I recognise aspects of myself as a sharing entity in a relative world, sharing daily events in an apparent manifest reality with many similar entities. I also have the experience of hearing my 'self-talk,' feeling my feelings and sensations, watching and reacting to my emotions and memories, contemplating perceptions in space and time; and knowing my self as a vitality called life. And yet there is still another aspect lurking, a latent expression, a reminding of something else, a knowingness, a connectedness, a mystery waiting to be uncovered.
It is at peace with itself and underlies my whole persona; it enables the stillness and silence, introduces the moment, and begs a reflection of itself. It will no more go away, than make itself fully known. We are one together on this journey, living and discovering each other.
For many people perhaps, there may mostly only be recognition of a 'This' and not 'That.' Even here, many connotations arise, but various teachings point the way, and as openness is developed or visited, self education supports self love. The words dissolve in the experience of 'what is' and the value of invoking similtaneous realities arises; I am sharing myself with my self, perhaps this can be expressed as 'itself with itself,'............I am got lost in a dream?
Clarity is essential, whether the mind / consciousness is acting in Unity or in a Relative aspect. With confusion adequately represented elsewhere, I trust the simple living and language at Sramana Gardens may come to help. The metaphore of being both the Ocean and the Wave is frequently used to express this conundrum, and surrendering to paradox when it is recognised has value in daily life.
We seem destined to be aware of relating to the journey........Happy Days......
Non-Dual Quotes from Sri Ramana Maharshi
"The Self alone is the cause."
" The Self is that where there is absolutely no 'I-Thought'.
That is called Silence
The Self is the world;
the Self is 'I':
the Self itself is God;
all is Siva, the Self." (Who Am I? p11,12)
"There are only two ways to conquer destiny or be independent of it. One is to enquire for whom is this destiny and discover that only the ego is bound by destiny and not the Self and that the ego is non-existent.
The other way is to kill the ego by completely surrendering to the Lord, by realizing one's helplessness and saying all the time, 'Not I, but Thou oh Lord' and giving up all sense of 'I' and mine, and leaving it to the Lord to do what he likes with you. Complete effacement of the ego is necessary to conquer destiny, whether you achieve this effacement through self-enquiry or bhakti marga (Path)"
"Lectures and discussions can obscure His silent teaching in the Heart"