ever changeless & so will never have an Ego at any time. If the Ego were an attribute of the Self, the Ego would be Eternal. In that case, all Liberation, all Scriptures, all spiritual life, all spiritual practice, all sayings of Sages, & such would be futile & false. That would be absurd. It is better to give up the notion of the Ego than to hold to it as being real.
It is the thought which builds up layers of Illusion (sheaths) in so many ways. The shadow on the water is seen to be shaking. Can anyone stop the shaking of the shadow ? If it would cease to shake you would not notice the water but only the Light. Similarly take no notice of the Ego (shadow) & its activities, but see only the Light behind. The Ego is the thought “I”. The true “I” is the 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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