Tuesday, September 1, 2020

ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt217


[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Sections appended below derive from Sri Ramana's Teaching.]

 Sri Ramana upheld the view that the notion of Individuality is only the "I"thought manifesting itself in different ways. Instead of regarding the different activities of the Mind (such as Ego, Intellect, & Memory) as separate functions he preferred to view them all as different forms of the "I"thought.  Since he equated Individuality with the Mind & the Mind with the "I"thought it follows that the disappearance of the sense of Individuality (i.e. Self-Realization) implies the disappearance of both the Mind & the "I"thought. This is confirmed by his frequent statements to the effect that after Self-Realisation there is no Thinker of thoughts, no Performer of actions, & no Awareness of Individual existence.

[Sri Ramana]

That which is does not even say "I am".  Does any doubt rise: "I am not" ? Only in such a case should one be reminding oneself: "I am a man."  One does not. On the other hand, if a doubt arises whether he is a cow or a buffalo he has to remind himself that he is not a cow, etc., but "I am a man."  This would never happen.  Similarly with one's own Existence & Realization.
[Annamalai Swami]

A jnani's vibrations stay even after he leaves the Body. All people leave vibrations in the places they have been & lived.  Jnanis leave a good vibration & bad people leave a bad vibration.  I am not talking about a gross physical phenomenon that everyone can feel. The vibration that ajnani leaves is subtle.  Radio broadcasts can only be heard if one has a radio that is tuned to the right frequency. You tune into a jnani's vibrations by having a quiet, still Mind.  This is the "wavelength" of the broadcast.  If you have not tuned  yourself to receive this frequency, you cannot expect to experience or benefit from the vibrations that a jnani may have left in a place.

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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

Sunday, August 30, 2020

ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt216


[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Sections appended below derive from Sri Ramana's Teaching.]

Before embarking on a description of the technique of Self-Inquiry itself it will be necessary to explain Sri Ramana's views on the nature of the Mind since the aim of Self-Inquiry is to discover, by direct experience, that the mind is non-existent. According to Sri Ramana, every conscious activity of the mind or body revolves around the tacit assumption that there is an "I" who is doing something. The common factor in "I think, I remember, 'I am acting" is the "I" who assumes that it is responsible for all these activities.  Sri Ramana called this common factor the 'I'-thought (aham-vritti).  Literally aham-vritti means "mental modification of I".  The Self or real "I" never imagines that it is doing or thinking anything; the "I" that imagines all this is a mental fiction & so it is called a mental modification of the Self.  Since this is a rather cumbersome translation of aham-vritti it is usually translated as "I"thought.

[Sri Ramana]

Does God come and tell you that He has placed you in difficulties ?  It is you who say so.  It is again the wrong "I".  If that disappears there will be no one to say that God created this or that.

[Annamalai Swami]


The jnani is not really aware of the Body.  Or if he is, he feels it like akasha, Space itself.

After one of the operations to remove the tumor on Bhagavan's arm had been completed, I was worried enough to send a girl who worked for me to the Ashram to ask how Bhagavan was.   could not go myself because Bhagavan had asked me not to visit him.  When this girl told Bhagavan why she had come, he started laughing very loudly. I interpreted this to mean that nothing had really happened. His laughter was a message to me that Bhagavan was not his Body & that I should therefore not be upset or worried by anything that happened to it.

Years before, I was walking on the Hill with Bhagavan when he remarked, " don't feel the weight of the body at all.  I feel as if I am walking weightlessly through the sky."   I sometimes have the same feeling when I am walking around.

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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

Saturday, August 29, 2020

ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt215


[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Sections appended below derive from Sri Ramana's Teaching.]

Self-Realization could be brought about merely by giving up the idea that there is an individual self which functions through the Body & the Mind. A few of his advanced devotees were able to do this quickly & easily, but the others found it virtually impossible to discard the ingrained habits of a lifetime without undertaking some form of spiritual practice. Sri Ramana sympathized with their predicament & whenever he was asked to prescribe a spiritual practice which would facilitate Self-Awareness, he would recommend a technique he called Self-Inquiry.

[Sri Ramana]

The questions: "What becomes of the Body after Realization ?  Does it exist or not ?" need not arise now.  Let it be asked after Realization, if need be.  As for the Realized Beings let them take care of themselves.  Why do you worry about them ?  In fact after Realization, the Body & all else will not appear different from the Self.

[Annamalai Swami]

Non-Duality is jnana; Duality is Samsara.  If you can give up duality, Brahman alone remains, & you know yourself to be that Brahman, but to make this discovery continuous Meditation is required.  Don't allocate periods of time for this.  Don't regard it as something that you do when you sit with your eyes closed. This Meditation has to be continuous.  Do it while you are eating, walking, & even talking.  Meditation has to be continued all the time.

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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

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt214


[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Sections appended below derive from Sri Ramana's Teaching.]

Self-Knowledge is the way to destroy Ignorance & all its attendant Bondage & Suffering.  Self-Knowledge is the destruction, or transcendence, of the Dualism of Ignorance, & Self-Knowledge is the elimination of multiple states of Consciousness.  That is, Self-Knowledge reveals Consciousness as Pure as it is, free of differences & Duality.

[Sri Ramana]

The World, Individual, & God are all conceptions of the Ego"I".  They arise only after the advent of the "I"–thought.  Did you think of them in your Deep Dreamless Sleep ?  You existed in Deep Dreamless Sleep & he same you are now speaking.  If they be real should they not be in your Deep Dreamless Sleep also ?  They are only dependent upon the "I"thought.  Again does the World tell you: "I am the World" ?  Does the Body say "I am Body" ?  You say, "This is the World'', "this is Body'' & so on.  So these are only your conceptions.  Find out who you are & there will be an end of all your doubts.

[Annamalai Swami]


Until the River reaches the Ocean, it is obliged to keep on flowing, but when it arrives at the Ocean, it becomes Ocean & the flow stops. The water of the River originally came from the Ocean. As it flows, it is merely making its way back to its Source. When you meditate or do sadhana, you are flowing back to the Source from which you came. After you have reached that Source, you discover that everything  that exists  World, Guru, Mind is one.  No differences or distinctions arise there.

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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

Sunday, August 23, 2020

ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt213


[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Sections appended below derive from Sri Ramana's Teaching.]

Self-Knowledge starts with one's attempt to know the Truth.  It is the very substance, or means, or spiritual practice.  At the end, this Self-Knowledge is absorbed, or shines as, the Truth itself.  The Teachings given by the Maharshi & other wise Sages, Knowledge is prominent.

[Sri Ramana]

Bliss is coeval with Being-Consciousness.  All the arguments relating to the Eternal Being of that Bliss apply to Bliss also.  Your True Nature is Bliss.  Ignorance is not hiding that Bliss.  Remove the Ignorance for Bliss to be freed.

[Annamalai Swami]

Bhagavan often used to say: "The physical Guru is outside, telling you what to do & pushing you into the Self.  The inner Guru, the Self within, simultaneously pulls you towards itself."  Once you have become established in the inner Guru, the Self, the distinction between Guru & disciple disappears.  In that state you no longer need the help of any Guru. You are That, the Self.

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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

Saturday, August 22, 2020

ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt212


[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Sections appended below derive from Sri Ramana's Teaching.]

If one sees the only surface, one assumes a limited "I".  If one assumes a limited "I", one attaches oneself to superficial forms.  If one pursues to the Core, one finds the limitless "I".  If one looks from the limitless Self, one is free & Peace.

[Sri Ramana]

The Ignorance is identical with the "I"-thought.  Find its source & it will vanish.  The "I"-thought is like a spirit which, although not palpable, rises up automatically with the Body, flourishes & disappears with it.  The Body-consciousness is the wrong "I".  Give up this Bodyconsciousness.  It is done by seeking the source "I". The Body does not say "I am".  It is you who say, "I am the Body !"  Find out who this "I" is.  Seeking its Source & it ("I") will vanish.

[Annamalai Swami]

The Guru guides you & tells you that what you have done is not enough.  If you are filling a bucket with water, you can always add more if there is still space.  But when it is completely full, full to overflowing, it is pointless to add even a single drop. You may think that you have done enough, & you may believe that your bucket is full, but the Guru is in a better position to see that there is still a space, & that more water needs to be added.  Don't rely on your own judgment in this matter.  The state you have reached may seem to be complete & final, but if the Guru says, "You need more sadhana," trust him & carry on with your efforts.

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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

Friday, August 21, 2020

ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt211


[The Teaching  of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Sections appended below derive from Sri Ramana's Teaching.]

The real "I", or the Self, is free, happy within, & forever unblemished Perfection.  The Self always abides, is Formless, & is non-dependent on any Form, gross or subtle, the Body or the Mind.  Self-Realization is abidance as the "I"less "I".  Self-Inquiry is the pursuit of Identity, of "I", to its core.

[Sri Ramana]

In fact it is already realized; there is nothing more to be realized.  Otherwise, the Realization will be new; it has not existed so far, it must take place hereafter. What is born will also die.  If Realization be not Eternal it is not worth having. Therefore what we seek is not that which must happen afresh.  It is only that which is Eternal but not now known due to obstructions; it is That we seek.  All that we need do is to remove the obstruction.  That which is Eternal is not known to be so because of Ignorance.  Ignorance is the obstruction.  Get over this Ignorance & all will be well.

[Annamalai Swami]


You have to make an enormous effort to realize the Self.  It is very easy to stop on the way & fall back into Ignorance.  At any moment you can fall back. You have to make a strong determined effort to remain on the peak when you first reach it, but eventually a time will come when you are fully established in the Self.  When that happens, you cannot fall. You have reached your destination & no further efforts are required.  Until that moment comes, constant sadhana is required.

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