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One day a devotee said to God Please give me a head on my. God thought long and hard about the request and concluded that in. spite of His omnipotence He could do nothing So He said to the devotee. I can give you another fatter head I can move your present head to a. different location I can shrink or expand your head I can put a dozen. heads on top of your head I can twist your head into the shape of a pretzel. But I cannot give you a head on your shoulders because you have a head on. your shoulders,So what should I do the devotee asked. I think the only way to solve the problem is to realize that you. already have a head on your shoulders said the Lord. I can only get something I already have through knowledge. But knowledge doesn t happen by itself It must come through a. vehicle or instrument,THE MEANS OF KNOWLEDGE, Perception inference and language are means of knowledge The. means of knowledge we use is determined by the type of object we want to. know For example if I want to see a sunset I can t use my ears. Knowledge of thought depends on intellect To understand feelings I should. have a heart, The means of knowing relative things is obvious but the knowledge. revealing the limitless I is subtle because it has to remove a deep and hidden. obstacle the ignorance of my limitless nature, For the means to operate properly assuming a clear message is. coming from the scripture through the teacher the mind must be trained to. listen Listening with an open mind requires disciplined and consistent. setting aside of cherished views of oneself and world A means of. knowledge is not brainwashing accepting a new belief system its only. purpose is to deliver of a clear vision of truth the limitless I. Simply hearing that one is free of limitation is not enough Doubt. comes from incomplete and incorrect thinking and is only removed by. careful and patient reflection Meditation as a thought free state or religious. ritual as devotional practice are valuable tools for purifying the mind but. Find more free PDF E book at www holybooks com, http www holybooks com mandukya upanishad an ancient sanskrit text on the nature of reality.
will not remove self doubt So along with the knowledge that I am limitless. Awareness I should follow the method of thinking enjoined by the scripture. the negation of all incorrect views about the nature of the world and myself. The most formidable obstacle to the assimilation of the truth is the. thought If only I were different or the world were different I would be. happy Looking forward to an ideal inner or outer situation is futile. because life and oneself is already and always perfect When this thought is. removed the mind enjoys limitless vision So spiritual practice meditation if. you will is the struggle to purify beliefs supporting the notion of oneself as a. limited being, Words can only reveal known objects For example the word. television wouldn t have been understood a hundred years ago Words. only work to describe substances properties of substances actions species. or classes and relationships so how can the limitless I which is apparently. not an experienced object and obviously beyond these categories be. revealed through the teachings of Vedanta, If I say tree a tree thought takes place in the mind because we have. experienced trees but the words limitless I don t mean anything to most of. us because we think of our ourselves as limited I s And the limitless I is the. part of ourselves that can never be objectified so it seems words won t work. to reveal it However if the thought that we re limited is a delusion and the. limitless I present and accounted for an intimate part of every transaction. words can reveal it, Vedanta tackles the word problem by first informing me that I m an. unlimited I That I m limitless is indicated by the fact that though I have. literally hundreds of thousands of unique experiences in my lifetime I. continually experience myself as a simple conscious being one transcending. all experiences The same I unaffected by time witnessed my baby body. youth body adult body and feeble old age body and their myriad. transactions,WHAT LIMITLESSNESS DOESN T MEAN, To say we re unlimited by nature does not mean that if we knew who. we were we could walk on water fly like birds or leap tall buildings in a. single bound like Superman Nor does it mean that we are omniscient. endowed with extraordinary psychic powers capable of zipping around the. cosmos in our spirit bodies With rare exceptions the body and mind are. limited by Nature and behave in conformity with its laws And one could. hardly imagine a more limited phenomenon than a miracle. Find more free PDF E book at www holybooks com, http www holybooks com mandukya upanishad an ancient sanskrit text on the nature of reality.
A common example of limitlessness is the peak experience when. the sense of limitation temporarily dissolves and the person feels completely. happy carefree peaceful loving rich and powerful In deep sleep we. experience limitless and bliss Though seemingly a momentary feeling. limitlessness is the most fundamental fact of our existence our own. forgotten nature That it s our nature is indicated by the fact that whenever I. feel this way I never try to rid myself of the experience unlike limitation. which I always view as a serious disease, Though it s my nature I don t see myself as limitless because I m. identified with my limited selves Not to put too fine a point on it when I. negate and cease to identify with my relative selves which is the purpose of. this Upanishad my non negatable limitless Self is hopefully realized by. default The rediscovery of oneself as a limitless awareful Being is known. as liberation or enlightenment, The trick lies in recognizing oneself as limitless awareness without. turning oneself into an object When we turn ourselves into objects we. suffer In a dream a man decided to try to find his waking self and looked. high and low with no success Dejected he sat down under a tree when he. heard a voice from the sky say Why don t you wake up. Surrendering his status as a dreamer and leaving the dream world he. discovered the waker by becoming the waker without turning himself into an. object In fact the dreamer was the waker temporarily identified with the. conditions in the dream world Similarly from the point of view of the. limitless I all waking state entities are consciously or unconsciously. searching the limitless I in a state that doesn t contain it as an object The. only way we are going to discover what we re searching is to awaken from. this waking dream, In the twilight a thirsty traveler approached a village well Reaching. down she recoiled in fear when she saw a big snake coiled next to the. bucket Unable to move for fear of being bitten she imagined terrible. things including her own death At that time an old man coming to the well. noticed her predicament,What s the problem he asked kindly. Snake Snake Get a stick before it strikes she whispered. frantically, The old man burst out laughing Hey he said Take it easy That s.
no snake It s the well rope It just looks like a snake in the darkness. Though never in danger the misapprehended rope produced intense. fear Our existential fears and desires come from mistaking the limitless I. for the limited I The fear of the snake arose simultaneously with the. Find more free PDF E book at www holybooks com, http www holybooks com mandukya upanishad an ancient sanskrit text on the nature of reality. misapprehension of the rope and significantly vanished when the rope was. correctly perceived, In the Mandukya Upanishad an English rendition of which is given. below the rope represents the limitless I and the snake the limited I broken. into three sub I s the waker dreamer and sleeper and their respective. worlds In the story the traveler who represents anyone striving to know. who they are makes a mistake and sees a snake where there is only a rope. This superimposition of our limited self or selves on our real or limitless I. which is going on all the time is the cause of much suffering The removal. of this error is the purpose of the Upanishad, This mistake a symbol of normal perception took place in twilight. which represents the waking entity s partially conscious state of mind In. broad daylight full knowledge or pitch darkness total ignorance no such. error could have occurred Because we re so obsessed with the objects of. perception and the limited I s reactions to them in normal perception we. vaguely or incompletely see the limitless I even though it s an intimate part. of every transaction And we are unaware that the snake needs the rope. borrows its reality from the rope Meaning that my life exists because I. exist not the other way around Even if we are superficially aware of our. Consciousness we don t understand that deep inquiry into it confers freedom. and endless bliss Our story has a happy ending because the snake. disappears into the rope and the traveler s suffering ceases In reality the. disappearance of the snake all our false conceptions and discriminations. except in exceptional cases comes about after long and patient inner work. The aim of the Mandukya is to analyze the creation and arrive at 10. truth the limitless I But the analysis of the creation as modern science will. testify is daunting because every advance in knowledge opens up a new area. of ignorance So the Upanishad takes a shortcut By equating the limitless I. Consciousness with the world as it does in the first mantra The whole. cosmos is the word AUM we come to understand the world by inquiring. into the Self, The world as we know it is not a strange Sanskrit term Physically we. see it as matter the elements in various permutation combinations and. psychologically we understand it as subtle matter thought feeling. perception knowledge memory dreams fantasies etc, In what sense is everything we experience the word AUM.
Words are sound symbols Of what is AUM the symbol Modern. science tells us that matter is just energy in a state of motion vibration The. energy that becomes different types of matter by vibrating at different. frequencies is symbolized in Vedic science as AUM because it is said this. Find more free PDF E book at www holybooks com, http www holybooks com mandukya upanishad an ancient sanskrit text on the nature of reality. sound encompasses all the sounds the voice box is capable of creating. While the idea is logical the fact that mind and matter are vibrating energy. not the symbol concerns us here, What is the nature of this energy Just as matter is energy in a state of. vibration energy is Consciousness apparently vibrating While energy is a. moving form of Consciousness Consciousness itself is energyless all. pervasive and unmoving So how does the unmoving Consciousness. AUM become dualistic capable of movement The best explanation I ve. found is that from Consciousness point of view there is no dualistic. vibrating energy filled universe But from the point of view of a mind seen. through a vibrating mind the universe apparently dances. Nonetheless because our bodies and minds are insentient matter they. can only be moved by something else And that something else is. Consciousness The materialist view which has arisen because the senses. are taken as the sole means of knowledge that mind evolved from matter is. patently illogical since evolution implies a conscious agent Though. unmoving by nature Consciousness is capable of inspiring movement in Its. Are the vehicles different from Consciousness Is the spider different. from its web Though apparently different from the spider the web being. part and parcel of the spider is non separate from it It is the spider minus. the intelligence to create and manipulate its creation Likewise the universe. AUM though apparently a vast field of vibrating subtle and gross matter is. nothing but subtle and gross forms of Consciousness How far the sages. say is the wave from the ocean, Seen through the filter of time the limitless I is said to be the cause of. which the universe is an effect Is the cause separate from its effect The. effect is the cause in a different form just as a pot is not separate from the. mud that sustains it If we are little pots of consciousness how far can we be. from the Consciousness that sustains us How far can we be from the. Consciousness that sustains all pots, In this sense the whole universe is Consciousness symbolized by the. The Mandukya s definition of AUM the limitless I is That which. exists in all periods of time past present and future before the past and. after the future And we can add a secondary definition That which. exists in all states of consciousness and beyond is AUM Anything not. conforming to this definition isn t real Experienceable yes temporarily. existent but only seemingly real Since all forms of Consciousness mind. and matter don t fit the definition for the purpose of someone striving for. Find more free PDF E book at www holybooks com, http www holybooks com mandukya upanishad an ancient sanskrit text on the nature of reality.
Self knowledge they are not the limitless I To discover myself as the. limitless I I have to see who I am minus the body and mind When I m one. hundred percent convinced I m the limitless I alone I can. endowed with extraordinary psychic powers capable of zipping around the cosmos in our spirit bodies With rare exceptions the body and mind are limited by Nature and behave in conformity with its laws And one could hardly imagine a more limited phenomenon than a miracle Find more free PDF E book at www holybooks com

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