Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mind & Happiness 59

Unless & until we know what we really are, we cannot be free from our desires, which arise only due to our mistaking our self to be what we are not.  By fighting our desires we can never get rid of them, because we who try to fight them are in fact the cause, source & root of them.  That which seeks to fight our desires is our Mind, which is itself the root from which all our desires spring.  The very nature of our Mind is to have desires.  Without desires to impel it, our Mind would subside & merge in the Source from which it originally arose.  Therefore the only way to conquer our desires is to bypass our Mind by seeking the Source from which it has arisen.  That Source is our own Real Self, the innermost core of our Existence, our fundamental & essential Consciousness "I exist".

Our Mind is a limited form of Consciousness that arises within us, & that mistakes a particular Body to be itself, & all the other objects that it knows to be other than itself.  In fact all that our Mind knows, including the Body that it mistakes to be "I", are only its own thoughts, products of its own power of imagination.  Therefore nothing that is known by our Mind is actually other than itself.  However, because it mistakes the objects of its imagination to be other than itself, it feels desire for those objects that it thinks will contribute to its Happiness, & aversion for those objects that it thinks will detract from its Happiness.

So long as we experience otherness or Duality, we cannot but feel desire for some of the things that we see as other than our self & aversion for some of the other things.  Because we mistake a particular Body to be our self, certain things are necessary for our survival & our comfort in that
Body & certain things are a threat to our survival & our comfort in it. As a general rule, therefore, we feel desire for those things that contribute to our bodily survival & comfort, & aversion for those things that threaten our survival or detract from our comfort.


However, even after we have secured all the things that we require for our bodily survival & comfort, we still do not feel satisfied.  Because we fear for our Future, we strive to acquire more than we actually require at present.  Because of our restlessness caused by our concern for our future Happiness and well-being, we seldom enjoy the present moment to the fullest, but instead think constantly about what we may or may not enjoy in Future.

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

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

TOE, Theory of Everything - ch. 3 A




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

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

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mind & Happiness 58

A clear illustration that many have probably experienced occurs if we are watching a good film or an entertaining program on television while eating a meal, no matter how tasty & to our liking that meal may be, we will hardly notice its taste & we will experience no particular pleasure in eating it.  After the program & meal are both finished, we may notice that we failed to enjoy that tasty meal at all & we may wish we had eaten it when we were not distracted by watching the television.  Because we were more interested in the program or film we were watching than in the meal we were eating, we failed to enjoy the meal. And the reason why we took greater interest in enjoying the film than in enjoying our meal was that at that time our desire for the enjoyment of the film was greater than our desire for the enjoyment of the meal.

However, if we had been really hungry before sitting down to eat that meal & watch that film, we would probably have enjoyed the meal with great relish & would therefore have hardly noticed the film we were watching.  Even if the meal were not particularly tasty, if we had been really hungry we would have enjoyed it nonetheless.  When we are really hungry, that is, when our desire for food is very intense, we can relish & enjoy even the most tasteless meal.

Our hunger or real desire for nourishment is the best of all condiments. The spice of real hunger will give the pleasantest taste even to the most tasteless food, & even to food that would normally taste positively unpleasant.  Conversely, if the spice of real hunger is missing, we can eat even the most tasty food without particularly relishing it.

Is it not clear, therefore, that the relative degrees of Happiness that we derive from enjoying the objects of our desires are not only entirely subjective & dependent upon our relative degree of liking for those objects, but are primarily determined by the fluctuations of our Mind & of the successive waves of excitement of our desires, our anticipations & our ultimate satisfactions ?

In the midst of all this excited activity of our Mind, how do the fragments of Happiness that we experience appear ?  These successive waves of our mental excitement have their peaks & their troughs.  They rise to their peaks when our Mind is most agitated by its desires, & they subside to their troughs when our Mind experiences the satisfaction of anticipating or actually enjoying the objects of its desires.  During the brief troughs between the successive peaks of our desires, our Mind is momentarily calm & in that calmness the Happiness that is always inherent in us is less densely obscured & therefore manifests itself more clearly.

So long as our Mind is active, it is constantly fluctuating between the peaks of its desire or dissatisfaction & the troughs of its contentment or satisfaction.  Our desires & our fears, our likes & our dislikes, our cravings & our aversions, all agitate & impel the activity of our Mind to the peaks of its intensity, & such intense peaks of activity obscure our inherent Happiness & thereby make us feel dissatisfied, discontented & unhappy.

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

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

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mind & Happiness 57

Intellectual knowledge is only a superficial & shallow form of knowledge, because our intellect is only a function of our Mind, which is itself just a superficial & shallow form of Consciousness.  Our delusion that makes us feel that Happiness comes from things outside our self & not from within us is, on the other hand, deeply rooted in our mistaken identification of our self with a physical Body, which is in turn rooted in our lack of clear Self-Knowledge.

In fact, the delusion that makes us feel that Happiness comes from things outside our self is the same delusion that makes us feel that we are something that we are not.  This fundamental delusion of ours arises only because we do not clearly know what we really are, & hence it can be destroyed only by a clear & correct knowledge of our own real nature.  No intellectual knowledge, therefore, can destroy this deep-rooted delusion of ours.  The only knowledge that can destroy it is true experiential knowledge of what we really are.

When by true experiential Self-Knowledge we thus destroy the Delusion that we are anything other than the fullness of absolute Happiness, the fire of our desires will automatically be extinguished.  Though no amount of intellectual understanding can destroy our deeply rooted delusion, a clear intellectual  understanding of the Truth is nevertheless necessary, because without such an understanding we would not know how to discover what true Happiness is.

A clear & correct understanding of the true nature of Happiness will enable us to know not only where we should seek Happiness, but also how we should actually endeavor to seek it.  Let us therefore analyze more deeply how our delusion that we obtain Happiness from external objects & circumstances arises.

Let us suppose that we like chocolate.  In our Mind we associate the bittersweet taste of chocolate  with the feeling of pleasure that we are accustomed to experience whenever we taste it.  But does the taste of chocolate necessarily create a feeling of pleasure ?  No, it creates such a feeling in us because we like it so much, but it will create no such feeling in a person who is indifferent to it, & it will create a feeling of disgust in a person who positively dislikes it.  Moreover, if we eat too much chocolate & thereby make our self sick, we will begin to feel an aversion for it, at least temporarily, so if we eat more of it at that Time, it will not create any feeling of pleasure but only a feeling of disgust.

Therefore it is clear that the Happiness we think we derive from eating chocolate is determined not by the actual taste of chocolate, but only by our liking for that taste. The same is the case with any of the pleasures that we experience through our 5 Senses.  Our Senses can only tell us the impressions created by a thing, for example the taste, aroma, texture & color of chocolate, & the crinkling sound of the silver foil in which it is wrapped, but it is our Mind which determines whether or not we like those impressions.  If we like them, we do not even have to taste chocolate  to feel pleasure from it.  Even the sight or smell of chocolate, or the sound of its silver foil Existence opened, will give us pleasure.

In fact we often seem to derive more pleasure from the anticipation of enjoying something, than we do when we actually experience it.  Therefore even the thought of some object of our desire can give us pleasure, though that pleasure will always be mixed with a restlessness to experience it actually.  Only when we actually experience it, will our desire for it be fully satisfied.  However, since that satisfaction is usually experienced only momentarily, we may sometimes appear to enjoy more pleasure from the cumulative build-up of our anticipation for it than we actually enjoy when we experience it.

Moreover, if our Mind is distracted by other thoughts, we may not feel any particular pleasure when we eat chocolate, even though we have so much liking for it.  Only when our Mind is relatively free of other thoughts can we really enjoy the taste of chocolate, or the pleasure of satisfying any of our other desires.

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

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

Friday, July 13, 2018

Mind & Happiness 56


How do we seem to obtain Happiness from certain objects & circumstances ?  Whatever relative Happiness we may seem to obtain from them is actually a state of our own Mind.  Happiness is something that is latent within us, & it sometimes becomes manifest when we experience certain material objects or external circumstances.  How does this happen ?

Whenever we obtain something that we like, & whenever we avoid or get rid of something that we dislike, we feel happy.  Conversely, whenever we lose or are unable to obtain something that we like, & whenever we cannot avoid or get rid of something that we dislike, we feel unhappy. In
other words, we feel happy when our desires are fulfilled, & unhappy when they are not fulfilled.

Thus the real cause of the Happiness that we seem to obtain from external objects & circumstances is not those objects or circumstances themselves, but is only the fulfillment of our desire for them.  Whenever we experience a desire, whether in the form of a like or a dislike for a certain thing, our Mind is agitated by it.  So long as that desire persists in our Mind, the agitation
caused by it persists, & that agitation makes us feel unhappy.  But when our desire is fulfilled, that agitation subsides, & in the temporary calm that results from its subsidence, we feel happy.

The Happiness that we thus experience when one of our desires is fulfilled is a fraction of the Happiness that always exists within us.  When a desire arises & agitates our Mind, our inherent Happiness is obscured, & hence we feel restless & unhappy until that desire is fulfilled.  As soon as it is fulfilled, the agitation of our Mind subsides for a short while, & because our inherent Happiness is thus less densely obscured, we feel relatively happy.

Therefore, though Happiness is our own true nature, & though in reality there is no Happiness at all in anything outside us, we nevertheless feel happy whenever our desire for anything is fulfilled & hence we wrongly believe that we derive Happiness from the objects of our desire.  We feel Love or desire for other people & for external objects & circumstances only because we believe that we can derive Happiness from them.  And we believe this only because we experience Happiness whenever any of our desires for those external things are satisfied.

Our delusion that Happiness comes from the things that we desire, & that therefore by desiring & acquiring more things we will become more happy, is thus a vicious circle.  Because we desire something, we feel happy when we obtain it, & because we feel happy when we obtain it, we desire more of it.  In this way our desires are always continuously increasing & multiplying.

The raging fire of our desires can never be quenched by the objects of our desire.  The more we acquire those objects, the more intensely our desire for them & for other such objects will rage. Trying to quench the fire of our desires by fulfilling them is like trying to quench a fire by pouring petrol upon it.

The objects of our desire are the fuel that keeps the fire of our desires burning.  The only way we can extinguish this fire of our desires is by knowing the Truth that all the Happiness that we seem to derive from the objects of our desire does not actually come from those objects but only from within our self.  However, we should not think that understanding this Truth by means of our intellect or power of reasoning is the same as actually knowing it.  We cannot actually know this truth without experiencing our self as Happiness.

So long as we feel our self to be a limited individual Consciousness that experiences relative degrees of Happiness & un-happiness, we clearly do not experience the Truth that we our self are absolute Happiness.  No amount of intellectual understanding can give us the true experiential
knowledge that Happiness is our own true nature, & is not something that we obtain from the objects of our desire.  We can understand something intellectually, but nevertheless actually experience something that is quite contrary to what we understand.  For example, if we see water in a desert, we may understand that it is only a mirage, but we nevertheless continue to see it as something that looks quite real, & the mere sight of it continues to make us feel thirsty.  

Similarly, though we may understand intellectually that Happiness is our True Nature & that we do not actually obtain Happiness from anything outside our self, we nevertheless continue to feel our self to be somehow lacking in Happiness, & therefore continue to experience desire for things outside our self, as if Happiness could really be obtained from them.

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

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

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mind & Happiness 55


mythic primal Guru, Dakshinamurti

When our Mind is extremely agitated, that is, when its activity of thinking becomes very intense, we are unable to experience more than a glimmer of our inherent Happiness, & therefore we feel restless & unhappy.  But when our Mind becomes relatively calm, that is, when its activity of thinking decreases, we are able to experience our inherent Happiness more fully, & therefore we feel comparatively peaceful & happy.

Thus Calmness & Peace of Mind makes us feel relatively happy, while restlessness & agitation of Mind makes us feel relatively unhappy.  Is this not the experience of all of us ?  Do we not all feel peaceful & happy when our Mind is calm & at rest ?  And do we not all feel restless & unhappy
when our Mind is agitated & disturbed ?

The reason why we experience perfect Happiness in Deep Dreamless Sleep is that our Mind has then become perfectly calm & peaceful, having subsided by withdrawing from all its activity.  Since no thoughts rise in Deep Dreamless Sleep to disturb our Natural State of peaceful Existence, in that state we experience our inherent Happiness without the least obstruction.

Is it not clear, therefore, that Happiness is a state of Existence, & un-happiness is a state of doing ?  So long as our Mind is active or doing something, thinking one thought or another, we experience only a mixture of Happiness & un-happiness, & whatever Happiness we do experience in the midst of that mixture is imperfect, limited & relative.  We experience perfect, unlimited & absolute Happiness only when our Mind becomes perfectly still.

Our own essential Existence is therefore Happiness.  When we remain merely as Existence, without rising to think or do anything, as in Deep Dreamless Sleep, we experience perfect Happiness, untainted by even the least sorrow, un-happiness or discontent.  But as soon as we rise as this thinking Mind, we experience Restlessness, Discontent, & Un-happiness.

Since we thus experience perfect Happiness in the absence of all mental activity, as in our Deep Dreamless Sleep, is it not clear that such Happiness is something that is inherent within us, & that our mental activity is the only obstacle that prevents us from experiencing it in full in our Waking & Dream States ?

Therefore whatever limited Happiness we may experience in the Waking & Dream States when our Mind becomes comparatively calm & peaceful, is only a fraction of the Happiness that is already inherent within us.  Happiness is something that arises from within our self, & not something that comes from outside us. 

Why then do we think that we derive pleasure or Happiness from material objects & from external circumstances ?  Does Happiness actually lie in any material object or any external circumstance ?  No, Happiness is obviously not something that exists in any object or circumstance outside us.

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

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mind & Happiness 54


Shankara & disciples

Since our Mind & Body are not natural to us, we can never feel completely at ease or happy with either of them, or with any of the Material, Sensual, Mental, Intellectual, or Emotional pleasures that we may enjoy through them.  Why should we think that Happiness is our Natural State, & that un-happiness is something unnatural to us ?  If our True Nature is really Happiness, why do we not feel perfectly happy at all Times ?  How does un-happiness arise ?

We can understand this by critically analyzing our experience of our 3 States of Consciousness, Waking, Dream & Deep Dreamless Sleep.  In our Waking & Dream states we experience a mixture of pleasure & pain, or Happiness & un-happiness.  But what do we experience in Deep Dreamless Sleep, when this mixture of Pleasure & Pain is removed ?  In the absence of this mixture, do we experience Happiness or un-happiness ?   In the state of Deep Dreamless Sleep, do we not feel perfectly happy, & free from all misery or un-happiness ?  Is it not clear therefore that neither un-happiness, nor a mixture of Happiness & un-happiness, is natural to us? Since we can exist in the absence of un-happiness, it cannot be our Real Nature.  Un-happiness is merely a negation of Happiness, which is natural to us.

If un-happiness cannot be our Real Nature because we can exist in its absence, can we not say the same about Happiness ?  When we are unhappy, are we not existing in the absence of Happiness ?  No, Happiness is something that is never entirely absent.  Un-happiness is a relative state, one which exists relative only to Happiness.  Without the underlying existence of Happiness, there would be no such thing as un-happiness.  We feel unhappy only because we desire to be happy.  If Happiness were ever to become absolutely non-existent, we would not feel any desire for it, & hence we would not feel unhappy.  Even in a state of the most intense un-happiness, Happiness still exists as something for which we feel desire.  There is therefore no such thing as absolute
un-happiness.

If un-happiness is something that is merely relative, can we not say the same about Happiness ?  Is not Happiness also a relative state, one which exists relative only to un-happiness ?  The Happiness that we experience in Waking & Dream is certainly relative, & is therefore always incomplete or imperfect.  But can we say the same about the Happiness that we experience in Deep Dreamless Sleep  ?  Does the Happiness of Deep Dreamless Sleep exist relative only to un-happiness ?

No, in Deep Dreamless Sleep un-happiness is totally absent. When we are Deep Dreamless Sleep, un-happiness does not exist even as a thought, or as something that we fear or desire to avoid. Therefore, since un-happiness cannot exist without a desire for Happiness, but Happiness can exist without even the slightest notion of un-happiness, un-happiness is entirely relative, whereas Happiness may be either relative or Absolute.

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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/