Going Back To Some Basics part 2

Going Back To Some Basics part 2

In the former & 1st installment, we touched on the basic Duality of  “Self” & “Other”, diverting to that one bit of “Other” that we so often take to be the “I”, take to be oneself, namely, the Body.  Before continuing that thread, another is now introduced, namely the actually “Space” idea within which the Body appears, along with Mind & World, those key ideas we take up after looking again further at the Body.

But initially, surrounding the vague sense of  “Other”, conceived as different from one’s Self, the feeling that “there seems to be something” coalesces, as previously stated, with some kind of location, some size or extent, some “substance” constituting this “something”. But what seems to be this “other” ?  In a way, this can be said to be a kind of “pure extent” or Space.  Seldom formalized, this universal sense of Space was simply systematized by Rene Descartes as mathematical Coordinate Space, familiar to grade school students as “graphs”.  Now there is no pretense that such formal ideas crystallize in the initial sense of “Other” as Space, but adopting this device simplifies our discussion.

In essence the idea of Space is that of a Container, one that is formless, boundless, with no edge or boundary, empty of texture, unchanging, & vast when we so consider it. One aspect of this idea of Space is Dimension, a bit of form if you will, first formalized by Descartes in the manner of rulers or knotted ropes first borrowed by the Egyptians from fishing nets.  The two-dimensional simplification used by Descartes had appeared among the Greeks as Latitude & Longitude in Geodesy.  Such a concept was preserved by Arab philosophers during Europe’s Dark Ages. Leaking back of these ideas from Islam-conquered Spain to Italy prompted Perspective Drawing, Scaling, & the Architecture that allowed the Renaissance & later on, Analytical Geometry & ultimately Computer Science. Greek mathematics of Conic Sections played a major role in Descartes’ Coordinate Space as well.

While Descartes’ “graphs” are two-dimensional or 2-D, our everyday sense of Physical Space & the World are 3-D. And yet, we start next time to formalize the sense of “Other” this way, including the Body, by initially looking at 0-D & 1-D Spaces of Ego, Now, Here, & God for 0-D, followed by Time, & Mind in 1-D.  For now though, we continue with another installment on the Body idea by again quoting from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi:

The Self is nonobjective & ever the knower. The Body is objective & always only the known.  How, therefore, can the Self’s Existence be equated with the Body ?

Basically, like all the rest of the World, the Body is “out there” while one’s Self, the primordial Consciousness called “I” that knows of it sown Existence, that Self is “inside”.  Terms like “out side” & “inside” take on more formal definition later in this series. “Objective” refers to the “objects” that are “outside”, the “objects” that are known by “Perception” [physical objects] or “Conception” [subtle mental objects].  The Knower, the Consciousness is “Non-objective”,  Only if we accept a Duality of Knower & Known, then do we similarly refer to the Duality of Subject & Object.  In that case we can somewhat equate “Non-objective” with “Subjective”, but until then, “Non-objective” is more generally applicable.

The Self is attributeless Existence. The Body is known by its perceived attributes, apart from which there is no Body.  How, therefore, can the Self’s Existence be equated with the Body ?

“Attributes” are the specific qualities by which individual gross Perceptions or subtle Conceptions are distinguished, one from the other. Being “Non-objective”, the Self has n attributes while the Body, an Object, does have attributes,

The Self is continuous. It does not commence at birth, & it does not cease at Death.  Existence does not have the attribute of “living” or “dead.”  Existence & the Knowledge of Existence are full & not partial.  Knowledge of Existence is not sporadic & does not move about to different parts.

Non-Duality characterizes the “substance” of the Self, while particular details characterize the body & other Objects. This applies to Continuity in Time, or its opposite, in the case of the Body.

The Existence of the Self is the constant background of the Body’s appearance  & disappearance, & likewise, of the Waking  & other states of Mind. The Body is discontinuous in several ways. For the Body, there is Life & Death. The experience of the Body is sporadic in Perception, with only one, or a few parts or senses experienced at any one time.   Never is one aware of all of it at once. The Body appears only in the Waking state of Mind. How, therefore, can the Self s Existence be equated with the Body?

Just at the Body is only known through Perception, so to is each Perception partial. For those from the Vedas through philosopher George Berkeley through modern Islamic author Harun Yahya, the World is Unreal. When perceiving the Leg, the Arm just isn’t there. Earlier quotes about how the Body “appears only in the moments of perception” is a caution that applies piece by piece.  We only experience a Body, or a Universe, one thin slice at a time. Mentally we “fill-in” the rest just as does the Optical system in vision.

Next time we continue with the model of Coordinate Space on the one hand, & the comments of Master Nome on the Body & the Self as well.

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Going Back To Some Basics

Going Back To Some Basics

As happens here, we return again to the question: Do you exist ?  “Inside”, each of us certainly feels: “Yes, certainly I exist !”  We also “know” so.  That “inner place” of certainty about your Existence, & certainty of  knowing so – that is the Self.  Known fully, the one Non-Dual Self reveals itself to be Infinite, Eternal, Existence – Consciousness – Bliss, or equivalently, Happiness or Love. But these are places we go latter, since we only take a 1st step at this point.

Then what else is there ?  Perhaps one senses [truly or falsely] “there seems to be something.”  Perhaps this “something” or “Other” seems characterized by some kind of location, some size or extent, some “substance” constituting this “something”.  But what really is all this “other” ?  For now we focus on that one bit of “other” that we so often take to be the “I”, take to be oneself, namely, the Body. Quoting Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi:

For Self-Realization, it is necessary to know the Self as transcendent of bodily form & limitation. By liberating oneself from the ignorant mis-identification with the Body & its attributes, one abides as the infinite & the eternal.  Those who understand that they seek a Realization that is not a bodily state seek to discern the Self’s freedom from the Body & its attributes.  That is, one should know the Self’s transcendence of all bodily definition. The results of this knowledge of the Self s freedom from the limitations of the Body & its attributes are, Bliss & Peace that are undisturbed by bodily conditions, spiritual freedom from birth, growth, decay, illness, & death, & transcendence of action.

Among the numerous meditations just enumerated, runs the undercurrent that is the role that the “Body” plays in confusing the “I” “Other” confusion.  Taking that “Body” from out of the “Other” category & mistaking it for the “I”, the Self this is an insurmountable obstruction to Enlightenment,

Remain detached from the Body, its attributes, & its activities. Utilize the bodily form, while it is alive, as an instrument for selfless activity inspired by wisdom, by the desire for Liberation, & by the immensity of Grace, acting with corresponding equanimity & devotion.  The bodily activities are used as an instrument that expresses the divine.

By contemplation on its wondrous workings, the Body may be viewed as a reminder of the Supreme Consciousness by which it appears, as does appear the entire Universe.  The emphasis is placed, not on the reminder, but on that of which one is reminded.

Abide unmoved by pleasure & pain, motion & inactivity, & birth & death.  For invariable Bliss, one must know one’s freedom from the Body & all bodily attributes.  Knowledge is Realization.  It is neither something done nor is it any bodily transformation, but it is comprehension of what is true.

 And then, as if covering an interim, before Body-misidentification has been released, much of the above guides the Body-identified through & past that delusion.

 The Self is Formless, birthless, deathless, & immutable.  It is eternal & infinite Being-Consciousness-Bliss.  Realization of this results from liberating the Self by the essential discrimination inherent in the inquiry, from the illusory bondage of ignorance, which is composed of the delusive assumption that the Self is something other than the true Being that it is.

 It is possible to realize this true Being only if one is thoroughly free of the ignorance that consists of misidentification with the Body, for a Body has form, birth, death, change, does not last forever & is not infinite.

 As long as there is any misidentification with the Body, real nature of the Self will not be known, or the Self  will be misconceived in terms of the limitations of the Body. When such a misconception is relinquished by a deep inquiry into one’s actual Being, the nature of the Self is self-evident.

 The Self is changeless Existence. The Body changes continuously, even if this change is noticed only after some time.  How, therefore, can Existence be equated with the Body ? 

 The Self is birthless. There is no time when it is not.  There is no experience, no knowledge, and no memory of non-existence or of the commencement of existence.  The Body has a birth.  How, therefore, can Existence be equated with the Body ?

The Self is immutable.  There is no increase or decrease in Existence.  The Body has growth & decay.  How, therefore, can Existence be equated with the Body ?

The Self is deathless.  There is no time when Existence is not, & nonexistence cannot even be imagined without oneself existing to imagine so.  The Body is multiplicity of elements and organs, a conglomerate of cells, apart from which there is no entity that can be referred to as a “Body.”   The Body is matter.   The Self is immaterial.  How, therefore, can Existence be equated with the Body ?

And then finally, the meditations turn back onto the Self, again reiterating non-identification with the “illusory” Body.

The Self is not momentary, but permanent without a moment’s interruption. Its Existence does not cease even in the absence of Perception. The Body is momentary. It endures but for one lifetime. It appears only in the moments of perception.

Pinpointing the “illusory” character of the Body, actually applies to the whole World, & all that is “other”, Master Nome reminds us that the Body “appears only in the moments of perception“.  Perceiving anything does prove nothing about the reality of the object seemingly perceived. Only, Perceptual Thoughts are experienced, not any objects themselves, & not any “Body”.

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Sri Bhagavan’s Wisdom

Sri Bhagavan’s Wisdom

Much of Sri Bhagavan Ramana Mahrshi’s shared wisdom could not be contained in printed words or even his spoken speech.  And yet even his spoken words went largely unrecorded.  Nevertheless, those texts which are available, mostly as remembered & transcribed by others, are too vast a treasure to be readily reviewed, nor certainly in any way summarized.  From time to time, we will almost randomly taste a drop, here & there, as in what follows. (paragraph titles are added)

Regardless of what the “others” may say, the Waking World actually is an unreal Dream

You are bodiless & Space-less in Deep Sleep, yet in the Waking state & in Dream appear to be the opposite. Whatever the Dream, the only thing that has value & is worth doing with regard to Dream is to wake up. Although within the Dream, everyone they would have tried to convince you of it, when you wake up, do you say that the experiences of the Dream were real ?   No.  Similarly, when you wake up to the Self these experiences of the World will be unreal, like in a Dream, although others in that state will try to convince you that they are real.

Confusion is due to ignorance

Man is always the Self & yet he does not know it. Instead he confounds it with the non-Self, body, etc. Confusion is due to ignorance. If ignorance is wiped out, the confusion will cease to exist & the true Knowledge will be unfolded.

Only lose the Ego

Be what you are. All that is necessary is to lose the Ego. That which is, is always there. Even now you are that. You are not apart from it  The thought, “l have not realized”, the expectation to become realized, & the desire of getting anything, are all the workings of the Ego.

The Ego-Self appears & disappears & is transitory whereas the real Self is permanent. You wrongly seem to identify the real Self with the Ego-Self. See if that mistake has come about. The Ego-Self does not exist at all. To whom is the trouble ? The trouble also is imagined. Trouble & pleasure are only for the Ego. Take care of yourself. Let the World take care of itself. See your Self. If you are the Body there is the gross World also. lf you are spirit all is spirit alone. Do it yourself 1st & then see if the question of others arises afterwards.

It helps to lose concepts

The degree of the absence of concepts is the measure of your progress towards Self- realization. But Self-Realization itself does not admit of progress, it is ever the same. The Self remains always in Realization. The obstacles are concepts. Progress is measured by removal of obstacles to understanding that Self is always realized. So thoughts must be checked by seeking to whom they arise. Go to their source & they will not arise.

Self-Inquiry & the Mind

The Truth of your Self alone is worthy to be scrutinized & known. Taking it as the target of your attention, you should keenly seek to know it in your spiritual heart. This knowledge of yourself will be revealed only to the Consciousness which is silent, clear & free from the activity of the agitated & suffering Mind.

The Mind is only a bundle of thoughts. How can you extinguish it by the thought of doing so, or by a desire? Your thoughts & desires are part & parcel of the Mind. The Mind is simply enhanced by new thoughts rising up. Therefore it is foolish to attempt to kill the Mind by means of the Mind. The only way of doing it is to find its source & hold on to it. The Mind will then fade away of its own accord.

The Mind, turned outwards, results in thoughts & objects. Turned inwards, it becomes itself the Self. To ask the Mind to kill the mind is like making the thief the policeman. He will go with you & pretend to catch the thief, but nothing will be gained S0 you must turn inward & see from where the Mind rises & then it will cease to exist.

It is with the inward-going Mind that you eliminate the outward-going Mind. You do not set about saying there is a Mind & I’m going to kill it, but you seek the source of the Mind. Then you will find that the Mind does not exist at all.

Whenever you are disturbed by thoughts you need merely withdraw within to the Self This is not concentration or destruction of the Mind but withdrawal into the Self.

Know that the Consciousness always shines as the formless Self, the true  Your duty is to be, & not to be this or that.  All required is to realize the Self is to be still, since the Self is not now understood to be Truth, the one Reality.

When one daily practices more & more abiding in the heart, the Mind will become extremely pure due to the removal of its defects, & the practice will become so easy that the purified Mind will plunge into the heart as soon as the Inquiry is commenced.

All that you need do is to find out the origin of the “I-thought” & abide there. Your efforts can extend only thus far. Then the beyond will take care of itself

Guru’s Grace though Liberation is always

Liberation is ever present & bondage ever absent. That which is, is only Grace; there is nothing else; but as long as the Dream prevails, the Master must be sought & served to evoke the Grace. Every plane of Worldly existence has its own illusion, which can be destroyed only by another illusion on the same plane. For example. a man takes a full meal & goes to sleep. He dreams of being hungry in spite of the food he has in his stomach. To satisfy the Dream hunger, he has to take Dream food. A wound in Dream requires Dream treatment. A great King once dreamt that he was ill but was too poor to call a doctor. Although he had fabulous wealth in the Waking state, it was of no use to him in the Dream state. Similarly, the illusion of ignorance can be destroyed only by the illusion of the Mind.

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Mahavakyas – Dakshina – Nome

the Mahavakyas    great proclamations

Prajnanam Brahma

“Consciousness is Brahman

Aitareya U. 3.3, Rig V

 

Ayam Atma Brahma

“This Self is Brahman

Mandukya U. 1.2, Atharva V.

 

Tat Twam As

That Thou Art”

Brihadaranyaka U. 1.4.10, Yajur V.

 

Aham Brahmasmi

“I am Brahman

Chhandogya U. 6.7.8, Sama V.

In one possible sequence, the one above, the gist of the Mahavakyas:

Consciousness is the actual nature of Absolute Reality, nothing else actually exists, but rather only seems to appear in that Consciousness.  The self of all, of you & I, is just that same Brahman, Consciousness.  Precisely, That is what you are.  “I am Brahman” (Consciousness) is the inescapable conclusion.

[Attempting to resume this Blog after physical limitations, only to lapse again, this time there is resolve to follow-through.]

Dakshina

All is Karma, All is Grace,  Living Dharma, All is Space.

What follows is Dakshina, offering to God, as GuruDakshinamurti is also the name given to the primal Guru, as form taken on by Absolute Shiva, Supreme God or Brahman.  The non-sequential lineage of Dakshinamurti includes the Sage Ribhu of the Ribhu Gita, or Song of Ribhu.  Like included ins Guadapada who pronounced Advaita Vedanta’s acme school of Ajata-Vada, the most UQND Un-Qualified Non-Duality. Guadapada was the guru of the guru of (param-guru) of Shankara & in the 20th century, Ramana Maharshi.  Herein is only their Teaching & that enunciated by Ramana’s disciple Master Nome.  The author can claim none of the essential content, but only some quirks of wording & occasional analogies & interpretations.  But just that is the humble Dakshina, offering to Dakshinamurti & his lineage.  By the Grace of those gurus, what follows can help in the inevitable attainment of compete Enlightenment, Awakening to the True Reality of the Self.

[The little chant under the heading comes from Neem Karoli students, with the meaning taken here to be that all of “daily life” is inescapable, earned Karma, so remain Detached.  But at the same time, all is also Grace.  Dharma in this case means spiritual practice, while “Space” is increasing merger with & as Formless Brahman.]

We can scratch the surface of Master Nome’s wisdom by reviewing some aphorisms appearing early in his teachings. He following are some examples., collected under a number of central topics.

HAPPINESS

Desire is the urge to be happy. The sense of Happiness in any experience does not come from the thing experienced. Happiness is within.  When Desire is faced inwardly, it yields Wisdom.

WORLD

Illusion is that which is not.  All that is objective is illusion.  The World is unreal.  Do not be afraid to let go of a World that does not really exist.  It is better to say the World is in you than you are in the World.  There is no World (any objective thing), & there is no one to experience or know it.  There has never been a single objective thing. All objective things change, that which is Real does not change.  It is you who say that anything is real. the object does not declare its own reality. To known the Reality, know yourself. Any object of experience has no more existence separate from the Self than printed letters from a page of paper, or waves from water. An unreal Body performs unreal actions in an unreal World.

DREAM

Ego, manifestation, form & ignorance: these are like an optical illusion, a mirage, a Dream without substance, the life-history of a fictional character.  Regard all manifestation as an hallucination or as a Day-dream lasting but a moment.  Consider the World to be a Dream, & discover the absence of the Dreamer. Regard all Thought as an empty echo & the World as a Dream. Know the World to be unreal & yourself as not a character in it, & the Dream is over. To expect the perception of forms – the World, Body, Senses, & Thought – to disappear at its own level to transcend them is like expecting the Dream character in one’s Dream to see the Dream forms – Dream World, Dream Body, Dream Senses, & Dream Thoughts – disappear within the Dream, before waking up. When the forms – the World, Body, Senses, & Thought – vanish, the Reality of pure, transcendent Being alone remains. Even when the World is thought of as appearing, the Reality of pure, transcendent Being alone remains.

SPACE

The World, Time, Space, life, death, objective things, the Mind, ignorance, bondage, & an experiencer of these are just concepts.  Concepts are unreal Absolute Being alone is. The conception of Space requires misidentification with the Body. The conception of Time requires misidentification with Thought. The Self is neither the Body nor Thought. It is Spaceless & Timeless. As Space is endless, clear, formless, embracing all, bound by none, all-pervading, ungraspable, & has no within or without, so it is with the Self.

TIME

Now is not a Time. Here is not a location. Here & Now is formless, real Being.  The past & future have no reality. The fleeting present moment is also an illusion. Timeless Consciousness is conceived as Time & all that Time measures.  When does Time begin ? When there was no Time. But if there was no Time, no then or now, did it begin at all ?

CAUSALITY

The Absolute (the Self) is neither Caused by anything else nor does it Cause anything else. Infinite, there is nothing beyond it produced by it. The Cause is always seen in the Effect. The Effect is just the Cause appearing as such. In Truth, there is only one Cause. The ultimate Cause of all, the Absolute is itself uncaused. Causality is itself illusory.  There is no Cause for illusion; for illusion is unreal, & for an unreal Effect there cannot be a real Cause.

EGO

The Ego has no form of its own. Strip it of its covering, & nothing remains of it.

Superimpose Being: the Ego seems existent. Superimpose Consciousness: the Ego seems sentient, a second knower. Superimpose Bliss: Happiness seems external. Go back the way you came. All illusion if ignorance. Ignorance is misidentification. All mis-identification is the Ego. The Ego is nonexistent. The Ego is a false assumption assumed by no one. All the known is for the “I,” but the “I” does not exist at all. All illusion is based upon the Ego, & all illusion is contained in the Ego – but the Ego itself is an illusion !  No one has seen an Ego at any Time. An Ego is an absence. The Ego cannot be produced by the Self, cannot be produced by anything in the Universe, & cannot be self-produced. So, where is bondage ?  All illusion is for the Ego, based upon the Ego, & contained within the Ego. Self-Realization is the Knowledge of the absence of the Ego & the utter unreality of illusion. Upon the Ego is based all ignorance & misidentification. The discovery of the absence of the Ego is the end of all ignorance & misidentification. With the imagined rise of the Ego, all else appears, with the disappearance of the Ego, all else is not.

MIND

The entire Universe is in the Mind & the Mind does not exist. Be free from Thought’s definition, from the notion of a second knowing principle, & from the notion of a differentiated Mind. This is merger of the Mind.

BODY

To see the World, one must stand as the Body. To see the Body one must stand as the Mind. To see the Mind one must stand as the Ego. Who are you ?  If the Ego is not, creation is not.  An incalculable number of cells are given the name “Body,” & such is considered an existent entity. Remove one cell at a Time & see what actually is the Body. A name, such as “body” does not make “body” a reality. There is no inner & no outer. It is ignorance to assume the Body is the boundary line between them. The self is not the Body & has no inside or outside. The Body is objective, divisible, changeful, & dependent for its very appearance. The Self is non-objective, indivisible, changeless, non-dependent & self-existent. How can the 2 be confounded ?  The bodiless Self is birthless, locationless, & deathless. The Self comes from nowhere & goes nowhere.

EXPERIENCE

All experience is of the nature of the experiencer.  The sense of reality in every experience does not come from the things experienced. The Self is the source.

REALITY

Do not mistake a definition for Existence itself. Being is forever undefined but realized as “I”. Both the appearance & disappearance of a thing or a Thought are forms. The Formless is neither. No form can yield the Formless, forms can give rise only to other forms. Neither dualism nor a concept of unity is the Non-dual Truth. Non-objective Being is neither a multiplicity, nor one-in-many, nor many-in-one. The Absolute is not a part of Reality relative to other things. Being is seamless. Where there is plurality, one sees only false appearance, where there is Non-Duality, one see clearly & truly. There cannot be Non-Duality with forms viewed as forms, & there can be no duality in the Formless. There cannot be 2 that are formless. The Formless is real & infinite. There are no forms within the Formless & none beyond the Formless. All forms arise from, appear in, & dissolve into the seamless, indivisible, formless Reality. The Absolute is formless & non-dual. There is nothing outside it & no “outside.”  Nor is there anything within the Absolute.

BEING

Being & Consciousness are one & the same. That which is real ever is, continuously. What is discontinuous is never real. Every form is dependent on something else to be experienced. Being, which is Consciousness, is non-dependent. What is dependent is unreal. What is self-existent is real. In relation to all things, Consciousness is the Witness. Seen clearly as it is, Consciousness is formless, & there has never been an objective thing; there is neither knower nor anything known. Being can never change its nature. Being has no attributes. It is the Void, Brahman, forever free of definition. It is called the Self because it is your very Being, who you are. It is called Being because it always is, Timelessly, & can never cease or be destroyed. It is called Consciousness because it is nonobjective & can never be a known or unknown object. It is called Supreme Love because it surpasses all emotion & is indivisible. It is called Bliss because it is full with exquisite perfection that can never be flawed or deficient. It is called God because it is nothing else. It is called Eternal, for it is uncreated & imperishable. It is called the Absolute because its Existence is non-dependent & it is not in relation to anything. What is this formless undefined Self in itself. That which is Real does not depend on anything else to be or to be experienced. This is Being. Again & again examination of the dependent in this way will emphasize the Self as the residual Reality. Changeless Being is the root of peace. Space-like Consciousness is the root of Freedom. The Bliss of the Self is the root of joyful Love.

CONSCIOUSNESS

Consciousness can never be a known or unknown object. The known depends on the knower & does not exist apart from the knower. Consciousness is self-luminous. None knows it. It knows all. It knows itself.  Thought is only Consciousness, yet Consciousness is not Thought.  The World in the Senses, the Senses in the thinking process, thinking within Consciousness; Consciousness is vast & formless, this is the clear perspective. The origin of the Universe is the origin of one’s present experience. It is Consciousness.

All things originate from That which is not a thing. All Thoughts derive from That which is not any of them. That is formless, inconceivable Consciousness. There is no experience apart from Consciousness. All experience rises, appears, & dissolves in Consciousness, which has no rise, appearance, or dissolution.  Consciousness alone appears as all experience. Known as it is, Consciousness has no appearance whatsoever. That which illumines Thoughts, sensory perceptions, & all experience is known by none of these. It is Consciousness, formless, & infinite.

He who knows the Truth of the Self has neither birth nor death, neither attachment nor fear, for he is one with Consciousness. Only Consciousness can know itself. Nothing else can do so. First, see that Consciousness contains all that is ever experienced. Then, see that Consciousness is forever unmodified & there is no all for it to contain.

That which knows the presence or absence of Thoughts is neither the presence or absence of Thoughts. Neither the presence or absence of Thoughts obscures or clarifies that Knower. Consciousness, which is the Knower, is never defined by the known. That is ever still, that in which the 3 states of Waking, Dreaming, & Deep Dreamless Sleep, along with all that they contain, appear as the illusion of motion. Likewise illusory is form in the Formless, or a modification in That which is unchanging.  This is the Reality of infinite Consciousness.

Consciousness requires no light other than itself to illumine itself.

The entire manifestation is rightly said to be only one small corner in the infinite, formless Consciousness. Examining a corner to see what actually is the corner, it reduces itself to a single conceptual dot. That dot is the notion of an “other,” a “2nd”. In Ultimate Truth, as there are no corners in Space. There is not a sing objective thing in the Reality of the Self.

SELF

Negate the attributes superimposed on the Self & the concepts about the

Absolute, & realize their identity. The Self is in all sentient beings, the Consciousness which is their Being; in all things, the unseen Existence which is; in all locations, the Space; in all Space, the vastness; in all Time, the endlessness, in every heart, the Love.

Veiling & differentiation are the characteristics of ignorance. As dimension of depth of the image in a mirror does not truly exist, so differentiation does not exist in the one Self.

MEDITATION

Meditate on Consciousness without an object. If you ask yourself what do you know for certain, you will release all ideas & form & abide in ever-existent Being.

[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 ]

Happiness & the Body

A) Advaita (Non-Duality) – Absolute (Brahman, Shiva, Dharmakaya, Buddha-Mind, Tao)

Happiness:

Philosophers struggle to define Happiness in terms of “well-being”, “positive feeling tone”, achievement of one’s “well informed’ (relatively wise) desires, & so on.

The Oracle in The Matrix did a better job if we could borrow her hint about “being the One.” She said it’s like falling in Love. No one has to tell you (no one could tell you, no deny your claim). You just know it (directly) “through & through”.

In the context of Non-Duality, the Sages tell us that Happiness is our Real Nature, as one sense of Ananda in Sat – Chit – Ananda, Existence-Consciousness-Bliss. For the same reason that we seek Self-Knowledge, seek to know our own Identity, we likewise seek Happiness, which is our Identity. Cessation of Existence is inconceivable, so that those who identify with a Body will fear Death. Enlightened or Ignorant, either way, such cessation of Existence is unacceptable because we intuit that this would bring an end to Happiness.

Self-Knowledge & thus true & lasting Happiness are gained b y the removal of Ignorance as to our own Identity. So to inquire: Who am I ? & to subjectively find the “Inquirer” to be the answer, to be that pure Existence & Happiness this alone is the final & lasting solution to our unending search for Happiness.

When I breathe, turn left or right, think this thought or another, all is done to increase Happiness or to decrease the loss of Happiness, for this is the only motive for anything. Complete Self-Knowledge includes the recognition that as Happiness itself, we can never find it outside, & once realized, we can never lose it.

In the meantime, the very mean, mean, “meantime”, we chase external objects of desire in a Dream World. When partial Happiness is apparently attained for the moment, that anxiety of the Mind relaxes, & a glimmer of true Happiness is experienced.  But as the Buddha advised, in telling us that the nature of Worldly Life is suffering:

1) to not get what you want is suffering

2) to get what you don’t want is suffering

3) to get what you want also includes suffering because we sense that what appears in Time, with a beginning, will certainly have an end & be lost.

4) whatever the happiness enjoyed when you get what you want, you still sense that you could have more or better, may have once had more or better, & that “others” already have more or better.

Real Happiness never ends & has never left us, even if only dimly appearing as the “reference background” by which we “measure” lesser happiness. We always know just how happy we are, or are not. We often know the same about others. Ever we “measure” against that “reference background” of perfect  Happiness which is our own True Nature, the unwavering Reality of Happiness which is our very Existence.

[to be continued]

B) Big-Bang Brainstuff (our Science interludes)

Body Perception  (prior to later segment on Perception of the World in general)

The Self is space-like but not in Space. The Self has no location. Being space-like, the Self is not anything like a Body. Quadrillions of cells could no possibly render a seamless, never contradictory or intermittent sense of selfexistence. The mystery of Consciousness has never & will never be understood in terms of neurons.

Take one of those cells.  In every cubic millimeter of cytoplasm, hundreds of complex chemical reactions proceed simultaneously, in the same place without interference & without hardly any waste heat or matter.  A marvel, but mechanism, dead robotic machinery, never Conscious Life.

Take one Atom in a molecule in that cytoplasm.  If that Atom were a large sports stadium, 99.9%  would lie in a Nucleus that was a Pencil Dot on the middle of the field.   Electron gnats would buzz almost masslessly in the stands of the Empty stadium.

If, in turn, that Pencil Dot Nucleus would itself be a large sports stadium, then 3 Quarks would make up 100% of the Mass, each a bacterium within the Stadium.

If, again in turn, each bacterium Quarks would be like our Solar System, then each Superstring would be like a bacterium within that Solar System.  All Empty.  Where’s the complex “mechanism” of Consciousness ?   A Body could not have Consciousness, a Body-corpse could not be part of the Self.

Western Idealists, from Parmenides to Berkeley to Bradley, rightly tell us that Perception is thought & can never in itself prove or “contact” a physical World or Body.  What we “see” is just the Seeing itself, which is just the thinking of the Perceptual thought, which is just a momentary appearanceillusion “illumined” by Consciousness no physical matter provable, knowable, or really existing at all.

So the promised “systematic instructions” for the elimination of Ignorance, the Release that portents Liberation, those “systematic instructions” begin with thoroughly knowing that the Self, that you, are not a Body.

[to be continued]

C) “Conceptual” – Caesar –Tsar – Emperor – Benevolent Dictator – Philosopher King

Wrongly believing that Happiness comes from “getting our way”, we (especially males) perpetrate horrific, cruel actions.  But none such escape the “hell” of bad karma in repeating lifetimes (only the Liberated are not born again).  Their poor victims get to balance out their own karma, the hard way.

So not even so much for them (who are not bodies anyway), but if only for yourselves, forsake Evil which never brings Happiness in either short or long term!

[to be continued]

[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 ]

Inwardness

A) Advaita (Non-Duality) – Absolute (Brahman, Shiva, Dharmakaya, Buddha-Mind, Tao)

Inwardness

The Self is inward, Most Inward, totally non-objective.  The Self is the Consciousness “looking out” & nothing can look at that Consciousness.  Trying to turn Consciousness in to look at itself is Self-Inquiry or Self-Attention or Abidance.  Who am I ?  may start as examination of the Individual one imagines oneself to be.  Under scrutiny [to be detailed in later Blogs], the EgoI vanishes, like dust against the brilliance of the Self, Pure Consciousness. Along with the vanishing, one gains direct “vision” of the Self, but not as an Object.   The Non-Objective is Formless, Limitless, not separate from all that is Real. [to be continued]

B) Big-Bang Brainstuff (our Science interludes)

SPECIAL VERSION (supporting part C)

Hypothetical multiplechoice questions:

(1) What could reduce huge buildings to white-ash so that not even a doorknob survived ?

a) kerosene (as used in lanterns) , AKA “jet-fuel” oou jeepers !

b) weaponized nano-thermate (like a super version of railroad-welding thermite, with sulfur), made in Lawrence Livermore Lab, “advertised”” in the movie The Rock

(2) How could a missile look like a plane ?

a) “impossible”

b) “secret” missiles, long after “advertised”” in the movie Battleship

C) “Conceptual” – Caesar –Tsar – Emperor – Benevolent Dictator – Philosopher King (Perception in Mind is completed by Conception, including the human world of socio-political issues, like Social Justice.) By artifice, the author takes up the mantle of Philosopher King, with resulting Proclamations, in each Blog.

Some say 911 was an “inside” job.  We note the those who reject the claim, out of hand, do no generally check the evidence & instead settle for abrupt de-bunking details, a half dozen of so, put together by conspiracydeniers.  The “inside” job evidence will not be evaluated at this time.  Rather the real driving motive behind the rejecting deniers will be looked at.

They’ll say: that’s insane, why would anyone have wanted that ?

They’ll also say: the government would never do something so evil.

They’ll finally say: who could pull that off ?  Conspiracies always leak & stumble.

Well yes, that one has more that 2,000 booboo’s recorded to date.

Looking at the 2nd reaction, let it be said that there is no “government” but only individuals, some of whom are capable of great evil. All other nations in the World would agree to that, regarding the so-called US “government”.  When “body-count” lead the News in the 1970’s, innocent men, women, & children, by the hundreds of thousands, were slaughtered in Vietnam. My Lai  was a show-trail, not the massacre exception, but the rule.  Those were the Rules of Engagement that maintained a continuous body count.  We return to Evil in Conclusion.

Looking at the 1st reaction countless reasons, starting with the “need” for a greater Footprint / Foothold in the Near East to enforce a say-so about the current & final last drops of Petroleum.  The WTC building were losing $35Million/year & the doubleimpact Insurance pay-off was in Billions.  Hundreds of Insider Trading case documents were lost in the vanishing of Bldg 7 that was never hit. Some of the Gold Bullion beneath was snuck back to the owners, much was kept as loot. Arms & Contractor profits in Iraq & stolen funds were many Billions.  A $2Trillion Dept. of Defense “disappearance” that was Rumsfeld-announced Friday afternoon was forgotten on 911 Monday morning.  The coveted Patriot Act wounding of the Constitution was another huge goal. Many reasons.

Back to the Evil the Ego is a slippery slope: torture, abuse, & neglect prove that so. Please eliminate the Ego ASAP.

[to be continued]

[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 ]

Consciousness

A)  Absolute  –  Consciousness

We discover it by being earnest, by searching, Inquiring, questioning daily & hourly, by giving one’s life to this discovery.

Nisargadatta Maharaj “I Am That“”

Let’s go back to the one questioned a couple of Blogs ago, the one asked:  Do you exist ?

As a hypothetical, let him have been in Deep Dreamless Sleep when awoken & questioned.  Perhaps some further “ring” of truth remains in this speculative conversation.

The former sleeper responds right away or later recalls the following immediate response in his Mind:

Yes, certainly I exist ! I just know that’s true, spontaneously & undoubtedly.

The questioner counters with an observation & a 2nd confirming question:

Oh I see, you directly “know” you exist.

So can I agree that you “exist” & that you also “know” at least that much.

Nodding his head in assent, the freshly awakened asks once for clarification & then listens for a while.

Granted what you noted, what is the significance ?

Asking the awakened one to suspend judgment for bit, much as the reader is now asked, let us embark on our own “What if ?” scenario.  With minimal detailed explanation or proof, getting no further argument or interrupting question from the questioned one, we speculate as follows:

“That “inner place” in which you felt that certainty of your Existence, & also that certainty of your knowing so, your Consciousness, is actually the same “place”. Moreover that “place” is not a place, having size or shape, & has no location in Space, or in Time for that matter. The very same “place” where you are certain of your Consciousness, that “place” is actually your Consciousness itself. As also the very same “place” where you are certain of your Existence, it truly is your Existence, it is what you are, your Self.

And not only your Self, but the same is my Self, & the Self of everyone & all that exist, have ever existed, or will ever exist. That singular Existence or Being is the literal Truth proclaimed by Parmenides & Shankara, by Huang Po, Meister Eckhart, Ib’n al Arabi, Brahmagna Ma, & Ananda Ma. The point being that no culture, gender, creed, or period of history has unique claim to this recognition, this Knowledge known as the Perennial Philosophy.

Further observations include the fact that very same not-a-place “place” or Brahman or the Self is also experienced routinely as the Source of Happiness, Love, Bliss, Joy, Peace, Satisfaction, Freedom & the like. These are all one with Consciousness & Being. Though Happinessinfull is more often the complete “reference value” we all intuit, perfect Happiness, the goal, whether we currently believe it to be attained or not. That Source of Happiness is the same “place” where true Happiness (not mere pleasure or triumph) is actually felt, routinely. Even the sense of its lack could be said to be felt there along with all negative emotions that seem “negative” so by coloration with conceptual self-delusion.”

Nodding in awe more than yet assent, the freshly awakened asks once again in the same words:

Granted what you say, what is the significance ?

“Much can & has been said & written about restoring true Self-Identity through the meditation of inward Self-Inquiry. Any sincere seeker can find all that, especially now with the Internet to get started with. Even with a few false turns, the one who truly desires Freedom (Liberation from ignorance) will have it.

You & I & all are that same Self, though we may seem to be “caught” in a Waking Dream world of Time & Space (at night, other dream worlds supervene, while in Deep Sleep, none at all). While seeming so “caught”, we best pursue Self-Inquiry, with authentic texts that support that & qualified live guidance when possible. Otherwise we progressively shine in our World (even if obscurely) fulfill responsibilities, relationships, work, etc. in Peace. Any help offered to what can appear as a stricken World & inevitable death in that World, comes from the inner basis, & less-so, the practical basis just described hinted at in Section C. The quest of Enlightenment, Liberation, is the most satisfying & significant venture possible.

By constantly fixing his attention on his Source, the Heart, the Ego of the wise gets dissolved like a “salt doll” which has fallen into the Ocean. 

Sri Ramana Maharshi

  1. B) Big-Bang Brain VR

A couple of very smart characters, among many, suggest we consider the lesson of VR Virtual Reality.  Cognitive Science Philosopher David Chalmers chimed in early on the past bandwagon of pointing to The Matrix movie as a profound parable, one far more popular than the earlier Brain in a Vat versions that the cinema had emulated, emulations of Descartes malin genie the evil genie (or genius).  Harder to label is the other genie, I mean genius, Nick Bostrom, nominally a philosopher, who offers Bayesian “proof” for the following proposition.

If we do not destroy our technological civilization by prompting further Climate disaster, or by war or political collapse, over-population, & so on; & if no Armageddonlike meteoric disaster, etc. does the deed, if none of these occur. then Ray Kurzweil’s elitist techno-utopia will surely come to pass. However many starve & rot with disease & violence, if some insular elite defend islands of exponentially advancing Computer technology, while escaping their own Nano-technology, Bio-technology, etc. then they will eventually program innumerable The Matrix level VR’s Virtual Realities. Among those will likely be some “period pieces” as depicted in the movie, capturing a past version of Earth’s civilization, such as the one we now find ourselves in. The most advanced VR’s could pass for our own world & no one could tell the difference. So much for the likelike comparison between our World & all these many particular VR’s among a far greater number of other kinds of VR. Nick Bostrom calls those particular ones “ancestor” VR’s because they emulate the experience of the relatively few people (~ half dozen Billions) in our world. We are those relatively “few” “ancestors”. Here comes the kicker.

Those inexpensive (by futuristic technology standards) Virtual Reality programs will be so very numerous that for each of us now, that there might be, who knows, a Trillion more VR individuals who will take the place of each of us, distributed over the man VR programs. Here Bayesian “logic” kicks in & flatly declares, that by those “odds” (lets say a Trillion to 1) we most certainly live in one of those Future VR’s right now, each of us as most likely being VR characters, or computergameavatars.

Now given Bostrom’s claim that we probably live in & as VR right now, unless we soon destroy our civilization or experience other disastrous collapse that will have prevented that technology (we rarely get to use the future perfect tense “will have”), we turn back to David Chalmers.  Putting aside the destruction scenarios, Chalmers, like many other Cognitive Science Philosophers assure us that we could never tell the difference in VR.

Our point here is that we are as good as being VR anyway, because how could we ever know ?  In fact our individual Waking State lives (Dream State ones are otherwise) actually are as good as VR in absolute Consciousness, no more real than that. Awakening to Identity with pure Consciousness, we are Liberated from the succession of Waking State dream-lives (& Dream State lives as well). Sounds like fun? Maybe not, not right now. But actually all the real fun, Happiness & Love are already firmly planted in that Consciousness Reality, as is our Being & Identity already.

  1. C) Conceptual Caesar: “Should compassion or even empathetic sorrow be abandoned ?

Benevolent Dictator Philosopher King proclamation:  Yes. & No.

Never let it distract you too much.  Never be depressed by sorrow & horror & cruelty in the World, get on with you Self-Realization, doing what you can to help on an everyday life level if opportunities arise or you make them arise.

I asked a Sage about evil & sorrow, etc.  He said: Hurry & get Enlightened, you’re keeping them all waiting.  World is in Mind, it’s your World & your victims.  When you get Liberated, they all do.

Back from the original Day the Earth Stood Still, Hollywood has even looked to space-aliens to come & protect us from ourselves.  A rarely-seen extended version the old Sea Adventure, The Abyss, has more pro-active Sea-aliens who threaten us with tidal waves & then relent. We hear: “It bothers them to see us hurting each other getting out of hand.

[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 ]

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