Friday, March 8, 2019

Mind & Happiness 150

In Verse 22 of Upadēśa Undiyār Sri Ramana briefly states the essential conclusion that we should arrive at by means of the rational process of Self-Analysis, which in the ancient texts of advaita vēdānta is called nēti nēti or "not thus, not thus":

"Since [our] Body (annamaya kōśa), Mind (manōmaya kōśa), Intellect (vijñānamaya kōśa), Life prāamaya kōśa), & Darkness (avidya ānandamaya kōśa) [the seeming absence of knowledge that we experience in sleep] are all jaa [inconscient] & asat [unreal or non-existent], [they are] not "I", which is [cit or Consciousness & ] sat [Existence or Reality]."

The 5 objects that Sri Ramana declares in this Verse to be not "I", namely our Body (annamaya kōśa), Mind (manōmaya kōśa), Intellect (vijñānamaya kōśa), Life (prāamaya kōśa), & Darkness (avidya ānandamaya kōśa), are generally known in vēdānta as the pañca-kōśas or "5 Sheaths", because they are the 5 adjuncts that seemingly cover & obscure our Consciousness of our Real Self.

These 5 adjuncts or "Sheaths" are the annamaya kōśa or "sheath composed of food", which is our physical Body, the prāamaya kōśa or "sheath composed of prāa, Life, vitality or breath", which is the Life-Force that animates our physical Body, the manōmaya kōśa or "sheath composed of Mind", which is our Mind or faculty of mentation & cognition, the vijñānamaya kōśa or "sheath composed of discriminative knowledge", which is our Intellect or faculty of discernment or judgement, & the ānandamaya kōśa or "sheath composed of Happiness", which is the happy but seemingly unconscious form in which we experience our Self in Deep Dreamless Sleep.

However, instead of using these technical Sanskrit terms to denote these 5 adjuncts, Sri Ramana used five simple Tamil words, which literally mean "Body, Mind, Intellect, Life, & Darkness. The word ual or "Body" here denotes our physical Body or annamaya kōśa, the word poi, which usually means "Sense organ", here denotes our Mind or manōmaya kōśa, the word uḷḷam, which usually means "Heart" or "Mind", here denotes our Intellect or vijñānamaya kōśa, the word uyir or "Life" denotes our Life-Force or prāamaya kōśa, & the word iruor "Darkness" denotes our ānandamaya kōśa, the blissful absence of objective knowledge that we experience in Deep Dreamless Sleep.

However, what is important in this Verse 22 of Upadēśa Undiyār is not the terms that are used to denote these adjuncts that we imagine to be our self, but is the conclusion that they are not actually our Real Self. Our Real Self is sat & cit, Existence & Consciousness, whereas our Body, our Life-Force, our Mind, our intellect & the seeming Darkness of Deep Dreamless Sleep are all asat & jaa, that is, they have no Real Existence or Consciousness of their own.  They appear to exist only when we know them, & we do not know any of them in all our 3 normal States of Consciousness (Waking, Dream, & Deep Dreamless Sleep).

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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

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[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."]

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