Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Janaka Exclaims. Part Two.

1. pure consciousness

Knowledge, knower and the knowable — this trinity does not exist in reality. I am that stainless Self in which, through ignorance, this triad is appearing. Janaka declares.

O duality is the root of misery. There is no remedy except the realization that this visible world is not real and I am the One Pure Consciousness.

Yes, I am pure Consciousness. Through ignorance I have projected these limitations, like the body-mind, upon my Self. Contemplating constantly this way without the activity of thought, I abide in the Absolute.


~my free transcreation of Ashtavakra Gita 2, 15-17 using the translations of Chinmayananda and Nityaswarupananda









Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Janaka Exclaims. Part One.

1. through the guidance of wisdom

Janaka exclaims, O, spotless, peaceful, Pure Consciousness, I am. Beyond the natural world! For so long I’ve been bewildered by an illusion.

I alone illumine this body as I alone reveal this universe. Therefore this universe is mine, or truly, nothing is mine.

Thus having disowned both body and universe, O! I now see my Supreme Self through the guidance of that Wisdom.

2. some similes

As waves, whitecaps, and bubble plumes are no different than ocean water, so the universe emanating from the Self is no different than the Self.

As cloth, when inspected, is found to be nothing but thread, so this universe, when investigated, is seen to be nothing but the Self. Janaka continues.

As sugar generated from sugarcane is wholly pervaded by its juice, so the universe manufactured in myself is permeated by myself within and without.

3. imagine

From ignorance of the Self, the world appears. With knowledge of the Self, the world is not. Similarly, a snake appears through non-apprehension of the rope. With the apprehension of the rope, there is no snake.

Light is my own nature and I am no different than light. When the universe manifests, I alone am shining. Janaka goes on 

O imagine! The universe through ignorance mistakenly appears in me. Like the silver in a mother of pearl. Like the snake in a rope. Like the water in sunlight.

From myself the universe has emanated and into myself it will dissolve. Like a pot into clay. Like a wave into water. Like a bracelet into gold.

4. hymn to the self

Janaka sings. How breathtaking am I! I bow down to my Self who knows no decay and is ever existent, even in the dissolution of the universe from Brahma the Creator down to a blade of grass.

How breathtaking am I! I bow down to my Self, who, although appearing with a body, is the One who neither goes anywhere nor comes from anywhere, but pervades the universe, ever existent.

How breathtaking am I! I bow down to my Self. There is none so competent as I, who holds this universe forever without ever bodily touching it.

How breathtaking am I! I bow down to my Self who has nothing, or has it all which may be thought or spoken.



~my free transcreation of Ashtavakra Gita 2, 1-14 using the translations of Chinmayananda and Nityaswarupananda











Saturday, July 13, 2024

Ashtavakra Says. Part Three. Really.

You've been caught in the rope of the body-mind, dear child. Sever it with your sword of knowledge, “I am Pure Intelligence.” And be happy.

You are unattached, actionless, self-luminous, and without stain. Your practice of meditation is your bondage. Says Ashtavakra.

You pervade this universe and this universe appears in you. Really, your nature is Pure Consciousness. Don't be small-minded.


~Ashtavakra Says, Part Two. (my free transcreation of Ashtavakra Gita 14-16 in one paraverse using the translations of Chinmayananda and Nityaswarupananda)

Ashtavakra Says. Part Two. Illusion.

Ashtavakra says the one regarding oneself to be free is free and the one regarding oneself to be bound is bound. Like the saying goes, as one thinks so one becomes.

The Self is witnessing, pervasive, impeccable, nondual, free, still, unattached, dispassionate, silent, Pure Consciousness. That it appears to be of this world is just an illusion.

Contemplate immutable consciousness as the nondual Self while one is letting go the changeable illusion, both external and internal, of a reflected self.



~Ashtavakra Says, Part Two. (my free transcreation of Ashtavakra Gita 11-13 in one paraverse using the translations of Chinmayananda and Nityaswarupananda)







Friday, July 12, 2024

Ashtavakra Says. Part One. Be Happy.

1. Pure Consciousness (Awareness)

Ashtavakra says. First, avoid objects of the senses like poison. And seek forgiveness, compassion, honesty, joy, and truth like honied remedies. (And that’s all he would say on that matter.)

Look, you are neither earth, water, fire, air, nor even space. Know your Self as the witness of this universe, as Awareness itself.

Detach yourself from this body-mind and rest in that Awareness. Be happy, peaceful, and free.

2. One Seer

You belong to no class and no church. You are imperceptible by the senses. You are unattached, formless, and witness of all. Be happy, says Ashtavakra.

Good and bad, pleasure and pain, these belong to the mind and not you. You are neither doer nor enjoyer but forever free.

Yes, you are the one seer of all and you are absolutely free. That you do not see yourself as seer but as something seen is your only bondage.

3. Like a Snake

You've been bitten by the great black serpent of the ego hissing “I am the doer.” “I am not the doer;” drink this nectar faithfully. Further Ashtavakra says.

"I am the One Pure Consciousness." Burn down the forest of ignorance with that fire of conviction. Let go your grief and be happy.

You are that upon which this universe appears superimposed like a snake upon a rope, that bliss, that holistic bliss infinity, that Consciousness, happily existing.


~Ashtavakra Says, Part One. (my free transcreation of Ashtavakra Gita 2-10 in three paraverses using the translations of Chinmayananda and Nityaswarupananda)



~The Direct Path of Ashtavakra~

You are neither earth, water, fire, air, nor even space. 

Know your Self as the witness of this universe, as Awareness itself.

Detach yourself from this body-mind and rest in that Awareness. 

Be happy, peaceful, and free. 

~Ashtavakra (my trx)


~Ashtavakra on Avidya~

You belong to no class and no church. You are imperceptible. In fact, you are the formless witness of all. Be happy.

Good and bad belong to the mind and not you. You are neither the doer nor end-user but completely karma free.

You are one seer absolutely free. Seeing yourself as something seen is the definition of ignorance.


~untitled~

I am not the doer.

I am One Consciousness

Holistic Bliss Infinity

Happily Existing.















Wednesday, July 10, 2024

I Minus Maya

1. I Minus Maya

Birth is an appearance in the unborn.

The mind appears in consciousness. Consciousness is the witness of the mind.

Consciousness is the witness of the no mind of deep sleep as well.

I am not the mind. I am not no mind either. I am pure consciousness.

I am pure consciousness-existence. All life appears in ‘me’ and not vice versa.

I am Satcitananda, holistic and infinite Godhead in which all the gods appear.


2. Commentary

Birth is an appearance in the unborn, Aja, absolute existence. Ajatavada is the uncompromising stand of Gaudapada, old school Advaitin, native of Reality, guru of the guru of Shankara.


Consciousness is not to be confused with the reflection of consciousness. Pure consciousness is the witness of the mind. The reflection of consciousness is the witness of its thoughts. In samsara, moonlight lights the world. Sunlight lights the moon.


The mind turns on and off.

When mind is on and body is on is the waking state.

When mind is on and body is off is the dreaming state.

When both mind and body are off is the deep sleep state.

Ignorance is on in all three states.

But consciousness is never off.


I am neither theistic nor nihilistic.

They're just two sides of the same coin.

I am the nondual space in which this coin is flipping.


Not only does all life appear in me quote unquote, but its fire of sentience is my fire. Otherwise it's solid Maya through and through.


I am nonduality. My nine names are being, existence, presence, awareness, consciousness, intelligence, holistic, bliss, infinity. I have ninety-nine more. 

Ten thousand gods are appearing in me. It is estimated that eight billion people appear in them. And countless dreams.

















Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Alice in Maya's Restaurant

1.

Maya can't be analyzed. 

First, it isn't real.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

2.

Second, once a second is introduced, 

it's Pi all over again. 

Duality is at its heart an irrational number.

3.

Third, as long as one identifies with an individual consciousness (and the odds of one in a million is like being a billionaire in the material world),

there will be a Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer — you gotta serve somebody. 

But belief is not self-realization. Figure it out.

4.

Sorry, there are no tables.

There are thought-forms named tables.

These thought-forms are 99% space. We eat on the 1%.





Monday, July 8, 2024

We Three Seekers in Maya Are

The reflection of pure consciousness in the mind is still consciousness and not some different animal. Like moonlight is sunlight reflected off the moon.

Nondual Satcitananda passes through the prism of the mind becoming existence, consciousness, and bliss from the point of view of divided consciousness.

Thus individual consciousness may seek pure consciousness by basking in the reflected light of knowing. This is basically Advaita.

As an individual existence may seek pure existence by resting in the reflected light of I Am. This is basically Nisargayoga.

As love seeks holistic bliss infinity.










Saturday, July 6, 2024

Dancing Satcitananda

1. Three Views on the Verb to Do

Nondoing is the dance of Brahman veiled in Maya.

Doing and not doing are the spasms of individual avidya.

Nirguna Brahman is beyond all qualities of doing.

2. Zen and the Art of Satcitananda

The principle of existence is beyond all qualities of being—like doing, not doing, or nondoing.

Similarly, the principle of consciousness is beyond all qualities of knowing—like ignorance, knowledge, or intuition.

Last but not least, the principle of bliss is beyond all qualities of holistic infinity—like love, hate, or devotion.

3. The Maya Mountains

Nondoing, Intuition, and Devotion are the Peaks of Maya.

Nondoing is Mount Existence and Intuition is Consciousness Mountain.

Devotion is Mount Saint Holistic Bliss Infinity.







The Land of Prehistoric Maya

The reflection of undivided existence-consciousness-bliss is I am, I know, I love. This is the primordial wisdom of Maya before its dawning goes down to the days of passionate action and dark, dull, inertia.

Such is the impossible dream of this samsaric hell in which I am an individual consciousness divided from the omnipotence of the universal, I know only my little corner of the world, and I love some things and fear the rest.

Return with me this night to the land of prehistoric Maya, that subtle reflection of satcitananda in godlike skies, and it’s thunder of tantra, jnana, and bhakta: I am, I know, I love!



a. Three Views on the Verb to Do

Nondoing is the dance of Brahman veiled in Maya.

Doing and not doing are the spasms of individual avidya.

Nirguna Brahman is beyond all qualities of doing.


b. Zen and the Art of Satcitananda

The principle of existence is beyond all qualities of being—like doing, not doing, or nondoing.

Similarly, the principle of consciousness is beyond all qualities of knowing—like ignorance, knowledge, or intuition.

Last but not least, the principle of bliss is beyond all qualities of holistic infinity—like love, hate, or devotion.


c. The Maya Mountains

Nondoing, Intuition, and Devotion are the Peaks of Maya.

Nondoing is Mount Existence; Intuition is Consciousness Mountain;

Devotion is Mount Saint Holistic Bliss Infinity.

 


1. Direct Path

Devotion is the art of bliss.

Devotion to existence and consciousness is Satcitananda.

Devotion to satcitananda is Direct Path.