Waking,dream and deep sleep states endlessly recurring, what a bother! These three states and the consciousness are the only capital one seemingly possesses. – Aren’t these three states and the consciousness itself, intermittent, inconstant and impermanent? – Who is it that knows or is aware of this fact? – Have a good look at it, look into what is being pointed to here. – If I loose these three states and the consciousness, have I lost anything of any lasting value?
This craving, thirst or lust to live, this insatiable desire to be and to continue to be and to exist as a physical body-mind organism indefinitely is what the Buddha referred to in his first noble truth as suffering. – Thana (sanskrit for thirst, craving or desire) is the cause of psychological suffering. – Who is it that awakens, dreams and sleeps and is born and dies? – This is what is to be inquired into. -Only when it is clearly seen that there is no entity with any substance or independent nature apart from the all knowing unborn awareness, which Nisargadatta Maharaj referred to as the natural state – and which Banki the 16th century Japanese Zen monk called the unborn buddha mind; only then will there be an end to psychological suffering. This body-mind entity that appears and disappears is in the final analysis, nothing but the unborn essence that is animating it and allowing everything to seemingly occur in the manifestation. – Nirvana and Samsara are inseparable.
The forms that appear are nothing but emptiness,and paradoxically for the mind, this emptiness is form at the very same time. – This emptiness is suffused with awareness or pure unlimited intelligence. – This space like awareness or endless activity of knowing is everlasting life, unlimited potential or capacity. – This all knowing, ever-lasting essence or suchness is ineffable, inexpressible, inconceivable and beyond life and death as they appear to the unenlightened to be. – Salvation or liberation is nothing other that the knowledge of oneself as the only One, the non-dual Absolute itself, so to speak. – When this dawns upon you as it did for Banki, Nisargadatta Maharaj, myself and many others throughout recorded history, you will directly realize that you have never been born, nor have you carried out any worldly activities at all. – The belief that you have done any of these things and that you are the doer of your actions is pure ignorance and unreality. – All so called problems are spontaneously resolved in THIS unborn buddha mind or natural state. -Why then swap this unborn essence that you truly are for thought, thinking that ‘I’ as this illusory separate entity am going to work things out, figure things out in the mind of memory and recently acquired knowledge, run the whole show by my separate self, so to speak.
Your mind is not your enemy, it is a useful tool for functioning in daily life – but by itself it cannot grasp this unborn essence or buddha mind, if you want to call it that,that you always and ever are. – Seeing this what do you do? – Nothing at all,simply relax into this pure awareness that you already are and allow it to live you, breathe you and function you quite effortlessly as it has always been doing all along. – Leave it alone and let it run the show instead of getting all uptight and anxious and trying to second guess every petty little thing that happens. -This very consciousness, I am So and So, a limited sentient human being is something new to us is it not? – Even if it has seemingly been there for 90 years, this so called span of time is less than an instant when seen from the timeless background of this already pure space like all knowing awareness that has never changed or altered in any way and that is being totally ignored by the apparent separate entity or person. – 90 years has a beginning and an ending but this non conceptual empty essence of all knowing awareness that you truly are has no beginning or ending.
This awareness that I am pointing to is not a thing as such, as it contains all apparent things and nothing contains it. – Can you grasp this awareness that is animating the body mind organism and everything else both animate and inanimate? – Of course not! -Things perish but this aware ‘no thing’ that you truly are cannot perish, it is unborn unceasing without any beginning or ending and you are THAT non dual Absolute, you cannot possibly be anything else separate or apart from THAT. – This alone is self-realization, liberation, or any other term you would like to apply to this unchanging reality that is pure Advaita,the essence of non duality. – Reality is THAT which never changes, comes or goes. – THIS is it. – TAT TVAM ASI (the Sanskrit Maha-Vakya,or great statement from the Upanishads) meaning THOU ART THAT! – The Supreme Reality.