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REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 93

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 93

[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.]

It is a waste of time to dispute in the Mind, because our focus should be the Knowledge of the Self & not an attempt to determine what “this” is without first knowing “I”. If we attempt to determine what “this” is (any “this”), without first knowing the “I”, the best that we can hope for some doctrinal supposition. Reality alone can know the Reality. Any supposed “stepping stone” would not be an outward or mental dispute, it would be some “stepping stone” to actually inquiring into the “I” & knowing the Self as it is.  For in that way alone, does one know Reality.  This is so because the unreal cannot know the Real. The Ego is unreal & as long as we take up our position in the Ego as it were, our knowledge unreal knowledge of things unreal.

The Ego is not a temporary quality of the Self.  The Truth cannot be like an “unripe fruit becoming a ripe fruit.”  Then there would be 2 stages, or States, for the Self, one with an Ego & one without.  The Existence of the Self is Absolute & un-changing. If the Ego were ever part of Pure Existence, or sharing in it in any way whatsoever, Pure Existence would be changeful & transitory & would cease to exist.  Existence is always Egoless & has no Ego quality whatsoever.

The Body is not the truth, for the Body is only imagined in the Mind. For the Illusion of the World, one must also regard the sensations not as sensations or modes of Mind, but as an actually objective entity endowed with the Duality of inner & outer, & with the apparent object portion of the sensation considered as separate from the knowing aspect (as if there were an independently existing “external” World).  Since the Body is not oneself, & the Self is not in a Body, the World is not distributed out “around” oneself.  “Around” is imagined within  the Mind & is not distributed all “around”.

[Ramana]

Realization is already there. The state free from thoughts is the only real state. There is no such action as “realization”.  Is there anyone who is not realizing the Self ?  Does anyone deny his own existence ?  Speaking of realization, it implies 2 selves   the one to realize, the other to be realized.  What is not already realized is sought to be realized. Once we admit our existence, how is it that we do not know our 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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 92

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 Worldless, Egoless 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.

 [Ramana]

 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.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

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Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

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http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 91

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 differenceless, 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 inanimate, & 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 nonobjective Consciousness, the singular Reality that we are.

Eyes in a Desert

This analogy that points to nonobjective 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 nonobjective Consciousness to be the Seer, even though we have no direct, objective experience of that nonobjective 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.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

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Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 90

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 90

[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.]

In our Meditation, we do not want to quarrel within our own Mind. Sri Ramana says that all such disputes are to no purpose. That is not what is to be done in Meditation. We do not want to have a quarrel within ourselves.  How should we meditate ?  How should we proceed spiritually ?  Remain in the state in which the World is not seen. Inquire & remain in the state in which there is no “I”-belief & in which there is neither a Seen nor the Seer. The Absolute alone remains, without an “I” or a “this”, without an Ego-“I”-notion & a World. There is no differentiation.  In the differenceless state of your Real Existence, there is no doubt. Reality comprehends itself with a doubtless Knowledge.

 The Ego-“I”-notion is the separate Experiencer, the individual Knower, the embodied Entity, the Doer of action, & the notion of an “other”.  The Ego-“I”-notion itself is the concept of a separate Universe in which that “I” supposedly exists.  Upon the Ego is based the illusory differentiation of the World, the Individual, & the Supreme (jagat-jiva-para).  The 3 are not 3, but only That 1. the Non-Dual Self.  Only with the Ego does the 1 appear to be 3.  The 1 then appears as it is conceived.  The World & thought are unreal, & so is the ego. One sees the ego’s guises and its appearances. Where is its existence? One sees its effects, but where is the cause? If the ego is real in any manner, it should be actually experienced. If the ego is an entity, it should exist somewhere. If the ego itself is an effect, it should have a cause. One should inquire to determine if the ego exists at all.

 [Ramana]

 If there is a “goal” to be reached it cannot be permanent. The “goal” must already be there.  We seek to reach the “goal” with the Ego, but the “goal” exists before the Ego.  What is in the “goal” is even prior to our birth, that is, to the birth of the Ego.  Because we exist the Ego appears to exist too.  If we look on the Self as the Ego then we become the Ego, if as the Mind we become the Mind, if as the Body we become the Body.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

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Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

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http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

 

 

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 89

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 89

[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.]

Remaining without differentiation, remaining without doubt is where our Bliss lies & where our Peace is because of its nature of Bliss, that is of Happiness & Love absorption in the Absolute, remaining as the Absolute. If there are no differences, if there is no World & no “I”, that is seeing no world & the clear ascertainment that there is no “I”   this is the right state remaining in That, as That itself.

 This Self, which is formless Existence-Consciousness, cannot be sensed & does not have senses. It is not a sensing entity, conceived as a nexus of all the sensations, but ever unmixed Consciousness. The Self is all-seeing but eye less. In Truth, the Senses do not exist. They are only a figment of the Mind, which is in the Infinite Consciousness. Upon the substrate of the Self, which is Existence-Consciousness, there appear the Senses which are only the thought of them. The Sense objects do not separately exist, but appear only to & in the Senses. The Senses vanish, leaving the substrate (Self) unaffected & all alone. The substrate is Reality, which is un-changing. There is no actual “creation” of the Senses in that Consciousness. By this Knowledge, one remains identified as the Self & not misidentified with the Senses, which are unreal.

 What & where is the Ego ?  One should inquire into this deeply to realize the natural nonEgo state, which is Blissful & Free from all Bondage & Suffering. The Ego is merely a false notion   a bare assumption—of Individuality, of a separate “I”, which is the supposition of differentiation from the Absolute. The Ego has no form of its own, &, so to appear in any way it creates an Illusion of Form & attaches itself to such.  It itself appears as the misidentification with & attachment to the unreal forms of the Mind, the Senses, the Body, & the World. Thus, in the course of spiritual practice, when one destroys these misidentifications & attachments, the Ego dissolves.

 [Ramana] 

Ignorance never arose. It has no real existence. That which exists is only vidya [Knowledge].  If does not realize it, such is because of the samskaras.  Find out who does not realize & what he does not realize. Then it will be clear that there is no avidya (Ignorance).

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

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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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

 

 

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 88

Realizing NonDual Liberation, Enlightenment by Self-Inquiry pt88

[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.]

That which yields Liberation is that which brings about remaining without the Ego-“I”-notion  That which yields Liberation uproots the suppositions about the Individual, the World, & God.  Abandon the previous conceptions, the root conception being the Ego-“I”.  Otherwise, the basic causes of Ignorance or Delusion are still there.  Actual Knowledge of your Self is necessary for Self-Realization. In the state of Self-Realization, Sri Ramana Maharshi says, “the World is not seen.”  The World is “not seen” means that it is not experienced at all. So, there can no longer be any doubt regarding whether it is real or false, made of consciousness or inert, or is a place of suffering or a place of happiness. All such disputes, or thinking, depend upon the idea that the World exists. Sri Ramana says, “the world is not seen” is the seeing that “there is no World”.

 The Universe has no separate existence because for the Self is all in all at all times & is undifferentiated.  The Self is transcendent of the Form of all, but the Ego gives the deluded, wrong view of Duality. The Body is not one’s home, for the Self is unborn & bodiless. But the Ego gives the deluded view of the Self & the Body as knotted together. Bliss is of the Eternal Self.  But the Ego gives the deluded view that Happiness is not here, not immediate & ever present as Pure Existence itself, & must be elsewhere.  The Ego appears as the knot between “Form” & the Self  which is of the nature of pure Existence-Consciousness-Bliss.  The Formless Self, Brahman, alone is ever the solitary Reality. But the Ego gives the deluded view of existent Form, of something “other “existing, of a ” 2nd “.  With Self-Inquiry to determine its nature, the Ego, with all that depends upon it, “vanishes” because it is unreal.

 [Ramana]

 Even after having heard this Truth, one does not remain content because samskaras [innate mental tendencies] have not been destroyed. Unless the samskaras cease to exist, there will always be doubt & confusion. All efforts are directed to destroying doubt & confusion. To do so their roots must be cut.

Their roots are the samskaras. These are rendered ineffective by practice as prescribed by the Guru.  The Guru leaves it to the seeker to do this much so that he might himself find out that there is no Ignorance.  Hearing the Truth [sravana] is the first stage.  If the understanding is not firm, one has to practice reflection [manana] & uninterrupted contemplation [nididhyasana] on it.  These 2 processes “scorch” the seeds of samskaras so that they are rendered ineffective. Some extraordinary people get unshakable jnana after hearing the Truth only once. These are the advanced seekers. Beginners take longer to gain it.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

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www.jpstiga.com/

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Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 87

Realizing NonDual Liberation, Enlightenment by Self-Inquiry pt87

[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.]

In the state, where “the World is not seen”, in seeing that “there is no World”, all the concerns, doubts, & disagreements about what “the World” is cannot be, for the obvious reason that then there is no “World” to begin with. In that state, there is no belief in an Ego-“I” who would entertain any such ideas or who would experience such a World. The state of True Knowledge is characterized by an absence of “the World” & an absence of Ego-“I”. It is the “clear ascertainment of no Ego-“I” Sri Ramana says. It is that in which there is no “I”-belief, in which there is not even a going toward the “I” & in which there is no motion to create an Ego-“I”-notion.

 The Ego is the root cause of Delusion, Illusion, Bondage, & Suffering. The Ego is the root of the Mind, even the very idea of an existent Mind, & the root of all else. It is the first illusion to be imagined & the last to disappear. The Ego is the Cause, Substance, & Experiencer of all Illusion. Without the Ego, Illusion is impossible. The Ego has no actual form of its own.  The Ego may be conceived as the Experiencer, the Thinker, the Performer of action, the one who senses, the one who lives, the one who has attributes, & such.  In essence, the Ego is the concept of “I” in whatever guise it may appear.  All Duality & Ignorance is from the Ego, by the Ego, & in the Ego.

 [Ramana]

 People speak of memory & forgetfulness regarding the fullness of the Self.  Forgetfulness & memory are only thought-forms. They will alternate so long as there are thoughts. But Reality lies beyond thought. Memory or forgetfulness must be dependent on something.  That something must be foreign to the Self as well, otherwise there would not be forgetfulness. That upon which memory & oblivion depend is the idea of the Individual self.  When one looks for it, this individual “I” is not found because it is not real. Hence this “I”  is synonymous with Illusion or Ignorance (maya, avidya or ajnana)To know that there never was Ignorance is the goal of all the spiritual teachings. Ignorance must be of one who is conscious. Consciousness is jnana. jnana is Eternal & Natural, ajnana is unnatural & unreal.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole occupants of a Public Microsoft Skydrive “Public Folder” accessible through  www.jpstiga.com 

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files

www.jpstiga.com/

http://jstiga.wixsite.com/nonduality/

Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

http://www.blogger.com     as  “Being-as-Consciousness, Non-Duality – new & final version” with link:

http://Being-as-Consciousness.blogspot.com/

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

 for very succinct summary of the teaching & practice, see:  www.ajatavada.com/