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.
What we point to presently; and there is no other reality than this Omnipresent impersonal awareness, is THAT which cannot be put into words or grasped with any thought or concept whatsoever. Words are useful as pointers, yet in themselves are nothing but labels and constructs acquired from the age of around two and a half years onwards. Words are nothing but sounds or noises agreed upon by the society in general for practical purposes. When we make the noise or sound “tree” through the inherited language, which is also something made up or constructed through imagination, then, through general agreement of the meaning of this constructed language we each know what is being referred to by that word.
So by using the word “tree” we then think that we have understood what is actually being referred to. However that word, sound, or noise “tree” is not in fact what the very livingness, beauty, or actuality of what that so called thing truly is. The word “tree” is not the vibrant, living essence that the tree actually is. The word is never the actual and this needs to be clearly seen and known before the truth and actuality of Advaita or non duality can be fully grasped and realized.
The word is not the thing and belief is never the actual, this is what needs to be seen, known, and taken on board so to speak. You do not believe that you are, you ‘know’ that you are as a self-evident fact right here and now, and you cannot negate this fact of your own being under any circumstances. When this is clearly seen then one can use the word with impunity – use the word without the word using you, which is what usually happens. THIS boundless actuality of “what is” is real, actual, and changeless beyond all imagining, and nothing has ever touched or affected it in any way, and you ultimately are THAT Supreme Reality – non dual One without a second as it is pointed to in Advaita in Hinduism, as well as in all the other great religions of the world.
All this is not a matter of belief, but for SEEING-KNOWING directly for yourself. It is not something anyone can give you. No so called other can ever see this for you, each must see this for themselves. All we can do is point to THIS over and over again until one begins to notice it instead of ignoring it as one usually does. Ignorance or not knowing one’s Self or true nature is a grievous sin and the cause of endless sorrow and suffering, and this need not be. This psychological suffering is not necessary when one takes the trouble to LOOK and SEE who and what it is that suffers.
This fact of one’s own being is the one and only thing that you are absolutely certain of. You know that you are, you don’t believe that you are. You cannot under any circumstances negate your own being. Has this fact ever occurred to you? THIS is the key that unlocks the storehouse of unalloyed happiness or bliss. Use this key right here and now, don’t wait another second for some future enlightenment.
Who is it that suffers, enjoys, and is constantly exposed to ongoing doubt and uncertainty about the imagined future? Isn’t it that made up entity “me”, Mr or Mrs So and So? Now this fellow up here in Kings Cross is telling you directly that there is no me, and that the person (persona, mask) you have taken yourself to be is not real. The person is not the real or the actual, but simply an appearance similar to the image or reflection in a mirror. The reality is the reflecting surface of the mirror, and any or all images that appear in the mirror are in fact nothing but the reflecting surface itself and do not in fact have any substance or independent nature of themselves apart from the mirror. The reflections are in fact just that – reflections without any separate or independent nature whatsoever.
The mirror analogy is a reference to your own being as THIS ever-present naked, non conceptual awareness-knowing – THIS mirror-like wisdom or self-shining intelligence – THIS awake, aware, no thing that you truly and ever are – THIS emptiness suffused with awareness or naked non conceptual knowing which through force of habit, you are constantly overlooking, taking for granted, or ignoring. This endless capacity of all-knowing awareness or intelligence is the reflecting surface that everything is appearing in and on so to speak, and everything, literally everything is THAT non dual Absolute, and there is no duality in it now or ever. This ignorance that is now being pointed to and exposed is the very ignorance that is causing your fear and psychological suffering. This suffering doesn’t have to be there.
Now this fellow is telling you that there is no “me” there that could suffer, and that that “me” is unreal like the horns on a hare, like the water in a mirage, or like the child of a barren woman. Now am I right or am I wrong? Don’t just take my word for it, after all, I might be having you on. Have a good look at it for yourself, don’t go off half cocked and say – Oh yes, I’ve heard all this before, and leave it at that. Look and SEE for yourself right now. Don’t wait or you will wait forever.
Whenever any problem, fear, or uncertainty arises, directly look and see who it is that has this fear or problem. When you really look you will not be able to find any separate person or entity there, but rather only naked awareness-consciousness. I am giving you the keys to the kingdom – the Kingdom of Heaven – His Majesty – the knowledge I AM THAT I AM! not just for three score years and ten, but rather infinitely and eternally. Use this key right now to open up your very own storehouse of unalloyed bliss – “Soham” (I am He) automatically starts functioning. Soham is endless, limitless, measureless, and is the messenger of Truth, who is self-evident. The message and the messenger are not separate in Him. The messenger is himself the joy that is the enjoyment of the endless – endless joy or bliss. Let him who has ears hear, you will then SEE without eyes and hear without ears.
This does not mean that problems will not continue to arise as long as the body lasts. However these ever arising problems will be resolved far more easily and effortlessly than previously, when you mistakenly presumed that you as the separate person or entity were running the show. When you think that you are separate then there is constant and ongoing resistance to “what is”. Resistance is conflict, and conflict is dis-ease – you are not at ease when you are in conflict – duality, us and them is conflict.
Resistance is always in regard to the reference point, that assumed entity “me”, and there isn’t one. Got it? No me, no self, then no problem now or ever. There is an appearance of a so called “me”, but it must be seen-known that appearance ‘is’ appearance or reflection and not REALITY – that which does not change – and THAT which does not change is THIS ever-present naked, non conceptual awareness – limitless intelligence, this ever-present actuality of all-knowing unborn awareness. Clear?
Resistance and conflict are suffering, and this suffering will dissipate and fall away by itself when you clearly and directly see who has it. Who is this who? I suggest that there is no who at all, there is only THAT. I am THAT Supreme Reality and so are you. SEE for yourself.
When the world is assumed to be real, the Self is not seen: but when this assumption is discarded, consciousness is realized.
The seer alone is real, the object being hallucination.
The infinite consciousness alone IS.
The world is not seen in the supreme non dual consciousness.
He sees the truth who is not deluded into thinking that he is the body which is subject to illness, fear, agitation, old age and death.
I am the unborn in whom the world-appearance has vanished.
The supreme Self has no relationship with this world-appearance.
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Any label that one applies to oneself is just that – a label, a concept, and not the actuality of “what is”. Your very own being, this ever present fact of your own being is the only fact that you are absolutely certain of. You cannot negate this ever present beingness, it is ineffable and inexpressible and the words and concepts can only point to and verify it, yet they can never grasp it or know it objectively.
This First Person, Present tense, Singular, is pure subjectivity without any object whatsoever. The so-called objects are in and on it and are nothing but THIS non dual Absolute, or true subjectivity. Subject and object imply duality – me and the other – and THIS that you truly and ever are, this very actuality of non duality has no duality in it at all. There is no duality in non duality – not two – now or ever. The direct seeing-knowing of THIS is the truth that sets you free.
You are always THAT non dual Absolute, so there never was a time when you were not that. Time is only a mental concept and has no reality apart from thinking and memory. Do you have a memory(name and form identity) if you don’t think about it? You would have to go to memory, which is thinking-recalling, even to say that I am Mr or Mrs So and So. So this being – pure being – not being this or that, is timeless, unborn, and Omnipresent. Aren’t you THAT? What more do you want?
In this presence – Omnipresence, is the fullness of life. You will find that it always surpasses your own wishes. The present moment holds infinite riches beyond your wildest dreams, and this is the only moment you can ever live. You can’t live a second in the past or future, because the past is being recalled presently, and the so called future is being anticipated presently also. So you never really leave the present, only in imagination. Yet you, as you appear to yourself to be as that miserable, limited human being, seem to be unaware of your vast treasure, the pearl of infinite value – Self-realization, Self-knowledge, and so content yourself with other knowledge – knowledge of others, persons, places, objects, and things. All that accumulated, conceptual learning parading as knowledge is nothing but ignorance. Ignorance of your true nature or natural state. Any and all acquired knowledge – historical, scientific, spiritual, and religious is nothing but ignorance.
To realize this directly is the only true knowledge – the knowledge I am – knowledge of Self – Self-realization. There is only THAT. All this is THAT. This awake, aware, nothing or no thing – nothing apart from THAT now or ever.
Forgetting our true nature, we act like a king who behaves as a beggar in his dream.
When enlightenment dawns, you will realize that you were never born, nor have you carried out any worldly actions.
Neither remembrance nor forgetfulness actually exists.
There is no awakened one; there is only Self-realization.
Still a long way to go to reach this realization? How far do you have to go to reach space? This ever present space of knowing I am! No distance at all I suggest. Aren’t you aware and knowing that you are aware presently? Do you have to make any effort to be aware? Isn’t it choice less and effortless, this presence of awareness? This emptiness suffused with knowing awareness, this SPACE of knowing is boundless and without any center or circumference. Is there anything perceivable or conceivable that could be outside of this space of knowing? What would it be in? It would have to be in space, so you don’t have to do anything or go anywhere to reach this space-like awareness as you can never really be separate or apart from SPACE – knowing, cognizing-emptiness, or emptiness suffused with awareness.
So you are already THAT. Seekers are not, and never will become finders as such. So simply give up the seeking through seeing the futility if it, the futility of trying to become what you already are; and you are left here and now present and aware as you have ever been. Drop the seeking and you are home and hosed. Without that limited identity as a seeker you are this boundless SPACE of knowing in which everything appears and disappears. As that space-like awareness you are everywhere and every when. There is no place or time where you are not because every apparent thing is THAT space of intrinsic awareness-emptiness. THIS is the home and actuality of non duality and you, whether you know it or not are THAT and you cannot possibly be separate or apart from THAT. This alone is Self-knowledge and Self-realization, nothing less than this true and direct knowledge, I am, infinitely and eternally, not just for 80 years or so. First person, Present tense, Singular – non dual One without a second.
I am not talking to a person as a “person”, but to pure consciousness.
I speak to you in the language that was yours before words were first introduced to you.
However, you have to understand the meaning in the language that you have learned.
Since space and I are not different, wherever I go, that will be the place where I am already present.
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What we point to in all these discussions and apparent exchanges is the self evident fact of your own being. This simple, obvious and yet profound fact of your very own being; this presence of awareness that you cannot under any circumstance negate, and at the very same time you cannot grasp with any thought, word, or concept, or as any apparent object.
If it is closely looked into, THIS presence of awareness or awareness of presence is not your personal presence. It is not your presence or my presence, rather it is self-existing, self-knowing, without the need of any god there to create it. Have you ever looked into yourself in this way? Did you as the apparent entity, Mr or Mrs So and So, have any hand in creating the body-mind vehicle that you seem to inhabit, or did it arise spontaneously without your wanting it to?
How did all this happen without your permission or without your wanting it to happen or appear? Have you ever looked along these lines or considered this apparent mystery? This sense of presence, I am, that is what was born, and it wasn’t until the age of 2 or 3 years that you became aware of your existence as someone or something seemingly separate or apart from THIS ever present awareness-consciousness. The concept “I am”, and no one can grasp “I” as it is only a thought or concept; and so aided by the parents and society in general, one adds to that concept ‘I am’ all the events and experiences that occur from that early age onwards, and so takes on the false face or identity, I am So and So.
Because of this false identity with the body-mind vehicle which has arisen spontaneously, there comes with that the fear that I am going to die and disappear. Now this consciousness, “I am” that has arisen spontaneously and will depart in the same way, how has it come about, and what exactly is the cause of it? Because of what has all this come about? This is the riddle or koan that has to be solved. How did you come to be – I am So and So, and because of what are you? Unless this riddle is solved and utterly resolved, you will never know peace – the peace that passes all understanding – self-realization, the genuine, authentic, knowing of who and what you truly and ever are.
No one else can do this for you, because there is on other apart from this impersonal presence of all-knowing awareness which, up until this point; you as the imaginary entity So and So have been ignoring or taking for granted, so to speak. You could not even lift a finger or move a muscle if that animating life essence or impersonal presence of awareness was not there, yet you don’t seem to be aware of it, or to acknowledge it in any way. Isn’t this ignorance or spiritual blindness?
You are firmly in the grip of this “I” conceit or arrogance of doer ship and yet, you have never done a single thing or action of your own accord; you are not the doer of your actions, so where exactly does the question of karma come in? Karma for who exactly? Have you ever considered any of this? Isn’t it high time that you did, or is this constant psychological suffering something that you relish and enjoy? Ask yourself these questions and see for yourself, no guru or priest is going to do this inner work for you, as in your ignorance you may have somehow hoped.
Stop ignoring this naked awareness that is ever present, Omnipresent. Stop pretending to be what you are not – a limited separate human being looking out of “two” little peep holes in a stale meat-ball like head, and instead be this boundless space-like awareness that you are truly seeing out of – this space or no face that everything is appearing in. Isn’t the seeing taking place from “space” there where you are instead of out of two eyes? Isn’t the very first thing that you are seeing actually space? Can you find any center or circumference to that space of knowing where the actual seeing is taking place from?
Drop all your preconceived ideas and acquired knowledge and simply LOOK. On present evidence, without resorting to memory, words, or concepts, how many eyes are you looking out of? I suggest that you are looking out of a single edgeless eye – the Christ eye or the Buddha eye. Looking out of this single edgeless eye then your whole body if full of light – the self-evident light of awareness or naked knowing. THIS is the light that lights up every man and woman who seemingly comes into the apparent world. Know for certain, don’t think – I am the light of the world and let your light so shine before men that they will rejoice and glorify this heavenly light of naked all-knowing awareness. Wouldn’t you then rejoice and say quite confidently – I am THAT I am, that is prior to and utterly suffuses consciousness and the manifest world?
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The subject that we are discussing here is non duality – One without a second, as it is pointed out in Advaita in Hinduism. This has also been expressed in all of the major world religions as well. If as the ancients and others have stated and pointed out, that Reality, God, Truth, or “what is” is non dual, non conceptual, pure awareness-consciousness, then obviously that does not leave any room for a you or a me, or any separate personal entity whatsoever. How can there be a “me” apart from consciousness? If there is one, then that is dualism or duality and what we are saying, expressing , or pointing out is that there is no duality in this ever present non dual essence of all knowing awareness-consciousness that you always and ever are; THIS ever present natural state that is neither yours nor mine, but simply “is”.
How can there be Omnipresence and “me”, Mr or Mrs So and So? That would mean that there is something added to, outside, or apart from Omnipresence, and in actuality there is only THAT. To have something outside of Omnipresence is an impossibility, so it is clear that the entity “me” is a total fiction, an imaginary entity, a phantom, or what we call in Advaita, the child of a barren woman. Now, a barren woman has never had a child in the first place, so who in fact are you who is seemingly reading this? Ask yourself these questions and find out directly for yourself, don’t wait for something or someone outside yourself to give you THIS or you will wait forever. No one is going to give you, teach you, or tell you anything. Work out your own salvation with diligence.
There is an “appearance” of duality and there could not be any manifestation at all if it did not appear in the so called pairs of opposites – day-night, sound-silence, hot-cold, man-woman etc; however, even though it may appear like that it has never changed its true nature as non dual awareness-consciousness. The sky still appears to be blue, and there still appears to be water in the mirage, however it is clearly seen and known that the sky is not blue, nor is there ant water in the mirage appearing in the distance, although there appears to be.
If through investigation and clear seeing it is directly seen and known that there is no me here separate or apart from awareness; then that being the case, if, right here and now presently I can’t find any me or separate entity whatsoever when I directly look, then might en it dawn on you that there isn’t one? If there is no me or mine apart from this awareness-consciousness right here and now on present evidence(not taking into account thought or memory) or direct investigation, then when was there ever one? Doesn’t that lead to the conclusion that there never was any separate person or entity there at any so called time, even though it was believed that there was one? There never was any separate person or entity there with any substance or independent nature of its own at any time, was there?
Rather shocking conclusion on the one hand, and yet extremely liberating on the other. If there is no self or reference point with any substance or independent nature of its own apart from this impersonal all-knowing awareness, then who can suffer, have endless problems, grow old and die etc? The answer is no one. No self, no me, no entity, no problem – isn’t that so? And this is exactly what the Buddha discovered in his moment of enlightenment under the Bod hi tree.
He directly saw or realized that all apparent forms and things were inherently empty of any any substantial self or entity as such, and that form is nothing but emptiness, and emptiness is nothing but form. Form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness does not differ from form. The same is true with feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness. This was a genuine insight into the truth of non duality, and that is that form and emptiness are not two different things but rather one non dual essence expressing and appearing as everything – a boundless emptiness suffused with awareness – an all-knowing awareness or empty cognizance.
This cognizing-emptiness is the true nature, the natural primordial stateless state of every apparent thing. The awakening or so called enlightenment of the Buddha(Buddha means fully awake, aware) was the direct seeing-knowing that every apparent thing animate or inanimate is nothing but Buddha-nature – all knowing awareness-consciousness – cognizing emptiness. So it is emptiness itself that is doing the cognizing and not any person or entity there who can do anything. THIS is the fundamental insight that when clearly seen and known can never be lost because it is simply known that there is no person or entity present there who could gain or loose anything as all is awareness-emptiness – THIS awake nothing or no thing – THIS very wakefulness, and there is nobody, not Buddha, Christ, Ramana Maharshi, or anyone else who has ever gone beyond nothing. So get a taste of this wakefulness, this aware no thing and you have gone as far as anyone has ever gone, so to speak. In this ever present wakefulness there is no one superior or inferior to you, there is only this boundless equanimity or suchness.
This awareness-consciousness is nothing to the time-bound mind and that is why it is being ignored by the apparent entity – “me”, Mr or Mrs So and So. Therefore in emptiness(awareness) there is neither form, nor feelings, nor perception, nor mental formations, nor consciousness; no eye, or ear, or nose, or tongue, or body, or mind; no form, no sound, no smell, no taste, no object of mind; no realms of elements(from eyes to mind-consciousness); no interdependent origins and no extinction of them(from ignorance to old age and death); no suffering, no origination of suffering, no extinction of suffering, no path, no understanding, no attainment.
Because there is no attainment but only “what is”, there are no obstacles to overcome, no fear, no enlightenment, just THIS – realizing perfect Nirvana – nothing else, nothing other in non duality. All Buddhas in the past, present , and future(simply a way of talking or expressing as there is no such thing as time), thanks to this Perfect Understanding, arrive at full, right, and universal Enlightenment. Full, right, and universal Enlightenment is realizing, knowing, directly and clearly that there is no enlightenment(who or what separate entity is there that could be enlightened?), there is only THAT Supreme non dual animating life essence – not two, no other, now or ever – just THIS, nothing else! You are THAT.
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What is it that we need to know and acknowledge? Isn’t it this ever present fact of our own being, right here and now presently? Isn’t THIS impersonal presence of awareness, or awareness of presence, what I , First Person, present tense, singular, truly and ever am? Before there can be any god, don’t I have to be there first, prior to any and every apparent thing? Knowing THIS is the only genuine knowledge, and that is self-knowledge, self-realization.
Realizing, knowING, that I am prior to everything and the know er of it, is the timeless actuality of true wisdom. This self evident fact of one’s very own being, right here and now – self-existing, self-shining like the sun, timeless Omnipresence, is being totally overlooked and ignored by the time-bound entity, the illusory body-mind appearance, that one usually and mistakenly, takes oneself to be. Nisargadatta Maharaj directly pointed out to me, many so called years ago, that I was not what I had taken myself to be; and by that he meant that I was not my body or my mind of memory, made up of accumulated thoughts and concepts forming this dead image or imaginary reference point – “me” – Mr or Mrs So and So.
If I am not the body or the mind then what am I? Find out! Just briefly, for a moment, pause a thought. Now in that momentary pausing or stopping of thought, what is there? Have you ceased to exist when the thought is paused, there in that so called gap? No, you are still present and aware. In fact you are awareness itself – non conceptual awareness, which in Dzogchen, the most direct and clearest expression of Buddhism – Dzogchen translated means ‘the great perfection’, and the great perfection simply put, in one sentence is – non conceptual awareness. Aren’t you THAT? Are you unaware presently, here and now?
Can you negate your awareness or boundless being? Can you say I am not, or at some future time I will not be? If you can, what is letting you say this? Isn’t it this changeless background of space-like, all knowing, awareness that is allowing you to say this? Have a look along those lines for yourself and see if the truth of what is being said or pointed to does not dawn upon you. One has to drop all preconceived ideas, memories, thoughts, and concepts of what others, including ones parents, and society in general has told you, and simply and directly look.
On present evidence, not what you remember or what you have been told, how many eyes are you looking out of? Obviously the answer is not two eyes, but one edgeless single eye – the Buddha eye or the single Christ eye that allows your whole body-mind to be filled with light, there where the actual seeing is taking place – the light of knowing, seeing, being, feeling, hearing, beginninglessly and endlessly – THIS colorless, formless, light of all knowing awareness is what you truly and ever are.
This light in oneself, is the light that seemingly lights up every man and woman that comes into or appears in the world. THIS light of naked knowing, this seemingly ordinary everyday awareness is the great enlightenment that all are apparently seeking, not realizing that they are that awareness. You can’t seek that Reality of non conceptual, impersonal, self-shining, self-existing awareness because of the ‘fact’ that you already and always are THAT Reality, or what we call Parabrahman, the non dual Absolute in Advaita Vedanta.
And this very fact that has just been stated and pointed out here, is what the Jnani or self-realized refer to as ignorance. This Reality of your natural state or true being is being ignored by the seeker who continues to look outward into the appearance world of time-bound shapes and forms, not realizing that the shapes and forms, sentient beings, mountains, rivers, stars, and galaxies, are in point of fact, nothing but emptiness-awareness ‘appearing’ as other than itself. There “is” no duality in non duality, there only appears or seems to be, and you, as that time-bound entity Mr or Mrs So and So are taking the appearance to be the Reality, and this can never happen.
You as that separate entity Mr or Mrs So and So are a total fiction, the child of a barren woman, so to speak. Nothing of the kind has ever happened at all and you are nothing – no thing – not just a total vacuum, but a boundless, awake, aware, nothing or no thing – space-like awareness-emptiness. Directly knowing-being THIS is self-realization, already realized. A bit hard to swallow you may say, rather shocking isn’t it? Hard to swallow for who, shocking for who? Find out the answer to this koan and you are home and hosed, present and aware-knowing as you always and ever have been.
Stop right there! Don’t go off into the mind looking for an answer there where it never can be found. The mind is time and there is no time apart from thinking or thought. Do you have a memory if you don’t think about it? Obviously not, so the so called “me” is time, and time as such does not exist, there is no such thing as time, it is only imaginary. Nothing can trouble you except in your own imagination – stop imagining (thinking) and what is there? Nothing perceivable or conceivable – Nirvana, Tao, the natural state, or what we call THAT in the Maha Vakya or great Word or statement of Hinduism in Advaita – I am THAT, for want of a better word. Realize, I am THAT I am, there never was any ‘other’, there “is” only THAT. Do not continue on endlessly in the dream that you are a separate person with destiny and free will – nothing could be further from the truth. It is this pride of doer ship that has kept you in the trap of this imaginary bondage. Drop it right this instant and be free. Bondage and liberation are both concepts and are only imaginary. There is no liberation because there is no actual bondage, there is only THAT unborn, ever present, non conceptual awareness.
See and simply “be” THIS that you always and ever are, and give up seeking and becoming which implies time, knowing that there is no such thing as time, and that time as such, is an illusion and utterly imaginary. This alone is self-knowledge and self-discovery, of which there is no ending or beginning.
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Mullah Nasrudin, standing on the bank of a river, watched as a dog came to drink. The dog saw itself in the water and immediately began to bark. It barked and barked all morning and into the afternoon, until it was foaming at the mouth. Finally, dying of thirst, the dog fell into the river – whereupon it quenched its thirst, climbed out, and happily walked away. Nasrudin said, “Thus I realized that all my life I had been barking at my own reflection.”
Whenever one thinks or takes thought so to speak, it is usually about about some other person, entity, or thing. It is never on oneself that one thinks or contemplates, but rather on some other person or thing, and this is dualism – I and the so called other. But who is this ‘I’ that I take myself to be? You cannot think on this I that is yourself, because when you turn your attention around one hundred and eighty degrees and try to focus on yourself that you think is doing the thinking; this so called separate ‘I’ disappears and can not be found or located, and all that is there is a boundless, impersonal, awareness or presence.
Perhaps THIS is what you truly are, and not the apparent separate entity, Mr or Mrs So and So, that that you falsely imagine or think yourself to be. Who is the thinker? Find out for yourself, I am not going to tell you because it will not help you unless you see this for yourself. Isn’t the thinking, just like the seeing, hearing, tasting, and touching, arising spontaneously by itself without the input of any any separate person or entity that is doing the thinking, including all the naturally occurring sense functions? Have a good look at it, don’t just say – I don’t know, find out, otherwise forget about non duality all together and just continue with your unexamined, miserable life full of uncertainty, anxiety, and self created psychological suffering.
Who is this suffering happening to, who and what is this apparent separate I? From whence and from what has this I arisen? Has this apparent separate I got any substance or reality of its own apart from this naked, non conceptual aware no thing that is at its base or foundation? Never mind about others, like my wife or my husband, my country, my politician, my priest, or my religion, whatever that may or may not be. All that is secondary and of no importance unless I find out, know, re-cognize, or realize who and what I am first and foremost – First Person singular, One without a second. When I know who I am, then I automatically know who the imaginary others are also.
The subject is non duality – THIS ever present, Omnipresent, ONE without a second. If reality, god, or truth is non dual One without a second as I now know for certain to be the case; can you who are reading or contemplating this be separate, apart from, or outside of THAT Supreme Reality that is at the very core of of your own being here and now? Are you aware, are you knowing, even without a thought or concept, right here and now?
If you are, then THAT must be what you are. Just this, nothing else – THIS awake, aware no thing, this unqualified immediacy that so called things are appearing in and on, has never changed or altered in any way whatsoever. Can you remember a time when you were not aware? Even in deep sleep or under an anaesthetic, you are still aware, you still existed then even as you do now. This awareness, this awake no thing has never grown old, it was the same and present when your physical body was two years old, ten years old, or one hundred years old, and it will still be present when the body-mind vehicle disappears and resolves itself back into this emptiness-awareness or no thing that it always and ever “is’.
Awaken from the dream that you are mortal, fallible, and full of sin and realize once and for all that you yourself are the deathless spirit or essence, the non dual Absolute. What did you hope to find, what did you hope to achieve in this Maya dream of manifestation? Have you attained what you set out to attain, have all your desires been fulfilled? Of course not, because you were looking in the wrong place, not realizing that what you are seeking you already are. There is no “me” there who can have any desire; knowing this you are desire less, effortless, whole and complete – utter freedom itself without any boundaries or limits – limitless capacity, suchness, boundless being. So simply “be” what you truly are ( an awake nothing or no thing ) and don’t pretend to be what you are not – a limited person, entity, or thing caught up in endless becoming, which is time. – End.Read More »
This that we are pointing to is no thing to the mind, yet it ever is. This unqualified essence or Omnipresence is what you truly and ever are. You as that indefinable immediacy never begin or end, yet all apparent things have their seeming beginning and ending in THIS changeless, boundless, aware or awake no thing. There is no becoming in this being that you can never negate, yet simultaneously that you can never grasp with any passing thought or mental concept.
This that has just been stated is the very essence and crux of this so called teaching of non duality that we are seemingly trying to convey. There is nothing more obvious or simpler than this very ‘fact’ of your own being – infinitely and eternally. So start from the fact that you already are THAT. If you start from anywhere else you will be starting from the mind which is time and utterly dualistic in its very functioning.
It is quite obvious that you cannot get to the timeless – THIS ever present, non dual essence or Absolute, from time which is dualism or becoming. Becoming is time and there is no becoming in being. There is no duality in this non dual Absolute or no thing that you truly and ever are. There is an appearance of duality no doubt, but the appearance as it appears is not the reality. There is the appearance of a snake in the harmless rope seen in a dim lit area. However in actuality there never was any snake in this rope of non conceptual all knowing awareness or consciousness; there only appeared to be.
This is all that needs to be known. Once this is re-cognized and fully realized, everything becomes all inclusive again. The body and world still appears and one still uses the words “I” and “me” knowing fully well that there is no separate I or me in this mirror-like aware no thing that is the source and origin from which all apparent things come and to which they seemingly return. Then appearance and reality are paradoxically the very same know thing. Form is emptiness and emptiness-awareness is form.
This is the fully rounded view so to speak, where nothing is accepted or rejected. There is no dividing up of things into the relative and the absolute – spirit and matter – God and man etc. These words that are being written or spoken are not dividing anything – this naked knowing awareness remains unaffected throughout eternity and you are THAT. The world appearance was never created at all, it never existed at any time, and it is only an illusory appearance like the silver in the mother of pearl shell. There is only ever this unborn awareness appearing and expressing as every apparent thing. You cannot possibly be anything other than THAT now or ever. This alone is self-realization already realized, the truth and actuality of non duality; nothing less than this.
Seeing this, what needs to be done and by whom? Nothing needs to be done and there is no one who can do anything. There is just this immediacy of choice less, effortless, awareness. Aren’t you THAT right here and now? Is there any need to seek it or acquire it? The very search itself is the problem because the search implies a seeker who at some future time is going to acquire or get this so called great enlightenment. You have then placed yourself in the trap of time, thinking that at some future time you are going to reach your goal of enlightenment. You have then moved away from this immediacy into the mental concept of time. Mind and thinking is time and this immediacy is timeless. As soon as you move off into conceptual mental thinking and imagining you have then created an illusory separate entity “me”, who then thinks that he or she is thinking the thoughts, whereas in actuality thoughts are arising and passing away effortlessly without there being any entity or person as such thinking them.
This is what clearly needs to be seen, not by any entity but by clearly seeing and investigating and noticing that there is no separate entity there with any substance or independent nature of its own now or ever. Stepping off the razors edge of this timeless, naked non conceptual awareness into the mental, imaginary concept of time and space is how the unnecessary psychological suffering is created and maintained. Just realize that you can never get out of or leave the NOW of this timeless Omnipresent, naked, all knowing presence awareness, and then you will directly see that all problems are purely mental or imaginary, as the so called person or entity that they are happening to is the child of a barren woman who then builds a castle in the air and tries to live in it.
This child of a barren woman then goes to drink and bathe in the waters of a mirage. A total impossibility and absurdity. See this and be free. Don’t pretend to be what you are not – a separate, limited, time bound person or entity, and don’t refuse to be what you are – this awake, aware, boundless, limitless no thing – the non dual Absolute or Supreme reality, One without a second.
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“The Absolute Cannot Be Remembered Because It Cannot Be Forgotten.”
Without remembering that, and without putting in any efforts, the experience of the world happens.
Now, for those who have identification with the body, this knowledge has no meaning – it cannot act. Despite this fact, the visits these people make will not be totally in vain; they will bear fruit at some future time. The effects of these visits will be like the aftermath of the rains: grass and plants will be seen coming out automatically, sprouting.”
These above words of Nisargadatta Maharaj are extremely profound and poignant, for I am one of those so called people he is referring to who visited him in the final years of his earthly existence. What he said and the seeds of consciousness that he planted at the time have come to fruition and born fruit here, so to speak. What he said, his powerful words penetrated into me, lay dormant and finally germinated and bore fruit many years later, and seemingly after the fact,
They worked in spite of me, not because of me. The “me” that I am referring to is the identification with the body-mind that I had taken myself to be at that time. This identification has now resolved itself and disappeared and left me with what I truly and ever am – THIS impersonal awake or aware nothing, the no thing that I always and ever am. I never existed as that entity or body-mind appearance that I took myself to be – I only appeared to, and even the appearance(reflection) would not have been possible without this empty, colorless, formless space of all knowing awareness or infinite intelligence.
Just as the reflections are not apart from or independent of the spotless mirror and are in the final analysis nothing but the mirror, even so whatever seems to appear or disappear in the so called manifestation is nothing but THIS impersonal non dual essence or Absolute. Without this impersonal empty space of knowing awareness, prior to, during, and after the appearance of consciousness, which is time-bound mind; nothing could be seen to appear or disappear ( apparent birth and death ) for that matter.
This is what needs to be seen or re-cognized and that is that Reality or simply “what is”, pure being, Non duality, does not change. How could it if it is Reality or what we call THAT, in Advaita – even in the Biblical injunction “I am THAT I am. You can call THAT Tao, Christ, Krishna, or Allah, any of these terms will serve equally as well. Aren’t you THAT, right here and now, presently? Can you say I am not existing? If so, who would be saying that? Isn’t it THAT or the Reality of Non Duality itself that enables the expression through the time-bound mind of the thought or concept I am?
Is there any duality in non duality? You may say, there certainly appears to be, however the ‘fact’ is that there is no duality in THIS non dual Absolute that you truly and ever are; therefore there is no relationship in THIS that you truly and ever are. Relationship is dualism, me and the so called other, and there is no other now or ever. You , as that non dual essence alone exist, there ‘are’ no others. Nothing ever happened, reality never changed and you are THAT whether you know it or not. The most important thing is the very ‘fact’ of your own being; start from the fact that you already are THAT, the very First Person Singular – I am, infinitely and eternally.
So, all this time, and I should not be even using that word(time), you have simply been duped by illusion, because in spite of all the apparent movements and changes, reality or “what is” has remained unchanged. Now is the time to stop ignoring THIS and simply be what you truly are. There is no becoming in this timeless being or Omnipresence. Acknowledge it, re-cognize it and be – I am THAT by which I ‘know’ I am.End.Read More »