Belinda wrote: ↑Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:43 am
It's not a good idea attempt to explain non duality using a modern lexicon that includes 'consciousness' with or without an honorific capital letter .
Speaking from the Dam character here, which is not Ramu in any way shape or form for those who think otherwise... as soon as the word ''consciousness'' is uttered, consciousness becomes an object of knowledge.
The point is, consciousness cannot experience itself as an object of knowledge...except in the dream of separation, which the mind itself puts there via conceptual idea...how does this happen? ..no idea, it's pure magic.
Consciousness is not-a-thing conceiving itself as a thing...A thing is no things reflection...there is no thing in a reflection except the idea/conceptual belief there is..the concept is a total fabrication/imagined thing ...do you understand?
You've got to use and I to extract an I ...and then when both I's are thrown away, what's left is who you are...aka pure opaque conscious awareness.
This can't be explained using words, it can only be directly experienced ..self actualised ..it's totally self evident, it doesn't depend on knowledge aka concept to exist.
Just as you do not depend on knowledge to exist during unawareness of self during sleep, you still are... whether there is awareness knowledge or not...because what you are is awareness/consciousness which never sleeps, awareness is this totally wide awake presence at all times aware of everything as and when that thing arises in it...awareness has to be always present to be aware of any thing...thing being a mental construction. The thing you believe disappears in sleep or death is the ''thought'' of you (mental construction)...not awareness. Awareness is always present...unborn, undying.
Awareness has no image or thought of itself...that's a superimposed position placed upon it...an illusion.