Ribhu Gita (Tamil) Ch 29:
Ever being changeless, peaceful Existence alone
Is the direct Awareness.
Son ! That is the pure Liberation while yet alive.
It is also Liberation out of the Body.
Only they who have the Grace of our Lord
Can easily reach this state without Duality, as explained here.
The sum and substance of the pronouncements
Of the captivating crest of the Vedas is only this.
For those who hear and understand this explanation will reach Liberation right away,
And they will not have the least of difficulty.
They will enjoy Bliss that is not small by any means and attain perpetual auspiciousness,
Be established in fearlessness,
And return no more to the miseries of mundane existence.
They will became of the nature of the motionless Supreme Brahman.
What l have said is the Truth, there is no doubt of this.
In the name of God, this is the Truth.
[selections based on Master Nome’s Self-Knowledge]
The Body is objective, divisible, changeful, and dependent for its very appearance. The Self is nonobjective, indivisible, changeless, nondependent and self-existent. The two need not be confounded. The self is not the Body and has no inside or outside. There is no inner and no outer. It is ignorance to assume the Body is the boundary line between them. The bodiless Self is birthless, locationless, and deathless. It comes from nowhere and goes nowhere. An incalculable number of cells are given the name "Body," and such is considered an existent entity. Remove one cell at a time and see what actually is the Body. The name “Body” does not make it a real entity. To see the World, one must stand as the Body. To see the Body one must stand as the mind. The entire universe is in the mind and the mind does not exist. Be free from thought's definition, from the notion of a second knowing principle, and from the notion of a differentiated mind. This is merger of the mind. To see the mind one must stand as the Ego. Who are you? If the Ego is not, creation is not. An Ego is an absence. No one has seen an Ego at any time. The Ego cannot be produced by the Self, cannot be produced by anything in the universe, and cannot be self-produced. So, where is bondage? All illusion is based upon the Ego, and all illusion is contained in the Ego - but the Ego itself is an illusion! All the known is for the "I," but the "I" does not exist at all. Upon the Ego is based all ignorance and misidentification. The discovery of the absence of the Ego is the end of all ignorance and misidentification. With the imagined rise of the Ego, all else appears, with the disappearance of the Ego, all else is not. All illusion is for the Ego, based upon the Ego, and contained within the Ego. Self-Realization is the Knowledge of the absence of the Ego and the utter unreality of illusion. The Ego is a false assumption assumed by no one. All illusion if ignorance. Ignorance is misidentification. All misidentification is the Ego. The Ego is nonexistent. The Ego has no form of its own. Strip it of its covering, and nothing remains of it. Superimpose Being: the Ego seems existent. Superimpose Consciousness: the Ego seems sentient, a second knower. Superimpose Bliss: happiness seems external. Go back the way you came.
[based on the Maharshi's Teaching]
The art of just being, remaining fully conscious but without any activity of the Mind, is a skill that can be cultivated & applied to produce an experience of inexpressible beauty & Joy – but also a an attempt to acquire true Knowledge by keen observation. And this is not only the art of Happiness, but also the art of Consciousness, & the art of Self-Knowledge – incredibly simple & clear. To the human Mind, however, it may appear to be complex & abstruse, not because it is in any way complex in itself, but because the Mind which tries to comprehend it is such a complex bundle of thoughts & emotions – desires, fears, anxieties, attachments, long-cherished beliefs & preconceived ideas – that it tends to cloud the pure simplicity & clarity of Being, making what is obvious appear to be obscure. It begins with observation & analysis of something that we already know but do not fully understand, & proceeds by reasoning to formulate a plausible hypothesis that can explain what is observed. Vedanta does not study any object of knowledge, but instead studies the very power of Knowing itself – the power of Consciousness that underlies the Mind, the power by which all objects are Known.
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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"
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