“The thought 'who am I?' will destroy all other thoughts, and like the stick used for
stirring the burning pyre, it will itself in the end get destroyed. Then, there will arise Self-realization.” - Sri Ramana Maharshi
What IS 'The Absolute'?
~ Ponder These Pointers ....
remember, nothing perceivable is real".
is primordial; it is the original state, beginningless, endless, uncaused, unsupported, without parts, without change.
Consciousness is on contact, a reflection against a surface, a state of duality. There can be no consciousness without awareness,
but there can be awareness without consciousness, as in deep sleep.
Awareness is absolute, consciousness
is relative to its content; consciousness is always of something. Consciousness is partial and changeful, awareness
is total, changeless, calm and silent. And it is the common matrix of every experience. Since it is awareness that makes consciousness
possible, there is awareness in every state of consciousness. Therefore, the very consciousness of being conscious is already
a movement in awareness. Interest in your stream of consciousness takes you to awareness. It is not a new state. It is at
once recognized as the original, basic experience, which is life itself, and also love and joy". – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
|Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
|no bullshit here!
The knower comes and goes with the known, and is
transient; but that which knows that it does not know, which is free of memory and anticipation, is timeless.
My world is free from opposites, of mutually
destructive discrepancies; harmony pervades; its peace is rocklike; this peace and silence are my body.
Before you know your Self you suffer.
With Self-Knowledge that comes to an end.
Having perfected the mirror so that it reflects
correctly, truly, you can turn the mirror round and see in it a reflection of yourself -true as far as the mirror can reflect.
But the reflection is not yourself - you are the seer of the reflection.
understand it clearly - whatever you may perceive, you are not what you perceive. You can see both the image and the mirror. You are neither.
can you speak or develop any concept unless the primary concept ‘I am’ is available? This primary concept begets further concepts,
that is all other concepts occur to it. However, whatever concept occurs to you, including the primary concept ‘I
am’, is not the eternal state.
real does not die, the unreal never lived.
All above from Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Stay On The basics Of It
1. YOU are Awareness, simply being. No one can say they do not exist. That existence, the sense
of "I" as in "I Am," is undeniable and inescapable. Try to NOT BE. Cannot be done. So the simple pointer is, what you are
is That Presence or Awareness that YOU ARE. Being. Just That! This True You ... BE-ING... is POINTED TO in language with concepts
like Impersonal Consciousness; Awareness, Being ... YOU are just THAT, prior to the mind's translation into the thought I
Am and I am this or that.
2. You are NOT an "individual." There are NO "individuals" anywhere except in unreal stories.
The idea of a separate person is a fiction, a mind-construction, a house of cards, as the story tries to say, “I’m
ME! (Unsuccessfully!) This idea of a "me" is ... on investigation ... seen to be a false claim by the thinking machinery to
it's own separate existence. This ever-changing idea of a person is simply unreal. WHO says "I'm Me?" The mind. To be blunt,
it's bullshit. The whole fabricated story of me is pure bullshit: all stories of “individuals” is actually a fiction.
As Shakespeare said, it’s a tale told by an idiot, filled with sound and fury, signifying … NOTHING.
Look right now! Seeing with naked Awareness, where is any person … unless you (as a mind-identity)
think about it? Thoughts come and go. What you ARE NEVER comes and goes anywhere. It is (You Are) fully Here Now and Eternally
Free and Clear, Eternally Presence, Shining before the mind.
YOU are not a thought, not a concept, not a feeling, not a time bound entity. You are Awakeness,
Aliveness, Presence-Awareness. Just THAT and NOTHING else. The story of “me” … ANY “me” …
is irrelevant. Let's cut through that crap right now! Okay?
Let's bring this back to the basics: What in YOU never changes? Being-Awareness, just That. That
is your True Nature.
Where is a separate entity when you are in deep dreamless sleep? Or under anesthesia? There is
none. Obviously! But some Presence beats the heart, breathes air in and out, flows the blood, grows new cells and disintegrates
other cells, grows hair and fingernails, ages the body etc etc! Who or what is "doing" all that? Not an "individual," "amazing"
Look and see that you are present and aware right now. That is the "Eternal," The Natural State;
there is no other, no attainment, no flashy enlightened state, no carrot on a stick. There is NO someday when “you”
will “get enlightened.” It's what you are right now. There is no other than NOW. Wherever you are you are ...
Here. That's IT. Big Casino. You already got it in total and there's nothing more to this Nonduality stuff than that simple
seeing, that you ARE. Awareness, Simply That. Period. Full Stop.
In our meetings, there's just friends, sharing what works to end any suffering and recognize that
you are already free and clear. Really. There’s nothing to get and no one to get it. Drop the belief in “individuality”
and there you are, Present and Alive, the Light of loving being, just that, nothing else. That’s IT.
of Sri Ramana Maharshi - 'WHO AM I?' HERE, NOW
The Eternal Self Is Already Realized
the Self and indeed, is infinite. Yet each person mistakes his body for his Self. In order to know anything, illumination
is necessary. This can only be of the nature of Light; however, it lights up both physical light and physical darkness. That
is to say, that it lies beyond apparent light and darkness. It is itself neither, but it is said to be light because it illumines
both. It is infinite and is Consciousness. Consciousness is the Self of which everyone is aware. No one is ever away from the Self and therefore everyone is in fact Self-realised;
only – and this is the great mystery – people do not know this and want to realise the Self. Realisation
consists only in getting rid of the false idea that one is not realised. It is not anything new to be acquired. It must already
exist or it would not be eternal and only what is eternal is worth striving for”.
"Once the false notion ‘I am the body’
or ‘I am not realised’ has been removed, Supreme Consciousness or the Self alone remains and in people’s
present state of knowledge they call this ‘Realisation.’ But the truth is that Realisation is eternal and already
exists, here and now".
“Take the instance of the cinema. Scenes are projected on the
screen in the cinema-show. But the moving pictures do not affect or alter the screen. The spectator pays attention to them,
not to the screen. They cannot exist apart from the screen, yet the screen is ignored. So also, the Self is the screen where
the pictures, activities etc. are seen going on. The man is aware of the latter but not aware of the essential former. All
the same the world of pictures is not apart from the Self".
'who am I?' will destroy all other thoughts, and like the stick used for stirring the burning pyre, it will itself in the
end get destroyed. Then, there will arise Self-realization.”
"What is being pointed to is
your natural being, which is always present and aware. You cannot understand this via the mind. It is what the mind comes
and goes within. It is always present knowing and illuminating the mind. It is present when the mind is active, and it is
present when it is not active. The presence or absence of the mind makes absolutely no difference to what you are". - John Wheeler
See Through The Illusion
Of Belief & Believer NOW
The seer and the object seen
are like the rope and the snake. Just as the knowledge of the rope which is the substrate will not arise unless the false
knowledge of the illusory serpent goes, so the realization of the Self which is the substrate will not be gained unless the
belief that the world is real is removed". ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
Awareness and even relative seeing are
never intellectual. Before
thought gets into the picture, there is a natural sense of being and non-conceptual awareness functioning. The “I”
always comes in as an after-thought. And it is literally just a thought — after
the seeing. The notion of “me” is conceptual in nature. Awareness is there whether or not the “me”
notion appears. You are aware of the “me”, so your natural state is already free of the “me”. What
is this “me” or “I” except an image floating through clear, open awareness itself? And where is the
presumed entity referred to by the concept “I”? Nowhere! So the “I” as a substantial reality is a
fiction. It is not present. This is what knocks any steam out of the mind's concepts — seeing that the person who is
the victim of the concepts is non-existent. Still, non-conceptual awareness shines out illuminating everything, even the fact
of being conscious.
The main concept to see as non-existent is the “I” concept. All problems ultimately
hang on the belief in the reality of that concept. That is why Buddha taught emptiness of phenomena and emptiness of self.
Emptiness of self is the most important because all suffering hangs on the belief in the separate “I”.
See that the search itself is a trap, because the
search implies that there is an entity needing to become something. And becoming implies some future time. It is not being.
Becoming can never be being. What we are talking about is being. We call ourselves 'human beings' and we call God the 'Supreme
Being'. Take those two labels off (human and Supreme) and try to separate the beingness. I might call this being here Bob,
and that being there I might call Joan. The chair we are sitting on we call a chair. But take away all those labels and what's
left? The substratum or the base, the beingness, the pattern and form they are taking the shape of or appearing as. But the
pattern and form are appearance only. Their essence is still that energy (pure being) vibrating into those patterns. So there
is really nowhere to go and there is no one to go there. And there is nothing to get and no one to get it.
'Sailor' Bob Adamson
Are You Aware?
Look at this: What
is always here where you are, prior to thoughts, feelings, sensations, prior to wakefulness? Awareness IS. Notice
this. Is there anything wrong with Awareness? The knowing, "I Am", IS
Awareness, yet Awareness can't be known. An eye cannot see itself. So: Awareness is The Actual, while the knower of Awareness
is only a thought and not real in truth. The thoughts that appear in Awareness are like objects appearing in a mirror. The
mirror remains untouched by reflections in it, Awareness is the Mirror. You are That. This Presence is your True Self.
That is less than Nothing.
The Open Secret communication is totally radical and uncompromising. It is a rare and singular
expression of absolute non-dualism. It bypasses the mind and speaks directly to the very core of a wisdom that is imminent
in all of us. When there is a readiness to hear, all seeking and need for personal endeavour falls away, leaving simply the
wonder of what is.
There is no me and no you, no seeker, no enlightenment, no disciple and no guru. There is no better
or worse, no path, and nothing that has to be achieved. All appearance is source. All that apparently manifests – the
world, the life story, the hypnotic dream of separation, the search for home, is the one appearing as two, the nothing appearing
as everything, the absolute appearing as the relative.
There is no separate intelligence weaving a destiny, and no choice functioning at any level. What
is sought has never been lost . . . the abiding, boundless wonder that is beyond measure. What is sought remains hidden from
the seeker by already being everything.
It is so obvious and simple that the grasping of it obscures it. Never found, never knowable,
being is the consummate absence that is beyond measure.
Looking for being is believing it is lost. Has anything been lost, or is it simply that the looking
keeps it away? Does the beloved always dance constantly just beyond our serious focus?
The very intention to seek for a mythical treasure within life inevitably obscures the reality
that life is already the treasure.
By seeking the myth it dreams it can attain, the seeker effectively avoids that which it most
fears … its absence.
Liberation is like a fuse that suddenly blows, and all the little lights go out and there is only
This is not a message about you or me or anyone getting anything. This is about the realisation
that there’s nothing to get … that what has been sought has never been lost.
This isn’t about seeking or not seeking; it’s beyond the concepts of Advaita and non-dualism
and beyond the idea of reaching states of awareness or mindfulness. There’s no goal. There’s nothing on offer.
This is totally beyond knowing.
This is really a description – a sharing together of a description of something that is
beyond attainment, something that can’t be lost and also can’t be grasped or gained.
All the time there’s separation there’s a sense of loss, there’s a sense of
a feeling that there’s something that isn’t whole. And so the seeker attempts to fill that void, fill it with
something – whatever. And some look to something called “enlightenment” because it is felt that enlightenment
might be the thing that will fill this sense of loss; it could be the answer to some secret that we don’t quite get.
And it sounds, when we read about enlightenment, as though somebody else has found the secret.
But nobody’s found the secret.
There’s no such thing as an enlightened person. It’s a complete misconception. But
the difficulty is that being seekers, the energy of seeking pushes us into being attracted to the idea that somebody else
has found something that we can find, because we grow up believing that effort brings results. So, if effort brings results,
and we’ve heard of something called enlightenment or liberation, we can make the effort and then we can become liberated
or enlightened … like this guy up the road we’ve heard about, or that woman that’s giving satsangs. They
have got something that I want. If I go there I will learn how to get it.
In the dream there’s still an idea that enlightenment or liberation is something that’s
attainable. And so there are teachings that reinforce the idea that you are an individual that has choice, so now you, as
an individual, can choose to self-enquire or to meditate, or whatever else, and eventually you could become enlightened.
You can go all over the world and find teachings offering something to get. It is rare, however,
to find an uncompromising communication that offers nothing at all to the seeker.
This aliveness is nothing being everything. It’s just life happening. It’s not happening
to anyone. There’s a whole set of experiences happening here and they’re happening in emptiness … they’re
happening in free fall. They’re just what’s happening. All there is is life. All there is is beingness. There
isn’t anyone that ever has or does not have it. There’s nobody that has life and somebody else doesn’t have
life. There just is life being life.
This message is so simple it totally confounds the mind. This message is too simple. Already your
mind’s saying, “Yes, but come on … what about the levels of enlightenment and what about my emotional
blocks, and what about my chakras, they’re not all fully open? What about my stillness – I’m not really
still yet, and what about my ego? Somebody told me I still have an ego … it’s a bit reduced but it’s still
But all of that, all of those ideas are adopted lessons about how it should be. The ego is what’s
happening. The ego is just being ego. Thinking is just being thinking. There is only being. There is just being. There’s
nothing else. There’s nobody that’s running that. There’s no destiny, there’s no God, there’s
no plan, there’s no script, there’s nowhere to go because there is only timeless being. Being is totally whole
just being. And it is alive and fleshy and sexy and juicy and immediately this; it’s not some concept about ‘there’s
no-one here’. It’s not some concept about ‘there’s nowhere to go’. It is the aliveness that’s
in that body right now. There is pure beingness, pure aliveness. That’s it. End of story.
Really it is simply that. So there is no-one, there is no choice. There is no choice at any level.
Oneness didn’t choose to become two. There is just oneness. All there is, is oneness being alive with nobody doing it.
Is anybody doing breathing? Is anybody doing blood circulation? Is anybody really doing anything? No. There is just apparent
doing. Apparent life in freefall.
There is no answer to life because life is its own answer. It’s happening already. It’s
this. You never lost it. That’s the amazing thing about liberation. When liberation apparently happens people say, “It’s
amazing because the thing I was looking for has never left me. It’s the one thing that never comes and never goes –
the one constant that can’t be known or held onto.” And the one constant is being.
- Tony Parsons, www.theopensecret.com