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Subramanian.R

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Nature of the Witness
« on: December 25, 2009, 02:55:03 PM »
1. All beings are by nature Pure Consciousness Itself.  It is due
to ignorance that they appear to be different from It. Their difference from It is removed by the understanding of the teaching
"Thou art Existence."

2.  The Scriptures negate Vedic actions with their accessories
(like sacred thread, tuft of hair and sacrificial fires) by saying
"Knowledge alone is the cause of Immortality and there is nothing
else to cooperate with it in producing liberation.

3,4.  How can there be any special property (like egoism, agency
etc.,) in Me Who am changeless by nature and Witness the modifications of the minds of all without any exception?  How can
again there be any change in Me Who witness the mind and its
functions in the waking state as in dream?  But as there is absence
of both mind and its functions in deep sleep, I am Pure Consciousness, all pervading and changeless.

5. Just as dreams appear to be true as long as one does not wake up, so, the identification of oneself with the body etc., and the
authenticity of sense-perception and the like in the waking state
continue as long as there is no Self Knowledge.

9.  What are callee in the Sruti clothes coloured with turmeric
etc., are nothing but mental conceptions received by people in
dream.

14.  All actions are performed by the individualized self which
has identified Itself with the gross and subtle bodies and which
has the nature of accumulating impressions.  As I am of the nature
(Pure Consciousness) indicated by the Sruti, "not this, not this"
actions are nowhere to be done by Me.

15. As actions have ignorance for their cause, there is no hope
from them of Immortality.  As liberation is caused by right Knowledge alone, it does not depend on anything else.

16. But Immortality is free from fear and destruction.  Whatever
is thought to be differemt from It be renounced together with all
actions.

(Source: Upadesa Sahasri by Sri Sankara, Chapter XI. Translated
by Swami Jagananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai.)

Arunachala Siva.       

   

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Re: Nature of the Witness
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2009, 06:49:32 PM »
Dear Subramanian-ji,

14.  All actions are performed by the individualized self which
has identified Itself with the gross and subtle bodies and which
has the nature of accumulating impressions.  As I am of the nature
(Pure Consciousness) indicated by the Sruti, "not this, not this"
actions are nowhere to be done by Me.

15. As actions have ignorance for their cause, there is no hope
from them of Immortality.  As liberation is caused by right Knowledge alone, it does not depend on anything else.

16. But Immortality is free from fear and destruction.  Whatever
is thought to be differemt from It be renounced together with all
actions.


(Source: Upadesa Sahasri by Sri Sankara, Chapter XI. Translated
by Swami Jagananda, Sri Ramakrishna Math, Chennai.)

What remains...is BEING

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Oh Arunachala, blazing fire of Jnana, in my heart I pray and think of Thee from afar, root out the ego, merging me in the Self.