REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 112
[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 asked about the benefits of Self-Inquiry, the Teacher must say: “Find out.” This is like a person asking, “If I go to sleep, will it be as good as you say it is ?” You would tell such a person, “Go to sleep & find out.” How can one give an analysis of sleep without going to sleep? When you fall asleep, no struggle is involved, but there is a relinquishment of the bodily orientation, the worldly orientation, etc., & you do that even without the comfort of pre-knowledge. You change the state of Mind by going to sleep, & yet your existence still remains. The actual process of doing so cannot be chalked out in concrete steps. It is similar with Self-Inquiry, inasmuch as a set of concrete steps cannot be chalked out. The path is rather Formless but very natural. When you fall asleep, you give up the World and the “I”-notion subsides. All of it is experienced as being very natural. After you fall asleep, you do not wonder, “Where has the World gone ?” “Where is my ‘I’ ?”
All qualities, gross or subtle, ought to be negated from the Self, from one’s Identity, if one is to know the Self as it is. Whatever be the qualities attributed to the Self, be they physical or mental, they are to be regarded as mere ornaments, which would not be regarded as the Identity of the one who wears them. If one rejects all that is objective from one’s Identity, one comes to the conclusion that the Self is the Knower free from all that is conceived & perceived. In the same manner as one relinquishes Mis-identification with the Body & all that is objective, so should one sever the identification with the supposed Subject, which is the Ego.
The concept about “reaching this Self-Realized state” is that there is a “goal” & a “path” to it. But we are the “goal” or Peace always. To get rid of the notion that we are not Peace is all that is required.
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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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