ENLIGHTENMENT BY SELF-INQUIRY–pt215
[The Teaching of Non-Duality has been adapted from Master Nome, disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi. Sections appended below derive from Sri Ramana's Teaching.]
Self-Realization could be brought about merely by giving up the idea that there is an individual self which functions through the Body & the Mind. A few of his advanced devotees were able to do this quickly & easily, but the others found it virtually impossible to discard the ingrained habits of a lifetime without undertaking some form of spiritual practice. Sri Ramana sympathized with their predicament & whenever he was asked to prescribe a spiritual practice which would facilitate Self-Awareness, he would recommend a technique he called Self-Inquiry.
The questions: "What becomes of the Body after Realization ? Does it exist or not ?" need not arise now. Let it be asked after Realization, if need be. As for the Realized Beings let them take care of themselves. Why do you worry about them ? In fact after Realization, the Body & all else will not appear different from the Self.
Non-Duality is jnana; Duality is Samsara. If you can give up duality, Brahman alone remains, & you know yourself to be that Brahman, but to make this discovery continuous Meditation is required. Don't allocate periods of time for this. Don't regard it as something that you do when you sit with your eyes closed. This Meditation has to be continuous. Do it while you are eating, walking, & even talking. Meditation has to be continued all the time.
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jstiga.wordpress.com/“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
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