Advaita Vedanta (Part II)

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Regardless of what you think, say or do, Absolute Freedom was, 
is and always will be Who and What you really are.




   
   


Although the twilight causes the appearance of a snake before you, regardless of what you may think, say or do about it, it is really never anything other than a rope.

So it is with the Mind and its World of [inner and outer] forms and events, desires and dilemmas...being naught but a projection from the Ineffable Reality, which is Itself unmodified, unalloyed and, thereof, utterly free.

FIRST PRINCIPLES

Let's look at the situation starting from the point of the ordinary familiarity of the ego, see what properties/ characteristics we can glean from its immediate proximity, and work our way backwards and try to locate the source, hopefully, of what caused this mysterious and awesome phenomenon of the world and life itself.

If we hope to make any sense out of what it is that thrives not only within but also without us (i.e. the ego and the world, respectively), we have to be capable of reaching the agreement that there exists an underlying primal condition or state of Being which is omnipresent and eternal (i.e. everywhere and permanent). This state of primal Being, for convenience sake, we shall refer to as 'the Absolute', representing the pure undifferentiated essence of Existence or Pure Being.

Now, since the Absolute (Pure Being) is everywhere and permanent, each ego (or individual) must naturally have primary and continuous access to It; It must be the permanent factor behind the ego. Furthermore, as it should become evident, It must be what the ego itself has been projected out of, or born from.

If we will now observe the immediacy of the ' I ' essence, we will notice that such experience is raw and pure (and in this sense, perfect) IF we can do so without add-on thought colorations (modifications). For, such add-on thought modifications are a direct byproduct of the hub of all thought modifications: the essential ' I '-thought or ego. This is undoubtedly the most vital and central idea that the Vedanta seeks to convey. It is not a simple one in terms of presentation; when it's grasped however it's recognized to be profoundly simple. So try your best to get a clear handle on its basic premise.

Thereof, basically, the pure experience of the Self or the 'I am' registers as a steady state of awareness or consciousness, in the form of a clear flow of ' I ',' I ',' I '. However, the common influx of 'I am this [such way] or that [such thing]' is the interfering realm of the ego. And this realm, if investigated, is found to be a false overlay on the truth or the Natural Reality--which is the state of pure, unmodified awareness. That is, the ego, being a modification or superimposition on the otherwise natural state of pure consciousness, is a contrived [albeit well-orchestrated] falsehood. And it can be proved so by the fact that it's nothing more than a temporary phenomenon.

The ego is subject to phases of waking, dreaming and sleeping. In the sleep mode, it, along with its cohort, the mind, is non-existent. Yet the substratum Self is continuous throughout these phases, because, upon awakening, the ego recognizes that somehow, something that was all along 'backing it' experienced a blissful sleep. This is the common experience of everyone: the identity of the individual remains intact.

Therefore the ego (again, considered, as such) is maya. And the Self is the only Reality; in fact, the Self is Existence Itself. This is Yoga, Samadhi, Moksha and Jivanmukthi.

In any approach there are contradictions in evidence. Oddly enough, in the way of Vedanta contradictions are even more pronounced (because of the explicitness of the philosophy). For example, the assertion that Brahman is the only reality in existence, and yet constant reference is made to an ego that must be abandoned. However, if the matter is investigated, this will be acknowledged to be a necessary strategy. Moreover, it's only a means to an end. (And nowhere is the saying more appropriate, "The end justifies the means"!) And, 'the end' implies a condition that abandons BOTH concepts. That is, not only the concept of ego is eventually dispelled, the concept of Brahman is ALSO released, because these are merely concepts and not the "thing-in-itself."

The point here is not to be discouraged when you see such contradictions because neither side is the truth, per se, but rather the purpose of this (or ANY spiritual philosophy) isn't the concepts it wields, for they only POINT the way to the Reality. Whereas, the Reality has no philosophy, no concepts, no ideas or ideals. It merely is.

We can further elaborate by saying that a given spiritual philosophy uses an untruth (in the form of a method or system of thought) to dislodge an untruth, like a thorn is used to pluck out another thorn from under the skin, and after the job is done, both are thrown away.

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EVERY BEING IS THAT I AM

WHICH IS THE ONE AND ONLY I AM.

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Whether or not you're taken by the angry pain, or tour Life's roadway through sorrow/fear, etc, is simply without consequence...because it's only maya. Like when you wake up from a dream in the morning, where within that dream just minutes ago its 'reality' and 'power' were unchallenged in the face of your vital essence--yet, it remains truly without substantial Reality, afterall. So also does this Life spectacle, as such, resolve itself to be thus upon the Greater Awakening (Self-Realization) what it's really been all along: nothing more than a highly sophisticated realm of pure dream!

Thus, when the final disintegration of the Ego Commander is achieved, it's also immediately realized that the past involvements of this alleged 'ego' have amounted to so much dust and smoke...

Except for the thought or series of thoughts that
are geared toward the destruction of ALL thoughts,
there isn't a single thought ever worth thinking!

The Mind can entangle us
anywhere anytime
all within the span of
an instant.

Yet, what is this Mind?

Consider: If and when some philosophy gets developed to answer the Mind's many urgent questions, are we to then uphold such battery of answers in every moment in time? Or, are these answers supposed to create a certain transformation within us in order to elicit a living state of being (viz. enlightenment), enabling us to release our involvement with such throng of answers?

The fact is, there is a transformation forthcoming, yet it is the result--not of an abstract/intricate philosophy gradually built-up and indexed in vast mental files and directories--but rather delivered through an extraordinarily SIMPLE means: by asking oneself "Who am I?"...and allowing merely this SINGULAR and PRIMAL question--the question of ALL questions--to re-define the constitution of our Mind, permitting it to become what it has ever already been: a clear and characterless conduit that transmits the Totality of Self, being otherwise unfiltered, unmodified, or uncompromised by thoughts or ideologies.

Relative Illusion vs. Absolute Consciousness

Not the smallest fragment of any of this is real, as such--even these words, calling off the entertainment of such ideas, are not of the least moment for, although technically real, they are infinitesimal fractions absorbed automatically back into their ineffable source in the Absolute.

All these are Mind contrivances.

Some will argue, heatedly, that this kind of philosophical negation is a cop-out.

Others will remind us that responsibility and steady involvement in matters of the world are vital and inescapable.

Still others will further point out that survival itself would be impossible without due process of daily mundane attention and commitment.

The response is: By all means, act on the requirements for life's sustenance--but without attachment and without reflection. Don't talk or even think about it. Most of all, don't philosophize about it. Just DO it!

For, beyond this, there is in reality no 'doing' to be had, for there is no-one, as such, in existence to begin with. And without anyone in existence, how is so-called "doing" at all possible?

Is this madness?

No. Dreaming causes us to swear to things that aren't there. Dreaming is [obviously] purely a product of the mind. Likewise, the waking phase of the mind causes the same phenomenon. But it can only be so proven at the advent of Liberation [or the freeing of the awareness] of the ego from its outbreath of the hypnotic mode of the waking world. (Note: Regarding the non-existence of the individual: Only the false and temporary reflection of the true Self--being the limited ego (i.e. that individualized entity who considers itself real apart from its Source in the brahman Self)--is claimed to be non-existent...not the Self Itself.) Listen: Prior to moksha there is a similar distrust that the waking world, as such, could ever be merely a dream. In this unique case, seeing isn't believing; rather, BEING renders seeing irrelevant(!), and is simultaneously its own automatic proof...testifying to what Really IS.

Once achieved, all questions and philosophies crumble into thin air. This is what's meant by "the destruction of the mind." What remains in its wake is what was ever its substratum: Absolute Pure Consciousness.

::: MOKSHA : Liberation :::

It's so clean : transcendental : like hovering above clouds/problems/thoughts : Letting go perfectly : of all conceptual/perceptual organizations ::: Objects : realms : judgements : left wondrously behind : along with these psycho-philosophical : relentless systems of morality : that sterile angry thunder of Logic = all clearly : perfectly : effortlessly abandoned Once for all Time ::: Yes even the glue and magic heat of commitment : the strict strength of Reasonable Conscience : Yea! the Cosmic Love Magnet that inspires and exalts the very Stars and Eternity : All transcended
finally impeccably without the least trace of regret : but Bliss unbridled :::

Liberate Us from Our Daily Dread...

Our Daily Maya:
A Mind-Trip:
Treacherous and Stubborn Creator of
The Long and Winding Train of Judgements...

O Shiva! Destroyer of Mind-Energy!
Liberate Us from these Jaws
That Crush the Wings of Our Freedom!
(Although these Jaws are Yet Rank Illusion!)

O Shiva! Already Thou Hast Naught to Destroy!
For Naught has Ever been Created!
Neither Darkness, Strife, Pain nor Ignorance
Hath Ever even Existed for a Brief Moment in Time!
Neither Hath Shakti, Sankalpa, Leela, nor Samsara
Been Ever in the Least Real Apart from Thee,
O Brahman!

Trumping the Death Card

No Enemy__No Horror__No Tragedy__
No Darkness__No Pain__No Strife__
Save in the Mind.

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There's ever only one enemy that anyone
can possibly have: the Mind.
No-One to rob our worth, subtle or gross...
No-Thing to steal our energy in the quiet twilight...
Except that treacherous traitor of
the soul's faith and worth: the Mind.

How to stop this thing called 'Mind'??
...By letting it run its course.
...By resisting not its Death-wielding energy.
...By watching it as if you were a tourist on a ride in Disneyland!

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There's only One I AM in existence.
And It cannot be seen...Can the eye see the eye?
And It Itself sees nothing...Can 'objects seen' ever be more than
fragments of Its Absolute Being?

IT merely IS...and Its state
is thus unfathomable,
presenting an impeccably perfect Mystery
to the apparent Witness.
Whereas, this Witness, as such, is Itself the
Alpha and Omega of the most formidable acts of
Delusion.

The Atmavichara (Self-enquiry)

The Self is hunted for within (or behind) the 3 bodies (gross, subtle, and causal), the 5 sheaths (physical, vital, mental, intellectual, and blissful) and the 3 states of the ego-Mind (waking, dreaming, and sleeping).

Now, regardless that the Self is all-pervading (ie being that It yet also is these very bodies, sheaths, and states), the problem still lies in the fact that these egoic components (bodies, sheaths, states) cause a fundamental distraction in one's awareness. That is, they cause a severe contraction of Consciousness...jailing, as it were, our otherwise free and [naturally] Absolute Being.

This is why we're instructed in the vichara marga to bypass or deny that these components have anything to do with our real Self.

And then, eventually, what becomes finally left over, is nothing but the pure ether of Self.

Yet, technically, It's ALREADY HERE RIGHT NOW!

the perfection of Freedom already is.

nothing hence to add or subtract from what is.

this is IS-ism.

everyone's naturally enlightened.

maya never was for even a second in time.

time never was.

was never was.

deadmind.

NITYAMOUNANANDA IS ALL THERE IS.

OM SHAANTHI SHAANTHI SHAANTHI.

Extracted from an essay by T.M.P. Mahadevan

"....The central path taught in this philosophy is the inquiry into the nature of Self, the content of the notion 'I'. Ordinarily the sphere of the 'I' varies and covers a multiplicity of factors. But these factors are not really the 'I'. For instance, we speak of the physical body as 'I'; we say, 'I am fat', 'I am lean' etc. It will not take long to discover that this is a wrong usage. The body itself cannot say 'I' for it is inert. Even the most ignorant man understands the implication of the expression 'my body'. It is not easy, however, to resolve the mistaken identity of the 'I' with egoity (ahankara). That is because the inquiring mind is the ego, and in order to remove the wrong identification it has to pass a sentence of death, as it were, on itself. This is by no means a simple thing. The offering of the ego in the fire of wisdom is the greatest form of sacrifice.

"The discrimination of the Self from the ego, we said, is not easy. But it is not impossible. All of us can have this discrimination if we ponder over the implication of our sleep-experience. In sleep 'we are', though the ego has made its exit. The ego does not function there. Still there is the 'I' that witnesses the absence of the ego as well as of the objects. If the 'I' were not there, one would not recall on waking from one's sleep-experience, and say; "I slept happily. I did not know anything". We have, then, two'I's - the 'pseudo-I' which is the ego and the true 'I' which is the Self. The identification of the 'I' with the ego is so strong that we seldom see the ego without its mask. Moreover, all our relative experience turns on the pivot of the ego. With the rise of the ego on waking from sleep, the entire world rises with it. The ego, therefore, looks so important and unassailable.

"But this is really a fortress made of cards. Once the process of inquiry starts, it will be found to crumble and dissolve. For undertaking this inquiry, one must possess a sharp mind - much sharper than the one required for unravelling the mysteries of matter. It is with the one-pointed intellect that the truth is to be seen (drsyate tu agraya buddhya). It is true that even the intellect will have to get resolved before the final wisdom dawns. But up to that point it has to inquire - and inquire relentlessly. Wisdom, surely, is not for the indolent!

"The inquiry 'Who am I?' is not to be regarded as a mental effort to understand the mind's nature. Its main purpose is 'to focus the entire mind at its source'. The source of the 'pseudo-I' is the Self. What one does in Self-inquiry is to run against the mental current instead of running along with it, and finally transcend the sphere of mental modifications. When the 'pseudo-I' is tracked down to its source, it vanishes. Then the Self shines in all its splendour - which shining is called realization and release."


THAT
Which IS
Embraces Yet Transcends
Every Imaginable
Thought And Attribute
Unto Eternal Infinity.
And, As Such, Its Unified Being Yields
Not A Singular Idea, Color, Or Sound
Save The Spectrum Of

AUM

Simply Be what you already ARE.

Who are you?

Find it out!

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The Mind (Maya) is so complex.
The Self (Nishta) is so simple.

(Maya is the World-appearance. Nishta is the Reality or the Truth in Existence.)

As long as the World-appearance is left uninvestigated, Ignorance prevails... causing Suffering.
If the World-appearance is, however, investigated, in due course it's found to to be evanescent and inconsequential, causing [innate] wisdom to surface.

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Here's the sole root-cause of the World's manifest Illusion:
the ego/desire-Mind.
And yet, paradoxically, it doesn't even exist(!)

Therefore, based on the information here provided, what is, in turn, the root-cause of this ego/desire-Mind?
Answer: Nothing is the cause of Nothing.

Here, the Mind is confirmed dead. And what remains over cannot be in any wise conveyed, only "experienced" (which is also a grave misnomer, insofar as how it may be registered--viz: who or what entity can possibly be [manifested] separate from It [or in addition to It] to be capable of recording the event?).

The Unreal Dilemma

The Real: Despite appearances, there isn't one second in time that anyone in any place under any circumstance isn't fully enlightened.

The Unreal: It's ever only a [non-existent] device called the Mind that can seem to divert our attention from the Natural State.
And yet, this whole process is an utter dream. Nothing more. Nothing less.

(Therefore, these very words are hieroglyphs without any meaning whatsoever.
Yet, a certain measure of patience needs be exercised in this apparent web of maya...)

So, what is this Natural State?
It has no Relative characteristics. No definitions. Therefore, no limitations. It simply is. And to try to understand it is an act that immediately destroys your otherwise natural inclination to BE IT(!)...for It is your own Self-nature alone.
That very feeling that one has of BEING (Self) is the absolute, essential and final Truth of Life. There is nothing beyond It to strive for. All that's required is to eliminate that which seems to distort, discolor, divert, and/or even destroy our otherwise flawless, direct connexion to the Self.

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koan

until their Substratum is known,
thoughts act like mosquitoes...
and yet, wherever they go..whatever they do:
know That to be Brahman!

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Only the most ardent and devoted sadhus would have reached this point in the text [of this linked website], and therefore are capable of utilizing perhaps the most authoritative source on Advaita Vedanta (which is itself nothing less than the core essence of the Knowledge that is foundational to not merely Life but Consciousness and Being Itself):

Arunachala Ashrama
66-12 Clyde Street
Forest Hills, NY 11374
718 575 3215

email: Ashrama@aol.com

Ask for their catalogue.

Suggested reading:
MAHA YOGA
ERASE THE EGO
TALKS WITH SRI BHAGAVAN
TRIPURA RAHASYA

After x number of rounds of atmavichara have been fired at the [alleged] EGO, the yield is an automatic dissolution of virtually everything accumulated in the databank of the logical Mind. The world-appearance is turned on its ear! Here's what is inevitably discovered:

The world is full of jnanis.
There is no such thing as Ignorance...
Nor suffering, bondage, tragedy, fear, hatred.
Nor Death, Time, Karma, heaven, hell.
For these are Thoughts...
egocentric relationings...
relative Judgments...

YES. The Final Realization
thunders home [like the
sound of worlds colliding]
that the immediacy of
the 'IS' experience lives
ever without characterizations
or colors or strokes of attitudes
or needs/desires--neither vacuums
necessitating forms to fill or fulfil--
NO!--merely the flow of some
unfathomable Trend that
cannot be touched, heard, or seen,
and is yet all that is or can be 
touched, heard, and seen,
For It is the Permanent existential
Pulse of BEING
that defies all Thought
that deifies All Heart
which Eternalizing IS.

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Notice that when someone points to or refers to themselves, they point to their heart and not their head. This is because everyone ALREADY knows that they're not their brain full of thoughts [or ego].

Reality

1. That which IS is not ordinarily apprehended.
2. Therefore, abandon outward attention/involvement and align focus within.
3. The Key to the Mystery of Life itself is herein found.
4. This is the Secret Teaching of the Ancients.
5. The method is asking oneself, "Who am I?"
6. The result is the stilling of the mind [abandoning it without effort].
7. There is nothing more to know.
8. This rare fruit is Self-realization.
9. Its final State is pure BE-ing.
0. Silence.

"Consciousness is pure knowledge. The mind arises out of it and is made up of thoughts. The essence of mind is only awareness or consciousness. However, when the ego over-shadows it, it functions as reasoning, thinking or perceiving. The universal mind, not being limited by the ego, has nothing outside itself and is therefore only aware. This is what the Bible means by 'I am that I am'. The ego-ridden mind has its strength sapped and is too weak to resist thought, whether distressing or happy.

"The mind is nothing but the stream of thoughts that pass over consciousness. Of all these thoughts, the first one is the thought 'I am this body'. This is a false thought; but because it is taken as true, it is possible for other thoughts to arise. So the mind is just an outgrowth of the primary ignorance, and is therefore unreal."

....the Guru Sage of Arunachala

Here's a Field Manual for doing battle in the trenches. It contains somewhat advanced terms and concepts, yet will hopefully provide valuable assistance for whoever may be serious and desirous to conquer the Mind-beast.

OM SHAANTHI SHAANTHI SHAANTHIH

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