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Non-duality implies that we are not just a body, a spirit, and a heart affected by feelings, thoughts and emotions making up a ‘person’. We are above all spiritual essence. A timeless essence, the source from which everything springs and where everything dies, referred to as ‘Sat Chit Ananda’ in the ancient scriptures, meaning ‘Absolute Existence, Consciousness and Bliss’. Present everywhere, this essence is our real nature which if realized, brings about a radical change of perspective. What is then experienced is a feeling of deep inner peace and union with all that is.

 

The essence of the Supreme Reality

--Read out loud--

 

I am not what I think myself to be.

I am not my body. Not my mind.

There happens to be a body.

A mind.

Although I am creating it in every moment.

I am inside a dream. An imaginary world of time and space.

It is not the Ultimate Truth.

The Truth lies beyond and within.

Just as I dream at night, I dream this day.

Deep within my beingness I know Reality to be just BEingness, Ultimate Awareness.

I long for this space.

I love for it to occupy me.

Instead I imagine worry into creation.

I imagine memory and create the past.

I imagine a future into existence, through what I anticipate.

I allow a mind to take charge of consciousness.

I loose myself.

The true Self.

It is beyond the mind.

Yet is always here.

Unaware, I ignore it.

I take what I can “see” for the Real.

When it is not.

I do not question it’s realness.

I am blind.

Blinded by the mind’s creation.

Hallucination.

However, I am seeking so there is hope.

I am seeking to remember.

I long to know.

And

Deep inside I do know.

I know.

I AM the Supreme Reality of Absolute Truth.

I AM what cannot be described.

In the way I AM, words to not apply.

Beyond mind.

Beyond ALL.

Encompassing ALL.


Unity consciousness, oneness, all is one, we are one… it all stems from non-duality and is the foundational philosophy (not religion, yet it's truth is hidden in all major Religions) that we can derive tremendous support from if we are serious about our spiritual growth and want a more Direct Path to Liberation / Self-realization / Complete Enlightenment.

There are many paths to walk and yours is ultimately perfect for you, however, one can easily be distracted by the many activities presented in this illusionary play we call life and the world. When you think about it, you see that it comes down to concepts of the mind and is still a play in that which is not Real.

Non-duality teachings go straight to the core. They speak of the Ultimate Truth and direct the student (a Master in and of herself) to the completeness that she already is, again and again.

By seeing all that is not true, that is not YOU, and come back to the feeling of what IS the beingness of “you”, you transform and life gloriously shifts.

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Non-duality by Wikipedia

“In spirituality, nondualism, also called non-duality, means "not two" or "one undivided without a second". Nondualism primarily refers to a mature state of consciousness, in which the dichotomy of I-other is 'transcended', and awareness is described as 'centerless' and 'without dichotomies'. Although this state of consciousness may seem to appear spontaneous, it usually is the "result" of prolonged ascetic or meditative/contemplative practice, which includes ethical injunctions. While the term "nondualism" is derived from Advaita Vedanta, descriptions of nondual consciousness can be found within Hinduism (Turiya, sahaja), Buddhism (Buddha-nature, rigpa, shentong), and western Christian and neo-Platonic traditions (henosis, mystical union).

The Asian idea of nondualism developed in the Vedic and post-Vedic Hindu philosophies, as well as in the Buddhist traditions. The oldest traces of nondualism in Indian thought are found as Advaita in the earlier Hindu Upanishads such as Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, as well as other pre-Buddhist Upanishads such as the Chandogya Upanishad, which emphasizes the unity of individual soul called Atman and the Supreme called Brahman. In Hinduism, nondualism has more commonly become associated with the Advaita Vedanta tradition of Adi Shankara.

The Buddhist tradition added the teachings of śūnyatā; the two truths doctrine, the nonduality of the absolute and the relative truth, and the Yogachara notion of "mind/thought only" (citta-matra) or "representation-only" (vijñaptimātra). Vijñapti-mātra and the two truths doctrine, coupled with the concept of Buddha-nature, have also been influential concepts in the subsequent development of Mahayana Buddhism, not only in India, but also in China and Tibet, most notably the Chán (Zen) and Dzogchen traditions.

Western Neo-Platonism is an essential element of both Christian contemplation and mysticism, and of Western esotericism and modern spirituality, especially Unitarianism, Transcendentalism, Universalism and Perennialism.” -Wikipedia


Resources

BOOKS

I AM THAT - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Seeds of consciousness - The Wisdom of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, edited by Jean Dunn

 

FREE PDF

I AM THAT - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (short version, for complete version order the book above)