Sunday, January 19, 2020

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt84



[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.]


One imagines that he knows about the World, or the Universe, both in gross (physical) forms & in subtle (astral"prana"energy) forms, his so-called “outer experience” of that World & his mental impressions of it.  He thinks that he knows about himself, what he is like, & what he is not like. With the ideas of "I am this", "I am that", "I am not like this", "I am not like that", "I have these qualities", "I have this history & this memory", & such, the Individual is thus defined. Then, he enters into the field of spirituality. He hears about the Supreme Self, or about the Supreme Lord, & whatever ideas are fashioned from the perspective of that Individual he takes to be the reality. It is better if all that effort is oriented toward what is Non-Dual & deeply spiritual, in contrast to that which is merely Worldly or Dual, but the best of al Sri Ramana proclaims, is remaining without ("abidance void", sunya-nistha) the Ego-"I"-notion.

The unreal is not an attribute of the Reality, the Self. The unreal is not experienced by the Reality, which is of the nature of Being-Consciousness-Bliss. What is not real and what is not experienced in or of the real does not exist. Thus, there are neither thoughts nor states. One vast Consciousness is. The mind does not bind the Self, for it does not define or limit the Self, does not divide the Self, and does not alter the Self. The Self is not bound, for the mind has no independent existence. The Self is not bound, for there is nothing other than the Self and, therefore, no mind at all. The mind is nowhere but in the Self, yet, in the Self, there is no mind.

[Ramana]


Just as water in a pot reflects the enormous Sun within the narrow limits of the pot, even so the vasanas or latent tendencies of the Mind of the Individual, acting as the reflecting medium, catch the all-pervading, infinite Light of Consciousness. The form of this reflection is the phenomenon called the "Mind".  Seeing only this reflection, the unrealized is deluded into the belief that he is a finite being, the jiva, the Individual 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/

Friday, January 17, 2020


REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt83


[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 the Knower, or the knowing Essence, is assumed to be an individual knower, everything that he knows is just a pack of suppositions & deluded guess work.  Whatever we think we know about the World or any aspect of it & whatever we think we know about the Supreme Self are just suppositions.  If we say to ourselves that we know such & such about the Supreme Self, the belief or conviction is good as far as it goes.  But for real Knowledge we must remain free of the Ego-"I"-notion.  Then the Absolute (Brahman), or the Supreme Self (Atman), knows Itself.

Thought, both as particular thoughts and as thinking itself, is not an attribute of Consciousness. A true attribute would need to be with that to which it is attributed always. Consciousness is not, by nature, a thought; nor does it have thought always. Therefore, thought is not the attribute of the attributeless Consciousness. Thought cannot exist without Consciousness. Consciousness exists without thought. The self-existent is alone real, and the dependent does not truly exist. Thus, in reality, thought is unreal and the Self alone is real.

[Ramana]

The unrealized sees only the Mind which is a mere reflection of the Light of Pure Consciousness. Of the Self itself he is ignorant. Why ?  Because his Mind is extroverted & has never sought its Source.

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/

Wednesday, January 15, 2020



REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt82

Master Nome

[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 we make definitions to help us reach spiritual understanding, we soon have definitions about formulating definitions, & even the negation of definitions.  Self-Inquiry gets rid of suppositions & self-created doctrines fall by the wayside.  Whether we go through all the thinking ir directly inquire, we must in the end actually inquire in our True Nature & arrive at the dissolution of the Ego-"I"-notion.  We must come to know the Self.  Again, knowing the Self  is not a matter of making definitions, conceiving of ideas, or giving names to things.  In Knowledge of the Self, the Individuality that is falsely assumed must dissolve.  There, all doubts are dissolved & all questions are answered.

Each thought depends completely on Consciousness & is never known or experienced apart from Consciousness.  Each thought appears & disappears in Consciousness alone. So thought is just Consciousness viewed as such. Thought is said to be a mental mode (vritti), a modification, or a form of Consciousness. Consciousness, itself, is forever formless, unmodified, and has no modes, for it is changeless and eternal. How can there be a form of the formless or a modification of the changeless? Or, how can there be a mode for the birthless and the eternal? Thought has no real existence. It is like a snake imagined in a rope or the waters of a mirage.

[Ramana]

The unrealized sees only the Mind which is a mere reflection of the Light of Pure Consciousness. Of the Self itself he is ignorant. Why ?  Because his Mind is extroverted & has never sought its Source.

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/

Monday, January 13, 2020


REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt81

young Ramana Maharshi

[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.]

Undisputed Knowledge of the Reality is necessary & not a supposition. There is nothing to "figure out" regarding Reality. Real Knowledge is not the end result of a long thinking process. There is no trick needed for Self-Realization.  See the distinction between suppositions & real Knowledge. It is the difference between doctrine & the true teaching. The true teaching is found in abidance in the “I”-less state and not in defining illusions. Knowing more about illusions is not wisdom or real Knowledge. Knowing the Self is real Knowledge. Knowledge of the Self is directly realized by the elimination of the Ego-"I" that would suppose, or could conjure up, any idea or any kind of Illusion.

In final Truth, there are no States of Mind & no Mind, & the Self is neither a Cause nor an Experiencer.  Each thought may be regarded as affecting only other thoughts.  Such is because the Self is ever the unaffected silent Witness of all thoughts.  Each thought has nothing that actually connects it to another thought.  All the thoughts are supported by Consciousness alone. Thought has no knowing power.  A thought cannot know itself, nor can it know another thought.  No thought is self-existent.

[Ramana]

In a parable, a man goes to sleep in this hall.  He dreams he has gone on a world tour, is roaming over hill & dale, forest & country, desert & sea, across various continents & after many years of weary & strenuous travel, returns to this place & enters the hall.  Just at that moment he wakes up & finds he has not moved an inch but was sleeping where he lay down.  He has not returned after great effort to this hall, but is & always has been in the hall all the while.  It is exactly like that.  If it is asked, "Why being free do we imagine that we are bound ?" I answer, "Why being in the hall did you imagine you were on a world adventure, crossing hill & dale, desert & sea ?  It is all Mind or Maya [illusion].

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole

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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, January 7, 2020

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt80

Sri Ramana Maharshi

[after an extended lapse in blogger's health]

[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.]

Spiritual progress is determined by the depth of realizing "I" less Self-Knowledge. The dissolution of the "I" that conceives of this World; that conceives of "myself" as an Individual, the Jiva; & of the Supreme Self that dissolution of the "I" is the liberating Wisdom. Yet Knowledge in its depth does not have a cause it is inherent in the Self. The Self "sees" from behind you. Take up that his perspective.  When they are in the spirit of Self-Inquiry, the raising of questions serves to dissolve the "I" & whatever suppositions are built upon that "I".  The reason for the doubt, which the questioning seeks to resolve or destroy, is always this assumption of "I", & all the suppositions come out from there. Whether they be elaborate, well-formulated doctrines or just wild, individualized suppositions, all of them come forth from this one “I”-notion.

There are no aspects or phases of homogeneous Consciousness, which is partless. Since It is Existence-Consciousness, the Self passes unaffected through the 3 States, unmoved by the presence or absence of thoughts in any of their forms.  Yet how can the Self, being Infinite, pass through anything else (such as a State) ?  The States revolve in the Self, not the Self in them. Yet how can there be anything but the Self in that undifferentiated Reality ?  The Self is Infinite, detached, unaffected, Reality devoid of misperception & nonperception, with no Cause & having no Effect.

[Ramana]

Even the thought, "I do not realize" is a hindrance.  In fact, the Self alone is.  Our real nature is LiberationBut we are imagining we are bound & are making various, strenuous attempts to become free, while we are all the while free.  This will be understood only when we reach that stage.  We will be surprised that we were frantically trying to attain something which we have always been & are.

The above themes & 2500 pages more are freely available as perused or downloaded PDF’s, the sole

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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, October 11, 2019



REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt79


[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 Maharshi's Teaching is based on Knowledge of Reality, by the Reality, itself. So, it would not be right to call his Teaching a supposition, a doctrine, or anything similar. It is entirely of the True Nature of Transcendent Wisdom.  This Teaching does not involve the Mind.  It is not a setting forth of ideas, even well-arranged ideas. It is the revelation of True Knowledge of the Real Self, by the Real Self, for Itself. So, it does not include any of the Duality, or any of the Triads (Knower, Knowing, Known, etc.), that one wants to dissolve. Duality is thinking that there is a Triadic state & a nonTriadic State.  Sri Ramana's instruction deals directly with Reality.

The 3 States are seen as 3 only so long as Consciousness is not known as it is. Dream is to Deep Dreamless Sleep, emerging but within it, "forming" yet not really so, for it is within the Formless.   So also is the Waking State to Turiya (the 4th), which is actually pure Consciousness.  Turiya, or the Transcendent State, is just pure Consciousness, which, being beyond the 3 States, is beyond the notion of a "4th State".  So it is also called Turiyatita, "beyond the 4th". Consciousness remains as the one Existence, which is in, & which itself is, its Natural Innate State ever. The 2 States of Waking & Dream are not consistently present. Those States & Deep Dreamless Sleep are passing appearances.

[Ramana]

The apparent "World" is like a cinema-show.  There is the Light on the screen & the shadows flitting across it impress the audience as the enactment of some piece.  If in the same play an audience also is shown on the screen as part of the performance, the Seer & the Seen will then both be on the screen.  Apply it to yourself.  You are the screen, the Self has created the Ego, the Ego has its thoughts which are displayed as the World.  In reality, all these are nothing but the Self.  If you see the Self, the same will be found to be all, everywhere & always. Nothing but the Self exists.

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/

Thursday, October 10, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt78

Sri Ramana Maharshi

[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.]

Realizing NonDual Liberation, Enlightenment by Self-Inquiry pt78

However you would define the World, as good or bad, or anything in between, however you would define the Individual, as being meritorious or not, or anything in between, & however you would define the Supreme Self, in whatever glorious terms, none of that can compare with remaining free of the Ego-"I" in which the Reality is known directly by oneself.  If identified with the Mind, it would not make a difference what kind of supposition you conceived or what doctrine was conceived on that basis, it still would be within the context of the Ego-"I"-assumption, which is the root of all Delusion.

The Self, Existence-Consciousness, is free of both Cause & Effect. In Self-Knowledge, neither the Veiling of the Reality nor the Illusion of Multiplicity, neither the non perception nor the misperception of real Existence.  The Self is Itself & knows itself as it is. From Existence-Consciousness comes Deep Dreamless Sleep.  From Deep Dreamless Sleep comes Dream, from Dream comes Waking.  Each succeeding State occurs within the preceding one.  All occurs within Existence-Consciousness, & that is what one truly is.  So it is better to say that the States of Mind, & the Worlds that appear in them, are in one's Self than that one is in those States. Being beyond the states, the Self is called "the 4th," yet it is only 1 & in its own State ever.

[Ramana]


Do all the many "things" exist at all apart from the Self ?  Find it out. You think that you see them. The thought is projected out from the Self.  Find out from where it rises. Thoughts will cease to rise & the Self alone will remain.

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/