For Self-Realization, it is necessary to know that the Self is transcendent of bodily form & limitation. By liberating oneself from the ignorant mis–identification with the Body & its attributes, one abides as the Infinite & the Eternal.
Seek Self-Realization that is not a bodily state, & be neither enamored nor ashamed of the Body. Seek to discern the Self's freedom from the Body & its attributes. One should know the Self's transcendence of all bodily definition. The results of this Self-Knowledge, Knowledge of the Self's freedom from the limitations of the Body & its attributes, are Bliss & Peace that are undisturbed by bodily conditions, spiritual freedom from: birth, growth, decay, illness, & death; & transcendence of action.
Intent on the Supreme Knowledge, remain detached from the Body, its attributes, & its activities. Utilize the bodily form, while it is alive, as an instrument for selfless activity inspired by Wisdom, by the desire for Liberation, & by the immensity of Grace, acting with corresponding equanimity, purpose, & devotion. The bodily activities are used as an instrument that expresses the Divine.
By contemplation on its wondrous working, the Body may be viewed as a reminder of Supreme Consciousness by which it appears, as does appear the entire Universe. The emphasis is placed, not on the reminder, that is the Body, but on that of which one is reminded, the Self. Abide unmoved by Pleasure & Pain, motion & inactivity, & Birth & Death. For invariable Bliss know one's Freedom from the body & all bodily attributes. Knowledge is Realization.
Self-Realization is neither something done nor is it any bodily transformation, but it is the comprehension of what is Truth. The self is formless, birth, deathless, and unchanging. The Self is Eternal & Infinite Existence-Consciousness-Bliss. Realization of this results from liberating the Self, by the essential Discrimination inherent in Self-Inquiry, from illusory bondage of Ignorance, which is composed of the delusive assumption that the Self is something other than the True Existence that it is. It possible to realize this True Existence only if one is thoroughly free of the Ignorance that consists of mis–identification with the Body, for body has form, birth, death, change, & does not last forever, and is not Infinite.
As long as there is any mis-identification with the Body, the Real Nature of the Self will not be known, while the Self is mis-conceived in terms of the limitations of the Body. When Such mis-conception is relinquished by deep Self-Inquiry into one's actual Existence, the nature of the Self is self-evident.
The Body cannot be equated with 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"
Shankara, Ramana, school of Gaudapada Nome – Ajata Vada
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