What is it in the presence of which you cease to exist and in the being of which you continue to do so ?
The seeker is that which he is seeking.
What you are looking for is where you are looking from.
He who knows himself knows His Lord.
Self Enquiry leads to the knowledge I am That.
Subject and object are one in the present continuous.
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Dual & Non-Dual same (but different) ..
It’s about the non-local consciousness as pure non duality
.. i.e. that which is beyond words .. no-thing .. nothing .. Emptiness or God
.. Brahman .. The Absolute .. whatever one chooses to call it ..
Let’s call it Universal Mind for now .. the brain as
reciever .. through that the absolute non-dual consciousness gets filtered into
Actual Reality is all one thing .. but our filtering brain
sees it as two contrasting poles which make up dualistic consciousness .. hence
time and space .. past and future .. here and there .. and all other dualities
All the methods are in order to ‘trip the switch’ of
dualistic perception and get back to a state prior to this .. which is like
Universal Mind .. when this is done a third state comes in which the dual is
realised as the non-dual .. that all the composites of dual mind are
composed of nothing but Universal Mind one might say .. Both poles of any
pair of opposites not only have the same source but actually are the same
Therefore the wonderful saying ..
The world is an illusion .. only Brahman is real ..
The world is Brahman.
Which is why I almost feel to ‘correct’ that imperfectly
stated thing in a thread which says .. Brahman is the World ..
I see that as different from The world is Brahman .. as in,
the world is not other than Brahman but Brahman is not defined as being the
I maybe even still find it hard to see emptiness is form ..
but easy to see form is emptiness .. (in other words emptiness is a vast
emptiness and there is nothing other than it .. and all form is nothing other
than emptiness but emptinesss is not defined by the sum of all form .. and far
from that )
In more sufi language .. the world is not other than God ..
(because nothing truly exists except God) .. but He is not defined by the world
.. as He is its creator and therefore much more than that .. creating
unimagined worlds with qualities & beings we cannot possibly imagine ..
So the world is an illusion, Allah alone is Real .. the
world is not other than Allah .. would sum that up
and translate as ..
The world is an illusion .. Brahman alone is real .. the
world is Brahman, in the sense that the world is not other than Brahman ..
I see the world as an illusion created out of whatever
ultimate reality is (call it God or Brahman or maybe even Emptiness) .. and not
other than that in essence .. but caused or ‘created’ by or through the
filtering mechanism of the mind / the brain / dualistic consciousness ..
interpreting universal mind or pure non-dual, non-local consciousness.
Lisa asked "What is the source of thoughts .... ?" and this is my attempt at a reply ...
If consciousness .. pure non-dual consciousness existed
before anything else .. something that is absolutely beyond imagination and
absolutely no thing .. maybe call it God or Brahman or an aspect of one of those
.. and out of that very no-thing was produced the universe and all that is in
it and of it in a material sense .. and part of that material universe is this
strange creature called the human being (wether created evolved or however ‘caused’)
then that original no-thing, pure consciousness .. which might be called
Universal Mind existed before during and after the material existence ..
If that kind of consciousness is found in NDEs wherein most
of the limitations of space and time are transcended and the more ‘elastic’
consciousness is found to exist at a time when the brain is apparently ‘dead’
(flatlining) .. then this is a strong underpinning of the idea that
consciousness is non-local and certainly not accounted for by brain activity.
It makes the brain rather look like a ‘reciever’ for consciousness .. and that
the signals .. or consciousness received are not only from a vast universal source
without limitations of space and time .. but also .. that they get ‘filtered’
in a special way so that ‘reality’ can be understood or percieved in terms of
poles of opposites spatially, like near and far, high and low left & right and
sensually, like wet and dry, hot and
cold , hard & soft etc etc .. and temporally as in past and present thus
making up our percieved reality .. or the ‘illusion’ that we live in through
dualistic consciousness. What has been known as the play of ‘maya’.
Universal mind or non-dual consciousness which is non-local
consciousness is therefore the reality and ‘source’ of thoughts .. the receiving
of consciousness and shaping it into
dualistic pairs and compartmentalising them and interpreting them through
sensory apparatus is the job of the brain ..
So I would say the ‘source’ of thoughts is Universal Mind or
non-dual consciousness .. the appearance of them is in the brain due to the
filtering process ..
After that the attaching of conceptual thought to our bodies
and the identification of our ‘selves’ with thought occurs .. apparently thus
severing us from the original non-dual consciousness which may be regarded as
our ‘real’ selves.
Thoughts ‘bubble up’ endlessly in our minds because non-dual
consciousness is endless .. boundless & non-local .. ‘We’ don’t ‘think a
thought’ because thoughts are merely filtered universal consciousness and .. as
is known and has been seen ‘we’ are a fiction of dualistic consciousness and
thought anyway ..