Those who have made the hardest sacrifice, that of the Ego, have nothing more to renounce.
Unlike the Ego which rises & sets, the true Self abides for ever the same. Turn your back on the false Ego, & so destroy it, & then shine as the one Self alone.
The true light of Awareness pure, subtle, egoless, non—objective, silent, which tires the mind & baffles it till it admits "I know not”, this is Being-Awareness, this the Self.
Here in this earthly life there is no greater good than gaining the grandeur of the Self supreme. To gain it & enjoy it, search within & first destroy the ego false & worthless.
What does one gain, you may well ask, by giving up the wealth immense of worldly pleasure & seeking only mere Awareness ? The benefit of true Awareness is the unbroken prevalence of Peace within the heart, the Bliss of one’s own natural Being.
True clearness, freedom from the mind's ripples & shadows, this alone is ever-fresh Immortality. By this Awareness pure, by this alone & by no other means, can Death, mere Delusion, end.
Though in this false World one may live on, the ending of both “I” & "mine" in the clarity of true Awareness void of every doubt, this only is Abidance in the Bliss of being That.
Worth pursuing is Self-Inquiry, worth enjoying is the Self’s Infinitude. Worth giving up is the Ego-sense. To end all sorrow the final refuge is one’s Source, the Self of pure Awareness.
The deeds we do in Dream touch not our Waking life, but slip away when we awake. Even so, our deeds done in this clouded Ego-life disappear & leave no trace when we wake up in the divine white Light of Self- awareness.
Based on the Teachings of a great Sage:
Unconditioned Being, Non-Dual Consciousness, & perfect Peace, the 3 characteristics of profound Deep Dreamless Sleep correspond to the 3 constituents of individual experience, namely, Life, Thought & Feeling. But they [the 3 constituents] are no more than aspects of the real Self which must be Single [Non-Dual] & immutable. They/ It are Single because It observes, & therefore transcends, the variety of objective experience, whenever the latter arises; & immutable because it remains unaffected by the appearance or the non-appearance of that variety of objective experience.
We could not, however, know anything about it if we departed from our
on "seeming" to enter the objective
domain. It follows that Non-Duality
continues as the background of Duality.
An objection to our describing 1 aspect of Deep Dreamless Sleep as the state of Unconditioned Being is likely to be raised. It is that the Mind, though in abeyance, cannot be wholly absent, for otherwise a sleeper could not be roused by Sensations.
The objection implies that what we view as Deep Dreamless Sleep, from the standpoint of Duality, is the experience of a "sleeper", that the subject of the subject-object relationship [a necessarily "Bootstrapping" or Dependent Origination relationship] remains, in fact, even when there is no objectivity. The objection assumes, moreover, that the Waking-Body persists in Deep Dreamless Sleep.
But do others not see it ? Now other bodies, like our own, are notions that belong to the particular state of mental activity at present being experienced [the Waking-State]. If others observe some response to a stimulus in what they see as a "sleeper's" Body or Brain, they do so as a part of their Waking experience. They tell us so as a part of our Waking experience.
Some selected verses from the Ramana Maharshi disciple Master Nome:
That which truly is never ceases to be; that which ceases never actually is.
That which truly exists never changes; that which changes never truly exists.
That which is changeless is without destruction; the indestructible is only that which is without creation.
The Unborn is the undying; the unchanging is alone Being which never changes its nature. The Self ever is just as it is.
There is no time when Being is altered. There is no time when you are not the Self.
Immutable Being is Peace itself. Being alone knows itself, the "I"-less "I" realized as "I", forever undefined, the only Existence, the only Knowledge, the only Knower.
Thus is Brahman, Absolute Reality, always present, unmarred perfection, the unformed Void, attribute-less Being, ever itself just as it is. The only identity, only Reality, Being alone knows itself.
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