goode at DPW.COM
Wed Oct 29 12:00:58 CST 1997
At 12:09 PM 10/29/97 -0500, Prashant Sharma wrote:
>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 :)
Yes, I did mean that. Jnaana is not a thing at all. And in absolute
reality, there are no other things either.
>> >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
>Could you let me know a book where his teachings are summarized?
There are several:
1. I AM THAT (huge book, his first, most famous)
2. Prior to Consciousness (Some of the deeper teachings)
3. Consciousness and the Absolute
The very best one, I can't remember the title (book's at home), but maybe
another listmember can recall. It's compiled from the last teachings he
gave before dying, and is the pithiest, most to-the-point. If no one else
has posted it over the next several hours, I'll post it tomorrow.
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