Self-Knowledge is not merely a "blank mind" in which thought activity is temporarily stilled. For Self-Realization one should know the Self's freedom from thought & the true nature of the Mind. Inquiring, "For whom is this thought ?" & "For whom is this Mind ?", One should seek the knowledge of the Self, beyond all mental modes & States of Mind [Waking, Dream, & Deep Dreamless Sleep].
Inquiring "Who am I ?", one should know that true Existence, interior to any thought, more formless than any thought, transcendent of all thought, & ever free from all thought.
Checklist points demonstrating that the Self never connects with, never really relates to the Mind.
Comparing & contrasting the Self & the Mind (a partial Checklist):
a) The Self is changeless.
b) Thought is changeful.
a) The Self is singular, state–less, & mode–less.
b) Thought is multiple, appearing ultimately as thoughts, modes, and states.
a) The Self is homogeneous.
b) Thought has many aspects.
a) The Self is continuous Existence–Consciousness.
b) Thought is sporadic & each thought is momentary.
a) The Self does not rise and has no disappearance.
b) The rise and fall of thought can be observed by anyone who meditates with depth.
a) The Self is the Knower, the silent non–objective Witness of all thought. The Self is Consciousness, which is the Knower, the so-called "Knower of the field".
b) The Mind is the so-called "field" [from the Bhagavad-Gita].
a) The Self, the True "I" knows thought.
b) Thought does not know the "I".
How then can thought pertain to the Self ? How then can thought defined the Self ? The Mind 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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