The point

Prashant Sharma psharma at BUPHY.BU.EDU
Wed Oct 29 11:09:01 CST 1997

On Wed, 29 Oct 1997, Greg Goode wrote:

> At 05:56 PM 10/28/97 -0500, Prashant Sharma wrote:
> >        Is there a path at all?  One would assume (from a neti-neti
> >approach) that attainment of *jnaana* is an acausal event in the sense
> >that no single thing can cause it.
> This is my understanding.  There is really no single or joint cause for
> anything, the same way that there are no causes or effects in a movie or a
> dream.  This is one of the main thrusts of the Gaudapada Karika.
> So of course there is no cause for jnaana.  Jnaana is anterior to maya,
> phenomenality, the observable world.  So nothing in maya, phenomenality or
> the observable world can "cause" or "make" jnaana happen.

        You put it very nicely. Cause links seperate things but "jnana" is
not a seperative thing...
(I hope this is what you implied :)
> >Or more precisely:
> >At time "t" : a man efforting to be a jnani (or ajnani :)
> >At time "t+0" : the man is  jnaani but now doesnot relate to the previous
> >state (except through memory...).  So the event is acausal for him.  There
> >is no center left to which he can relate his being.
> I really like this last sentence.  It is Nisargadatta Maharaj's core teaching.
> --Greg
Could you let me know a book where his teachings are summarized?

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