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I Am That
Seeker: Mr. Swartz, I came across this today and want to share it.
Does duality indeed exist? And what experiences/observes the jiva going to or coming from the cave? Everything is limitless consciousness, sarvam khalvidam brahman.
Then what is this about understanding non-duality, hard work and seeing that you are not the mind? Consciousness is all. How it manifests in this dream gets a lot of press, but strip it all away and it is all nothing but Him. He is inscrutable to casual analysis, rhyme and reason. It is clear that this is a dream, even for the wise, although the ignorant think it real. So? It thinks, It acts, It reasons… there is nothing else.
When It lifts the pen and asks patients in the office, “What do you see?,” the patient says, “I see a pen,” but He says, “It is Me appearing as a pen. May He… That… stay present and foremost when you are in any state of consciousness.”
James: Brahma satyam jagan mithya. This is certainly true from the non-dual self’s point of view and from its point of view there is no dream. But the last statement, “may it stay foremost and present,” etc. includes the dream point of view, jagan mithya. Yes, it is desirable that it “stay” but what makes it stay except constant discrimination – until there is absolute no doubt in jiva’s mind that the world and the mind is a dream? It is not going to “stay” on its own, because it is always present; it never went away. So the “staying” is only in terms of the hard and fast knowledge “I am He.”