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The “trick” of Self-Inquiry

The “trick” of Self-Inquiry

Some will understandably wonder about the “Who am I ?” of Self-Inquiry in terms of “which I, which Self” is the target of the question ? Is it the True Self, Absolute Non-Dual Atman, or the false, individual Ego “I” self ?

The initial Self-attention, subsequent Self-investigation, & ultimate Self-abidance that makes up the Maharshi’s Teaching of Self-Inquiry could be said to suggest “Who am I ?” as more of a “direction” an inward direction for Consciousness turning in on itself. As a “direction”, either goal, the True Self, Absolute Non-Dual Atman, or the false, individual Ego “I” self will do. Once directed inward, Consciousness finds itself. No false, individual Ego “I” self is found, but only the True Self, Absolute Non-Dual Atman.

Another take on the issue [but not on the inquiry itself] could focus first on the fictitious Ego or Mind, the individual self. This limited & distorted “consciousness” bases its seeming existence on its role as a pseudo-Subject (really only reflecting light of Consciousness). This pseudo-Subject defines itself by Duality, by attending to objects [internal & external] other than

itself. Turning inward in Self-Inquiry, other things are “lost” just as in Deep Dreamless Sleep. But accomplished consciously in this Waking State, the Ego or Mind, the individual self ceases to veil the True Self, Absolute Non-Dual Atman.

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Whence a World ?

Whence a World ?

Picking up where we left off last Blog, given a seeming Mind: Whence a World ? Fundamentally, we trade in formless non-dimensionality for a more objective idea of a “space”.

Mocking the infinite subjective & dimensionless “space” of Consciousness, the reflected light of Mind careens off the apparent 0-D objective “space” of Ego“I”, the individual, false self.

Starting with the simplest, that 1-D objective “space” of Thoughtflow streams forth from the 0-D objective reference Origin of Ego. Even more objective is the echo of 1-D Thoughtflow we sense as “Time”. Sequence of Sound, Music, Communication, etc. similarly parallel the 1-D flow of Thought & Time.

Perhaps 2-D would be the inner Screen of the Mind, the mental “windshield” also represented in cinema, TV, monitors, etc. with perspective suggesting 3-D in each.

True 3-D Space is just another version of the same concept, onlt upping the dimension each time. There I also a 3-D Stage or theater of the Mind where 3-D events are envisioned. If there was a Brain, we’d have to say that each space consists merely of electrical activity in the Visual Cortex & so on. The sam basic idea is repeated & adapted to each context, repeated over & over again.

Space, Time, Mind, & other big-container 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-container concepts. For the most part, 1-D (Time, Thought-flow, etc.) or 3 dimensions, 3-D (Space, World, 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 for lifetime identity Personality, born, growing, dying in Waking State Time

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 similare. 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

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Illusory Individuality – Samsara

The Being that is seemingly individualized is actually always infinite and undifferentiated. In the very space in which appears Samsara, the repetitive cycle of birth, Illusion, and death, is the infinite, the eternal. The very nature of the one who seems as if bound is Liberation. At the moment that you were born, no one was born. At the moment a thought arises, nothing actually occurs.

Where Samsara seems to be, there is really only Brahman, the infinite, eternal Being-Consciousness-Bliss, which, in Self-Knowledge, we know as our real nature, Always, there is just this one Existence, which perpetually is just as it is. Samsara, or the Illusion of duality and its consequent suffering, is the result of imagination. That imagination is constituted primarily of misidentification. If misidentification, which is ignorance, ceases, Samsara, or, Illusion, ceases. The Illusion, or Samsara, and any of its bondage and suffering, depend entirely upon misidentification. Such is ignorance regarding one’s own nature.

If ignorance is done away with, Samsara is found not to be anywhere. This is why it is said that Maya, or Illusion, is inexplicable, for, when we find its nature, it ceases to exist, For the purpose of Self-Realization, or Liberation from all of the imagined bondage, inquire into the nature of your Being. If it seems to be individualized, inquire into the individualized being, and the individuality, being false and an Illusion, it will cease to exist.”                        Master Nome

So if there really is no Illusion, no World, no Body, no Mind, no Individual Ego, then what up ?

One of any number of takes on the whole thing could go like this:

A notion of “other” seems to flicker in dimensionless, infinite Consciousness. But “other” leaves behind a “me” the Ego“I”. Other thoughts referenced to this false “I” make up a Personality, an Individual Mind. Mind pretends to function through a Brain, with Senses, all in a head-quarters on top of a Body that moves & lives on a planet in a Universe.

Yet just as every Conception takes up no space in that space-less Mind, so too every Perception projects “out” from Mind as just another thought & takes up no space either. The objects perceived, the World just ain’t really there. Only the thoughts & they’re no more substantive than the Dream thoughts that make up every Dream world we experience. Even when we think we enjoy a World, that’s all just an inside job too. Ditto for sorrow. Happiness feels very inside, just like Love because they’re both the same Reality Consciousness.

[Next time we summarize a way that thought constructs Mind, Time, Space, a World.]

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Atma Vichara, Self-Inquiry

Atma Vichara, Self-Inquiry

Sri Shankara & Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi described the practical means to attain Self-Knowledge as Atma Vichara, usually translated as Self-Inquiry, “Who am I ?” But repeated self-questioning is not the intended meaning, but it is rather the inward Self direction denoted. Alternate translations include: “Self-attention”. Alternate Sanskrit indicators include: Atma Nishta, “Self-abidance”.

If the question “Who am I ?” is helpful, the a singular deep-felt, silent inward-probe could be enough. Vichara generally has alternate meanings of “pondering, deliberation, consideration, reflection, examination, investigation” in the sense of “unbiased examination with a view to arriving at the truth.”

And so Atma Vichara means “Self-investigation”, “Self-scrutiny” or “Self-examination” of the fundamental Consciousness “I am” with a keen focus & intensity. Thus we awaken to That.

Methods of “Self-surrender” & “Self-denial” are equivalent, so long as Individuality, Ego is erased.

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Tat Tvam Asi, That You Are

It is not that you become That, as if you had the power to break off from it & return to it at some later date, but, rather, That, the Absolute, is the solitary Existence always, & That is what you are. This is true to such an extent that you are not a part of it, nor is it a part of you, but rather the Self is the Absolute, & the Absolute is the Self; the Absolute is not other, & the Self is not other.    Master Nome

Tat Tvam Asi, That You Are

To abide in identity with this Reality known as Brahman, the vast Absolute, you must know yourself. “Tat Tvam Asi“, the Mahavakya, [great proclamation] of the Upanishads about you & this Absolute Reality, or God, Brahman, “That You Are.” Therefore, know yourself. If you know yourself, you know the Absolute, & what you know is what you are.

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Essence Of The Teaching

The Teaching is that of perpetual Truth, for Reality does not have an alternative. All Peace, Happiness, & Freedom is inherent in this Reality known as Brahman, the vast Absolute, which is neither an object nor an individual. The only way to realize it is to abide in identity with it.           Master Nome

Essence Of The Teaching

Non-Duality is the Essence of the Teaching, & also the source of the Teaching, & each one who comprehends the Teaching. All these are one & the same thing. The same is imperturbable Peace & Ananda, Bliss, the Happiness that leaves nothing else to be desired. The same is that immense Freedom, Moksa, or Liberation from all of the imagined Bondage, Freedom which does not depend upon objects, situations, events, or conditions of any kind.

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Being as Consciousness – Nome comments [3]

Being as Consciousness Nome comments [3]

More spontaneous, deep comments by a World Teacher.

That should be known as Self Realization in which no alternative is possible, in which there is just one infinite, unconditioned, eternal, homogeneous, formless Self, which is not the cause of anything which is not the effect of any thing else, in which there is nothing else, but which is infinite, with no division, no separation, & which has no parts within it. It is absolute & not in relation to anything else, but just is as it is. As for anything else, it also is just the same Absolute. To realize this is very simple. It is simpler than even a thought. It is simpler than the idea of “I”. That divine simplicity lies where you are alone with no “I” to disturb you.                                                                               Master Nome

Embellishing comment on the text is impossible in this case. More to the point this time is the issue of realizing the above directly within oneself. To rest in the superficial “I”, for just an instant, & then sink as Consciousness, with full intensity, in toward the True Self & abide there peacefully brings effortless Self-Realization in short or long order. Whatever the time, whatever the effort it’s worth it.

The quote itself is one of the most complete & insightful definitions of Self-Realization to be found anywhere, in any language.

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