#1620 - Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - Editor: Jerry
The following excerpt is exclusive to the Highlights and was typed out from
a new book: Self Knowledge
, by Nome. Read more about this book
and order it from the following web page: http://www.satramana.org/html/self_knowledge.htm
It is an in-depth treatise on the teaching of nonduality and Self-inquiry
That you find this teaching is reasonable is fine, but the actual practice
is the inquiry. The explanations are the great-grandchildren of the original
Truth. Truth, itself, is silent. It is the Reality of the Self. When some
question is present, some expression is given. The expression may be subtle in
thought, and it then appears in words. Listening to those words, the mind
creates a thought. That mind should be turned inward to arrive at the meaning of
what was said. To arrive at the meaning, you must know who you are. All the
words and thoughts turn back, unable to grasp that. Where words and thoughts
turn back, the Ungraspable, there is no duality. There is no one who has
instructed and no one who has been instructed. The seer and the seen are
identical. Inquiring to know yourself, what do you see?
Q: When I am really inquiring, I do not see anything.
N: Are there times when you are not really inquiring?
Q: I think that I am missing what is being pointed out.
N: You said that, when you are really inquiring, you see accordingly, which
implies that there are times when you are not really inquiring.
Q: Yes, certainly.
N: These are two states, one extroverted and the other introverted. For
whom are both states? The extroverted state is delusive. The introverted state
leads to Knowledge, real Wisdom. The introverted state leads to the inquiry as
to who it is that has both states. We are not speaking about a topic. We are
speaking about you.
Q: I am starting to understand.
N: Continue to inquire, applying what you hear and read to your own
experience of the Self. Wherever there is a contrast, inquire. If it is said
that the Self that you are is not a body, yet you feel as if embodied, inquire,
"Who am I?" and entirely rid yourself of the misidentification, so that you
remain as only That which is actually "I."
Q: Until now, I have not always been inquiring into the "I." I have been
thinking of a conception of Being.
N: Are you a concept?
N: What are you inquiring into now?
Q: Why do I consider myself to be a concept when I know that I am not
N: You have expressed the problem well. Who is the one who considers? Turn
you mind inward.
Q: I am not the mind that considers.
N: Who is that "I"? What is your nature?
Q: The inquiry does not stop, but it does resolve itself. The
confusion goes away, and who I am becomes clearer for a moment. Is this the
N: For whom are the cloudy and clear states? Who are you? You are
attempting to look at the inquiry, but the inquiry in nonobjective. The
intellect can measure only the passing images of what the inquiry and your Self
are not. This is not an objective study. Turn your mind inward to understand
what is meant by "nonobjective." Do not think about the inquiry; inquire. Do not
think about the "I;" know what the "I" is.
Q: At times, I feel that I am completely clueless.
N: Clueless can be a good state.
Q: Please explain.
N: That state in which your mind ceases to have an idea about your Self is
a good state. From that state, inquire, and such inquiry is off the mental
level. In one sense you are clueless, yet, in another sense you have the most
important clue, which is your undoubted existence. Even when you say that you
are clueless, you know that you are existent to perceive the clueless state. You
never doubt your own existence. You exist, and you have an intuitive knowledge
of that existence. The knowing and the existence are identical. Being and
Consciousness are the same. That is the end, and it is also the way, which is
the dissolution into its source. It is the finality. Inquiring, do not keep your
focus on thoughts, but keep your focus on the "I."