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Jane: Dear Ramji, around 2011 I read your biography and was fascinated with it. I read your book How to Attain Enlightenment and it took many months to finish it. Chapter 6, “Obstructions,” gave me more than one headache! Now I am doing the course “The Essence of Enlightenment.” The questions are the most important part because it gives me the opportunity to review what I read and clear doubts. Thank you so much for giving me that opportunity.
Referring to freedom in Chapter 2, you wrote: “It is limitlessness. It means that boundaries don’t hem you in, that nothing contains you, restricts you, defines you or modifies you. It is a worthwhile goal. In fact, it is the only goal”.
I know that I exist, I know that I know, no doubt about it. What I don’t know is that I’m limitless. The aspect of awareness, ananta, is not obvious to me. The only thing that I can say for sure is that when I close my eyes I know that I still exist, I know that I know, I can not locate in any specific place that knowingness. Is this what you are talking about?
Ramji: Ananta, limitlessness, means that you – existence/awareness – are not affected by what happens to Jane. You do not modify to experience as Jane does. The awareness that you are right now is the same awareness that was there when Jane was a little girl. It observed all the internal and external events that caused Jane to grow into a teenager. It sat silently by as the teenager morphed into a young adult, etc. It did not comment, criticize, empathize or rejoice. It just provides the light in which Jane’s life is bathed. Jane is always limited in one way or another. Jane changes because she is part of the ever-changing matrix of objects that make up life.
She is gradually disintegrating as you watch. She is limited. You are not. Maybe you find it difficult to understand limitlessness because you think that limitlessness should apply to Jane. It doesn’t. She is who she is and you, the non-experiencing witness, are what you are – ever-aware, ever-present, self-revealing consciousness. You do not require Jane to be, to know. What seems like Jane knowing and being is just you seeing and being.
Limitlessless means changless. This light that you are does not get brighter or dimmer. It doesn’t move when the body moves. It is unlimited.
~ Love, Ramji