Category Archives: Nonduality

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 19:

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 19:

Prior to excerpting the other Ramana Maharshi disciple, Master Nome in the text below we continue the series: Fine-Tuned Universe 12, the premise that a small change in several of the dimensionless fundamental physical constants would make the Universe incapable of Life.

Fine-Tuned Universe 12:

[In the unreal reflection called the “Universe”, a product of an unreal Mind, even there, Infinite Intelligence is evident and inspiring.]

Astronomical Anthropism:

Just like Universe age, so is Universe size a pertinent parameter since a micro-Universe only as large as our Milky Way Galaxy with its thinly spread bundle of 100 Billion stars would only be a month-old baby universe with not near enough Time to evolve Carbon, never mind Intelligent Life. Nor would the intensely high Temperature of such a young Universe be hospitable, for more than radiative warming matter, the tremendous later cooling accompanied what Thermodynamics calls adiabatic expansion.

Too young, and the Universe has too few radioactive atoms, too old and they have decayed. Yet our Earth’s depends on radioactive heat to melt magma, creating spouts and volcanoes where Life could start, sliding continental tectonic plates, and various other geophysical and geological phenomena so much a part the history of Life on Earth. The same timing and resulting radioactive heat keeps the liquid outer core of molten iron in the motion that creates the Earth’s magnetic field (deflecting Life destructive and atmosphere stripping ions from the Sun; Mars lacking same, lost its atmosphere). Similar protection from comets and asteroids is afforded by the Atmosphere (check out the Moon’s craters) that early Life oxygenated, thanks again to volcanic spewing of Oxygen and Hydrogen (for which we can also thank for Oceans and fresh water). Life threatening (ask the dinosaurs) comets and asteroids (but an Armageddon-movie asteroid only every Billion years, though a Civilization-killer every 10 millennia, mass starvation from small-nuke-like impact every millennium on average) are even more so deflected by another Anthropic parameter in itself, the god of heaven, Jupiter (plane that is) whose gravitational well (far more than its cross-section) shield Earth from these impacts. \

There are many other Astrophysical Anthropic coincidences, but to name just one for now, consider the single large satellite Moon (almost a double planet pair). The Moon’s Gravity not only provides possibly necessary Tide Pools for Evolution, but more arcanely moderates Climate Change (until the Industril Revolution fossil fuel burnoff, that is). There are necessarily Resonances between the Earth-axis Precession rates and Gravitational tweaking we feel from other masses in the Solar System. Normally this common-enough situation for Earth-like planets would produce chaotic evolution of the Tilt of the planet’s Rotation Axis with respect to the orbital plane of the planets, (This is the orbital plane we see here except for Pluto which correspondingly was demoted to more like a comet). But erratic Tilt changes would result in Temperature and Ocean level swings (like the one we fear we have anthropogenically initiated at this point). Our GHG’s  & Global Warming aside, we have been Anthropically spared oscillating Climate chaos by the dampening effect of the unusually large Moon’s Gravity (for Earth’s size that is, since comparable moons of Jupiter and Saturn are small relative to those great planet sizes).

While poets may have wondered at Life within a vast, cold, dark Universe, Life actually could only evolve in a vast, cold, dark Universe. John Barrows in his Constants of Nature compares the best lab-vacuum (a Trillion atoms per cubic meter) to that of Space if across the 10 Billion cubic light-year Universe, we spread out the Galaxies evenly, then spread the Stars, then the Planets, and then the Atoms. There would only be a single Atom per cubic meter (as compared to a lab-vac Trillion). Now there are a Quintillion cubic meters in a cubic light-year and there would only be a single 100-billion Star Galaxy per 10 Million cubic light-years. Considering on the other end of the scale, the incredible emptiness of Atoms, and even of Nucleons (relative to quark “size”), the World is very empty indeed (never mind General Relativity and Quantum Theory that rob such sparse Matter of all the rest of its apparent “substantial-ness”).

And yet the Holderness Number from Neuro-anatomy suggests a physical interconnection possibility which is said to “count” the number of possible “thoughts” (in a Physicalist brain anatomy). This dwarfing Cosmological Numbers becomes:

1070,000,000,000,000   (or a 1 with 70 Trillion zeroes after it)

Even outside Physicalist boundaries, Mind by any description reveals a “vastness” of its own. Then again QND sees Mind as the faintest reflection of pure Consciousness, whereas UQND admits if neither Mind nor Universe but leaves all the vastness in Consciousness itself. Through various degrees from Objectivity to Subjectivity, the Universe is cast as a projected Analog of Consciousness.

Some more selected verses from the other Maharshi disciple:

You should trust the Guru because his interest is in showing you the Truth. He may occasionally say things that are not true, but he will say them only because he knows his words will push you in the right direction.

I once heard a story that illustrates this. A rich man used to meditate once in a while. He had a Guru, an enlightened man, who used to tell him, “You are not the Mind or the Body. You are the Self. Always abide as the Self.” The man would listen attentively, but neither his meditation nor his Guru’s words had much of an effect on him. One day he approached his teacher and said, “You have been telling me for years that I am not the Mind and the Body, and that I am the Self. I believe it and I meditate on this, but I don’t see any changes in myself. This must be a very difficult technique because I don’t seem to be making any progress with it.”

The Guru said, “Let me look at your palm. I may be able to see something that is more suitable for you.” After examining the disciple’s palm, the Guru’s face dropped. “This is very bad. You should have put in more effort earlier in your life. I can see that you only have about one week to live. There’s not much that can help you now.”

The disciple was shocked. He went home thinking, “All my wealth and businesses are useless to me now. I put too much time into them, and not enough into my spiritual practice. There’s nothing I can do now, but I can at least spend my last few days meditating.” He went home and told his wife, “My life is coming to an end. My Guru has warned me that this is my final week. I am going to spend my last few days meditating alone. Please tell my friends and relatives that I don’t want to be disturbed.” After a few days his Guru came to see how he was getting on.

“How’s the meditation going ?” he asked. “Your wife tells me that you have done nothing else for days.” “Gurudev, there is no one left to meditate. I have found the Peace you have been talking about all these years.”

The Guru knew that this man would never focus full-time on realizing the Self because he was too caught up with his family and his business affairs. By making him think that his Death was imminent, he made him concentrate on what was real and important. And it worked. This is not just a story; it is a tactic that will work for anyone. If you can withdraw energy from your worldly attachments and instead focus full-time on the Self, you will soon get results. If you are having trouble with your enthusiasm for sadhana, just tell yourself, “I may be dead in 7 days.” Let go of all the things that you pretend are important in your daily life and instead focus on the Self for 24 hours a day.  Do it and see what happens.

The above themes & 1600 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/

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

or with Caps-sensitive:

http://sdrv.ms.YPOgkX/

Duplicates (but with graphics) have been available on:

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

http://being-as-consciousness.blogspot.com/

[But from now on, they will be different & still usually daily.]

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 17

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 17:

Prior to excerpting the other Ramana Maharshi disciple in the text below we continue the series: Fine-Tuned Universe 9, the premise that a small change in several of the dimensionless fundamental physical constants would make the Universe incapable of Life.

Fine-Tuned Universe 9:

[In the unreal reflection called the “Universe”, a product of an unreal Mind, even there, Infinite Intelligence is evident and inspiring.]

The Multi-Verse scenario was suggested by some Cosmologists as a way to avoid the conclusion that the Universe was specially designed for Life by a Grand Designer. Others saw it as a way to avoid having to say anything more about the problem of Fine Tuning at all. We see that once conscious Observers are allowed to intervene in the Universe, rather than being merely lumped into the category of “observers” who do nothing, that we end up with a scenario in which the gods reappear in unlimited numbers, in the guise of the simulators who have power of Life & Death [as in The Matrix movie] over the simulated beings that they bring “create”.

The simulators determine the Laws, and can change the Laws, that govern their Worlds. They can engineer Anthropic Fine-Tunings. They can pull the plug on the simulation [very Biblical] at any moment, intervene [very Biblical] or distance [like Deism] themselves from their simulation; watch as the simulated creatures argue about whether there is a God who controls of intervenes; work miracles or impose their ethical principles upon the simulated reality.

All the time they can avoid having even a twinge of conscience about hurting anyone because their toy reality isn’t real, is it ?  [While true in Non-Duality, highly ethical behavior in the Dream World is a necessity for Liberation.]  They can even watch their simulated realities grow to a level of sophistication that allows them to simulate higher-order realities of their own.

Faced with these perplexities do we have any chance of winnowing fake realities from true ?  What we might expect to see if we made scientific observations from within a simulated reality ?  Firstly, the simulators will have been tempted to avoid the complexity of using a consistent set of Laws of Nature in their Worlds when they can simply patch in “realistic” effects. When the Disney company makes a film that features the reflection of light from the surface of a lake, it does not use the laws of Quantum Electro-Dynamics & Optics to compute the light scattering. That would require a stupendous amount of computing power & detail. Instead, the simulation of the light scattering is replaced by plausible rules of thumb that are much briefer than the real thing but give a realistic looking result as long as no one looks too closely [like well done “lollipop” trees in a crayon drawing, or rudimentary faces behind all the windshields in a cartoon of the highway – but Non-Duality suggests just this thing, only with a high degree of fidelity that could include Electro-Dynamics and so on].

There would be an economic and practical imperative for simulated realities to stay that way if they were purely for entertainment. But such limitations to the complexity of the simulation’s programming would presumably cause occasional tell-tale problems — and perhaps they would even be visible from within. [Actually, however, many inexplicable things are reported – these could be some of those inconsistencies.]

Even if the simulators were scrupulous about simulating the laws of Nature, there would be limits to what they could do. Assuming the simulators, or at least the early generations of them, have a very advanced knowledge of the laws of Nature, it’s likely they would still have incomplete knowledge of them (some philosophers of science would argue this must always be the case). They may know a lot about the physics and programming needed to simulate a universe but there will be gaps or, worse still, errors in their knowledge of the laws of Nature. They would of course be subtle and far from obvious, otherwise our “advanced” civilization wouldn’t be advanced. These lacunae do not prevent simulations being created and running smoothly for long periods of time. But gradually the little flaws will begin to build up.

Eventually, their effects would snowball & these realities would cease to compute. The only escape is if their creators intervene to patch up the problems one by one as they arise. This is a solution that will be very familiar to the owner of any home computer who receives regular updates in order to protect it against new forms of invasion or repair gaps that its original creators had not foreseen. The creators of a simulation could offer this type of temporary protection, updating the working laws of Nature to include extra things they had learnt since the simulation was initiated.

In this kind of situation, logical contradictions will inevitably arise and the Laws in the simulations will appear to break down now and again. The inhabitants of the simulation especially the simulated scientists will occasionally be puzzled by the experimental results they obtain. The simulated Astronomers might, for instance, make observations that show that their so-called constants of Nature are very slowly changing.

It’s likely there could even be sudden glitches in the Laws that govern these simulated realities. This is because the simulators would most likely use a technique that has been found effective in all other simulations of complex systems: the use of error-correcting codes to put things back on track.

Take our genetic code, for example. If it were left to its own devices we would not last very long. Errors would accumulate and death and mutation would quickly follow. We are protected from this by the existence of a mechanism for error correction that identifies and corrects mistakes in genetic coding. Many of our complex computer systems possess the same type of internal “spell-checker” to guard against error accumulation.

If the simulators used error-correcting computer codes to guard against the fallibility of their simulations as a whole (as well as simulating them on a smaller scale in our genetic code) then every so often a correction would take place to the state or the laws governing the simulation. Mysterious sudden changes would occur that would appear to contravene the very laws of Nature that the simulated scientists were in the habit of observing and predicting.

We might also expect that simulated realities would possess a similar level of maximum computational complexity across the board. The simulated creatures should have a similar complexity to the most complex simulated non-living structures something that Stephen Wolfram (for quite different reasons, nothing to do with simulated realities) has coined the Principle of Computational Equivalence.

So we conclude that if we live in a simulated reality we should expect occasional sudden glitches, small drifts in the supposed constants and Laws of Nature over time,& a dawning realization that the flaws of Nature are as important as the Laws of Nature for our understanding of true reality.  [Similar to missing the point about the Multi-Verse that these anti-simulation arguments miss, there are other practical error points in the speculation.  For instance, if there are bad simulations, there can still be some good ones.  If ours seemed like a good one, as it does, no surprise. This doesn’t mitigate against any number of bad simulations which, by the way, can always just be deleted until the simulator gains by experience.  And again, inconsistencies abound in various reports about our World. These things, that art are not explained, are ignored in the hope that explanation will come about somehow, sometime. Our World fits in, over the inconsistency argument, which does not really distinguish the simulation from our current World very well at all.]

Some more selected verses from the other Maharshi disciple:

You should trust the Guru because his interest is in showing you the Truth. He may occasionally say things that are not true, but he will say them only because he knows his words will push you in the right direction.

I once heard a story that illustrates this. A rich man used to meditate once in a while. He had a Guru, an enlightened man, who used to tell him, “You are not the Mind or the Body. You are the Self. Always abide as the Self.” The man would listen attentively, but neither his meditation nor his Guru’s words had much of an effect on him. One day he approached his teacher and said, “You have been telling me for years that I am not the Mind and the Body, and that I am the Self. I believe it and I meditate on this, but I don’t see any changes in myself. This must be a very difficult technique because I don’t seem to be making any progress with it.”

The Guru said, “Let me look at your palm. I may be able to see something that is more suitable for you.” After examining the disciple’s palm, the Guru’s face dropped. “This is very bad. You should have put in more effort earlier in your life. I can see that you only have about one week to live. There’s not much that can help you now.”

The disciple was shocked. He went home thinking, “All my wealth and businesses are useless to me now. I put too much time into them, and not enough into my spiritual practice. There’s nothing I can do now, but I can at least spend my last few days meditating.” He went home and told his wife, “My life is coming to an end. My Guru has warned me that this is my final week. I am going to spend my last few days meditating alone. Please tell my friends and relatives that I don’t want to be disturbed.” After a few days his Guru came to see how he was getting on.

“How’s the meditation going ?” he asked. “Your wife tells me that you have done nothing else for days.” “Gurudev, there is no one left to meditate. I have found the Peace you have been talking about all these years.”

The Guru knew that this man would never focus full-time on realizing the Self because he was too caught up with his family and his business affairs. By making him think that his Death was imminent, he made him concentrate on what was real and important. And it worked. This is not just a story; it is a tactic that will work for anyone. If you can withdraw energy from your worldly attachments and instead focus full-time on the Self, you will soon get results. If you are having trouble with your enthusiasm for sadhana, just tell yourself, “I may be dead in 7 days.” Let go of all the things that you pretend are important in your daily life and instead focus on the Self for 24 hours a day. Do it and see what happens.

You should only work enough to maintain the body. Try to avoid unnecessary activities. Less work is good. Devote yourself to your sadhana all the time. You dissipate your desire for the Self by undertaking all kinds of useless activities that waste your time and lead to attachments. You think that your life is endless and that you can put off meditation till a later date. With this kind of attitude, you will die filled with regrets, not filled with Peace. Always be aware of the Self while you work. While you are doing that work keep your thoughts a hundred per cent on the Self. You are what you think you are. You become what you think. If you think of the Self all the time, that is what you will become. If you live and die with thoughts of work and family, you will I be reborn in a place with more work and more family business l to worry about.

If you spend your life with worldly thoughts, these will be the thoughts that fill your Mind at the moment of your death. But if you life is devoted to sadhana, to attaining an inner Peace, then, at the moment of your death, this will be the State that you die in.

Your thoughts arise on a moment-to-moment basis because of your vasanas, but it is a mistake to think that you can do nothing about them. You can be interested in them, or you can ignore them. If you show interest in them, they will persist and you will get caught up in them. If you ignore them and keep your attention on the Source, they will not develop. And when they don’t develop, they disappear.

In Who Am I ? Bhagavan compared this process to laying siege to a fort. If you cutoff, one by one, the heads of the thoughts as they come out of the fort of the Mind, sooner or later there will be none left. The way to do this is by Self-Inquiry. As each thought rises, you ask yourself, “To whom does this thought appear ?”

If you are vigilant in doing this, the forest of thoughts will lessen and lessen until there are none left. When the thoughts have gone, Mind will sink into its Source and experience that Source.

Little conversations may be going on. A crowd of people may be congregating around. None of this is your business, but there is always a possibility that you will get interested in some or all of these activities and forget the reason why you are out on the street yourself. Don’t get excited by anything you see and hear. Just walk steadily towards your destination. Your vasanas are all the sides how’s in your head that can drag your attention away from your main business, which is being aware of the Self. If you have no interest in them, you will walk straight to your goal. If something temporarily distracts your attention, bring yourself back by asking yourself, “Who is interested in all this ? Who is getting interested in this distraction ?” This will deflate the distracting desire and it will bring you back to an awareness of your true purpose. Remember, nothing that happens in the Mind is “you”, and none of it is your business. You don’t have to worry about thoughts that rise up inside you. It is enough that you remember that the thoughts are not you.

Whatever kind of thought arises, have the same reaction: ‘Not me; not my business.’ It can be a good thought or a bad thought. Treat them all the same way. To whom are these thoughts arising ? To you. That means that you are not the thought. You are the Self. Remain as the Self, and don’t latch onto anything that is not the Self.

The above themes & 1600 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/

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

or with Caps-sensitive:

http://sdrv.ms.YPOgkX/

Duplicates (but with graphics) have been available on:

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

http://being-as-consciousness.blogspot.com/

[But from now on, they will be different & still usually daily.]

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 15

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 15:

Prior to excerpting the other Ramana Maharshi disciple in the text below we continue the series: Fine-Tuned Universe 8, the premise that a small change in several of the dimensionless fundamental physical constants would make the Universe incapable of Life.

Fine-Tuned Universe 8:

[In the unreal reflection called the “Universe”, a product of an unreal Mind, even there, Infinite Intelligence is evident and inspiring.]

Going beyond the Weak Anthropic Principles (WAP) to the Strong Anthropic Principles (SAP) we hear: “The Universe MUST have those properties which allow Life to develop within it at some stage in its history”. For 1 some 3 SAP versionsm one affirms that:  There exists at least 1 possible Universe “designed” with the goal of generating and sustaining Observers”, a version favored by Hoyle.

Barrow & Tipler favored 2 other. One, with more religious implications, is Wheeler’s “Participatory Anthropic Principle” (PAP) whereby “observers are necessary to bring the Universe into existence.”

Another is Hugh Everett’s Many-Worlds Interpretation (MWI), essentially the 1st Multi-Verse after Parmenides & other older writers, which says: “an Ensemble, Quantum Mechanically generated, of many other different Universes is necessary for the plausible existence of our Universe. Each Quantum choice or alternative creates a new Universe for each possibility. [Feynman offered a comparable version in terms of Time, “histories”, without requiring a Multi-Verse.] Everett launched his most fantastic Multi-Verse model to “undo” the Empiricism of Schrödinger & the Copenhagen Convention.

 In 1925, Schrödinger had constructed a Mathematical description of electrons as waves around the atomic nucleus, rather than as the discrete particles of the Bohr atom. The following year, Bohr used Schrödinger’s Wave Equation to construct (by squaring the Complex Amplitude) a Max Born Probability Wave equation expressing the probable position of a particle. The Probability Wave Equation gives a neat description of the light and dark bands in the Double Slit experiment using a beam of photons. Before it was observed, the particle was literally “nowhere”. Bohr’s Ernpiricist Principle stated that: “what cannot be measured, even in principle, cannot be said to exist.” [Multi-Verses clearly fail.]  This compares with Aristotle’s Empiricist Principle that there is nothing in the Intellect which was not first in Sensation.  Opponents to such a view prefer a more comfortable “distance” between Ontology [being] & Epistemology [knowledge] in Objective reality, whereas Non-Duality equates the 2 in Non-Objective Reality.

John von Neumann [inventor of Game Theory, the Computer, etc.] in his formalism of Quantum Mechanics applied Backward Epistemology: since we know Quantum Mechanics or Quantum Theory, and we know that the theory is highly confirmed, the World must conform to the Theory. Some criticize this as dogmatic metaphysics but Non-Duality might consider it an objective reflection of Non-Objective Reality.

Either an “observer” is needed to collapse the Wave Function in order, to actualize reality (PAP) or else, wave-collapse being unnecessary for actualization, the wave generates many realities (Everett). Reconciling the Discrete Quantum Mechanics with the Continuuim of Relativity, the greatest quandary in Theoretical Physics, remains to cast some doubt about interpreting Quantum Mechanics.

Some more selected verses from the other Maharshi disciple:

All these external appearances that you see in front of you are Maya. They have no fundamental abiding reality. To find the Self, to find what is True and Real, you have to look inside yourself. You have to find the Source, the place where all these mental projections arise. You are looking for satisfaction in the outside World because you think that all these objects you see in front of you are real. They are not. The Reality is the Substratum in which they all appear.

An elephant is made out of wood. If we see it as wood, it is wood. But if we get caught up in the name and form, we will see only an elephant and forget that its underlying nature is wood. All is your own Self. This form is different; that form is different. This is more powerful; this is worse. These are all judgments you make when you see separate objects instead of having the true vision that all is an undifferentiated oneness. There may be different varieties of light bulbs, but the current that activates and sustains them is the same. You must learn to become one with this activating current, the unmanifest Self, and not get caught up in all the names and forms that appear in it.

A verse from one of the Siddhas: “Because of your Ego you are going to the forest to look for spiritual light. You are looking for this darshan of light. These things are the illusion of the Mind. They depend on the states of the Mind and the functioning of the Mind. That which you are searching for is within yourself.”

Bhagavan wrote in Ulladu Narpadu, verse 11: “Knowing all else without knowing oneself, the Knower of objects known, is nothing but Ignorance. How instead can it be Knowledge ?”

All the information the Mind accumulates and all the experiences it collects are Ignorance, false knowledge. Real Knowledge cannot be found in the Mind or in any external location. The Mind sees through colored glasses, and what it sees is tinted and tainted by that color. If your Mind is in a spoiled and disturbed condition, the entire World will appear to be in a spoiled and disturbed condition.

If your Mind is crystal clear, everything will appear to you to be clear and peaceful. Your most important objective must be realizing the Self. If you have not done this, you will spend your time in Ignorance and Illusion. You, your Mind, this World — they are all Maya. Don’t become a slave to this Maya. Instead, realize the Self and let Maya become your servant.

Another verse from the Siddhas: “Many people have struggled years together to realize the Self. Millions and millions of people have struggled, looking for the light outside themselves. If these millions and millions of people have died without understanding the Self that is within them, it is because they didn’t understand the real Path.”

You must find someone who has followed the right Path, someone who has discovered this Inner Truth for himself, and who stabilized himself there. Such a one will give you good advice. He will not send you out on unproductive adventures in the outside World. Following the advice of someone who has not reached this state is simply a case of the blind leading the blind. Neither knows the right path and both will eventually fall into a big hole. You may find a fruit that is very bitter and decide to improve its flavor. But when you come home, the fruit will not be any less bitter than the day you started. You can carry your Mind to every comer of the country, but when you return your Mind will be in the same state as the day you started. Mind is not improved by long journeys to far-flung places. Instead, make an internal pilgrimage. Take the Mind back to its Source and plunge it into the peace-giving waters of the Self. If you once make this pilgrimage, you will never need to go looking for Happiness or Peace in any other place.

The Ribhu Gita advises us to remember at all times, “I am the Self; all is the Self.” The entire Universe is “I”. If you can keep this permanently in your Mind, millions and millions of punyas will come to you. There were many books that Bhagavan liked, but Ribhu Gita was definitely one of the best. He once said that Ribhu Gita is a book for one’s last life. I advise doing japa to the Self, either by repeatedly thinking about it or by repeating affirmations such as “I am the Self”. This affirmation is the greatest mantra of all. If you can do it continuously, without interruption, you will get results very quickly. There is no greater japa, no greater sadhana than this. The one who is seeking is also that which is sought. The seeker and the sought are both Self. lf you are not able to find this Self within yourself, you will not find it anywhere else. Searching on the outside and visiting holy places will not help you. Many people are visiting swamis, temples and holy places. Doing these things will not yield any good fruit.

For real and lasting results you have to look inside yourself and discover the Self within. You can do that anywhere. Keep up the meditation, “I am the Self” ‘I am the Self ’, and be completely surrendered to that Self that is within you.

All I will say is that wherever you in Life, don’t forget yourself. If you are still having some doubts as to whether this has been decided or not, don’t indulge in them. Do what you have to do and remember the Self at all times.

The above themes & 1600 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/

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

or with Caps-sensitive:

http://sdrv.ms.YPOgkX/

Duplicates (but with graphics) have been available on:

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

http://being-as-consciousness.blogspot.com/

[But from now on, they will be different & still usually daily.]

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 13

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 13:

Prior to excerpting the other Ramana Maharshi disciple in the text below we continue the series: Fine-Tuned Universe 6, the premise that a small change in several of the dimensionless fundamental physical constants would make the Universe incapable of Life.

100 Billion

[for a while, the following will preface all these blogs – so please skip over if seen before]

In order to hint at how serious this Blog is, let the author unequivocally state that the Knowledge here imparted, none of it original, none to be credited to the author, that Knowledge is THE MOST VALUABLE treasure that exists. If hypothetically offered 100 Billion dollars to forgo this Knowledge, that offer or any other would be disregarded in the blink of an eye.  Even with all the good that might be accomplished with $100B, this Knowledge is beyond the World & comes from beyond the Mind. This is no hyperbole.

Fine-Tuned Universe 6:

[In the unreal reflection called the “Universe”, a product of an unreal Mind, even there, Infinite Intelligence is evident and inspiring.]

The Fine-Tuned measure of the continued, exponentially increasing Expansion (self-stretching property) of the Universe, at a faster and faster rate, allows to see less and less of the Universe as time goes on. This knowledge of the Universe will decrease with Time. Intelligent beings will lose the capacity to draw adequate Energy for Work from the Heat flow of the Universe. Inevitably, heat flow will be so tiny that all metabolic reactions will cease.  “Consciousness is eventually lost.” [Assuming Consciousness were physical, which can never be explained that way.]

Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan argued that the Intelligent Design of such a vast Cosmos for such an infinitesimal creature seems wasteful.  But sufficient Age (& thus expanding size) are requisite for long Evolution. The Universe is the necessary size and age. Neither too or too little Expansion, an enormous but so far limited Universe is itself,  carefully “machined” for Billions of years, Anthropic Fine-Tuning.

Some skeptics have attempted to trivialize the anthropic principle with the assertion that humans simply would not be here to observe the universe unless the extremely unlikely did somehow happen to take place. British philosopher Richard Swinburne responded to this notion with a simple illustration.25 He points out that the survivor of a firing squad execution would not attribute his or her survival to a lucky accident. Rather, the survivor would conclude that either the rifles were loaded with blanks or that each of the executioners missed on purpose. The measured fine-tuning of the universe tells us that Someone purposed for humans to exist for a certain period of time.

The other argument claims that there is nothing remarkable about the Fine-Tuning of the Universe if an virtual infinitude of Universes exist, each with a different set of characteristics. In this case, Chance might as plausible that at least one would manifest the characteristics necessary for human Life.

This resembles a gambler finding hundred thousand coin “randomly” landing “Heads”.  He thereupon  rationalizes that 2100,000 such coins exist (though he cannot see them, like a Multi-Verse), each Coin having been flipped 100,000 times by 2100,000 coin flippers. Statistically, one of these coins could come up heads 100,000 times. But the gambler has no evidence for the existence of the other coins, coin flippers, or distinct results. With a sample size of one, the only rational conclusion to draw is that someone “fixed” the coins to all land on Heads. In the case of the Universe, no evidence can be found for the existence of other Universes. Relativity dictates that the Space-Time envelope of a Universe that contains observers can never overlap that of any other Universe or Universes. Thus, the sample size for human observers is one and the conclusion that “Someone” purposed, or “fixed”, the universe for human existence remains compelling.

Like a lucky coin toss, we can choose examine the Universe, the “coins” more closely. Research will likely even yield an increase in the number of Fine-Tuned characteristics and the degree of Fine-Tuning. Such would amount to an Anthropic Principle test.

Some more selected verses from the other Maharshi disciple:

What happens in the Deep Dreamless Sleep state is the same as when you are awake.

Thinking that you are not mature is not the kind of judgment to make about yourself. If you hold onto this kind of thought, this will be a hindrance to your realization, because the Truth is already within you.  Maturity and immaturity belong to the Mind. You are not the Mind; you are already the Self.

You see a big lamp before you. Your own lamp is unlit. So you bring your lamp to the lamp which is already burning. And when you go away from that lamp, you have your own lamp, your own light. Wherever you go from that point on, the light is with you. The state of jnana is the same for all. Anyone who realizes the Self is in the same state of peace, which is beyond the mind. Though the experience of the Self is the same in all cases, it is true that some jnanis end up helping a lot of people, whereas others, who are equally enlightened, may help fewer people. Some jnanis do not teach at all. They live ordinary lives and are rarely, if ever, recognized for what they really are. Water can be in a well or it can be in a lake. It is the same water, but one source can quench more thirsts than the other. A small lamp can light up a room, whereas a big one can light up a whole street. Bhagavan Ramana was one of those big, blazing lights that could light up a huge area. He guided and brought light to many people.

Only a few people have the capacity to guide a large number of people towards the Truth. Realizing the Truth is one thing, but guiding others towards it is something else. All jnanis are not capable when it comes to guiding others.

This kind of questioning will not help you to realise the Self. Questions such as these will disappear if you have a strong desire for realization. Your Mind will then not be occupied with such thoughts.

I would advise you to question yourself, “Who is asking the question ?  And who is getting the answer ? ”  If you have this attitude towards your doubts and your questions, your quest for their source will lead you back to the Self. In that place there are no questions and no answers. There is only Peace.

We often say, “I slept happily” [Deep Dreamless Sleep] but if someone asks you to explain in words the Happiness you felt in that state, what can you say ? You can experience it, but you can’t really explain it. This is how the Self is. You can experience it, you can become it, but you cannot explain this state through words.

It was my experience that through continuous sadhana I gradually relaxed into the Self.  It was a gradual process. It is not something new that suddenly comes. It is eternally there, but it is covered by so much. It has to be rediscovered.  If he says “I don’t know myself” or if he claims “I have not known myself” – both are statements to laugh at. Because you are That. You can be That, but there is nothing to say about it. If somebody says, “I am a jnani. I am an Enlightened person,” then who is claiming that ?

The above themes & 1600 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/

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

or with Caps-sensitive:

http://sdrv.ms.YPOgkX/

Duplicates (but with graphics) have been available on:

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

http://being-as-consciousness.blogspot.com/

Duplicates  have been available on:

[But from now on, they will be different & still usually daily.]

 

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 12

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 12:

“In saying “I had a Dream; I was in Deep Dreamless Sleep; I am Awake,” you admit you were there all the time.  It is like a Cinema.  The Screen is always there but various pictures appear on the Screen and then vanish. Nothing affects the screen, since you remain ever your own Self in all 3 States.  If you know that the 3 States will not trouble you. Just as nothing affected the Screen, things that happened during the Waking, Dream, & Deep Dreamless Sleep States do not affect you and you remain your own Self.”                                                                                                            Ramana Maharshi

100 Billion

[for a while, the following will preface all these blogs – so please skip over if seen before]

In order to hint at how serious this Blog is, let the author unequivocally state that the Knowledge here imparted, none of it original, none to be credited to the author, that Knowledge is THE MOST VALUABLE treasure that exists. If hypothetically offered 100 Billion dollars to forgo this Knowledge, that offer or any other would be disregarded in the blink of an eye.  Even with all the good that might be accomplished with $100B, this Knowledge is beyond the World & comes from beyond the Mind. This is no hyperbole.

Prior to excerpting the other Ramana Maharshi disciple in the text below we continue the series: Fine-Tuned Universe 5, the premise that a small change in several of the dimensionless fundamental physical constants would make the Universe incapable of Life.

Fine-Tuned Universe 5:

[In the unreal reflection called the “Universe”, a product of an unreal Mind, even there, Infinite Intelligence is evident and inspiring.]

The Anthropic Principle says that the Universe appears “designed” for the sake of human Life. The emergence of humans requires physical constants, laws, and properties that fall within certain narrow ranges, Fine-Tuning.

One factor is the ratio of the Gravitational force constant to the Electro-Magnetic force constant. The ratio must hold to one part in 1040 (one part in ten thousand trillion trillion trillion) without eliminating the possibility for Life – this ratio being one of some 38 such Anthropic Fine-Tuned Parameters. Of these, the most sensitive is the Space Energy Density (the self-stretching property of the Universe). Its value cannot vary by more than one part in 10120 and still allow for the stars and planets that Life requires.

Evidence of specific “preparation” for human existence shows up in the characteristics of the Solar System, as well, some 150 Fine-Tuned characteristics. The odds that any given planet in the Universe [given that planets became possible] would possess the necessary conditions to support Intelligent Life are now estimated as one in 10173 .

Roughly 15 Billion years represents a minimum preparation time for advanced life. But in just 10 Million years or less, Earth will lose its ability to sustain human Life. In fact, this estimate of the human habitability time window may be grossly optimistic. In all likelihood, a nearby supernova eruption, a climatic perturbation, a social or environmental upheaval, or the genetic accumulation of negative mutations will doom the species to extinction sometime sooner than twenty thousand years from now. Some take a mere 100 years to be generous, at least for civilized human Life after Environment decay, poverty, war & disease.

Some more selected verses from the other Maharshi disciple:

If the meditation is not continuous enough, the other part of the Mind becomes predominant. You have to overpower this Mind that is taking you away from yourself.

We can all be like this if circumstances demand it. There are occasions when a show of anger is needed. We can play the role of being angry, but at the same time we can know that we are just acting out a role that is needed at a particular moment.

Jnani’s usually come to their last births with a mountain of punyas [merits] on account of what they have done in their previous lives. The Jnani cannot experience all these punyas himself, but those who come into contact with him can receive them as blessings. The same thing can be said for all the papams [de-merits] that the Jnani brings to his final life. A poor man can suddenly become rich if a millionaire takes a liking to him and gives him a lot of money. Those who come to a Jnani and do selfless service to him find themselves becoming spiritual millionaires when they receive the Jnani’s unused punyas. And those who come to abuse and insult the Jnani end up receiving all his unused papams. This is an automatic process. The Jnani does not pick and choose the people who are going to be the recipients of these punyas. This transfer happens automatically. Devotees grow spiritually by receiving all these blessings. They reach heights that would be difficult or impossible to reach through their own efforts. My own life illustrates this. When I was very young I stayed alone, doing all kinds of spiritual practice by myself. I doubt that I could have experienced the truth of the Self through my own efforts. Fortunately, grace brought me to Bhagavan, and through Bhagavan’s Grace I had the opportunity to serve him. My proximity to Bhagavan and the work I did for him made me ready for the Truth.

I learned this lesson about the necessity of being in the Jnani’s Presence early on. After a few weeks there I found myself disappointed by the attitude of many of the people I found around Bhagavan. They seemed to be more interested in gossiping than in doing meditation. I knew that Bhagavan was a great man, but I didn’t feel comfortable living with people whom I thought were not taking the spiritual life very seriously. I decided to leave the Ashram and meditate by myself. My attempt to run away was not successful. Bhagavan’s grace and power brought me back from Polur, the place I had run away to. As I sat in front of Bhagavan on my first day back, Bhagavan looked at me, and while he was looking I began to hear the words of one of the verses from Ulladu Narpadu Anubandham resonating in my Heart: I “The Supreme State which is praised and which is attained here in this life by clear Inquiry, which rises in the Heart when association with a sadhu is gained, is impossible to attain by listening to teachers, by studying and learning the meaning of the scriptures, by virtuous deeds, or by any other means.”

I had never read this work before, so I don’t know how these words managed to repeat themselves inside me. No one else heard them except me. The verse praises association with a Jnani, saying that association with such a being is far more productive for sadhaks than doing spiritual practice by oneself. After hearing these words I got the courage to stay and serve Bhagavan.

I just listened to what my Guru told me, and I carried out his instructions to the best of my ability. Then, one day in the hall, Bhagavan turned to me and said, “Your karmas are over.”  I had this great opportunity to surrender to a Guru like Bhagavan, to trust him and to serve him. It didn’t happen through my own efforts. This kind of thing happens very rarely, for beings such as Bhagavan don’t appear very often. If you want to learn, you have to go to school. If you want Jnana, you have to go to a Jnani I want to speak some more about the Grace of the Guru. Bhagavan told me that the Guru is the Self who is within. The Self manifests in a form and pushes the Minds of devotees towards the Self.

The above themes & 1600 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\

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

or with Caps-sensitive:

http://sdrv.ms.YPOgkX/

Duplicates (but with graphics) have been available on:

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

http://being-as-consciousness.blogspot.com/

[But after this one, they will be different & still usually daily.]

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 11

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 11:

Prior to excerpting the other Ramana Maharshi disciple in the text below we continue the series: Fine-Tuned Universe 4, the premise that a small change in several of the dimensionless fundamental physical constants would make the Universe incapable of Life.

[In the unreal reflection called the “Universe”, a product of an unreal Mind, even there, Infinite Intelligence is evident and inspiring.]

Fine-Tuned Universe 4:

We previously noted that formation of Hydrogen nuclei during the Big Bang, along with the Carbon and Oxygen atoms initially fused at the center of stars that exploded as supernovae; these Fine-Tuned “coincidences” allowed for solar systems and planets capable of supporting Carbon-based Life dependent on Water and Oxygen.

There has to be a critical rate of expansion if our Universe , avoiding all manner of “recollapse” so that even now, ten Billion years later, it is still expanding at nearly the critical rate.  If the rate of expansion one second after the Big Bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred Quadrillion, the Universe would have recollapsed before it ever reached its present size.

The current age of the Universe must be old enough to allow for the formation of galaxies, stars and planets, and stars that fused Carbon and Oxygen. Quark masses were similarly Fine-Tuned as was the Electromagnetic Fine Structure Constant to allow for the formation of Neutrons, Protons and larger atomic nuclei. Variations in the Light Quark masses of more that 2-3 % would not support The formation of life-essential Carbon and Oxygen,  Big Bang Nucleosynthesis sets tight limits on the variations of the Light Quark mass.

Some more selected verses from the other Maharshi disciple:

Tayumanuvar, Tamil saint:

“My Guru merely told me that I am Consciousness. Having heard this, I held onto Consciousness. What he told me was just 1 sentence, but I cannot describe the Bliss that I attained from holding onto that 1 simple sentence. Through that 1 sentence I attained a Peace and a Happiness that can never be explained in words.”

It doesn’t happen by itself you have to go on making an effort until the point where you become totally effortless. Up till that moment your effort is needed. The Mind only gets dissolved in the Self by constant practice. At that moment the “I am the Body” idea disappears, just as darkness disappears when the Sun rises.

We have to walk on the Path ourselves to realize the Truth. If you want to go to somewhere, having someone tell you where it is and how to get there will not magically transport you to that place. You have to go to the airport and get on the plane yourself. You have to carry out the instructions the Guru has given you.

Grace shows us the way home by guiding us in the right direction, but we still have to do the work ourselves.

This “I am” Consciousness, is present within all of us. It is not something special that devotees of one particular Guru have. It is our nature, and as such it is common to all. But only a few souls are mature enough or ripe enough to be aware of it. Though it is present within all of us, Grace puts us in touch with it and gives us a taste of what it is like. And once that taste is there, the thirst to realize the Self follows.

If Inquiry into the Self is not taking place, thoughts will be on the Body and the Mind. And while those thoughts are habitually there, there will be an underlying identification: “I am the Body. I am the Mind.”  This identification is something that happened at a particular point in time. It is not something that has always been there. And what comes in time also goes eventually, for nothing that exists in time is permanent. The Self, on the other hand, has always been there. It existed before the ideas about the Body and the

Mind arose, and it will be there when they finally vanish.

The Self always remains as it is: as Peace, without Birth, without Death. Through the intensity of your Inquiry you can claim that state as your own. Inquire into the nature of the Mind by asking, with 1-pointed determination, “Who am I ?”  Mind is illusory and non-existent, just as the snake that appears on the rope is illusory and non-existent. Dispel the Illusion of the Mind by intense Inquiry and merge in the Peace of the Self. That is what you are, always.

“Have you realized the Self ?” is sometimes a strange question to answer. It is like having somebody ask you if you have become a human being. You are always a human being. You didn’t have to do anything to accomplish it. You are self-evidently a human being, so much so, it is strange to field questions about it. If it is not self-evident then find out who you are. How does one find out who one is ? You will find out by constantly doing Self-Inquiry. Ask yourself, “Am I the Body ?  Am I the Mind ?”  When Self-Inquiry is deepened, you understand who you are.

If one is mature, one can realize the Self in this moment. If one is not mature one has to take up sadhana to make oneself receptive to the Truth.

The above themes & 1600 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\

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

or with Caps-sensitive:

http://sdrv.ms.YPOgkX 

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 10

NMT (No-Me Teaching) new series 10:

Prior to presenting a Consciousness-Meditation offered by some Ramana Maharshi disciples, we share some thoughts.

Notes from a (contemporary) Spiritual Diary

How can I be certain that my inner true self is spiritual, perfectly happy, complete, & even divine? For one assurance, there is the consistent, unchanging testimony of the Wise throughout all the millennia, in disparate cultures & nations.

Closer to home, for just one more of many examples or instances of assurance, there is my own growing interest in deeper Reality, & my own expanding ability to see & comprehend the subtle inner Truth.

Only the Real in me is attracted to the Real. Only the Real in me intuits & catches a glimmer of profundity.  Only the Real is capable of understanding Non-Dual Teaching in the many “secret” places in which it can readily be found.

Seek sincerely, reject ego-massaging half-truth, & be amazed at how fast & how deeply one can comprehend, can attain certainty. One can know with certainty, the inner, wordless answer to “Who am I ?”

How could it be otherwise ? Self-deception may have continued for eons & could continue for eons more. But the façade of Illusion, Maya, can crumble in the snap of a finger. Let the sleeper awaken! Be at Peace in Joy, Freedom, & Happiness.

Our inner core, our Being, is actually the unflinching, steady, Knowledge that “I exist.” That Knowledge shines, not within some individual “consciousness”, in & as non-multiple, universal, Non-Dual Consciousness.

Illusory self-focusing down as if an “island” of personal ego-self-consciousness in some oceanic Universe, a RWOT real-world-out-there ­ that Dream seems to crumple my innate Vastness into a tiny bubble of personal identity.

Appearing in the Waking State (other than the various dream-worlds) seems to recur over a short life-time of a century, or less, the outer RWOT seems to hold out hope of avoiding pain & promise of enjoyment sensual, emotional, & mental. For fleeting moments, that World seems to deliver, but then it all slips away, just like youth & ultimately good health & life itself.

Relationships solidify life’s stability in family, friendship, & greater society. But one eventually takes wrong turns & misfortune ever threatens while “all good things must pass.”

Why ? Well of course “all things must pass,” good or bad, just like in nightly Dreams with similar trajectories. Those dramas may turn over rapidly until morning when they all vanish. Deep Dreamless Sleep is, however, uniformly filled with Peace (without details to remember). For that same Peace in the Waking State, we seek steady livelihood, steady relationships, & various acquisitions.

The Waking State body dies soon enough, even if there are fortunate outer circumstances, for a time, or perhaps even throughout most of that lifetime. But for most of humanity, even that is not the case & for many far worse dramatically so, or like those proverbial men who “lead lives of quiet desperation.”

Regardless, Love & Happiness, Peace & Freedom are only ever experienced “within”, in faint glimmers, short-lived flashes, or as God, Guru, one’s true Self, as Reality.

Consciousness-Meditation

“Shut your eyes. Let go of the idea of your own or control Consciousness. Let the infinite Consciousness be what it is without your trying to control it.  Relax & observe Consciousness. Let go of everything & observe Consciousness. Relax completely & observe Consciousness. With as little effort as possible & with a gentle, kind, easy, relaxed approach, observe Consciousness. You just continue with Consciousness watching Consciousness. There are objects to see Consciousness is empty. There is no thing to observe in Consciousness.  Just continue for the entire practice session watching your Consciousness. Only Consciousness watching Consciousness & nothing else.

[The above themes & 1600 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\

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

or with Caps-sensitive:

http://sdrv.ms.YPOgkX\