and things are interconnected and of the same Spirit.
There are many names for God, most religions admit that God
a singular essence which includes all. In Advaita Vedanta we
call it Being-Consciousness-Bliss. It is singular and free from
division. It is so free from any kind of division that we call
it nondual. It is not two and it does not take multiple forms.
We call it Self. There is only one, whole, undivided, and perfectly
free Self. It is not a human being and yet the real truth of
every human being is this blissful Self. It is not an entity
and it has no qualities and yet every entity and every quality
is only this One. Those who yearn to know the truth and diligently
inquire into the real meaning of their own existence will discover
the Self through divine experience. Present Nonexistence Center
is devoted to this wonderful Self discovery.
why you are here on this earth and who you are is of utmost
importance. Discovering the Reality is called enlightenment
or Self Knowledge. Awakening to the sublime truth of your real
existence is not discovering something new. It is realizing
what is already real. Yet it is so profound that most people
totally miss it. What is required is a deep and diligent look
at your identity. It requires fierce honesty. The spiritual
practice as taught by Sri Ramana Maharshi can be summed up in
three words. "Who Am I?" -- Many people hear the words.
Few actually pursue the "hidden" meaning that this
inquiry reveals. May you take the empowered tool so graciously
given by the Maharshi - the inquiry "Who am I?" -
and use it to dissolve all delusion.
ask, "If I am already this perfect Self, then why am
I suffering?" This is a very good question and one that
you should take very seriously. Ask the question of yourself.
Why am I suffering? More to the point, ask yourself the question,
"Who is this one that suffers?" Don't just skip
over the words, lock yourself in a room for a period of time
if you have to, face yourself and find out who you really
If you are confusing
yourself with something you are not, you suffer. If you
are covering up your reality with a limited false identity,
you suffer. When you have a headache, you seek relief
and yearn to come back to your natural state in which
there is no headache. Likewise, when you feel bound by
a false identity you seek liberation and yearn to come
back to your natural state, which happens to be boundless
freedom and perfect peace.
delve into this question of your own existence, you may
discover that you are not who you think you are. If you think
you are the form of a human being, you will not be awake to
your own truth. The persona you think you are is a mistaken
identity. It is just as crazy as limiting yourself to the form
of a cartoon character and defending it mightily. It is silliness.
It is suffering. The fear of death is unnecessary. Don't settle
for the identity of a dream character, a cartoon character,
or a human fleshy form. Don't settle for an uninspected assumption
as an identity. Your Being has no form. Don't give a form to
what is formless and limitless. There is no birth or death for
what is inherently without birth and immortal.
intellect and intuition, the one you are using to understand
these words, has a source that is unlimited, boundless, and
utterly free. Your own source radiates in all directions at
once to infinity. This source is Being-Consciousness-Bliss.
It is not limited by that person you call yourself. It is not
limited or defined by any body, ego, or quality, gross or subtle.
The inquiry "Who am I?" -- if taken up in earnest,
will reveal the source of everything that appears. It will reveal
Reality and your True Identity, the unspeakable bliss of Self
of utmost importance to know yourself. Knowing yourself fully
is knowing the Truth. You must release yourself from the bondage
of your own thinking. Learn to discriminate between what is
real and what is unreal. Cease the objective outlook by quieting
the mind. Find the serene center of your own existence. It is
ridiculous to live your whole life without knowing who you really
are! Put forth the effort needed to awaken yourself to Reality.
Study the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, go to living sages like
Master Nome at the Society of Abidance in Truth. Listen and
ponder and meditate until the teaching of Advaita Vedanta makes
its point. What will it take for you to be absolutely free?
Do whatever it takes. Love yourself enough to give yourself
the ultimate happiness of knowing who you really are.
do the words "Present Nonexistence" mean?
is the conscious practice of eliminating the ego in whatever
form it might take. Whether you take yourself to be a servant
or a hero, a bug or a Buddha, an ant or an angel, any and all
identities are limiting and false. An identity is what creates
duality. With no identity there is Nonduality. Nonduality is
the truth of all beings. Nonduality is pure Awareness, unbifurcated
Being. Knowing this truth is freedom and eliminates fear and
is accomplished using the powerful means of Self Inquiry. By
the inquiry "Who am I?" -- you return to the source
of any particular identity you may appear to be. Inspecting
your current stance as a persona or a body reveals that stance
impossible. Returning to your own source renders your separate
identity nonexistent. When your false identity no longer exists,
you rest in pure Awareness. Discovering the nonexistence of
a separate ego or persona eliminates your position as any body
at all and reveals the Blissful Reality. Sri Ramana Maharshi
calls it I-I or I-less I. It is Existence free of an ego. It
is Consciousness without an object. It is illimitable Being.
Knowing it for yourself is knowing it AS YOURSELF. Thus the
ancient sages proclaim, You Are That.
So the words "Present
Nonexistence" are simply words to point you in the right
direction. The Self needs no such instruction. The Enlightened
have no use for words. Awareness has no thought of existence
or nonexistence. The words are meant for human beings. Present
Nonexistence is a practice of eliminating your stance as a human
being. With the nonexistence of an individualized ego-I,
Absolute Presence is the Reality.
The Reality is always
now, and the practice should always be in the present moment.
Thoughts of future spiritual practice is no practice at all!
So the words are not, "Future Nonexistence," or enlightenment
sometime in the future. The words are "Present Nonexistence"
a practice for any time or place you appear to be.
Present Nonexistence is a practice that eliminates the false
appearances of things and joyfully returns you to your rightful
"place," a "place" that is not touched by
the limitations of time or space. Being-Consciousness-Bliss.