Self-Enquiry 3

Self-Enquiry 3

“That which is Bliss is, verily the Self. Bliss & the Self are not distinct & separate, but are one & identical, & that alone is Real.”

Who am I ?

Un-knowing one’s Mis-identification with the Body, allows Self-Knowledge of one’s True Nature to spontaneously shine as Blissful Self-Realization. Required Discriminatio ca benefit from Comparison & Contrast between attributes of the Body & the attributeless indications concerning the Self. While the Body is changeful, sporadic, limited, objective, dependent, indirectly known & transitory, the nature of the Self is immutable, continuous, unlimited, nonobjective, nondependent, directly known, eternal. Thus noting the nature of the Self, realize how the Self is not the Body. The Self is not the Body, nor in a Body, nor in possession of a Body.

The Self’s nature is forever Infinite & Formless. The Self is bodiless Being-Consciousness-Bliss. Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi would say that to be as you are is the purpose of spiritual practice. Abidance as you are, as forever un-modified Being, is Realization & Bliss. Self-Inquiry is the means of attaining the state of Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi, the natural, innate, & effortless State. Effort in spiritual practice, no effort in Realization, but not the other way around. The True Nature of Self ever bodiless & liberated from bondage & consequent suffering, abiding forever as infinite Wisdom & Bliss.

devote to   Absolute  = being / abide-as  Absolute   =  no EgoI

Realization of the Absolute comes by dissolution of Ego just a figment of Imagination. All beings seek profound Happiness. Those who seek it in the Absolute, find it.

[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 ]



Self-Enquiry 2

What can be said about Existence ?

Existence is inconceivable, all the while free from & innately free from Thought. Such Being is Formless & indivisible so that we first have to assume, that Thought even has some kind of existence, before we need say that Pure Being, the Self is free from Thought. Given that to assumption about Thought existing in the first place, we come to the rescue with Self-Inquiry as to Who am I ? which reveals your Thought–free nature.. One’s True Nature is Pure Consciousness & not Thought. One’s Existence is self-known but cannot be something that is conceived, something free from Thought.

Only Delusion through Imagination connects Consciousness with Thought. That Illusion caused by self-Delusion, that Illusion of separate, real Thought alone constitutes Bondage.  Drop the Illusion, transcend any Thought about Existence & abide just as the Existence, itself, Reality.  Find that Existence is devoid of Thought.

What can be said about Thought ?  What is Thought’s nature ? [indefinable] What is Thought’s substance ? [nebulous nothingness] If we assume Thought exists, we do so by way of another Thought about Thought.

Without Thought there is no Duality. Existence is Non-Dual, without Duality, no possibility of Thought. Existence, the one Self is free from Thought, & the Self is devoid of Thought. Being without Thought, where can there be Illusion ? Where can there be Bondage or limitation ? Without Thought, where is Samsara ?

[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 ]

Essence of Enquiry 1

Essence of Enquiry 1

[“Essence of Enquiry” titles a Master Nome commentary on the first-recorded (though not first-published) Maharshi [“Essence of Enquiry”]

Whatever one might be experiencing, there is behind it the silent conviction: “I exist”. Always, we feel that we exist. That conviction, that “I exist” feeling points to Absolute Reality which is our true Being, our Existence. Without this basis of Existence, or Being, the very idea, “I am” could not appear &

without the idea “I am” there could not be the idea: “This is”. Unfortunately, for the moment, that 2nd impression is the onset of Illusion if we take the objective “this” to be real in the way the subjective “I” is Real. In fact, taking the objective “this” to be real reduces one’s sense of “I” to a mutually objective EgoI, another object that poses as an Individualized Subject. But the only real Subject is the true “I” which is Pure Non-Dual Consciousness. Abandoning the EgoI also eliminates mis-apprehension of “this” as real, but accomplishing these in reverse order can be more effective in some cases.

Initially, Ego-I becomes the root of a “Mind” or imagined container of thoughts. Mind is symbolized objectively as a Brain & Sense Organs, housed in “this” which is taken to be a Body a symbolic “headquarters” [literally] for the Ego-self. That Body needs a Planet to live on, which occurs in a Star system, in a Galaxy in a local Group, in a Cluster, in a “local neighborhood” in each case.

To the baby, the original “this” foci are mother’s breast, her face, & his own fingers & hands. Later he identifies the Body as his Ego-self with mother, pacifier, blanket, etc. as “other” or “this” [idam]. The Vedas tell us that whenever there is an “other” there is Fear, even if that be not Aversion but Fear of loss which is Attachment. [By the way, when that Baby says “da” or “da da” he says, not “Dad” but rather the indicative “That” of PIE languages as in  “Tat Tvam Asi”, “Om Tat Sat”, or the Buddhist “Tathagata”. ]

But the very existence of “I” & the existence of “this” depend on Absolute Existence. What is it that truly exists ? That would be Existence & not merely the idea of existing. In one’s experience, there is always firm, unshakeable conviction that there is Existence for oneself does exist. Someone would still their self have to exist in order to attempt denial of Existence. The Formless Reality, the Self is not “Nothing”, but is rather, actual Existence.

[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 ]

Cartesian Coordinate Space models for Space, Time, & Mind

Container Coordinate Space Characteristic Sense mode

Gustatory Olfactory – O-D    water — liquid

Time Hearing 1-D                          air — gas

Space Vision 2-D                           ether — space

World Tactile 3-D                          earth — solid

Cartesian Coordinate Space models for Space, Time, & Mind:

Space, Time, Mind, & other big-category concepts comprise the foundation for one’s World-view & much of all thought. Hiding in plain sight is the fact that one single, small Idea is the repeated blueprint for each & every one of these big-category concepts. For the most part, 1 (Time, Thought-flow, etc.) or 3 dimensions (Time, Thought-flow, etc.) model the “Container” concepts, with the exception being the Visual “TV/CinemaScreen of the imaging Mind”. The latter is most easily modeled as the familiar 2-D Cartesian Container Coordinate Space learned in school for “graphs”.

The “empty graph paper” is the Cartesian Container Coordinate Space, the core constituent sub-concept of all these Ideas. [Descartes’ Graph reflected that sense of a “Space” with the grid from fishnets & later Greek geodesy (latitudelongitude).] The Graph’s particular 2-D Space is also the TV or Cinema Screen, the Visual Screen of Image in the Mind (or on computer) [with 3-D suggested by perspective as in a drawing]. This one same empty expanse is the Container Space for all the big-category concepts & is repeated for each one. Empty Space is like empty Time or empty Mind, all just thought, & essentially the same thought. We’re just not used to recognizing that similarity because we project Space & Time to be more than the thought of them. We project them to be objective realities “on the outside”.

Each Container contains Coordinate Points or minute entities like Moments, Locations, Thoughts or pieces of an Image, a Sound, or other Sense Percept. But every such entity is undefined without reference to a Central Origin, which on a Graph is the (0, 0) crossing point of 2 Axes [3 in 3-D, 1 in 1-D]. The 1-D single Axis has a Central Origin, (0), 3-D has (0, 0, 0). The single Axis of Time serves also for Sound Sequence or Thought Flow.

Space may use for its Horizontal Axis [for X abscissa] West-to-East. Its Vertical Axis [for Y ordinate] may be East-to-North, while its out-of-the-page [Z] Axis could be Down-to-Up.

Thoughts or pieces of an Image, a Sound, any Sensation or Thoughtform are [somehow] arranged entities characteristic of a given Cartesian Container Coordinate Space, all defined with reference to their respective Origins. So 2-D locations on the TV/Cinema/VisualScreen of the Mind are referenced to the Origin of Central Focus or mental “Here”. More proper 3-D locations in “Physical” [perceived that way] Space are referenced to the Origin of Physical Here. Thoughts are referenced in Mind to the EgoI or Me Origin. The 1-D Linear Thoughtflow & Soundsequence are referenced, just as is Time itself to the Origin of the Now Moment. The 3-D Tactile & Visually Scanned World of Objects in Physical Space could be said to have one’s Body as the “Origin” which in this case is not an infinitesimal 0-D Coordinate Point like the other Origins.

To flesh out that additional detail [among a number of imagined others] of these Container Coordinate Spaces, we can see the Body as a small Micro-Container-Space in itself. The boundaries of a Micro-Container-Space constitute the line dividing Inner from Outer, in that latter case between the physically inner Me & the Outer World. A Micro-Container-Space in 3-D Physical Space might be one’s Vicinity, in 1-D Time it might be one’s Lifetime. A Micro-Container-Space around a 2-D map of Mind’s thought or a 3-D or 4-D Space-Time of such thoughts could be the Personality enclosing Ideas close around the EgoOrigin.

Back in the 3-D or 4-D World of Objects, where the Body, a Micro-Container-Space in itself, serves as the best practical Macro-Origin for Objects outside that Body. Similarly, the Lifetime Micro-Container-Space could be a Macro-Origin for a longer scale of Time, just as the Vicinity Micro-Container-Space could be a Macro-Origin for a larger scales of Distance. The infinitesimal Now & Here Origins still serve as Origins within the Time & Vicinity Micro-Container-Spaces. If pressed for a “more infinitesimal” Origin within the Body Micro-Container-Space which alone best serves as a Macro-Origin for the World of objects, then such a more inner Origin might be the Brain within the Body, or the Cortex, neither completely infinitesimal, but still rather discrete. Each Macro-Origin/ Micro-Space is the same kind of “local neighborhood” in each case. Body Planet Star system Galaxy Groups etc. are successively larger Macro-Origin/ Micro-Spaces or “local neighborhoods”.

Mathematical categories & curiosities aside, the point of these simplistic models is to suggest that Mind, Time, Space, & the World are not objective “givens” with fixed qualities. Different people experience these differently, & each of us also does so differently at different times. However modeled, or not, these big-category concepts are mental projections, not fixed realities. The Coordinate Space models suggest that the same old “space with a center” Idea is repeated over & over again for Mind, Time, Space, & the World. More importantly, these represent the net of Illusion that distracts us from recognition of our core Identity, the Non-Dual Brahman, the Self of Absolute Existence, pure Non-Dual Consciousness, & complete Happiness, Love, Bliss, Peace, & Liberation

Mind of course includes all of those . But specifically focusing on Mind itself as one of the Container-Spaces, ever with Thoughts as the Coordinate Points & the Ego I or Me as there reference Origin, models for Mind appear in 5 different dimensional aspects:

0-D for the core [false] Ego Identity, Me

1-D for the sequence of Thought

2-D for the visual screen of the Mind

3-D for the theater of the Mind

4-D  lifetime identity Personality, born, grow, die in Waking State

The 1-D Space of Time overlaps somewhat with the Mind’s 1-D for the sequence of Thought, with Moments for the points on the Timeline with Now another Origin along with Ego. Sound & other Sequences compare as well, with Auditory Sense most aligned with this 1-D as in the chart up above. Almost by default Olfactory & Gustatory Senses matched up with 0-D, in some vague way. Olfactory especially aligns a bit with Ego, or at least the Limbic System in terms of fear & other Emotions.

Vision as been lined up internally with the 2-D Screen of the Mind & also 3-D via Perspective & internally in the Theater-Stage of the Mind. But 3-D properly belongs to Tactile [somato-sensory Somesthetic, Proprioception, Nociception, Haptic-touch including lateral motion, pressure, enclosure. contour following] & Vestibular-balance. Yet even Tactile Senses, like Vision creates 3-D one dimension at a time. Using 1-D Time-sense we instinctively measure a visual scan or a feeling by how long it takes in context, all things considered. This gives us the 1-D of Length as a Perceptual Concept. In some orthogonal sense [generalized “perpendicular” ], another Dimension is simultaneously “calculated” as Width & “multiplied so to speak ” by Length to yield 2-D “Area” or general “expanse”. Again in another orthogonal sense a 3rd Dimension is likewise “calculated” as Depth & “multiplied” again to fill 2-D “expanse” out into tangible “volume” or Mass. In this way Tactile & Visual Sense , create a 3-D World or ant given Object, one Dimension at a time, quick enough to seem simultaneous.

So the chart op above loosely links the Senses with big-category concepts/mental-projections. From there the ancient “elements” or phases are, by serendipity, loosely matched to both Senses & characteristic Dimensions, to some degree. Even Fractal Dimensions can be worked into the Concept scheme. For one example, a 2-D sketch could contain edges & outlines. Some 2 ½ Dimension could indicate the shading & texture suggestive of 3-D. Likewise, 4-D Space-Time has with Here & Now at (0,0,0,0) Origin.

So again, the World fills Space with Objects, etc. as points with an extended Macro-Origin reference as the Body. While Hearing naturally parallels Time in Sound & Music, all being mostly 1-D, Vision naturally scans 2-D Screens suggestive of 3-D Space. These Sense Perceptions along with Tactile, etc. Senses concretize a World. While the Body is an extended or Macro-Origin reference Origin for the coordinate space of the World, that same Body can be a Micro-Space in itself, with it own smaller Macro-Origin as perhaps the Brain. The Body-skin marks the insideoutside boundary in the World.

All the SpaceOrigin concepts are similar. Self-Inquiry traces back along short or long routes from any of the above, especially from Thoughts, questing “Whose thought?” “Mine.” “Who am I ?” “Whence am I ?” which is to say finding the “place” in Consciousness where the Ego-“I” seems to arise. Find it to never arise there. Remain as that Consciousness, the NonDual Self.

The Absolute can only be known by the Absolute within you.”   Master Nome

[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 ]

Atmananda’s Insights 2 [based on the “Discourses”]:

Atmananda’s Insights 2 [based on the “Discourses”]:

Like the unchanging Formlessness of Deep Dreamless Sleep, any conscious, intentional interruption of objective Perception, Thought, or Feeling [i.e. any of the mental activities, conventionally considered Subjective, but deemed Objective to Non-Dual Consciousness], a gap often mis-interpreted as “Nothingness”, is actually one’s True Nature unconditioned Reality Happiness. This what you really are. There is only one Self & by the Word of the Guru: Thou art That, Consciousness is Brahman this One Self is Brahman, so know “I am Brahman”.

[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 ]

Atmananda’s Insights 1 [based on the “Discourses”]

Atmananda’s Insights 1 [based on the “Discourses”]:

The unchanging & happy Formlessness of Deep Dreamless Sleep has been offered by Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sri Atmananda, & other great Sages as a clue to the nature of the solitary Absolute Self, the only Reality. The truly Formless is all-embracing, without any boundary separating it from any other entity thus Non-Dual. This is especially clarified with denial of anything objective & the affirmation of the Formless Reality, the Self as purely non-objective, which is to say more “subjective” than subjective, or perhaps trans-subjective. The ordinary subjective stands in opposition to what is objective, but if there is no objective existing, the some other term, like perhaps trans-subjective or Absolute Subjective may apply. This sole Existence is Consciousness-Bliss & thus an intensely “alive” & dynamic Peace. For the most part, spiritual practice occurs in the Waking State, though some recommendations for Lucid Dreaming, etc. can be found in the literature. Sri Atmananda even taught conscious Deep Dreamless Sleep. Sri Ramana Maharshi taught Self-Inquiry for the moment of transition from Dream or Deep Dreamless Sleep into Waking.

[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 ]

Notes on Immortality 3

Notes on Immortality 3

The clue to the Real in you, the Real that is you, is that it never changes for a moment, throughout Life, after Death, awake or in Deep Dreamless Sleep it’s simply your Conscious Existence. Furthermore, the experience of Happiness reveals your innate desire for Eternity. Happiness that comes to an end is incomplete, & everyday Happiness always does come to an end. Just as lasting Happiness alone will do, so too is the desire for Immortality as strong as the desire for Happiness. The 2 are one & the same. No one wishes to be unhappy, & no one wishes to cease to exist. Some may want objective appearances, such as the Senses, the Body, & Thoughts to change when unpleasant, or even cease to exist if dreadful & hopeless. But offered a “fix”, all would choose to live happily ever after. That “fix” comes through Self-Inquiry as Liberation, Self-Realization through Self-Knowledge.

[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 ]

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