REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 128
[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.]
Self-Inquiry clarifies our conception of the World, much as it does our conception of the Individual self. The world has Form as long as the idea that the Self has Form continues to exist. If the Self is Formless, “who ?” is to see, whether such is seeing God or seeing the World ? If the Seer is Formless, do Seeing or the Seen exist ? If the experiencer is Formless, what remains of the experiencing ? What remains of the object of experience, the entire World, & even of the experience of God ? The Form idea of the Self is only in oneself. The ideas of a Form of the World & a Form of God are only in oneself. The idea of the “external” is not indeed “external”. If within is the Self, & if the Self is Formless, who sees what ?
Consciousness is the Self, the true “I”, which is free from Ignorance, has no attributes, no functions, & no qualities, & which is transcendent of all 3 States (Waking, Dream, Deep Dreamless Sleep). Space-like & never tainted by any of the defects or limitations of the beings it indwells, Consciousness alone is the Self. This Self is free from all notions, forms, & actions. It is always without–a–2nd. Sri Sankara proclaims that as long as there is no Self-Knowledge, the identification with the Body & such & the belief in the authenticity of sense-perceptions continue, just as Dreams appear to be true as long as one does not wake up.
For the Self-Realized jnani then, there is no distinction between the 3 States of Mind. How can there be, when the Mind itself is dissolved & lost in the Light of Consciousness ? For the Self-Realized jnani, all the 3 States are equally unreal. But the un–Self-Realized ajnani is unable to comprehend this, because for him the standard of reality is the Waking state, whereas for the jnani the standard of
Reality is Reality itself. This Reality of Pure Consciousness is Eternal by its Nature & therefore subsists equally during what you call Waking, Dreaming, & Deep Dreamless Sleep. To him who is One with that Reality there is neither the Mind nor its 3 States [Waking, Dream, & Deep Dreamless Sleep] &, therefore, neither introversion [not seeing a World] nor extroversion [seeing a World] .
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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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