REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 124
[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.]
The Self never has a form, but if you believe that the Self has a form, you will believe in an existent World with form & a Lord with form. Only so long as the Self is regarded as with form do such delusions appear. If that belief ceases, what remains of the Lord ? What remains of the World ? If the World is without form because the Self is without form, what kind of World is that ? If because the Self is without form, God also is seen without form, what kind of experience of God is that ?
All the efforts involving Mis-identification within the Mind & all the super–imposition of experience upon the Self – these produce only Illusion & not anything real. The Illusion is that of limitation by form, of being within a Body or at a location, of mortality, of the belief that something destructive of bliss can happen, of differentiation or division into parts, & of connection with actions & their results. The Self is actually All-Pervading & Space-like, imperishable, the Eternal Bliss itself, undifferentiated & undivided, partless, actionless, & free of all karmas. The infinite Self is only one, & nothing other than itself can belong to itself.
As with the proverbial “motion pictures on the cinema screen” so it is with the Self. That alone exists, the pictures come & go. If you hold on to the Self, you will not be deceived by the appearance of the pictures. Nor does it matter at all if the pictures appear or disappear. Ignoring the Self, the un–Self-Realized ajnani thinks the World is real, just as ignoring the screen he sees merely the pictures, as if they existed apart from the screen. If one knows that without the Seer there is nothing to be Seen, just as there are no pictures without the screen, then one is not deluded. The Self-Realized jnani knows that the screen & the pictures are only the Self. With the pictures, the Self is in its “manifest” form. Without the pictures the Self remains in the “un–manifest” form. To the Self-Realized jnani it is quite immaterial if the Self is in the one form or the other. He is always the Self. But the un–Self-Realized ajnani seeing the jnani as if active gets confused.
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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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