Sunday, May 10, 2020


[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.]

Our approach to Self-Inquiry will not bear fruit based on what concepts are conceived along the way in the attempt to grasp spiritual Truth.  Rather it is that Self-Knowledge is revealed precisely in proportion to the concepts we actually relinquish. The fruit does not come with new names or new ideas about the World, the Supreme, & the Individual, but rather with the abandonment of those notions.  We abandon or question the very "I" who has those notions.  Always look toward the Knower. In Him lies True Knowledge.  In the Known is found only the "mirror image" of whatever conceptual definition is given to the Knower.  Self-Inquiry has to go beyond concepts to direct nonverbal & nonthought experience rather than conceptual steps.

If the Supreme Self is regarded as an object of knowledge, such is a superimposition of Ignorance, or Imagination. True Knowledge is when such ignorance, or super imposition is negated like the case with the Rope & the Illusion of the Snake. The conceptions of "me" (ahamkara) & "mine" (mamakara) attributed to the Self are the manifestations of Ignorance. They are superimpositions upon the Self, which is only One, with neither Individuality nor any experience or thing possessed by an Individual. The Individual self is thought to be the Seer, Hearer, Thinker, Knower, & such. In reality, it is Brahman, the Imperishable, Indivisible, Non-Dual Self.


The ordinary man lives in the Mind unaware of himself in the Self.  The Self-Realized Sage lives in the Self.  When he moves about & deals with men & things, he knows that what he sees is not separate from the one Supreme Reality, Brahman which he realized as his own Self, the Real.

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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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