Monday, August 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.]

What does not exist always, what is not always, such is not one's Natural State (sahaja), because it is not actually one's essential Existence.  What does not exist always ?  Material things & the World, the Body, Sense Perceptions, Thoughts, & the Ego.  All these are transient.

[Sri Ramana]

(regarding occult powers)

They are all the same, hearing & seeing.  Whether one hears from near or far does not make any difference in hearing.  The fundamental factor is the Hearer, the Subject. Without the Hearer or the Seer, there can be no hearing or seeing.  The latter (hearing or seeing) are the functions of the Mind.  The occult powers (siddhis) are therefore only in the Mind.  They are not natural to the Self.  That which is not natural, but acquired, cannot be permanent, & is not worth striving for.  They denote extended powers. A man is possessed of limited powers & is miserable.  He wants to expand his powers so that he may be happy.  But consider if it will be so.  If with limited perceptions one is miserable, with extended Perceptions the misery must increase proportionately.  Occult powers will not bring Happiness to anyone, but will make him all the more miserable.  Moreover what are these powers for ?  The would-be occultist (siddha) desires to display the siddhis so that others may appreciate him.  He seeks appreciation, & if it is not forthcoming he will not be happy.  There must be others to appreciate him.  He may even find another possessor of higher powers.  That will cause jealousy & breed unhappiness. The higher occultist (siddha) may meet a still higher siddha & so on until there will come one who will blow up everything in a trice.  Such is the highest adept (siddha) & He is God or the Self.  Which is the real power ?  Is it to increase prosperity or bring about inner Peace ?  That which results in Peace is the highest perfection (siddhi). 

[Annamalai Swami]

Your mind is an insubstantial shadow that will follow you around wherever you go. Attempts to eliminate or control it cannot succeed while there is still a belief that the mind is real, and that it is something that can be controlled by physical or mental activity.

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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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