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Experiencing God as "I AM"
« on: April 23, 2009, 12:14:48 PM »
The following is an abridgement of the article by Michael James
from the Mountain Path, October-December 2008:

In order to experience the Nirguna form of God -- that is, God as
he really is -- we must experience ourself as we really are.  In our
essential nature, we are the one absolutely non-dual self-conscious
being, "I AM" which is devoid of all gunas.

This truth is clearly expressed by Bhagavan Ramana, in Verses 24,
25, and 26 of Upadesa Undiyar:

By [their] irukkum iyarkai [their 'nature which is' or 'being nature']
God and souls are only one PoruL [substance, essence or reality].
One [the soul's] upadhi-unarvu [adjunct-consciousness] is [what
makes them appear to be] different.  Knowing [our real] self, having relinquished [all our own] upadhis [adjunct or gunas], itself is knowing God, because [he] shines as [our real] self.

Being [our real] self is indeed knowing [our real] self, because
[our real] self is devoid of two.  This is tanmaya-nittai [the state
of being firmly established, as 'tat' or 'it', the one absolute nirguna
reality, 'God' or Brahman].

When we experience ourself without even the least superimposition
of any adjunct or guna, we will truly be experiencing God as he really
is, because he is in fact nothing other than our own essential adjunct-
free and therefore nirguna nature -- our iruppu unarvu or ULLa-unarvu, that is, our 'being consciousness', our simple non-dual consciousness of just being, "I AM".

The state in which we experience ourself and God as the one self-
conscious reality that we always really are is not a relative or dualistic
state of objective knowledge, but is an absolute and nondual state
of non-objective Self Knowledge.

Therefore, in Verse 26, Bhagavan Ramana emphasizes this truth
that knowing ourself is nothing other than just being ourself, because we are absolutely non-dual being, which is ever conscious of itself
as "I AM".  This essential self-conscious nature of our being is emphasized by Him, both in the first sentence of the first mangalam
verse of Ulladu Narpadu and in Verse 23 of Upadesa Undiyar.

(Source:  As indicated above)

Arunachala Siva.