What is being said and pointed to here is nothing new. Everything has already been said in regard to the truth and actuality of non duality. So called saints, sages, and seers all down throughout the ages have realized their true nature or natural state, wrote the scriptures about it, and passed it on to so called others right down to the present day.
The founders of all the major religions of the world have also realized this reality that shines of itself at the very core of all being. This being that is presently being pointed to is simply “being”, not being this or that particular object or thing, but pure being itself. There is no becoming in this heart essence of pure being. Becoming is in the realm of time, which has been added on or acquired with the necessary ‘invention’ of language as a means of communication.
Every word you have ever spoken has been learned or acquired, it is not your natural state or non dual essence. Words and concepts are only labels, they are not the ‘glassy essence’ of the so called thing or object that they are pointing or referring to. The word or label “awareness” is not the reality of awareness that is changeless and ever-present.
Have you noticed that this awareness that is being pointed to has never not been present? Can you remember a so called time when you were not aware? Of course not, because this naked non conceptual awareness or knowing is the only constant, it is unceasing and therefore timeless. It is obvious, if you can pause your constantly yapping mind – this ceaseless flow of mental chatter – this voice in your head that you are almost constantly fixating on through habit. If you pause your time-bound acquired mind of memory even for a brief instant, you can see or notice that this all-knowing awareness that you already are is not, repeat ‘is not’ any limited thing or object.
Awareness-consciousness or whatever label you would like to apply to this fact of your own being right here and now, is not a thing or object. This awareness that you truly and ever ‘are’ is no-thing at all, it is nothing to the mind and that is why it is being ignored or overlooked constantly.
No one wants to be nothing or no-thing, that this naked non conceptual knowing ever “is”. This aware emptiness or no-thing that every apparent thing or object is appearing on, is not a non existent dead void or vacuum; rather it is existence itself - I am, and cannot be negated. You cannot negate your being no matter how much you try. You cannot say – “I am not”, because awareness has to be there for you to be able to utter anything at all.
Awareness, non duality or Reality is no thing and everything, it is all-inclusive and nothing can be separate or apart from this space-like awareness. Can there be anything outside of space, this boundless space of awareness or cognizing-emptiness? I mean what would it be in? Is there anything outside of space, when space itself has no center or circumference? For anything to exist it would have to be in space wouldn’t it?
So can something come from nothing or emptiness? Obviously not! Something cannot come from nothing or no thing, so all the so called things and objects that are spontaneously appearing are also nothing or aware emptiness – ‘your glassy essence’!
Space is nothing at all – no thing, it doesn’t stand out, yet for anything to “appear” there has to be this sky-like space for it to appear in. The images that appear in the mirror are nothing but reflections on the reflecting surface itself, they have no independent nature of their own, and they can’t be separate or apart from the mirror, and are nothing but the mirror itself. There is no back to this mirror-like seeing-knowing, no sides or edgers, no top or bottom, it is infinite in height, depth, and width, there where the actual seeing is taking place. All the things and objects that appear are nothing but reflections in this mirror-like space of knowing, and are nothing but THAT non dual Absolute. That is why the phenomenal universe is referred to as Maya or illusion in Advaita in Hinduism, simply a reflection in this ever-present non dual knowing. There is no permanence in the reflections, they are constantly changing, they are content, and are nothing but the mirror itself. The contents of the seeing are always changing, but the seeing is not changing, it is always the same seeing. The contents of the mirror, the reflections are constantly changing, but the mirror is not contaminated, not affected by any of the reflections appearing in it. What does this tell you? See for yourself. Have a good LOOK at it for yourself.
Stop ignoring this Basic Space of Phenomena, This Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena, stop ignoring your “glassy essence” that Shakespeare referred to in his play “Measure for Measure”.
Since space and I are not different,
wherever I go,
that will be the place
where I am already present.
Wake up this very instant, this very first and only instant – timeless Omnipresence – all-knowing – now-ing! Wake fullness or awareing-knowing is bliss. Awareness of being is bliss. Distraction or unawareness is darkness, psychological suffering and ignorance. This psychological suffering doesn’t have to be there, that is all that this is about. Suffering and the ending of suffering. This ongoing psychological suffering does not have to be there. It is there because of an unexamined belief in an imagined separate entity. Suffering is because of relationship, and relationship is dualism. Relative to – this dead image, “me”, that I have constructed around the age of 3 years when the acquired words and language were taken on board by the little innocent child. Everything that happens after the age of 3 years is then referred back to this dead image “I” or “me” that has been acquired. What did we say from the very beginning? There is no duality in non duality or this natural state, nature does not have any fixed reference point whatsoever, it changes of itself naturally and spontaneously. Nature is not in conflict with itself – movement does not fight with stillness, silence does not fight with sound – it is all One without a second – all-inclusive. Where does this conflict that so called human beings are constantly involved in come from? Isn’t it imperative to find out for yourself?
The false cannot stand up to investigation. Everything in the manifestation can be reduced and broken down into the basic elements – earth, air, fire, water etc, then reduced further down to sub-atomic particles and finally into pure energy or space – emptiness suffused with awareness – THIS awake, aware no thing – space-like awareness or knowing. Try to take that back and see how far you get. No one, no saint, sage or seer has ever gone beyond nothing or no thing. If you have gone that far, which is no distance at all, then you have gone as far as any sage including Ramana Maharshi, Christ, or Buddha has ever gone. No one has ever gone beyond nothing, this no thing that you truly and ever are.
Quite obviously then, you are THAT non dual empty essence that is self-shining, ever-fresh presence awareness and not the imagined entity “me”, So and So that you had taken yourself to be, prior to this investigation. The very search itself has been the main problem or obstacle to clear seeing-being. You are already what you are seeking, and you have never been separate or apart from this naked non conceptual essence of all-knowing awareness. What you are seeking you already are, so start from the fact that you already are THAT non dual Absolute, and then just notice whatever rubbish that comes up in the mind that tells you you are not THAT, and simply scrape it away or discard it quite effortlessly and naturally.
Once you directly SEE something as false, you don’t need to destroy it or get rid of it. The seeing of the false as false is all that is necessary. When you see that the water appearing at the end of the road ahead on a hot day is a mirage, the mirage itself continues to appear but you “know” instantly and spontaneously that there is no water in it. It is unreal even though it still appears to be there.
The same is true of the world and everyone who appears in it. It still looks real, but you know that it is Maya or illusion. Nothing was ever created. Everything is unborn, unoriginated, including these words that are being written. Nothing ever happened. The world was never created in the first place, it is what we call Maya(illusion) in Advaita(non duality). Much ado about nothing! Was the water in the mirage at the end of the road ever really there? No, it is an optical illusion and was never actually created in the first place, exactly like the night time dream that disappears and is seen to be utterly without substance, and nothing but pure imagination on awakening.
It is the same with the so called phenomenal world. The world of phenomena that we ‘think’ we see everyday has never been created in the first place. Nothing ever happened, reality has never changed at any imagined time. Reality is THAT which does not change, and the very suchness and actuality of non duality that we are pointing to has no duality in it and never has had. Not seeing-knowing THIS directly, is what we mean by ignorance.
This unborn awareness-consciousness is self-existing, unoriginated and Omnipresent. No so called God created it, it is timeless and without any beginning or ending. This aware no thing is what you truly and ever are. I am THAT, and I am telling you whether you know it or not, that you are THAT, and you cannot possibly be anything else, any imagined thing that is apart from this no thing that is naked non conceptual awareness.
Once you have clearly seen something to be false, are you going to continue to believe in it? No you are not! Simply see the false as false and you have done everything that needs to be done. You no longer seek the truth or reality, you simply cease to cherish opinions and mental conceptual ideas in regard to this natural state. Everything is clear and obvious in the natural state, there is nothing hidden or obscure. Nothing need be added to or taken away from the given, from “what is”.
What is means unaltered, unmodified, uncorrected – as is – just THIS, nothing else. Leave it “as it is”, and stop trying to alter, modify, and correct what is. Stop trying to work things out in your mind, and realize that you will never find any answer in the mind, which has no independent nature of its own. What mind is there apart from awareness or consciousness? When you directly look for the mind, you can’t find any such thing there that you can call mind apart from the thinking process itself, which arises spontaneously from emptiness-awareness, which is no mind or no thing in essence.
Mind is time, and time is only a mental concept. There is no time in Omnipresence, Omnipotence, Omniscience. The result of all of your arguments is that you have tried to grasp this timeless All-presence with a concept, with a thought, which is utterly insubstantial, and which is nothing but a vibration or movement of energy in the unlimited energy of pure consciousness; and by trying to do this you fail, and you are bound to fail. How are you going to grasp this Omnipresent, all-knowing essence of awareness which has no qualities, no color, shape, or form, and which is empty of all content, substance, and independent nature of its own?
This no thing that is awareness is without beginning or ending, a cognizing-emptiness as the Buddha has pointed out. This aware emptiness is the Base, the foundation of everything. It is a plenum void, it is empty for filling, and it is all-inclusive. Emptiness is form, and form is emptiness. ‘My silence sings, my emptiness is full’. There is only THAT. Nirvana – Samsara all-inclusive.
This you can never grasp with a concept, so full stop, and where does that leave you? It leaves you here and now Omnipresent – I am THAT! THAT thou art! I am THAT by which I ‘know’ I am. Not just for a puny 90 years, but infinitely and eternally - I am. This is wisdom and authentic Self-knowledge. This unshakable conviction, I am THAT. Make it your very own, go all out for Self-realization, nothing less than this is inherently satisfactory. Unenlightened existence is inherently unsatisfactory.
There is no writers block, the writing is happening by itself spontaneously, there is no entity or person who is doing it. This is heart to heart, not head to head. Awareness talking to itself, how else can it be as non duality. No duality in non duality – only THAT! Let those who have ears hear. The ear can’t hear and the eye can’t see – the physical eye and ear are only the instruments through which the seeing and the hearing are taking place spontaneously. All functioning is taking place spontaneously and naturally. Seeing without eyes and hearing without ears – THIS is the true seeing and the true hearing. Only God or ‘I am’ has seeing, hearing. Realize and directly know, I am THAT!
This actuality of non duality which is always pointed to and discussed here, is as simple and easy to see as a gooseberry in the palm of your hand. This very ‘fact’ of your own being is self-evident and cannot be denied or negated. You absolutely ‘know’ that you are, you don’t need to believe that you are, simply because this self-evident fact of your own being is clear and obvious. Also, you don’t need to consult anyone else to ‘know’ that you are.
Non duality means ‘not two’, never two, no other now or ever, only THAT – One without a second, as it is pointed out in Advaita, in Hinduism, as well as in all the other major religions of the world. “I am the Lord thy God, there is no other, nothing other apart from Me as THAT one essential being. There is no becoming, no time in THAT. It is the same from everlasting to everlasting. In Judaism it is said – Hear O Israel, I am the Lord Thy God, there is none other. In Christianity it is said that God, Truth , or Reality is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient. All presence, all power, and all knowing. In the very first verse of the Koran it is stated – There is no God but God. If you are seeing multiplicity or otherness, then you are certainly in need of forgiveness, and you have moved away from what the ancients and the sages have said, and that is, that this being-awareness that you already ‘are’ is timeless and Omnipresent. There is no time in THIS at all, it never begins or ends, and the very ignorance of this ‘fact’ is what is being constantly pointed out here.
Come back to the place that you have never left. This very fact of your own being right here and now, this Omnipresence of awareness, this awareness of Presence - I am, infinitely and eternally. You don’t have to make any effort to ‘know’ that you are aware. Choice less, effortless awareness is the so called great enlightenment that you are seeking. You already are THAT non dual Absolute presently, right here and now, but nobody ever tells you this. Instead you are told by your parents, teachers, friends and society to look out there, in the appearance and try to mass, gain, and accumulate as much as possible so that you can become whole and complete again, never realizing, even for an instant, that you were never separate in the first place.
If non duality is the truth or actuality, as I am pointing out here constantly and effortlessly, then doesn’t that imply that you who are seemingly reading this, are also THAT non dual Absolute, since THAT, for the want of a better word, is all there ever is? Have a good LOOK at it for yourself, no one else can SEE this for you. So, this being the case, wouldn’t it be wise to start from the fact that you are already THAT – God, Truth, or Reality that you may have been endlessly seeking, and that the very search itself is the problem? Also, it has to be pointed out that whatever term or concept you would like to put on THAT ever-present Reality; and you can use any term you like, none of them will ever fit THIS that is being pointed to, because it is ineffable ans inexpressible and can’t be put into words or concepts, or limited in any way, shape or form. Words and concepts are only labels, and this awareness that you always and ever are is timeless, non conceptual awareness. The revelation of Dzogchen in Buddhism expressed as “The Great Perfection” is simply put in one sentence, and that is, ‘The Great Perfection is non conceptual awareness’, full stop! No more needing to be said. “The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the truth. Stop talking and thinking, and there will be nothing you will not be able to know.” Simply be, ‘as you are’ in the natural state.
If you already are that empty, non conceptual essence, this empty cognizance or cognizing-emptiness as the Buddha is saying, then what is it that you have do, or to search for or look for? Wouldn’t you be able to say quite fearlessly and with full and total conviction – Yes, I am THAT Supreme, formless and changeless Reality? This you must see and know for yourself – you are the authority here, only you can ever see and be this – no other in this SEEING – BEING – HEARING – TASTING and TOUCHING. This Seeing-Being that is being pointed to is all-inclusive and undivided. There is no conceptual seer, hearer or thinker, there is just this ceaseless activity of all-knowing awareness – Omnipotence or all-power. There is no room in this Omnipresence for a ‘you’ or a ‘me’ who has destiny or free will, or any sense of doer ship whatsoever. There is no separate entity anywhere who is doing anything. No entity there with any substance or independent nature of its own apart from this boundless, awake, aware no thing that you always and ever are.
Everything is happening spontaneously in the natural state, which reveals that in the very actuality of non duality, nothing ever happened at all. How can REALITY ever change if, the very definition of Reality is THAT which never changes – the Noumenon. Rather shocking when all your so called life you have been under the mistaken impression that you, as the imagined person or entity have been running the show. Your unexamined life as the separate person that you are presently taking yourself to be, is an imaginary life, and so it has been full of fear, anger, hatred, jealousy, delusion and suffering. Yes, unenlightened existence is inherently unsatisfactory, and it doesn’t have to be that way.
Being is not becoming, never becoming. Becoming is time, and this timeless presence or being is a spontaneous emanation, throb, or pulsation, ever-fresh, ever-new from moment to moment. As it is beginning it is also ending; and as it is seemingly ending it is beginning again, so there is no duration, no time, no actual beginning and ending in this spontaneity, this timeless essence of all-knowing awareness, which you can never grasp with any word or concept, and which you can never negate. Are you unaware right here and now? No, you are not unaware, so you must be aware, you must be THAT glassy essence or non dual Absolute. The THAT that I am pointing to is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient – all-Presence, all-Power, and all-Knowing, and I am pointing out from unshakable conviction and direct knowing here, that you ‘are’ THAT! Don’t take my word for it, don’t ‘believe’ a single word I say, but LOOK and SEE, investigate this ‘great matter’ of your true nature, the natural state, prior to conceptual thinking and ever-present, for yourself.
Nature, as it ‘appears’ and expresses in the phenomenal world can only appear and express itself dualistic ally in the pairs of opposites. You can’t have day without night, silence without sound, movement without stillness etc. However this nature, Nisarga, or natural state, as it is pointed out in Advaita Vedanta is always and ever non dual, One without a second, even though it ever appears and expresses itself dualistic ally.
This may sound like a paradox to the time-bound mind, but there is nothing paradoxical about it. There is no paradox in nature itself, because nature, unlike the ‘apparent’ human beings, is not in conflict with itself. Day does not fight with night, silence is not in conflict with sound, nor is movement in conflict with stillness. There is an unstated unity in nature, because nature in its wholeness does not have any preferences, fixed reference point, or ego; unlike the so called human beings who have taken on and developed this apparently fixed reference point, ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘ego’, ‘So and So’, from around about the age of 3 years and onwards. The taking on of this ‘I’ thought or “ego” is of course necessary and unavoidable for the sake of the smooth functioning of the society etc, however, as we are pointing out, it is not what you truly and ever are, simply because it is illusory, time -bound and impermanent, or what we call Maya or illusion in Advaita. There is no static point anywhere in nature, there is no cessation anywhere, but rather a ceaseless movement of intelligence-energy, a ceaseless activity of knowing.
This teaching also embraces Kashmir Shaivism, which is another non dual teaching of Hinduism embodied in a Sanskrit text called “The Shiva Sutras.” In this text this limitless intelligence or activity of knowing is expressed as Shiva-Shakti. Shiva, the male aspect is the static or unmoving, and Shakti, the female aspect is the dynamic. However, it is pointed out that Siva and Shakti are not two separate things, they are two aspects of the One aware no thing, or pure Consciousness. You can SEE that there is an intelligence in nature, which has nothing to do with the so called human intellect, simply because there is an extraordinary harmony and order in the flow of the seasons, the movement of the stars, and the orbit of the planets.
The natural state is an endless, spontaneous, harmonious, movement without any beginning or ending, and you are THAT limitless intelligence, and not what you are presently taking yourself to be as that static, apparently time-bound human being that appears in your mirror each morning. Beginning and ending are in the mind which is time, however what you truly are is timeless pure Mind or unborn awareness itself.
If the thought is paused for an instant, or where there is a natural gap or break in the flow of the thoughts; notice that there is still a naked knowing present there. That is unborn Mind or awareness, still present whether thinking is going on or not. THIS that is being pointed to is naked non conceptual knowing; not knowing this or that subject or object – just pure knowing without subject or object. And monks and so called practitioners of meditation spend years and years trying to go beyond the mind, yet it is as simple as that, as what has just been pointed out – simply pause a thought for an instant, there, immediately in that pause, you are beyond the mind, and yes, it is as simple as that. Try it out for yourself and SEE where that pause leaves you. Doesn’t it leave you right here and now present and aware as you have ever been throughout eternity? Eternity implies time, but this presence awareness that you ever are is timeless without any beginning or ending. Aren’t you already THAT? SEE for yourself, don’t ask me!
This knowledge I am, is Self-knowledge. This light of knowing or authentic knowledge (Jnana) is the Light that lights every man and woman, every appearance that appears in the world, and is the Base of every apparent thing. This light of knowledge shines of itself. It is self-existing, self-being, self-shining. This Light in oneself is the colourless light of emptiness, the clear light of the Void or Reality. Nirvana is the highest good, the highest happiness, the unmade, the un-become, in which there is no other, no duality whatsoever, and THIS is certainly the end of sorrow or suffering. Nirvana is when you, the entity, So and So, are not. Suffering only ever happened to a ‘me’, and in this unborn Buddha Mind there is no me, there never has been a me and there never will be a ‘me’, there is ever only an ‘appearance’ of a me.
This Knowledge or Light of Reality, this Light in oneself, is deliverance from sorrow and suffering. Just as in the great ocean there is but one taste, the taste of salt; even so in the Knowledge that I am freely pointing to here, there is only “one taste”, and that is the taste of deliverance from ignorance and psychological suffering. Nirvana is visible in this life – inviting, attractive, accessible to the wise disciple. This is not said lightly, as it is fully known here, so why not take delivery of it for yourself right here and now? Nirvana means extinction. Complete annihilation of the imaginary person or entity; or rather, should we say, the seeing through of the person or persona(mask). This empty cognizance or void is not a dead nothingness.
Beyond the restless flowing electricity of life is the ultimate reality – The Void. Your own awareness, not formed into anything possessing form or colour, is naturally void (empty). Beyond the light of life is the peaceful silence of the void. The quiet bliss beyond all transformations. The Buddha smile. The Void is not nothingness. The Void is beginning and end itself. Unobstructed; shining, thrilling, blissful. Diamond consciousness. The All-Good Buddha. Your own consciousness, not formed into anything, no thought, no vision, no color, is void. The intellect shining and blissful and silent – This is the state of perfect enlightenment. Your own consciousness, shining, void and inseparable from the great body or radiance has no birth nor death.
It is the immutable light, that the Tibetans call Buddha Amitabha, the awareness of the formless beginning. Knowing this is enough. Recognize – re-cognize the voidness of your own consciousness to be Buddha hood. Keep this recognition and you will maintain the state of the divine mind of the Buddha. This awake, aware, no thing is what you truly and ever are, and the contents that appear in it are also nothing but awareness. There is no separation anywhere at any time. There is only an appearance of separation.
In other words, as Zen insists, form is void and void is form, Nirvana is none other than Samsara, the Lotus of Enlightenment is one with the swamp of Delusion which is its habitat. When ever I exalt one of the pair at the expense of the other I’m in trouble, and my enemy Death has got hold of me – God is as null without his world as it is null without Him. But when I perceive – when I consciously live – their absolute unity I embrace Death as my friend. Even for God – specially for God – there is, as the saying goes, always something. The solemn and cheering fact is that He can’t spare a single thing. But that’s putting it too mildly.
Walt Whitman does better:
“Strange and hard that paradox true I give
Objects gross and the unseen soul are one”.
- SEE this for yourself. KNOW this for yourself.
This Note is from the pen of Mark WestRead More »
What we discuss and point to here is always the same subject; and that is non duality, this incontrovertible ‘fact’ of your own being right here and now, self-evident. Usually one simply takes it for granted that oh yes, I am, without investigating the nature of this I amness and how and why it has come about.
This consciousness of being an apparent separate, sentient human being is something new, in the sense that one hundred years or so back, it was not there; and this sense of being a person that is now present will, at some future time dissolve or disappear; at which point I won’t know that I am. This is what in common parlance we refer to as death. Death simply means that the confidence that I am So and So has disappeared. The physical body is then disposed of by burial or cremation.
What you have to ask yourself, if you are at all earnest or serious about this Great Matter of true and authentic identity(your true nature or natural state prior to the arising and setting of this consciousness) is – when the apparent body breaks down, is cremated etc and resolves itself back into the basic elements, am I dead? Was I born when the body was born? What is my true nature, and how was I prior to the so called conception in my mother’s womb? How was I six months prior to conception, and what was my original ‘face’ prior to the recent acquisition of this human face? How did I come to be, and how did this happen unknowingly without my permission?
This you ‘must’ know. This riddle or koan must be solved by you and you alone. This is not something anyone can give you, teach you, or tell you about, you must see-know this first hand directly for yourself, simply because relationship is dualism, “me” and the imagined ‘other ‘, and the real or actual is non dual, not two, only THAT, as it is pointed out in Advaita in Hinduism, as well as in all the other major religions of the world. I have solved this riddle and the light of knowledge has dawned here, and the same can be true for you if you SEE and ‘know’ for yourself what is being pointed to here.
This knowledge I am is not something anyone can give you, teach you, or tell you; it is every one’s birth right, so to speak. There is no one who is reading this who is not aware. Everyone ‘knows’ I am, even without having to say it. There is awareness present there even before it expresses through the mind as the thought or ‘concept’, I am So and So. This presence of awareness is the base that allows everything to happen, and without which nothing could happen at all. You could not move an inch, or even lift a finger, if that animating essence of non conceptual awareness were not present there. All the same, there is an ignoring or taking for granted of this ever-present life-force. Everyone is THAT non dual Absolute whether they know it or not. However each must see this for themselves in order for this truth to set you free. It has to be seen that this recently acquired entity “me” is false, and is a total fiction. What you are is the unceasing ‘knowing’ that is always and ever- present, ever-fresh, ever-new, not the “know er” or the “known”, which are only dead concepts.
This knowing is timeless and Omnipresent without any beginning or ending, whereas the acquired mind, “me” is time. This “me” that you are presently taking yourself to be, when thoroughly and directly looked into is seen to be a phantom and truly non-existent. In the light of this investigation, you don’t have to do anything to get rid of this ego or entity, as it is then seen to be false, and the false cannot stand up to investigation.
Only by the direct knowing-being of THIS ever-present immediacy, or what we call for the want of a better word THAT – the very actuality of non duality - I am THAT! That thou art! are you set free; otherwise not. Self-knowledge – knowledge of Self, is wisdom; all other knowledge is ignorance, Maya, or duality. Everything in the manifestation of the universe appears dualistic ally in the pairs of opposites, and you could not have a phenomenal universe or manifestation if it did not ‘appear’ in the opposites. You can’t have day without night, silence without sound, man without woman etc.
All this is so in the appearance but not in the actual. The Noumenon or the unmanifest is what we call the real or the actual, whereas the phenomenal universe is only what “appears” to be. Appearance is not reality as it is constantly changing, or as the Buddhists point out – there is impermanence in all appearance. Everything in the appearance, including that pattern of skin and bones you call ‘you’, is Maya or illusion as it is referred to in Advaita(non duality, not two) in Hinduism. Everything that appears also disappears, so there is no substance or independent nature in any of the appearances no matter how they may be appearing.
What is real and does not change is THIS knowledge I am. This activity of knowing( the very livingness that is ever occurring) is unceasing, it is the only constant. Notice that this naked knowing has been present there all along with you, so to speak. Even though the body-mind vehicle was all along changing from an infant, child, teenager, adult, old person etc; that knowing that is ever-present there has not changed or been affected in any way at all. It has not grown old or suffered any hurts, dramas, or traumas whatsoever. If this knowING is unceasing as is my contention, then it is without time, without any beginning or ending. THIS is self-knowing, self-existing, self-shining, infinite intelligence, which has nothing to do with your intellect which has been acquired or added after the age of 3 years.
The ING on the end of it – know-ing, implies that it is an activity that is taking place presently in this very immediacy. It is not I was (past) or I will be (future), but rather I am. ‘Am’ is part of the verb – to be. It is a verb – active, not a noun – a name, a label, a dead concept. You cannot negate your being, you cannot say – ‘I am not’! Even if you say, I am not, you, as this naked, non conceptual awareness have to be there first and foremost in order for you to be able to say or do anything, isn’t that so? Have a good look at it for yourself, don’t just agree or disagree. You will never get liberation in a million years without knowledge. When Self-knowledge dawns, you as the entity Mr or Mrs So and So are utterly annihilated. You, as you appear as So and So disappear, the imaginary entity “me”, So and So is out shined by the blinding light of the obvious.
This rediscovery of the obvious, the given, is the one essential. “Martha, Martha, thou art busy and troubled over many things, but Mary has found the one necessary and essential thing” – the Masters feet – the Nectar of the Lord’s Lotus feet – the Nectar of Immortality. The Master’s feet symbolizing understanding – understanding is all(Nisargadatta Maharaj) - I am THAT I am! Realize THAT, know THAT alone, and you will never again fear a foe, all your troubles will be at an end and will disappear like the night mist in the morning sunlight.
Know this light in oneself, this beginning less, endless activity of knowing and everything else will become clear to you. The only thing that you can be absolutely certain of ‘is’ this very ‘fact’ of your own being right here and now. See that there is no becoming whatsoever in being. Becoming is time, and this being is without time or origination. You cannot say with any certainty, this is where I began. You cannot locate any fixed point where you can say, this is where I began, and you cannot remember your so called birth. THIS has no origin, source, or location in time and space. THIS empty cognizance, THIS cognizing emptiness, THIS glassy essence, THIS awake, aware no thing, is what you truly and ever are. THIS aware emptiness is without any boundaries or limitations whatsoever, and is the very natural state that the Self-realized fully and effortlessly abide in.
This impersonal all-knowing presence-awareness holds infinite riches beyond your wildest dreams, and the place to look for THIS is in your own heart. By ‘heart’ we don’t mean the blood pumping organ on the left side of your chest, or the spiritual center on the right side of your chest, but rather the very core of your being. Usually this is the very last place that one cares to look, as the mind is generally outward going, or outward looking. Now and again the brave and fearless soul looks back, turns their attention around one hundred and eighty degrees, LOOKS and SEES what he or she is “looking out of”, and gains immortality.
It is rather a shock when enlightenment dawns and one directly realizes that all this time; and I should not be even using that word “time”, because time is only a mental concept, there is really no such thing. When this fact dawns there is the realization that all this so called time you have been in bondage to a phantom; the “me” that you had taken yourself to be is nothing but “the child of a barren woman”. Now a barren woman never had a child in the first place. As was pointed out previously, you can’t actually remember your birth? Perhaps that is because you were in actuality never born at all. What was born was this ‘concept’ I am So and So, engendered by the parents and society around the age of three years. That is what was born and that is what is going to die when the body disappears. However that concept can die or disappear right here and now if you see that it is false. A concept is not real, it is only a ‘construct’ – something made up for practical purposes and convenience. This has to be questioned, it has to be enquired into, if you are at all earnest or serious in regard to spiritual matters. Oh ignorant man, whose son are you?
Ask yourself this question and find out, no one else is going to do it for you. Perhaps you had very seriously underestimated yourself. After all, I am only human? Are you? Why have you put that limitation on yourself? Only you can answer this because only you are there in this space where the actual seeing is taking place from. There is no duality in this space of knowing – you alone exist there, non dual One without a second, as it is pointed out in Advaita.
Consider all that has been said so far, and directly SEE and go to where the pointers are pointing. THIS is not for talking, discussing, and pontificating about, but for actually doing-seeing-being THAT essence that you already are. To see HIM is to be HIM! I am THAT! and this is meant literally, totally, and fully, there is no second prize – not two! now or ever. If there is only THAT non dual Absolute; and I am telling you from direct knowing here that this is the actual case, does that leave any room then for a ‘you’ or a ‘me’ or anything else whatsoever that could be outside, separate and apart from THAT, when THAT is all there is?
The answer is, no it does not leave any scope for duality, otherness, or twoness. See this and know this for yourself. The person is not the real, never was and never will be. This means that you have never done a single thing as the person that you appear to be. You never have been that person that you are presently taking yourself to be, you never have been and you never will be a person. The mirror is not concerned with any of the reflections that are appearing in it. The reflections don’t have any substance or independent nature of their own, and are nothing but the reflecting surface of the mirror itself. You, as the reflection in this mirror-like knowledge or essence have never done a single thing of your own personal volition, you have never lived a separate personal life at all; you have been lived and functioned effortlessly by THIS mirror-like essence, this “glassy essence” that you truly and ever are.
If you think that you are going to die at some imagined future time, you only flatter yourself. You’re not going to die because in actuality you never lived as that person you are presently taking yourself to be. You are being lived and functioned quite effortlessly and spontaneously by this ever-present unborn awareness.
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This ordinary everyday awareness that we point to is the base that is referred to over and over again in this so called Advaita teaching. This non conceptual awareness that you always and ever ‘are’ is ineffable and inexpressible in words and concepts, yet you cannot negate it at any time or place, nor can you grasp it with any concept whatsoever. This is the very crux of the matter and needs to be understood and seen from the very core of your being. No one else can ever see this for you so to speak, each one has to see-know it for themselves.
The subject as ever is non duality – not two now or ever, just THIS nothing else. I am That – the I am principal - I am infinitely and eternally. This I am principal is timeless and ever-present and it is imperative that one ceases to ignore it, and instead acknowledges it in this immediacy by directly noticing this impersonal presence of awareness and having an affectionate awareness of being. Be warm towards this I amness without words or concepts. Love this I amness without words, this self-evident pure and simple ‘fact’ of your own being, for in it is the very fullness of everlasting life.
This colorless, formless essence of all knowing awareness holds infinite riches beyond your wildest dreams. This ‘glassy essence’ or transparency is what Shakespeare refers to in his great play “Measure to Measure”. For, ‘ignorant of what he is most assured – his glassy essence (his transparency – awareness-emptiness), like an angry ape plays such tricks before high heaven as would make the angels weep’.
Oh yes, if we ignore our “glassy essence”, our ever-present non conceptual awareness which is nothing (no thing) to the time-bound mind, the “me” of memory; then we are all very much in danger of acting like angry apes. Stop ignoring this “glassy essence” and realize directly that you yourself are THAT non dual Absolute. The cognizing or ‘knowing’ is ever-present, simply actualize, re-cognize the Maha Vakya or great word – Tat Tvam Asi – Thou art That! I am That! The ancients who realized this for themselves and proclaimed it in the writings and Scriptures that they left for posterity were not wrong. This is known for certain here, and the same can be true for you if you follow up this investigation and enquiry for yourself. You will find if you are truly and genuinely earnest in regard to this Great Matter; that the false( the person, the imagined separate entity “me”, Mr or Mrs So and So) can’t stand up to investigation.
The false can’t stand up to investigation and will fall away by itself if what is being said here is looked into. You won’t have to take any action to get rid of the false once it is ‘seen’ to be false. (There is) No duality in non duality. There is an appearance of duality as the phenomenal manifestation and there always will be; however appearance as it ‘appears’ to be is unreal, illusory, and constantly changing. This Maya or appearance world is real if it is seen as nothing but the non dual essence of awareness, but it is certainly unreal if it is seen as discrete or separate and apart from “what is” – non duality, or what we call for want of a better word – THAT, One without a second as it is pointed to in Advaita in Hinduism.
THIS Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena is where your treasure truly lies, and this Basic Space ‘is’ your treasure. This space of knowing, this glassy essence is the pearl of infinite value. This boundless Basic Space of Phenomena holds infinite riches beyond your wildest dreams; however, is this where we look for our treasure, or are we ignoring this awake, aware no thing and instead looking outward trying to find fulfillment and ultimate satisfaction in the changing objects, things, and sensations that are appearing in this Basic Space?
Fixating on the gross objects, sounds, sights and sensations while all the so called time ignoring the space that they are appearing in and on is the principal cause of psychological suffering. This psychological suffering which is basically mental and conceptual – nothing but mind stuff – does not need to be there. It is unnecessary and is caused by excessive, obsessive, and unexamined thinking and conceptualization. Constant and on going mental fixation.
Hence the glorious Dzogchen admonition – “Be utterly awake with the five senses wide open. Be utterly open with unfixating awareness.
This basic space – emptiness suffused with awareness (or what is called Rigpa in Dzogchen – the highest, best, and clearest expression of Buddhism) is not elemental space, it is much more subtle so to speak, and is the Base, the Real, the changeless essence - The Great Perfection - non conceptual awareness. This limitless capacity is infinite intelligence, the colorless light of Love – Sat-Chit-Ananda – Being, knowing, and loving to be – Existence, Consciousness, Bliss Absolute. This is your natural primordial state. Stop ignoring it and simply be as you are in the natural state. Give up seeking and becoming altogether. There is no becoming in being, and there is no duality in non duality or the natural state.
This is what Nisargadatta Maharaj refers to as the natural state – as in nature. Ordinary everyday awareness is the Supreme Reality. Know for certain – you are THAT! Don’t think, because thought is only an instrument of this awareness and is not independent of awareness. Without the base of awareness which is ever-present, you would not be able to have even a single thought. Realize that you will never find an answer to authentic identity in the mind, because the mind as we generally think of it is time – past, present and future so to speak, however this awareness that you truly and ever are is timeless, there is no time in it as it is Omnipresent without any beginning or ending. This you will never grasp or understand with your mind, so stop looking there even if just for the briefest pause or instant, and where does that leave you? It leaves you here and now present and aware as you have always and ever been.
This needs to be seen and re-cognized again and again until you conviction is unshakable. The bottom line is that right here and now you are present and aware and you know for certain that you are. That is the only thing that you are absolutely certain of, and that is this very fact of your own being - I am, prior to, and including any thoughts, words or concepts. ‘Am, are, is’, is part of the verb – to be. It is not “I was” or “I will be”, it is a present knowing. This ‘knowing’ that you are is not a concept, it is the reality or Base that we have been pointing to all along in this present discussion or expression. This knowing or Gnosis is ever present and can never be negated. Again notice that this ‘knowing’ is always present and that it has not changed or altered in any way. This ‘knowing’ has never grown old nor suffered any hurts, dramas, or traumas whatsoever; and THIS space-like awareness, this Basic Space of knowing is what you truly and ever are, and not what you ‘appear’ to be as that limited. perishable human being that appears in your mirror each morning.
That so called person who appears in your mirror is a perisher. He or she is bound to perish, but here in the basic space of knowing on your side of the mirror – where the actual seeing is taking place from, there is nothing to perish. This awake, aware, space, this aware no thing is imperishable, there is nothing(no thing) here that can perish. Realize this ‘fact’ for yourself.
Do I need to consult anyone else, anyone other, to ‘know’ that I am? Of course not! You cannot under any circumstances negate your own being. You cannot say – I am not, for in order to say that, you as, this awareness, have to be there first and foremost. This ever-present activity of knowing, this knowledge ‘I am’ is what you truly and ever are. Notice that this Jnana or knowing has never left you and has been present all the way through so to speak. Aren’t you knowing right now? Not knowing this or that thing, fact, or object but simply pure, naked, non conceptual knowing even before it expresses through the acquired, time-bound mind as the thought or concept – I am?
Isn’t there a knowing present there whether or not it expresses as the thought or concept, “I am”? Even if I don’t say or think ‘I am’ there is still awareness-knowing there, is that not so? In fact if it is earnestly and fully looked into it will be found that this so called ordinary everyday awareness or knowing is timeless and Omnipresent. This ordinary everyday awareness that you truly and ever are has no beginning or ending, no boundaries or limitations whatsoever, and there is nothing separate or apart from THAT. There in fact is only THAT or what we call non duality. I am That! and you are That! Don’t take my word for it but look into this great matter and SEE for yourself.
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To know everything else, everything other, without knowing yourself is rather futile. What would it profit a man if he gained the whole world-appearance and lost his soul, that is, lost sight of his true nature or what Nisargadatta Maharaj referred to as the natural state? Self-existing, Self-shining, Self-knowing awareness. There is no one who is reading this who is not aware or spontaneously knowing ‘I am’. However what the nature of this ordinary everyday awareness is, you do not know, and cannot know as an objective thing.
Loosing sight of this naked non conceptual awareness around the age of two and a half years when the “I” thought comes over us, engendered by the acquisition of words and language imposed upon us by the parents and society; one seemingly looses hold of one’s Self or non dual essence by taking hold of the body-mind appearance as one’s identity. A little simple looking, investigation, or discrimination on the part of the so called person would show the falseness of this body-mind identity or imagined entity.
It is a simple fact that the false cannot stand up to genuine authentic investigation. However in nearly all cases this body-mind identity, persona, mask or limited human face is never questioned and is taken to be what I truly am – that appearance and nothing else. Now to always live on the surface, and to live from a lie or untruth will in the long run cause immense psychological suffering, and ultimately if not seen through, end in self-destruction which is nothing less than suicide.
Therefore it is imperative for anyone who is at all serious or earnest to LOOK and SEE and directly discover who and what you truly and ever are. No one else however holy or saintly they may be can ever SEE or realize this for you. You alone are the authority there where you are at zero degrees from yourself, from where you are seeing. No one else can know you there at zero degrees because only you are there; the so called others are outside of this aware emptiness, this no thing that is at the very core or heart of your being, they are simply regional appearances of the awake no thing that you are at center. This aware emptiness at center is full of the entire display of changing appearances that are in it, and there is no division or separation whatsoever between the appearances and the empty essence that they are appearing in. Hence emptiness is form and form is emptiness, this is the all-inclusive nature of non duality or the natural state.
Ever-fresh, ever-new, presence awareness, just this, nothing else. Nothing other, not two, no duality now or ever, just an ‘appearance’ of duality. One non dual essence expressing and appearing as everything, and it is not even One as no words or concepts can ever capture or express it – non conceptual, ever-fresh presence awareness. Are you unaware right now? If not then you are aware. You are present and aware whether conceptualizing is occurring or not, isn’t that so? Realize this ‘fact’, re-cognize this fact, make it real in your own case and abide as THAT ever fresh non conceptual awareness – I am THAT! – this Maha Vakya or great word is describing your true nature or natural state. Your authentic original stateless state, your selfless Self – no God, no Guru, no Soul, no Atman, no Brahman, no Parabrahman – your Selfless self-shining essence or emptiness prior to the arising of any phenomena, concept, or idea.
You must directly SEE and know for yourself – what was my original face before my parents were born? What was my condition six months prior to conception in my mother’s womb? One hundred years back, or five hundred years back, how was I? This is not some kind of trick question. You must know this, and you must want to know this with a burning urgency, otherwise you should just forget about Advaita or non duality all together and just live your life without enquiring into this profound subject at all; which is simply what is happening anyway whether you are turned around to look at this or not. Please note that life is effortlessly and spontaneously living you as that appearance, and that you, as the imagined separate entity – Mr or Mrs So and So are not doing a single thing. You, as that separate entity, have never done, and will never do anything at all.
Without the presence of that animating life essence, the source and origin of which is THIS Omnipresent unborn naked awareness; you would not even be able to lift a finger. You as the apparent separate entity are not, and never have been the doer of your actions. Deeds are done, choices are made. but there is no doer or choice maker; everything happens spontaneously without the input of any imagined entity as such.
Bit of a blow to the old pride or ego isn’t it? Have a good look at it, don’t agree or disagree. Look and SEE for yourself. So called karma means cause and effect. We are discussing and pointing to the actuality and the simplicity of non duality here – fathomless peace and the total absence of any fear whatsoever. If the cause, the imagined separate entity is seen through and known to be false, then the effects must also be seen to be false. If the cause the “me” of memory and acquired knowledge is false, then the effects – my sadness, my sickness, my anxiety, my fear, my depression, my anger, my worry etc must also be false.
Karma is then seen to be the illusion that it is. In that case, who did psychological suffering ever happen to? It happened to “me”, and this fellow here is pointing out that there is no me. No one has ever lived or died and nothing has ever really happened because Reality or non duality is THAT which doesn’t change. Wouldn’t that be a big weight off your shoulders, and wouldn’t seeing this fact be utter freedom, effortless living and relaxation knowing that the heavy burden of guilt, remorse, fear and constant anxiety that you had seemingly been carrying all those so called years, was illusory and imagined and not the actual?
This has happened here and the same can be true for you if you have the courage and the earnestness to question all your beliefs, concepts, false images, illusions, and familiar certainties that you have acquired over a lifetime of conditioning and cultural indoctrination. Drop all your concepts and look and see as a new born child does, only then will you SEE as the sages and seers see – fresh and new – Ever fresh presence awareness just this nothing else – nothing added, contrived or acquired in the form of dead concepts and learned words and labels from the past, the first and only freedom – this timeless instant unfolding spontaneously and effortlessly as the natural state.
Freedom from the known, freedom from the dead past is freedom unlimited. The acquired word or sound ‘water’ will never quench your thirst, nor will the word ‘fire’ ever burn your mouth when you speak it. Reality or non duality – not two, can never be pinned down or limited to any fixed reference point, it is fluid, ever-flowing, ever fresh, ever new, light of boundless intelligence. This is the real and authentic knowledge, Jana, or wisdom – the undeniable unqualified knowledge “I am” infinitely and eternally. Ask yourself, am I deeply fundamentally at peace, fearless and without any anxiety whatsoever? If the honest answer is, no I am not, then you have the wrong kind of knowledge – you have only small or limited knowledge.
This reality that is being pointed to, this Nirvana or light of emptiness is not real in the way that objects or things are real. It is not by going that you can reach this unbecome, this unmade, this suchness, this unborn. We call this that is being pointed to THAT, for want of a better word, although no word can encompass it. Hence the Maha Vakya or great word of Hinduism – I am THAT! Thou art THAT! THAT being all there ever ‘is’. There is only THAT! This being so, aren’t you THAT also and not the limited, miserable human being that you are presently , quite mistakenly, taking yourself to be? Look and see for yourself, don’t just take my word for it.
The THAT that is being referred to is beyond language, beyond time and elemental space, in it there is no yesterday, no tomorrow, no today. Full stop right there! abide as THAT, don’t go back into your time-bound mind and seek an answer there where it can never be found. Don’t try to understand what is being said with your mind. Don’t take that trouble to acquire or renounce anything, to alter, modify or correct anything whatsoever. Simply “be” as you are in the natural state. There is no becoming in being. Becoming implies time and this awake. aware no thing that you ever are is timeless pure being – I am THAT I am! Know this for one hundred per cent certain and drop the endless search. It is the very search itself that is the problem. The search itself implies time – you know, at some future time I am going to become enlightened. There is no future time at all. There is no such thing as time. Time is only a mental concept. The acquired mind is time, and that mind can never be free of time because it is time – “me” So and So who is so many years old according to my birth certificate.
Realize for yourself that all this is false. The idea that I was born at such and such a time, and at some future time I am going to die. Is this really so, ask yourself – is this really true? Can you remember being born? If you are honest with yourself you will have to say – no, I don’t remember my birth! That being the case, then perhaps you were never born in the first place, and that you are actually existing all along without any beginning or ending – Existence Itself – Self-existing, Self-shining Being – Sat – I am, endless capacity, timeless without beginning or ending. This is the knowledge which is real and authentic, and this is the peace that passes understanding by the time-bound mind or shadow persona.
Turns everything upside down doesn’t it? You see, you’ve never really questioned any of this, you take for granted that you were born, but have never looked deeply into this mystery – who and what am I really? Did I only begin at birth, or was I existing all along infinitely and eternally? Perhaps you have severely underestimated yourself, and placed unnecessary limitations on yourself.
How did this happen – the appearance of this physical body that I am identified with and that I call myself? How did this happen without my permission? Was I responsible for the apparent creation of my own body-mind, or did it arise spontaneously like everything else in nature? Ask yourself these questions and find out for yourself. Everything arises spontaneously by itself, there is no creator of the world. The world was never created in the first place. Nothing ever happened. All this time, and I should not be even using that word; you have simply been duped by illusion or what we call in Advaita – Maya.
Every apparent thing is unborn, unoriginated, there is no duality in this unborn essence, no other now or ever. Certainly there is an appearance of an other. Everything in the manifestation ‘appears’ in the pairs of opposites. Everything appears dualistic ally, you cannot have a universe without it appearing in the pairs of opposites – day, night – hot, cold – male, female etc, however nature or Nisarga(Sanskrit notation) even as it displays itself in the natural world is not in conflict with itself. Day does not fight with night, winter does not fight with spring or summer, silence does not fight with sound, the incoming tide does not fight with the outgoing tide. Everything in nature resolves itself spontaneously. Even though it appears in myriad shapes, sizes, and forms it never changes its harmonious true nature or essence. It never tries to be other than what it is.
With us so called human beings however, there is constant and ongoing conflict and wars all because of this acquired self-center or ego. This reference point or persona “me”is always in conflict with other apparent separate entities, and must necessarily be so in order to maintain its own separate identity and to compete with other apparent entities for food, clothes, shelter, and limited resources. This self-centered activity is the principal cause of the ongoing wars that have occurred throughout recorded history.
Self interest rules in the world of phenomena, and this is inevitable and necessary up to a point. However if the apparent separate self or entity is not seen through and known to be false and non existent, a phantom in the final analysis, then it certainly becomes self-destructive. This entity or ego is a parasite that drains all your energy and finally kills you in the end if it remains unexamined. That is what a parasite does if its falseness is not seen through, and we are simply saying and pointing out that this psychological suffering does not have to be there. It is up to you and you alone.
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What is being said here is not something new. If your very own Self or pure being was something extra or new to be attained or acquired, then it would seem that there is a possibility that you may lose it again. However this is an impossibility because your true nature or natural state of awareness-consciousness cannot be lost or found simply because it is ‘as it is’ – changeless, formless, pure consciousness, right here and now.
This non dual understanding has been seen, realized and pointed to by various saints, sages and seers right down throughout the ages, and that is this ever present fact of your own being-awareness, ever fresh and ever new. This empty cognizance at the very core of one’s being, this ever present awake, aware no-thing that you can never grasp with any thought or mental concept, is certainly not something new to be attained or acquired,
This that is being referred to and presently pointed to is not something that anyone can give you. Here I am not teaching, telling or giving you anything, and this should be understood clearly from the start. The actuality of non duality, awareness-consciousness is always and ever ‘as it is’ in nature or the natural state – “One without a second” as it is pointed out in Advaita in Hinduism, and this is also pointed to in various ways in all the major religions of the world. There is no duality(no other, not two) in THIS and that is the very simplicity of what is.
There is always the ‘appearance’ of duality in the phenomenal manifestation – day, night – man, woman and general multiplicity etc – the dynamic display of the energy of awareness; however this awareness-emptiness never ever changes its true nature or essence. Just as the images reflected in the mirror are in fact nothing but the mirror or reflecting surface itself. Every apparent thing from Brahma(the so called Creator) right down to a clump of grass is nothing but THAT non dual Absolute appearing as other that itself. The individual, the world, and the supreme Self or God are like silver in the mother of pearl – they are all concepts. The appearances as they “appear” are nothing but that – utterly impermanent and ever changing or what we call Maya or illusion. All and any appearances have no substance or independent nature of their own apart from this naked non conceptual awareness.
Everything that appears to happen or occur is nothing but a spontaneous emanation or happening taking place effortlessly in this changeless essence, and there is no doer ship by any apparent person or entity whatsoever. Everything seemingly happens by itself without the input of any entity, which clearly indicates that nothing ever happens at all, it only ‘appears’ to happen, simply because Reality or non duality is THAT which never changes. What never changes or alters in any way is this impersonal presence of awareness – THIS awareness of presence which almost everyone is actively ignoring, having taken on as real and true this “me” of memory, this imagined ego or self-center.
Having taken on and adopted the “I” thought, engendered by the parents and society around the age of three years, one then adds to that “I” thought all the events and experiences that occur from then on, and assumes that acquired name and form to be what one actually is, loosing sight of one’s true nature – this unmoved mover at the very core or heart of one’s being.
One never questions who and what one truly and ever is. One takes for granted that he or she is that Mr or Mrs So and So that one appears to be. Appearance and Reality are not compatible. Appearance is Maya or illusion and Reality is THAT which never changes. The world is real if it is seen and discriminated as the non dual, non conceptual , ever fresh presence awareness – but unreal if it is taken to be separate, discrete, independent and apart from this cognizing-emptiness that this awareness truly and ever is.
This is the so called investigation or enquiry that each must undertake for him or herself if they would re-cognize their own true nature. THIS is not anything that anyone can give you, the cognizing – seeing, hearing etc is already taking place. You don’t have to kick start the seeing, hearing etc, just notice that the seeing is effortlessly taking place without the input of the acquired imagined entity “me” So and So. Recognize this fact and half the battle is over. The content of the seeing is constantly changing, but the seeing is never ever changing. You’re seeing, knowing right here and now as this article is seemingly being read, and ask yourself – what effort am I making for this to occur or happen? I suggest that you are making no effort at all to be aware, and that it is happening effortlessly and spontaneously. It is the very same seeing that is seeing now as was seeing when you were one year old, ten years old, or even one hundred years old. The seeing has not changed at all, it is exactly the same. The contents of the seeing have changed and are constantly changing, but the seeing itself has never changed. See the truth of what is being pointed to yourself. Don’t wait for some other to tell you.
Everything occurring effortlessly and spontaneously in the natural state – “I am”, without words or concepts. This natural beingness is ever present and does not need to be acquired. You cannot negate your own being, nor can you grasp it with any word or concept. You use the word human being to describe yourself and you use the word Supreme being to describe God. Take away the concept or label human, and take away the label Supreme and then try to divide your being. Notice that it can’t be done! You cannot divide your beingness in any actual or real way – you still are infinitely and eternally – you are THAT! I am THAT! there is only THAT!
See the simplicity of what is being pointed to. There is nothing simpler than non duality – One without a second, so stop complicating THIS with words, thoughts, and mental concepts. FULL STOP! Pause for just an instant, and see whether you disappear or not. You will notice that you are still aware as you always and ever are whether thoughts are occurring or not. “Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so” as Shakespeare says, however thinking does not make anything good or bad if it is seen to be nothing but a momentary movement of energy taking place in THIS changeless cognizing-emptiness that is infinite intelligence – your glassy essence – THIS beginning less endless activity of knowing. The ‘ing’ on the end of it indicates that it is an activity that is taking place in the immediacy – Now-ing. It is not happening yesterday or tomorrow, it is taking place presently in the wake fullness-awareness. Aren’t you aware, right here and now? What more do you want?
There is no more, THIS is as good as it gets. Realize the truth for yourself. “Know” the truth and the truth will set you free, but it won’t make you free unless you know it and acknowledge it, realize it as your very own Self – non dual One without a second, and it is not even One, no words or concepts can ever describe it as it simply is “as it is”, self-existing, self-shining, unborn, ever-fresh, ever-new, presence-awareness, just THIS ever present, unqualified, immediacy, nothing else! No other, no duality, now or ever.
Try and take THAT back, try and analyse THAT, and you will fail, and you are bound to fail. You have tried to grasp THIS immediacy with a concept and it can’t be done, so realizing this simply relax and abide as you are in the natural state. Rest in your own true nature.
“Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest, for my yoke(yoga) is easy(natural) and my burden is light” – this boundless light of all knowing awareness – I am THAT I am! I am THAT by which I know I am! This is the whole of the so called teachings.
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Thought is not an enemy if it is understood, however if it is not understood as what it simply is – an energetic movement or vibration of energy taking place in and on the changeless background of this all-knowing awareness which you truly and ever are – THIS limitless potential or I am principal. If THAT limitless potential or infinite intelligence that is ever-existing and ever-present is not realized as the source and origin of all things including thought; then that thought seems to take on a life of its own, ‘seems’ to take on an independent existence of its own separate and apart from awareness-consciousness which it can never have, runs amok so to speak and causes endless strife, uncertainty, and psychological suffering.
If THAT has not been seen or realized as the REAL. The REAL as pointed out in Advaita in Hinduism is non duality – not two, or ‘One without a second’. The REAL is THAT which does not change or alter at any time or place, THAT which is imperishable. If THAT is not acknowledged as THIS ever-present ‘fact’ of your very own being, which you can never negate or grasp with any thought or concept; and the thought is taken to be real and independent, then psychological suffering is inevitable. Unenlightened existence is inherently unsatisfactory, as unexamined thought which is conceptual, then builds up a cage of words or concepts which then imprisons the imagined individual, who being taken in and deluded by the constant flow of thoughts, takes them to be his or her own personal thoughts, which in actuality is never the case.
Thought is time, and time is only a mental concept. Apart from thought, what time is there? Obviously none at all, yet this conscious presence of awareness it can be noted, is the constant and is unceasing. This choice less, effortless awareness that you already ‘are’ is timeless and Omnipresent, so what effort are you going to make to realize THIS? Simply notice what is already so and rest and abide in the natural state. Time is becoming and imaginary and naked awareness is being pure and simple – I am, without words or concepts. Recognizing THIS is enough, full stop! Recognize the voidness of your own intellect to be Buddha hood or Self-realization.
This awareness that you truly are is endless capacity or emptiness suffused with awareness – naked non conceptual knowing or cognizing. This emptiness or no thing that is awareness is a cognizing-emptiness, an endless beginning less activity of knowing, so it is not just a dead void or nothingness; it is the very livingness itself, self-shining, self-existing beyond anything perceivable or conceivable, and beyond life and death. Life and death are only concepts, but THIS that you truly and ever are is REAL beyond any imagining and you are THAT! Coming to this realization as the wake fullness itself is the true wakening that only the Jnani or Self-realized knows.
When this dawns on you you will realize that you were never born, nor have you carried out any worldly actions. Everything happens spontaneously without the input of any entity in the natural state. There is no duality in the natural state, although there may appear to be. Appearance is appearance only and nothing but the cognizing-emptiness appearing as shapes and forms, appearing as ‘other’, yet it never changes its true nature as THAT non dual Absolute. The reflections appearing in the mirror do not contaminate or affect the mirror or reflecting surface in any way, and even though they will always appear and cover the mirror surface, they are in fact nothing but the mirror.
Interestingly enough one never sees the surface of the mirror itself because one is utterly absorbed or distracted by the myriad of reflections that are appearing in and covering the mirror. The mirror in this analogy referrs to that awareness-emptiness or the non dual essence. The mirror needs something outside itself in order to reflect, however THIS that is being pointed to has no inside or outside and is utterly dimensionless and without qualities – THIS ever present, unqualified immediacy is “what is” beyond being and non being, beyond is and is not.
Do not try to grasp THIS with a concept, leave it “as it is” unaltered, unmodified, uncorrected as it is in nature or the natural state; and it is this that Nisargadatta Maharaj referrs to. When this dawns on you, and the so called penny drops, you will know directly that nothing ever happened and that reality being REAL has never changed or altered in any way whatsoever. Nothing ever happened and unfortunately this can’t be taught, told, or given to anyone, as each must SEE this for themselves so to speak.
What is being said or pointed to here is utterly unacceptable to any conventionally minded so called human being, simply because their pride of acquired knowledge, their ego-conceit, and sense of being a very special unique separate person(persona – through sound, or mask) or someone who is the doer of their own actions and deeds and who has destiny and free will – this unquestioned assumption and presupposition will not allow them to see and realize their own nothingness – however this nothingness this ‘Alpha and Omega” is an awake, aware no thing, a cognizing-emptiness as referred to by the Buddha.
This is what you truly and ever are, the non dual Absolute, the cognizing-emptiness and not the limited time bound human being that you appear to be and that appears in your mirror each morning when you look at him or her reflected there – if you begin to ‘notice’ what is on this side of the mirror, that is on your so called side of the mirror, you will notice that there is nothing there at all just boundless clarity and emptiness-awareness. Aren’t you THAT and not what you appear to be as the unreal, insubstantial reflection – Mr or Mrs So and So? Realize and don’t think, because thinking is just conceptual – thought or thinking by itself can’t stand on its own independent of awareness – don’t think because thinking in that sense is just bananas, – crap in other words.
Realize and know directly for yourself – “I am THAT!” THAT is the maha-vakya or great word of Hinduism. The Bible – “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My WORD will never pass away.” However this is the living word, not the dead, mechanical, acquired or learned word of invented language – ‘know’ – I AM THAT! – Be still and ‘know’ that I am God – don’t think about it. Realize it, make it REAL for yourself, no one else will ever do it or see it for you because there is no duality in non duality. Not two – no other now or ever only ‘I am’. That’s it, full stop!
Advaita means the end of the Vedas – the end of words – the place where words or acquired language don’t and can’t reach, and that place which is no place is - I am THAT I am, infinitely and eternally. Don’t forget it!Read More »
It is rather important to realize, not as a dry intellectual concept, but as direct experience; that I need do nothing to be as I am, in and as this natural state. The essence of non duality is ‘as it is’, real, changeless, ‘One without a second’ as it is pointed out in Hinduism, as well as in all the major religions of the world.Not only need I do nothing, but as the assumed, imagined, entity Mr or Mrs So and So I can’t, nor have I ever done anything at all, simply because this so called person or persona(mask-through sound) is only a concept, thought, or idea without any substance or independent nature of its own, apart from the non-conceptual awareness-consciousness that sustains it and that it is appearing in and on.So this awareness that is presently being pointed to is the Base of all phenomena, and without it I could not even lift a finger or speak a single word. Therefore it is imperative that one come back to the very basics, and that is that right here and now you are present and aware. You are aware without any choice or effort, and even before you express any thought or concept, you as that naked awareness have to be there first. You are aware even if you don’t say – I am. However, what you don’t yet realize is that you are always and ever aware, and you as awareness itself(non duality) can never loose it, you can never not be aware, as you are awareness itself – you are THAT non dual Absolute or Supreme Reality, and not the limited, miserable, human being that you appear to your self and so called others to be.This awareness or wakefulness that is now being pointed to is what you truly and ever are. This is what we call the pointing out instructions, which, in times past was only given to a genuinely worthy and mature disciple or student, it was not taught to the masses of people in general. Those so called times have passed, and THIS very Reality and fact of your own being is every one’s right and Truth and so it is not just for the few lucky ones who receive the initiation and direct pointing.However, even though this non dual essence is every one’s true nature, it is not something that anyone can give you or see and know for you. Everyone has to see and know THIS for themselves, and here lies the rub. It does not matter how many times it is said and pointed out, if one doesn’t take the time to look directly and actually see what the pointers are pointing to, one’s true nature remains forever obscure. One needs to go to what the pointers are pointing to and simply abide as THAT, rather than holding on to the various pointers which are in themselves nothing but concepts. It is important to simply ‘be’ what you truly and ever are, and not go back into the limited time-bound mind of memory – the “me”, the Mr or Mrs So and So and uselessly try to seek an answer there where it can never be found.This time-bound mind is a total phantom, the child of a barren woman, and has no existence or independent nature of its own apart from this self-evident, self-existing, unoriginated, non conceptual awareness that you truly and ever are. So it is totally useless to keep looking in the mind which is time, in order to arrive at the timeless – THIS beginning less and endless naked awareness.To try to get to the timeless from time is an impossibility. You cannot get to Reality – non duality or naked awareness, from duality – “me”, So and So, the apparent time-bound entity who has a beginning and ending in imagined time. Seeing THIS you quite naturally cease looking there, and that leaves you here and now present and aware as you have always and ever been, in and as The Basic Space of Phenomena. That alone is the Base – this undeniable ‘fact’ of your own pure being awareness.In order to arrive at this one has to question everything that one has acquired from the age of two and a half years onwards. Have I been born, am I the person or entity that my parents and society have told me that I am? The so called method which is no method at all, is negation – Neti, Neti – not this, not that – negate and keep on negating till you get to something which is no thing at all – THIS ever-present, unqualified immediacy of naked non conceptual awareness – THIS very fact of your own being.You can negate and discard everything – your body, mind, including senses, memory, emotions, associations, perceptions, attentions and intentions, but you cannot under any circumstances negate this ever-present fact of your own being – I am – you are aware, and you ‘know’; you don’t believe that you are aware. You cannot say I am not, because you as this ever present impersonal awareness have to be there first before any statement can be made.So this is what we point to and acknowledge. Come back to the only fact that you are absolutely certain of, and that is the fact of of your own being presently here and now. You are aware and you ‘know’ that you are aware. Good enough, that’s it, full stop! Re-cognize THIS ever present fact of your own being and don’t move away into the endless mental chatter of your time-bound mind, remain ‘as you are’ in the natural state.If you become enamored with these ceaselessly arising thoughts and concepts, if you take an unnecessary interest in them, you will become stuck in the mud of your own concepts and they will strangle you, and seemingly limit your limitless essence or potential. As shri Nisargadatta Maharaj has clearly pointed out – “The result of all your arguments is that you have tried to grasp THIS(deathless spirit or non dual Absolute) with a concept, and you fail, and you are bound to fail.So seeing and realizing this fact, if you cease conceptualizing and pause the thought process even for just the briefest instant, where does that leave you? Aren’t you still aware and present, even when the thought has stopped momentarily? Yes, that’s right, it leaves you present and aware as you always and ever have been, and what is wrong or lacking in this awareness? Usually the response of the mind would be – this is not good enough, or this is too ordinary, there is something missing and surely it can’t be that simple. However this ordinary, everyday awareness is whole and complete, nothing can be added to it or taken away from it and yes, it is the so called great enlightenment that all are seemingly seeking. This awareness that is now being pointed to is prior to everything and the true know er of it, and it is imperative that you get to know this true original know er. This is the only true and authentic knowledge that you can ever have, and it is the Jnana of the Jnani – The Self-Realized – and that is the knowledge – I am.This is the charan-amrita, the nectar of immortality – This knowledge I am has no shape, form, or qualities, and I am telling you from direct knowing that you are THAT. Tat Tvam Asi!Those who teach and those who learn all pass away. Whatever you take yourself to be will come to an end. So give up the idea that you are going to become a big guru and save all the ignorant people. There are no people to save, there never has been, there is only THAT non dual Absolute or Supreme Reality. Know this for certain and give up all doubts and uncertainties.If it is understood that there is no other thing, and there is only “One Thing”, are you not also “THAT BRAHMAN”? Everything is contained in ‘your’ wholeness, the one singular Brahman, but even the word Brahman is omitted. There is no poetry. There is no play of imagination. This imaginary individual, which is false, is not existing here. As we are not, similarly the second, or “other” is not.