Thoughts Separate from Awareness?
Shankar: Dear Ram, it looks like in my daily meditation practice that the witness and mind are separate from each other. It looks like the thoughts are overlayed on consciousness/witness.
Ram: They are apparently separate, Shankar. Where else are the thoughts going to come from but awareness, the non-witnessing witness? There is only awareness.
Shankar: But if the witness is only awareness, why is there a duality between the two? How does the mind arise from consciousness?
Ram: Maya is a power in awareness that causes it to appear as thoughts that seem to be separate from it.
For years I have happily and diligently responded to communications on the topic of Self realization. Since the publication of my book, “How to Attain Enlightenment”— currently in its third printing —and the success of this website, the volume of emails has increased considerably. Unfortunately, owing to a busy schedule of teaching and writing, I am no longer able to answer all the emails I receive in a timely fashion. However, my wife, who is also a teacher, and several well-qualified teachers we have endorsed are available to answer emails on my behalf. I encourage you to send them your questions.
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