Ribhu Gita (Tamil) Ch 30:
Only if there is Consciousness is there the World.
If there would he no Consciousness, there would be no World.
Hence all this World of Duality is only an illusion on Consciousness.
By inquiring. with Knowledge about the oneness of all these.
By positive and negative contrasts. and reflecting thereon.
And focusing on the meditation that
I am ever this Consciousness that exists as perfect fullness - I am ever That,
Remain ever changeless.
Since it is only Supreme Consciousness, which is the Substratum of all,
That is full of the quality of being all-pervasive.
ls blemishlcss like the Sky,
And is extremely subtle and unattached,
It is called the Space of Consciousness, the Infinite Consciousness.
Being of the unforgettable conviction (bhava)
That I am the great Infinite Consciousness,
Overcome all illusion.
Apart from the Supreme Brahman. which is Existence alone,
There is no World, which is creamed as the moving and the unmoving.
Apart from the Supreme Brahman, which is Consciousness alone.
There is no World of appearances, thoughts, & such.
Apart from the Supreme Brahman, which is all good.
There is no World of manifold activity.
Being of the conviction (bhava) that you are the Supreme Brahman which is just That alone,
Overcome all weariness.
[selections based on Master Nome’s Self-Knowledge]
The known depends on the knower and does not exist apart from the knower. Consciousness can never be a known or unknown object.
Consciousness is self-luminous. None knows it. It knows all. It knows itself. Thought is only Consciousness, yet Consciousness is not thought. The world in the senses, the senses in the thinking process, thinking within Consciousness; Consciousness is vast and formless, this is the clear perspective. The origin of the universe is the origin of one's present experience. It is Consciousness. All things originate from That which is not a thing. All thoughts derive from That which is not any of them. That is formless, inconceivable Consciousness. There is no experience apart from Consciousness. Consciousness alone appears as all experience. Known as it is, Consciousness has no appearance whatsoever. That which illumines thoughts, sensory perceptions, and all experience is known by none of these. It is Consciousness, formless, and infinite. All experience rises, appears, and dissolves in Consciousness, which has no rise, appearance, or dissolution. He who knows the Truth of the Self has neither birth nor death, neither attachment nor fear, for he is one with Consciousness. First, see that Consciousness contains all that is ever experienced. Then, see that Consciousness is forever unmodified and there is no all for it to contain. Only Consciousness can know itself. Nothing else can do so.
[based on the Maharshi's Teaching]
First we know that we exist, & then only can we know of the existence of other things. But whereas our own Existence is Self-Conscious, the existence of each other thing depends on us to be known. We know our own being because we are Consciousness. In other words, our being is itself the Consciousness that knows itself. It knows itself because it is essentially Self-Conscious. Thus it is reasonable to hypothesize that consciousness is the primal & essential form of Being. Without Consciousness, Being would be unknown, & without Being, Consciousness would not exist. Our Being & our Consciousness of Being are inseparable – in fact they are identical – & both are expressed by the single phrase "I am". This Being-Consciousness, "I am", is our most fundamental experience, & the most fundamental experience of every sentient being. "I am" is the one basic Consciousness – the essential Non-Dual Self-Consciousness – without which nothing would be known. "I am" is therefore the source & foundation of all knowledge. What then is the use of knowing anything else if we do not know the truth of our own Being-Consciousness, our Self-Consciousness, "I am", on the basis of which all else is known ?
All that we know about the World & all that we know about God – all our sciences & all our religions – are of no real value to us if we do not know the truth about our self, who desire to know the Truth about the World & God. We are the Being-Consciousness "I am", yet our knowledge about this "I am" is confused.
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