Monday, August 19, 2019


[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.]

Prana (LifeForce or Energy) can be said to enter & to exit the Body. One may regard the Prana as increasing & decreasing, or one may say the Prana remains the same & it is just that it is entering or exiting, or being particularized, or joining with the greater cosmic amount of Prana.  There are different ways of looking at this, but do "you" go in & out?  When the Body is alive & Prana seems to be animating it, are you in that Body ? If you find now that you are not in the Body, that there is clearly a distinction between the Body & you, & between the Prana & you, that very "you" is going to remain as it is after the Prana  no longer animates the Body. This Truth should become so totally your Identity that you are completely free. This is not theoretical. It is not even something meant to be only "believed" in, while you retain an experience that is otherwise.

The Seer of Truth is the Self, & the Self is Indivisible, Nonobjective, without exterior, undifferentiated, & 1withouta–2nd. Consciousness, Infinite & Undivided, sees none but Itself.  That which is not Consciousness does not see at all.  Lacking existence, that which is not Consciousness also lacks knowing.  As the Self, one does not see the World, & the World does not see oneself.  In Non-Duality, Pure Existence alone is Real. The World has never come to be, so it is said to be completely unreal. The World never was, is not, & never will be. The uncreated, unmodified, worldless Absolute alone exists. That alone exists, & That you are. The Real ever exists, & the unreal has never come to exists. The conclusion about this is known by the Knowers of Truth.


When passing from Deep Dreamless Sleep to Waking the "I"thought [Individual self] must start & the Mind must come into play. Then thoughts arise & the functions of the Body come into operation. All these together make us say that we are awake.  The absence of all this is the characteristic of Deep Dreamless Sleep & therefore it is nearer to Pure Consciousness than the Waking State.   But one should not therefore desire to be always in Deep Dreamless Sleep.  In the first place it is impossible, for Deep Dreamless Sleep will necessarily alternate with the other 2 States.  Secondly it cannot be the State of Bliss in which the jnani is, for his state is permanent & not alternating. Moreover, the Deep Dreamless Sleep State is not recognised to be one of consciousness by people,  but the Sage is always aware. Thus the Deep Dreamless Sleep state differs from the state in which the Sage is established.

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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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