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REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 36

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 36

With Self-Inquiry to know our own true Existence, we will find that there is no room for an Ego“I”, let alone room for the fear of Death. What is it that can conquer Death ?  Only That which is deathless can conqueror the fear of Death. Thus is how the conquering of Death first can come about: no one wishes to cease to exist. This is because there is the intuition that Happiness is identical with Existence. If unhappiness were identical with Existence, everyone would want to go out of existence, but everyone wishes to remain without ceasing.  This is because there is this intuition that Existence is indeed Happiness.

The Body is composed of matter, the very same that is contained in the food it consumes. Why should one regard that as oneself ?  Before eating it, it is not regarded as oneself. After eating, food & the Body it builds are by Delusion, regarded as oneself provided one does not regurgitate it. After it passes along the system of digestion, it is certainly not regarded as oneself. Similar is it with the parts of the Body. They are regarded as oneself only so long as they are connected with the rest of the Body. The Mis-identification is thus arbitrary & delusively associated with proximity to the rest of the form of the Body. How therefore can Existence be equated with the Body ?  The Self is not momentary but is 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.  How therefore can Existence be equated with the body ?  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 ?

[The few dozen preceding installments have been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Sections appended like that below derive from Sri Ramana’s Teaching.]

Reality must be always Real.  Reality is without Names & Forms. What underlies apparent Names & Forms is this Reality. Reality similarly underlies limitations, being itself Limitless.  Reality is not bound.  Reality unrealities, itself being Real.  Reality is that which exists.  Reality is as It is.  Reality is inexplicable & transcends speech.

Reality is Pure Consciousness & remains when Ignorance is destroyed along with knowledge of objects.

The Self alone exists. In that real form of Brahman, which is abundant Self-awareness, there is not the least Ignorance.

Reality shines fully, without sorrow & without a Body, not only when the World is known but also when the World is not known.  This is your real Form, the radiance of Existence-Bliss, in the form of one Consciousness shining equally within & without, the Supreme & blissful Primal Reality.

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There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

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

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 35

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 35

Let the notion of Individuality (Ego“I”notion) be the first to die in us. Seek our sanctuary, our refuge, that is our Peace & Freedom, in that which is alone capable of conquering death.  If we place your faith in something that will perish, no good can come of it.  If we put our faith & our conviction in that which is inherently Immortal, the Eternal Self, we find “refuge” there.  We do not depend on anything else or regard anything else as being truly important. We do not count on anything else for our Happiness or for our peace. Indeed, we do not attempt to hold up anything else as our identity, but take refuge in the Absolute.

 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 the Self is not. There is no experience, no knowledge, & no memory of nonexistence or of the commencement of existence. The Body has a birth. How therefore can Existence be equated with the Body ?  The Self is un-changing. 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 transient & is subject to Death. How, therefore can Existence be equated with the Body ?  The Self is partless, indivisible, homogeneous, pure Existence. This Existence is beyond its name. The Body is a multiplicity of elements & 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 ?

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

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There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

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

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 34

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 34

When we have abandoned the false identity with the notion Ego“I”, all that remains is Absolute Existence, & that is Innately Immortal. There is not even any room for the fear of Death in the Absolute, Undivided Existence. No one wishes to go out of existence.  Intuitively, everyone knows that Happiness is connected with existence.  We do not wish to go out of existence because we do not wish to lose our Happiness. This desire to remain happy & to exist lies at the very root of the fear of Death, which occurs when we mix up the Self with what is not the Self.  If there is an Ego“I”, there is that which is mortal (the Body, etc.). If we are without the Ego“I”notion, there is no Death, no fear of going out of Existence, & no fear of losing our Happiness.

Knowledge is Realization.  Knowledge neither something “done” nor is it any bodily transformation, but it is the comprehension of what is true. The Self is formless, birthless, deathless, & unchanging. It is eternal & infinite Existence-Consciousness-Bliss. Realization of this Existence-Consciousness-Bliss results from liberating the Self, by the essential Discrimination inherent in Self-Inquiry, from the illusory Bondage of Ignorance, which is composed of the delusive assumption that the Self is something other than the true Existence that it is. It is possible to realize this true Existence only if one is thoroughly free of the Ignorance that consists of Mis-identification with the Body, for a Body has form, birth, death, change, does not last forever & is not Infinite. As long as there is any Mis-identification with the Body, the Real Nature of the Self will not be known.  Or else the Self will be misconceived in terms of the limitations of the Body. When such misconception is relinquished by a deep Self-Inquiry into one’s actual Existence, the nature of the Self is self-evident.

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

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www.jpstiga.com/

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

Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

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There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

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

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 33

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 33

Once we note that we seem to be in the “sphere” of Illusion, we naturally want to be out of it.  Our True Nature is Immortal, but having been confused with what is mortal (the Body, etc.), we fear the end of that “mortal existence” & seem subject to mortality.  If our Pure Existence can be distinguished from that which is mortal part (the Body, etc,), the fear of Death will disappear entirely, once & forever. We will have abandoned the false identity with the notion Ego“I”.

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, purpose, & 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.  Remain unmoved by pleasure & pain, motion & inactivity, birth & death. For invariable Bliss, one must know one’s freedom from the Body & all bodily attributes.

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

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www.jpstiga.com/

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

Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

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

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

There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

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

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 32

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 32

What Sri Ramana describes is not a change of states, but what actually exists. From false assumptions & its consequent perspective of an “I”, we may seem to conceive of the 3: the World, the Individual, & the Supreme Self.  Without the “I”thought, there is no Illusion. Between the apparent states of “with an ‘I’ ” and “without an ‘I’ ” there is actually no separation, since they are not actually 2 existent states. The “with an ‘I’ “notion is totally illusory. Without it, there is just the Innate. If you are seeking an “in between” state for the purpose of spiritual progress, it is found in the dissolution of that “I”. The dissolution of the “I”notion is the spiritual progress.

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” (characteristics), one remains as the Infinite & the Eternal. Those who understand that they seek a Realization that is not a bodily state, & who are neither enamored of nor ashamed of the Body (either way is Attachment), seek to discern the Self’s freedom from the Body & its “attributes”.  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.

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

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www.jpstiga.com/

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

Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

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

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

There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

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

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 31

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 31

Knowledge is identical with the Existence known, without any notion, assumption, or supposition. If the Ego-“I” assumed, we so not know about Knowledge & Existence. If the Ego-“I” is no longer assumed, we no longer know about a World.  We may seem to know about the World from the ideas that correspond to the sensory impressions to our feelings & perspectives about that “World”.  Then wet do not know about the Supreme Self.

The “I”-notion, defined as a “thinker”, a “perceiver”, , etc., is implicit in every thought. Sri Ramana Maharshi has given the instruction to inquire: “For whom is this thought ?” If pursued, that Inquiry dissolves the entire objective portion of thought, without which the thought cannot stand, & all is returned to the True “I”.

One should regard as Real & as one’s true Existence only That which has no beginning or end, which is everexistent, which is continuous & Undivided, which is Unchanging, which is transcendent of all that has Form, of all that changes, & of all that is in Time.  By this Knowledge, one abides in the Natural State, which is the only true state of the Self.  The Self may be said to call unto Itself, as the Sought & the seeker, as the Guru & the disciple, as God & the devotee.  It seeks itself as Meditation.  The Self reveals Itself as inner experience. It knows & “abides” in itself for Blissful eternity. May this blissful, Immortal Knowledge shine clearly.

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

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www.jpstiga.com/

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

Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

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

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

There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

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

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 30

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – PT 30

It is seemingly in the very nature of Pure Existence that: if we do not know ourselves, we seem to fall into Illusion. The Illusion is characterized by apparent “mortality”. If we are to be free of that “mortality”, which runs contrary to our nature, we must seek to be absorbed into Something that is Eternal.  Nothing else can be Eternal but this very Pure Existence itself which is Absolute.  If we take refuge there though, the first thing that will “die” is the Ego“I”notion which is the false sense of Individuality. It will be the first to “die” because it will die before the Body perishes.  It will be the first to die because such is the focus for the one who is truly seeking absorption on the Self, the one who is seeking to know the Self.  Methodologies here include “jnana” or Knowledge, & also “bhakti“, Devotion & “Surrender” to the Divine.  There is really no distinction, & so we need not overly divide between Knowledge & Devotion.

Sri Ramana Maharshi revealed in his Non-Dual Teachings, which are most direct & immediate, that if the Self remains undefined, it is only Brahman.  That alone exits. Therefore, one should know the Self.  The Knowledge of Reality, which is the Realization of the Self & the Realization of the Absolute, is attained by the direct path of True Knowledge.  By liberating oneself from the Misidentification with what is not the Self, one knows the Self.  When the real nature of what has been considered as the non-self is seen, it invariably proves to be nonexistent, for it was dependent upon Misidentification in order to even ever appear.  Blissful & Eternal is the Real Self.

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

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

www.jpstiga.com/

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

Different blogs (but with graphics) are available on:

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

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

There is no Creation, no Destruction, no Bondage, no longing to be freed from Bondage, no striving for Liberation, nor anyone who has attained Liberation. Know that this to be Ultimate Truth.

  the “no creation” school of Gaudapada, Shankara, Ramana, Nome  Ajata Vada

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