Wednesday, May 20, 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.]

Sri Ramana Maharshi says, "If the Self is formless, who is to see ?" Where there is form attributed to yourself, there is Seeing & something Seen, be it God or the World. Where the Self is known as Formless, there is Pure Existence, not seeing.  Then all this Universe & God also are only my Self. Thinking that you see the World, "who" actually sees what ?  In illusion, what is it that we call "this Universe" ?  Who is the Seer of it ?  What is it that we call "God" ?  Who sees God?  "If the Self is Formless, who is to see ?" If there is no seer, as implied in his rhetorical question, there is only vast, unlimited Pure Existence.

The Mind cannot belong to the Self.  The Self is ever unattached & cannot belong to anything else.  Therefore, the Self is unaffected by anything done by the Mind.  When Attachment is present, even as on the notion of "possession", the possessor is as it were possessed by the "possession".  Since the Self is unattached to all, including the Mind, the Self is possessed by none & is not affected by any.  If one becomes detached from all things in the World & to one's own thoughts in the Mind, he finds that what he has reached was the Real State of the Self all along.


The Self alone exists & nothing else.  However, the Self seems as if differentiated owing to Ignorance. The apparent differentiation is 3fold:  (1) of the same kind; (2) of a different kind; & (3) as parts in itself.  But The world is not another Self similar to the Self.  It is not different from the Self; nor is it part of the Self. 

For the World to be a "reflection" in the Self, there must be an object [source of the image] & an image [as in a mirror].  But the Self does not admit of these differences.

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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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