Sunday, June 30, 2019



REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt19



If, in the Mind, we conceive of the idea"The spiritual Path must start somewhere," then start with your very Existence.  Why attempt to start in the place that you really cannot start from at all ?  We may say that we must perceive, or proceed, from where we are beginning, yet where is the beginning ?  Could one even have an idea of a "beginning" existing, without Pure Existence to be the "ground" of that "beginning" to be "existing". 

When we comprehend the full significance of the very amazing Self-Inquiry that the Sri Ramana Maharshi has taught, we see that it is incredibly profound. The entire conception of Self-Inquiry, Meditation, or aspiring from some other location, from some other nature, & passing through the "barrier of thought" to get to the Self is only very partial. It is not a complete picture.

The results of Meditation upon, & absorption of, the discerning Knowledge regarding the nature of Happiness are the steadfast motivation to inquire so as to realize the Self, perception of the one motivation behind all kinds of searching through all kinds of experience  There is also Detachment from worldly things & cessation of worldly desire, & steady access to the inner source of Happiness. The Self is, in truth, perfectly full of Bliss. The imperturbable Peace, the ineffable & complete Happiness, quite beyond any sensation or mode of Mind, pervaded by a silent Knowledge of eternal, uncreated Perfection is known as “Bliss," Ananda.  To realize this Bliss as it is, one should comprehend the nature of Happiness, examining it in 3 ways: Desire, Experience, & the Source. By knowledge of Desire one attains recognition of the basic "current" underlying all desires, all hopes, &  seeking in all kinds of experience, be such physical, subtle ("astral", "prana", lifeenergy"), or mental.  With this recognition, one uses that powerful "current" in an undiffused manner, to be absorbed in the Self. This recognition causes one to become one-pointed in the quest of the Self.

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/

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 

short-cut: http://sdrv.ms/YPOgkX or http://tinyurl.com/nnyyr58  link directly to free E-book PDF files



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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/

Saturday, June 29, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt18



If, in the Mind, we conceive of the idea: "The spiritual Path must start somewhere," then start with your very Existence.  Why attempt to start in the place that you really cannot start from at all ?  We may say that we must perceive, or proceed, from where we are beginning, yet where is the beginning ?  Could one even have an idea of a "beginning" existing, without Pure Existence to be the "ground" of that "beginning" to be "existing". 

When we comprehend the full significance of the very amazing Self-Inquiry that the Sri Ramana Maharshi has taught, we see that it is incredibly profound. The entire conception of Self-Inquiry, Meditation, or aspiring from some other location, from some other nature, & passing through the "barrier of thought" to get to the Self is only very partial. It is not a complete picture.

The results of Meditation upon, & absorption of, the discerning Knowledge regarding the nature of Happiness are the steadfast motivation to inquire so as to realize the Self, perception of the one motivation behind all kinds of searching through all kinds of experience  There is also Detachment from worldly things & cessation of worldly desire, & steady access to the inner source of Happiness. The Self is, in truth, perfectly full of Bliss. The imperturbable Peace, the ineffable & complete Happiness, quite beyond any sensation or mode of Mind, pervaded by a silent Knowledge of eternal, uncreated Perfection is known as “Bliss," Ananda.  To realize this Bliss as it is, one should comprehend the nature of Happiness, examining it in 3 ways: Desire, Experience, & the Source. By knowledge of Desire one attains recognition of the basic "current" underlying all desires, all hopes, &  seeking in all kinds of experience, be such physical, subtle ("astral", "prana", lifeenergy"), or mental.  With this recognition, one uses that powerful "current" in an undiffused manner, to be absorbed in the Self. This recognition causes one to become one-pointed in the quest of the Self.

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/

Friday, June 28, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt17


The Self never changes its True Nature. Therefore, the ideas condition themselves & never the Pure Existence upon which they depend.  It is impossible to ever get to the Self, since the Self is always present.  If we feel that we are trying to reach the Self.  The Endeavor is noble, but it is accomplished by realizing that the one who is supposed to reach the Self, is himself the Self that he is trying to reach.

The essence of the spiritual Means is the End itself.  The End appears in spiritual practice as the Means (the Self & Self-Inquiry merge into one).  By clear Discernment, one knows oneself truly. Thus one knows Reality as It is. Discerning Knowledge shows the clear, direct Path.  Discernment shows what Self-Realization is.  Discerning Knowledge is what composes, constitutes the spiritual Path.  In its True Nature, the Knowledge is directly experienced without any intermediary. That is the Knowledge of Consciousness itself. Any spiritual advance is in essence always one of Knowledge.  Knowledge is the essential spiritual experience.

Knowledge is not physical or mental in character.  Knowledge is not a sensation, a word, or an idea.  The basis of Knowledge is Pure Existence itself.  The attainment of Knowledge endure as Pure Existence endures, for Knowledge is not dependent upon anything of a temporary or transitory character.  Knowledge is the Formless Path to the Formless.

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/

Thursday, June 27, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt16


For Self-Realization, all that is required is the abandonment of the Imagination.  If something seems to arise, the simple instruction is to deeply inquire into the nature of the one for whom there is this arising.  Self-Inquiry dissipates his  apparent (Ego) reality, as dawn dissipates the dark of night. There is no connection at all between thought & Pure Existence.  For that Pure Existence, thought does not have any independent existence. Absorption in the core of one’s Self, the Heart, is the Silence in which all questions, all doubts, & all thoughts are dissolved.


Misidentification seems to condition the experience of the Self. But the inquiry is : "Whose experience ?"  Does it condition the Self’s experience of Itself ?  Since it does not, it would have to condition someone else’s experience of the Self, & who would that someone else be ?  An unreal person entangles himself in an unreal Mind, which projects an unreal World, which then conceives of all kinds of conditioning.  For purposes of spiritual instruction, it is said that the Misidentification conditions the experience of the Self, or conditions the Self.  But the Self is actually forever unconditioned.  

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/

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt15



Knowledge reveals the real abiding place of Happiness. Those who have cognized the presence of Suffering in Life & are desirous of removing it permanently search for an answer in Knowledge. They do not expect Happiness to be found in any worldly manner, such as in sensory things or in the moods & emotions of a wavering Mind.

Spiritual aspirants, who desire to be free of desire, are not content with mere accidental respites from the Suffering caused by Ignorance.  They are in search of spiritual Bliss & Peace & are desirous of understanding how it is that Happiness shines forth at times. They yearn to have it abide knowingly & permanently & they understand that the way to accomplish this permanent remaining in Happiness is by Knowledge.  

They understand that the way is not by any other means.  They then should determine with certainty the source of Happiness.  Ascertaining the unitary motivation in life, one becomes free of the idea of multiple motives taking one in multiple directions.

Accomplishing this, one concentrates the searching of one's mind in the direction that is truly "within". This prompts a yearning for Self-Knowledge & provides the motivation for the Self-Inquiry into the Self. The determination about Happiness is an inquiry into Bliss that leads one into an inquiry into Existence-Consciousness, because Existence-Consciousness-Bliss is the nature of the one Reality, the one Self.

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/

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt14


The question in Self-Inquiry can be:  "For whom is the thought ?"  Everything that appears to exist is utterly dependent on this Existence, which is Absolute, but this Absolute Existence is devoid of any such modification as change, Duality, & thought.  If something seems to rise, it is based upon some kind of differentiation from that Absolute Existence.  This split styles itself as "I", even without the word, "I".  It is the notion, the mere supposition, that there is an "I". Whether one has many thoughts or very few thoughts, we need to find his identity.  If we find his identity, he ceases to exist as such, & all that remains is the Absolute Existence in which nothing ever happened.

Ignorance is the lack of Discrimination, the lack of Discernment regarding what is real or not teal. But Discernment in Knowledge, or Discrimination is the perception of what is real & actually the Self.  Discrimination is essential for the destruction of Ignorance & the inner revelation of Knowledge.  The Knowledge itself is transcendent of concepts & thoughts.  Discrimination means using Knowledge to Self-Realize that Knowledge.

Self-Inquiry is always the inward, nonobjective (transsubjective) examination of the Subject.  Thereby, the Seer & the Seen are known to be only that Pure Existence they & have no different existence whatsoever.  Such Realization ultimately rewards the spiritual practitioner with Happiness.

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, June 24, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt13


When we notice a runaway excursion into thought, we must inquire: "Who is the one who is observing the thoughts ?"  We need to examine identity of that observer. We place emphasis not so much on whether there are few or many thoughts, but on the identity of the one who could say, or think, "This thought exists" & who becomes caught up in the idea of that thought. Inquire into his identity.  If his identity is not inquired into, there may be few or many thoughts, but the same Duality prevails.

For Pure Existence, which is Absolute, there can be no thought, or question of a thought, at any time.  There can never be such or any other kind of change in its True Nature.  Pure Existence cannot be modified into something else, & it does not have a changeful experience.  Pure Existence is just as it is forever, for it is Absolute. If something appears to happen, such as a thought, the question is: "For whom does it happen ?"  "What is his identity ?" It is not of great significance whether thought happens occasionally or frequently, or if thought is a sparse occurrence or a very cluttered mental occurrence.  "For whom does it happen ?"  "What is his nature "?  "Who is thinking ?"  The "I" who is the answer to such inquires is found to be unreal, absent.  "Behind" all that, the Absolute Existence is void of thought. For Existence, there is not a question of thought or of anything else. 

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/

Sunday, June 23, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt12


 Some places are considered "holy" & seem to especially support & foster Self-Inquiry & spiritual practice generally. Wherever Truth shines may become known in this World as a holy place. That effect is difficult to explain, yet there are Scriptures that have mentioned this. The effect of being in such a place is known by those who are there. But what is it that they experience when they are in that place or in such holy company ?  They experience something that goes beyond the boundaries of Time & Space. The effect is not really something in this world. Worldless, Timeless, & Spaceless, the pure Existence is what they experience in a "holy" place

But any place is holy when we experience something Timeless, Spaceless, Worldless, & Formless, when we are Timeless, Spaceless, Worldless, & Formless.  Then, "right here", “here” & “there” disappear.  If one imagined that he is not in that Timeless, Spaceless, Worldless, & Formless Consciousness, if one does not experience That,  the question should arise, “Why not ?”

That would be a call for the examination of "that" with which you are misidentifying or to which you are attaching yourself.  If one is not experiencing the fullness of what is experienced in some "holier" place, it again is misidentification.  At the same time, the advice given in various Scriptures & by Sages & Saints is that one should never permanently abandon any support which supplies such experience. That could be the holy place, the holy company, the Self, or any combination thereof.  It depends on the practice & spiritual approaches of the seeker in question.

All actually belongs to, actually is the un-changing Self.  Nor can it even ever belong to another. So it is because the very conception of "another" is a product again of Ignorance. The notion of an individual, separate "I" is the very epitome of such Ignorance.  Though unreal, such Ignorance seems to "veil" the Truth.  This unreal Cause yields an unreal Effect, that of apparent "bondage".  Therefore it is imperative that Ignorance be destroyed so that no obscuration of the Self is experienced.  Ignorance can be destroyed by True Knowledge alone, & by no other means.

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/

Saturday, June 22, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt11

Sri Ramana Maharshi


Feel that all of whatever you have thought of in Life exists is proof of the Existence underlying That. Thought is not proof of what you have thought of, but is proof that there is an invariable Existence that does not diminish, no matter how much you lend its reality to whatever you think. Pure Existence is quite beyond thought. Not one idea applies to this Pure Existence.

To be absorbed in Reality, free of the Mis-identification with thought, this is to know the Truth of your own Existence. One need not be concerned with whether the thought exists or exists not.  In our Self-Inquiry, let our focus be upon distinguishing our Identity from, & freeing our Identity from whatever is conceived. That accomplished, the Unconceived remains, which is Self-luminous. This Self remains as itself. This is absorption in the Self as referred to by the Sri Ramana Maharshi, Existence just by Itself.

The "state" of Self-Realization (not really a state) consists of  True Knowledge.  Reality always exists &, by its own True Nature, is perfect Fullness (sarvam) always. That the Self is everpresent is self-evident for nonexistence of oneself is not known by anyone, ever.  The Reality of the Self is un-changing & un-changeable, & what changes is not real, but is only Illusion or misperception of what is real.

What truly exists is un-changing & un-changeable, That One & Alone, there is nothing else to alter It. If blissful Reality were not completely experiential at any time, this would not be due to a change in the un-changeable Real Self.  But neither would the same apparent change be due to "eternal factors", for such would have no real preceding Cause.  The change, the lack of completely blissful experience only appears due to an Ignorance that actually has no existence of its own.  All actually belongs to, actually is the un-changing Self. 

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/

Friday, June 21, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt10


Since "all of our Illusions only prove the Reality & nothing more" [previous blog], & all is comprehended by that One, 1withouta2nd. That One, actually being all alone (kevalya), it is revealed that all of "creation" reveals no-creation (the Ajata Vata school of Advaita Vedanta). The entire Illusion only indicates Reality, because there is only the undifferentiated One, & you are that One. That One is pure Existence, your own Existence, which you have always known & which you always are. There is no one who is apart from this. Know the Pure Existence from the Existence, itself.

Could there have been Illusion ?  For whom would the Illusion have been ?  Yourself  ? How can you think of yourself ? The entire purpose of spiritual practice, in all the forms that it takes and, most especially, in Self-Inquiry  to know your Self, which is absorption in That, as That, Itself.  This is to have the "vision" of Truth. It is to "see" Reality, which is seeing one’s own Self. One starts to realize this by first recognizing the Self’s freedom from thought. The Self is inconceivable. Distinguish clearly Existence from thought, be such a thought of the World, a thought of the Body, a thought of some attribute of the Body, a thought of some activity in the World, or a subtler or abstract thought.

Distinguish clearly what is merely a thought & what is Pure Existence, because the Existence is free from thought. If you are to know your Existence, you should disentangle the pseudo-connection between your Self, which is your Identity, & whatever is thought of. Whatever may be the thought, it is not you. In Truth, you have never thought of yourself, & you never will. You will know yourself, but you will never think of yourself. Every limitation, every kind of suffering, & every seed for suffering is a thought, & only a thought. A thought is just an idea. A thought is not reality. A thought is the stuff of which dreams are made. Such a thought is not the Truth. Such a thought is not Pure Existence, or in itself truly existent.


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, June 20, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – pt9


Divine Grace takes the form of the very self-effort by which we awaken from the Illusion of Duality as we are absorbed in one's very Identity referred to in Tat Tvam Asi ("Thou Art That"), Brahman.  Comprehended only by Itself, Atman, the Self, this Pure Existence is itself the self-knowing Knowledge, & at the same time Bliss, 1withouta2nd or Non-Dual.  There is no other Knower & there is no object to be known, leaving self-knowing as True Knowledge.  Transcending thought, by its absence, or by non-attachment to thought, not retaining any concept of tendency (vasana), free of Mis-identification with the Body, Mind, Life-Force (Prana), or Ego-Individuality, (Ahamkara), we contemplate, without standing apart, Oneness, Identification with Pure Existence, with un-distracted focus on Ultimate Truth, one inquiring abandons meandering delusions for the sake of sacred Self-Realization. Thus the one inquiring is absorbed in That which is blissful, un-limited, un-divided, beyond Body & Mind, into Formless Existence.

Should any distraction or other thought appear, Sri Ramana Maharshi's instruction was to inquire deeply within: "For whom is this thought ?" & so on.  Disappointed in one's apparently limited success in this interior process, the existence of the one who would be disappointed would be further proof of the Self if one inquires: "For whom is this disappointment ?"  Penetrating in past the apparent "I", to the Formless Self, we find that in this sense, all of our Illusions only prove the Reality & nothing more.  If there is one to have the disappointing, or any other experience, "Whom is that one ?"  "Who am I ?"

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, June 19, 2019


REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – pt8


Sri Ramana Maharshi

The apparent obstacles to Self-Realization, to Liberation, to Enlightenment are the ignorant Misidentifications that take the form of thoughts, & the thoughts themselves, are the very form or apparent substance of which the misidentifications are made. When a thought is formed, what actually happens  ? In the space of Consciousness, how does the thought form ?  From where do our beliefs, whatever they are, derive ?  There is the belief about something, "it exists."  Yet, that does not mean that thing or the thought about such exists ?

You first have to imagine yourself in some manner other than the Self, in order to believe that thought exists.  It occurs only when there is Imagination. Once that imagined separation from the Self occurs, thought appears to have an independent reality. Before that is imagined, thought does not exist. So, the only difference between the 2 times is that one is with Imagination & the other is without.  How did there come to be 2 different times ?  Each thought is dependent upon the other in a cycle, but there is nothing solid there.

Where is there a difference between you, or your experience, & the Absolute ? The idea is that first there is the Absolute, & then there are the so-called Illusions.  Does the Absolute change its nature ?  Does some change occur to this Pure Existence ?  Self-Inquiry includes rather the inner question, "Illusion, or change, or thought for whom ?  "For myself."  But: "Who am I ?"

Focusing on the apparent "I" & inwardly "beyond" the real Self, Pure Consciousness, there comes in time, short or long, Self-Realization, to Liberation, to Enlightenment.

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/

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – pt7


Thought is never a definition for what I am, for what you are, what remains to be called “your Existence” ? What boundary does it have ?  What form does it have ?  What division does it have, ?  It is none & has none of such things.  In this spacelike, One Existence, where is the place for thought ? Where is the cause of thought ?  Examining one's own nature, know that it is transcendent of thought. Reality is this inconceivable sole Non-Dual Existence. Inconceivable because it cannot be conceived of, thought about, or any known as an object.

Examine your own experience to perceive what it actually is that you refer to as thought.  A mere wisp in instantaneous nothingness, inexplicable "mental" experience.  We, as Pure Existence, can remain free from the influence of any (apparent) idea, free from the impact of any thought, free from the hold of any concept, desire, or fear.

Unreal is the idea of an existent object, the idea of an existent perceiver, the idea of  an "I" since there is subjectobject division, perceived or conceptual attributes. Fortunately, the (apparent) idea of the existence of the Supreme Self (though only apparent, yet still a redeeming idea) derives as Grace from that One Existence, even though the One Existence, which is, indeed, the Self, & which is the only true "I" transcends all ideas. If you do not identify yourself with a thought & remain steady in the certain Knowledge that what is thought cannot possibly be who you are, Liberation reveals itself.

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, June 17, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – pt6


There has always been, & will ever be, only one "self", that Non-Dual sole Reality known as Brahman, the Absolute; & also as Atman, "the" Self.  Without beginning or end, the Self is dimensionless, transcendent of size or extent, neither large nor small, never increasing or decreasing.  Nor does the Reality, the Self evidence any other phase or condition, or any objective quality the Self, the Reality being nonobjective, or "transsubjective" (in the sense of what "subjective" would be if there were no real objects to complete the subject–object duality).

Self-Knowledge, Knowledge of the Self is based upon the seeker of Self-Realization having a firm conviction in his own identity, the identity or Non-Duality of "That" & "Thou", as expressed in Tat Tvam Asi, "That Thou Art", the Upanishadic "Maha-vakya" or "Great Pronouncement", pronouncement of the Ultimate Truth.  "Thou" may seem to be an individual, but is truly Atman, "the" Self.  "That" may seem to be a separate deity, God, but is truly Brahman the Absolute, which is also Atman, "the" Self.  To be forever free of all Suffering, & to rest in the Peace & Happiness that is the "Bliss" in Existence-Consciousness-Bliss, (another designation for Brahman), the seeker must "realize" his identity as Atman, one with Brahman.  This Self-Realization alone destroys the unreal Illusion (Maya) that constitutes, unnecessarily, all imagined limitation & suffering.

Seems too good to be true ?  Actually, this Teaching is too good not to be true ?  But there is a "catch".  Self-Realization require sincere effort every drop of energy we have, but not a drop more !  Several "prerequisites" are also involved.  Valuing this Self-Realization, true Immortality, requires that nothing else has greater value for us, indeed nothing else has any real value for us.  With this detachment, this nonattachment, there is necessarily also an inwardlyturned mind.  For the Reality discovered is inward, is nonobjective, or "transsubjective", while Self-Realization is a "fixed gaze" upon the Infinite, which is Consciousness & Pure Existence, & at the same time Bliss, 1withouta2nd or Non-Dual.  But as for the " attainment" of Self-Realization, there is no attainment, for there is no "us", no other Knower, but only That, Brahman  which alone knows itself.  Indeed, that Consciousness is itself the Knowledge of Itself.  Self-effort toward absorption in Brahman, Atman, the Self is the final, irreversible entry into the Real, discarding individual identity, suffering, & all Duality.

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/

Saturday, June 15, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – pt5


By Self-Inquiry in the form: "Am I merely a bunch of thoughts ?  Am I that collection of thoughts known as Mind ?  Do I even have such an imagined 'thoughtcontainer' as this 'Mind' ?   "What is a thought anyway ?"  "Is there such a thing as 'thought', & even if there is or were such a thing, could such define or bind me in anyway ?"  And so on. Thus I know myself as free from "thought". That is, thought does not determine my nature. It does not provide a definition for me in any way whatsoever. The second aspect of this is that I understand that thought has no existence, and so That (Supreme Reality, Brahman) which alone truly exists, is devoid of thought.  Generally, the understanding of the Self to be free from thought would come first, prior to the comprehension that there is no such thing as thought. I understood this at the core of my being. How can I possibly be bound by what is thought of ?  How could thought ever be a definition for my own Existence ?  Ideas (if they existed) would depend on true Existence. True Existence, which is the Self, does not depend on ideas (if they existed). How could ideas, or thought (if such existed), in any form, or anything thought would define, be a description for what I am ? 

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/

Friday, June 14, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – pt4

Ramana disciple - Nome

Every idea such as "this is" or "I exist" depends on the fact that anything at all does exist in the first place, on the fact of  Existence itself.  Mundane thinking assumes that Existence is divided into different "things" whereas Advaita Vedanta (the Teaching of Non-Duality) affirms that Existence is One, or even beyond "one", that Non-Dual, 1withouta2nd.  We could not even have the idea that "something is" if it were not for that Non-Dual Existence.  This Pure Existence is itself the Absolute Reality, Brahman,  Existence-Consciousness-Bliss (SatChitAnanda) & at the same time Atman, the Non-Dual Self.  You are that Non-Dual Existence, no more, no less.

Much overlooked, because it is just too obvious, Existence itself is the sole Reality, Brahman.  And for this reason, inwardly following the "trail" to one's own sense that "I exist", one's own sense of "I".  Inwardly tracing this "I", this sense that "I exist" to its non-objective or "transsubjective" source or origin, such is called Self-Inquiry, Atmavichara.  From an occasional spiritual practice, this Self-Inquiry progresses to a continuous "state of mind", or rather, direct, transcendent Knowledge beyond any imagined Mind.

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, June 13, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – pt3


Bhagavan Sri Ramana Mahatshi

"Abidance in the Self", which is pure, direct Self-Knowledge is never what we "think". Thought is an evanescent appearance or apparent phenomenon (each lasting how long [in milli-seconds] ?) that is considered to be "unreal" in Advaita Vedanta (the Teaching of Non-Duality). Ultimate Self-Knowledge and the already certain knowledge of one's own existence these are other that thought, thought which only "appears" in Consciousness, without any real foothold there, any real inherent reality. "The already certain knowledge of one's own existence" is currently evident.  If suddenly aroused from Deep Dreamless Sleep, & immediately questioned: "do you exist ?", all experience that instant affirmation, faster than thought: "yes, I definitely do exist."

That same sense of identity, now firmly & undeniably evident as one's existence, does also, in Liberation, Awakening, Enlightenment becomes established as just the Pure Existence with is Pure Consciousness & Bliss. This Existence is what we always are. It is eternally the same. Only imagination gives rise to a contrary concept. Those are the limited views of being something else, such as an “I," an object, and the assumption that somehow the Existence is divided.

To truly know your self, to know the One Self, one's very sense of identity, one's very sense of existence, should "abide" as, or be absorbed in, that Pure Existence, which is Absolute. No longer "think" of yourself in any manner whatsoever. No longer imagine yourself to be limited by, or defined by, anything conceived in the Mind. You are the One Existence. Let there be no mistake about this !  Such must be firm conviction in Non-Dual Existence.

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, June 12, 2019


REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – pt2



For Realization of the invaluably precious opportunity of the "Final Teachings", for a conclusive revelation of Reality "as it is", one must investigate, inwardly study, scrutinize, "inquire" into the very definition of oneself, the nature of that certainty "I exist".  By relinquishing the notion of being an Ego, we remain in our Real Nature. Such Self-Inquiry is actually to be maintained constantly whether thought, sense experience, or apparent bodily actions continue or not. The deepening experience of Self-Inquiry is said to be "immediate" experience, in the sense of "direct" without a "mediate" process intervening between the experience of Truth & oneself.

ExistenceConsciousness is the One Reality which also is the One Self. We can remember an idea about the Self, but we cannot directly remember the Self as such since the Self is beyond thought. But cannot really forget the Self either, because that Existence is always present, resulting in everyone's firm conviction in it, that "I exist". Nor can the Self be remembered or even thought of, as if it were an object (Reality being non-objective or "transsubjective").  The Self can neither be forgotten nor remembered. It is not an object, & it is not apart from the one who seeks to know it. The Self is always there, but interior to, & beyond conception by, the Mind.

Yet having heard, or heard of the Teaching, one wants to "know" & "remember" the Self, to be awake to Reality, for not to do so is to "dream" in Illusion. To dream in Illusion is to unnecessarily create Bondage & Suffering. To be awake to Reality is to be happy, blissful, & at Peace. We sense this transcendent Knowledge was originally there, it was always there, but interior to, & beyond conception by the Mind so we want to remember it. (One classical analogy depicts a woman searching for a most precious jewel that seems to be lost. When her searching grasping turns inward towards her heart, she finds the jewel to have been on a necklace the whole time.)

Consider one's Existence very deeply in one's own Self-Inquiry. To know the Self is to be immersed in its Bliss & Peace. While we cannot simply or strictly remember the Self, we are taught that we can "merge", "rest", or "abide" as That, as pure ExistenceConsciousnessBliss which is free of all thought., That is the proper way to know the Self & the only way to "remember" the Self. We abide in That as That Self.

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/

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

REALIZING NON–DUAL LIBERATION, ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY – pt1



[new series & very soon a new Kindle book]

Self-Realization is said by the Wise, the Sages, to be notdifficult because you, yourself, are the One & solely existing Self, Atman.  What is needed is that we abandon Imagination.  Imagination creates Ignorance, the deluded concepts that make for a classic but unfortunate cross-Superimposition. That is when we superimpose limitation upon the limited Absolute Reality; we superimpose limitation upon the limited Absolute Reality; we superimpose objective appearance & other objective qualities on a Reality that is nonobjective, or "transsubjective" (in the sense of what "subjective" would be if there were no real objects to complete the subject–object duality). We superimpose a Bodyconcept on bodiless Spirit; we superimpose Death, & before that Birth on the Unborn & Eternal; we superimpose a Mind on that pure Consciousness which beyond Thought.  We superimpose an Ego, a false assumption of an individual "I" upon Brahman, Atman which the sole Non-Dual Existence, the all & only that exists. There thusly exists vastly far too much to be claimed by an individual, and far too "few" to count even the small "one".  Hence Non-Dual does not mean "one", but rather "fewer" than that. If all that Imagination ceases, Ultimate Truth reveals itself, by itself.

Dimensionless Reality & its dimensionless Realization stand outside of unreal Space
(& thus any Universe imagined to be contained therein) & they likewise outside of Time
(& so Realization doesn't "happen" at any time, or to "anybody"). And so there can be no Body involved & certainly no Sense experience. Sense organs require a real "Body", whereas Sense experience is but a form if thought. But the pure Consciousness that is Reality transcends thoughts & the imagined "container" thereof called "Mind".

We cannot expect to comprehend with the Mind what the Self is. Needless to say then, Reality likewise transcends all mental modes & conditions, moods, feelings & the so-called "states" of Mind, referred to as Waking, Dream, Deep Dreamless Sleep, & meditative states like ecstatic Samadhi.  

That Ultimate Truth which "reveals itself, by itself" also selfluminously reveals itself to itself as direct Self-Knowledge without any subject–object duality or intermediary transmission of knowing, perceiving, enlightening, etc. There is no "other" to know the Reality. Differentiation as in the triad of KnowerKnowingKnown & any other Differentiation of any kind is again, merely Imagination, just constructed of thought only, momentary wisps of nothingness appearing as if in that One Consciousness.

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, June 10, 2019

Mind & Happiness 156

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What we mean when we say "I am such-&-such a person" is that we are an individual Consciousness that identifies itself with an adjunct a particular Body.  This identification of our Consciousness with a particular Body is what defines us as a person or individual. Our individuality or separate & distinct existence is thus nothing other than this adjunct-bound
Consciousness that feels "I am this Body."

By mistaking itself to be a particular Body, this Consciousness confines itself within the limits of that Body, & feels itself to be separate from all the objects & people it perceives outside that Body. This seemingly separate individual Consciousness "I am this Body" is what we call by
various names such as the "Mind", the "Ego", the "Psyche" or the "Soul".  This is the 1st Thought that gives rise to & experiences all other Thoughts.

In religious terminology, our limited individual Consciousness "I am this Body" is what is called our "Soul", whereas our unlimited fundamental Consciousness "I exist" is what is called our "Spirit", our "Heart" or the "Core of our Soul."  The popular belief that our whole "self" is a compound of these 3 elements, our Body, our Soul, & our Spirit, is rooted in our wrong mis-identification of our Self with a particular Body.

Though we know our Self to be one, because of our mistaken identification of our Self with a Body we wrongly imagine our Self to be all these 3 different things [Body, Soul, Spirit]. T his notion of ours is logically absurd, because since we are 1, how can 3 quite different things be our Self ?

Every day in Deep Dreamless Sleep both our Body & our soul (our Mind or individual
consciousness) disappear, yet we continue to exist, & to know that we exist.  Therefore, since we remain in Deep Dreamless Sleep without either our Body or our Soul, neither of these 2 elements can be our Real Self.  In truth, therefore, these 3 elements [Body, Soul, Spirit] constitute only our false individual self, which is a mere illusion, & not our Real Self. Our Real Self, our whole & complete Self, does not consist of 3 elements [Body, Soul, Spirit], but of only 1 element, the fundamental & Essential element that we call our "spirit", which is our single non-dual Consciousness of our own Existence our true Self-Consciousness "I exist".

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/

[A brief note of explanation  the other Blog noted below is entitled "Non-Duality & Science", & so the more Science oriented pages (from what I like to think of as a "comic book") have been posted there, while other chapters have been posted here. Science is a mental discipline that attracts some worthy admirers & participators.  Some of these, too few, are good prospects for the ancient teaching introduced here in many ways.  Otherwise certain Science topics like the Anthropic Principle, reinforce the general Theism which is a good idea in this materialistic age. A few other topics in Science, such as the Copenhagen II  Max Born  Von Neumann  Wigner model of Quantum Mechanics, are worthy entries to the extent that they introduce Consciousness into the physical Sciences. All that aside, the real topic here is the pinnacle as Advaita Vedanta, Non-Duality  that pinnacle being Ajata Vada, NoCreation. The great Teachers of the same include Sri Shankara & Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Both would support Theism in general & adaptations of Vedanta, such as Vishishtadvaita Vedanta  Qualified Non-Duality, for those not making headway in Ajata Vada, their present course of growth might be better served with a temporary involvement in Qualified Non-Duality. The scientist who perhaps best expresses the influence of Qualified Non-Duality in Science, for instance, would be the quintessential "NewAge" Quantum Physicist, Amit Goswami. And so to that source, & the Quantum Activism he currently advocates [with a 1course  degree program], along with more than a half-dozen good books & former participation in the controversial What the Bleep movie, to him I extend enthusiastic endorsement, for that Qualified Non-Duality described in the context of Science.  I do not stand so much "with him", as much as nearby saluting his good work. Again, as here, the goal is inserting Consciousness into Science & "saving the World."]

also:  Most of this material will be long searchable via "John Stiga" etc, on the "Wayback Machine" Internet Archive.

Also related to these topics, there are now 8 Kindle books on "Amazon.com", reference-able by the author "John Stiga", each indicated as noncopyrighted, publicdomain, & priced at the minimum $0.99 each.