Friday, May 22, 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.]

When with the help of Self-Inquiry, you know yourself as Formless, there is nothing "else", Divine or worldly, "seen" at any time. When you know yourself, the Formless, as you are, there are no parts within you, there are no things "outside" you, & there is nothing to divide your experience.  Rather, your experience is continuously that of the one Self, which is just Pure Existence. Existence never becomes anything. Existence is not born as a Seer, & therefore is not born or created into a "this".  If the Self is imagined to have a Form, the very same Self that is misconstrued as a Seer is also mistaken to be the Seen. The Self appears as the "I" & the "this" in one's experience.  Search the "I". What form does it have ?  As long as the Self is falsely defined, then according to those false definitions, the World & the Lord appear. But could we ever understand what God is unless we know ourselves ?  All that we would have is a human conception of God, & not a Knowledge of God by God.

Nothing other than Knowledge can yield Realization, for Consciousness is identical with Pure Existence.  Knowledge is of the nature of Consciousness itself, & there really exists nothing but Existence, which is Knowledge or Consciousness.  In relation to All, the Self is the Witness, & being such is attributeless.  The Witness is That which never changes, but which knows all the changes thoughts, modes, & States (Waking, Dream, Deep Dreamless Sleep) of all Minds.  The Witness knows all the functions of the Mind in Waking & Dream.  In the absence of the Mind's functions, that is without those 2 States (Waking & Dream), what remains of the Witness is Pure Consciousness, which is Omnipresent & Un-changing.


For those who experience Waking, Dream, & Deep Dreamless Sleep, the State of Wakeful Sleep, which is beyond those 3 states, is named turiya [the 4th].  But since that turiya alone exists & since the seeming 3 states do not exist, know for certain that turiya is itself turiyatita [that which transcends the 4th].

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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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