#1620 - Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - Editor: Jerry
- #1620 - Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - Editor: JerryThe 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 instruction. --JerryThat 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?Q: No.N: What are you inquiring into now?Q: Why do I consider myself to be a concept when I know that I am not one?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 right direction?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."