v WHAT IS ‘I’?
The ‘I’ disappears as deep sleep, so what is the use of being attached to it? It is illusory.
Atman, which is in the form of consciousness is that which knows the appearance and disappearance of the three states, that which witnesses . consciousness alone remains after one gets rid of the ignorance. consciousness is the formless witness, until it is realized. It becomes non dual only after inquiry and reasoning on the true base.
That which becomes conscious of all the things contained in consciousness, is the witness, the Atman, the Knower. No one has ever seen the consciousness, for it is never an object. Hence logic, inference, cannot be applied to it, because intellect, logic is for objective world and waking experience only, in the realm of truth effects from causes.
The greatest mistake is to think of the ego as self, to confuse the object with the subject. There is no proof that the seer is confined to the individual and individual experiences, it is universal. People wrongly think that the ego is the Witness, even though the ego vanishing every minute.
What is meant by birth, appearance or arisal? It can only be applied to waking or dream. That to which such words cannot be applied is the Formless Witness. It is the only thing known that does not vanish. For this reason it is “the unborn.”
Everything that is seen, everything that is known, is only the soul or consciousness, because the formless substance and witness of the seen and known is the formless witness. Therefore all things are really unborn, uncreated.
Once one understands the ego, he will have understood most of the non dual truth. One must learn that the ego is different from the soul or self. Homogeneity is the natural condition of the soul. Through ignorance one creates dissociations within it. The first dissociation is the ‘I’.
The true “self" or soul is different from “mind or ’I’, because when the mind or ’I’ is present then the experience of duality is there. Absent of ‘I’ is absent of experience of duality. Thus the 'I' is not the self, because the self is not an entity or identity within the experience of duality. The self is the formless substance and witness of the mind or ’I’.
Mind is the waking or dream. In waking or dream there is objective awareness; thus mind or ’I’ is objective awareness. One can say all the people are in each others waking or dream; the idea of is only in waking or dream. No idea is permanent, not even the God idea, because they are part of the impermanent state of waking or dream. There is no connection between the Witness and the Ego which appears and disappears, is pain and pleasure, which the Witness sees. The witnessing consciousness remains unconcerned.
The multiplicity of individuals and things; are possible within the waking or dream: It would be mad to deny that they do not exist. But their existence is unreal their nature. The illustration is the dream, the dream remains as reality until the waking takes place. Same waking remains as reality till one overcomes the ignorance of the true self.
What is meant by each existence? What has become of the vanished or changed individuality of each existence? What has become of the childhood and youth of an individual once was?" When one is superficial and fond of imagining, he can say what he likes, but when he goes deeper in inquiry, analysis and reasoning on the base of the soul as self, he sees that experience of diversity is not what it seems.
How did ignorance come into the soul? It is difficult to grasp at the beginning. It is the incapacity, the dullness, of the mind to understand it. But when the seeking mind gets clear, then it "grasps" the Truth. Hence the inability to see is not in the perceiver, but there is something which comes and goes [three states], which hides and prevents one from "seeing." This "three states" is like a veil.
The path of religion, path of yoga and the path of wisdom were intended for different classes of people. The non dual wisdom is for the advanced seekers of truth. It deals with the nature of the ultimate Truth and Reality. It is meant for superior aspirants who have inner urge to know the truth, and it is not for those who are immersed in earthly desires.
There is nothing else but consciousness.’ Consciousness is the Absolute Existence. Consciousness is the Absolute Knowledge. consciousness alone is real. The three states are not real. The ultimate truth or Brahman and consciousness are one. The ultimate and the Absolute Truth is the Soul or self, which is one though appearing as many in different individuals. The individual has no reality. Only the Soul or self is real; the rest, mental and physical are but passing appearances.
No one knows where the waking/dream comes from. No creator who put them in people’s minds is indicated or provable. We can only infer that they must have come from the Formless Witness, the consciousness, itself. No other explanation is rational. But this explanation is only a preliminary stop and is dropped ultimately with the dropping of the Formless Witness, three states relation, when one becomes aware of the fact that, there is no non-causality, the question itself falls to the ground.
It is not enough to know that the three states are mere mirage. They ought to also know that the ego also is part of the mirage; the physical body is also is a mirage. This is even more important which many have not been able to grasp. Thus the ‘ego’ is an idea within the waking or dream which is mere mirage.
Seeker of truth should not make the mistake of thinking that because the three states are mere mirage, and he is apart from the mirage. He is included in the mirage. There is no ‘I’ where this is seen. Whoever tried to escape from this mistake but fall into error of ascribing world to God's mind, by not realizing the fact that, that God also is part of the mirage. Hence the three states are not man’s experience, but it is of the soul, which is the true self.
Nobody has ever seen God imagining the world-idea, thus bringing it into existence in one’s mind. Then who must be the imaginer of man’s objective ideas, when ideas are possible only within the waking or dream. Man and his imagination are individual experiences within the waking or dream. Thus the author of the waking or dream is the formless witness, which is the true self, because waking or dream appears and disappears to the true soul or self. Consciousness or soul generates, sees the waking or dream.
The ego, physical body and the world arise at the same time but within the waking/dream one feel they are independent. Since the whole waking or dream experiences created out of single substance, they are not independent in reality. However one cannot see the objects within the waking or dream as apart from each other unless the ego is present. Hence one thinks that ego rises first. In any case the world, physical body and ego-all are not independent each other. But only on standpoint of ego as self, the diversity is felt and duality becomes reality. On the standpoint of formless consciousness as self there is no diversity of any kind at all.
Yogi thinks, “He want to know consciousness , he wants to attain Union.” So he has the ego and cannot attain. Whereas the first thing in pursuit of truth is to inquire the ‘I’, and discovering and realizing the fact that ‘I’ is not the self. Until its illusory nature is perceived and the seeker no longer says "he wants to attain consciousness.
The seeker has to realize the fact that, it is impossible to get self-knowledge on the base of ‘I’, which is not the self. The ‘I’ which is mind, appears and disappears as waking/dream and becomes unreal on inquiry and reasoning on the true base.”
Yoga lulls the ego to sleep but it will reappear when the practice is ended. The only way to overcome the ego is to inquire into it. When one realizes that the go is part of the illusory waking/dream is only waking/dream is mere mirage it will then lose its power over him.
The knowledge of formless witness itself is non dual wisdom; it is quite erroneous to say it has wisdom. The distinction between objects and the knower is produced by the formless witness which is consciousness, the true self.
Every thought and form is an object within the object [waking/dream]. Formless consciousness the true self cannot be cognized by any thought, which is beyond all doubt, because it is the ultimate consciousness of the waking/dream experiences that is consciousness.
Consciousness is the substratum of the three states: the waking or dream which one experiences in the Consciousness or soul has no real existence. It is only mirage. The next step is then only "What is the Soul ". It is also one’s imagination within the experience of duality. Duality is only a superimposition on the formless consciousness or soul or self.