When you are trying to reach something,you see a distance between you and that thing.As regards the truth about reality there is no actual distance.But the truth does not belong to you as a mere object,you and the truth are the same thing! (E.V.)
Is nonduality a form of knowledge or an experience?
Nonduality is the natural state of existence. It is the condition in which reality manifests itself. We are basically not aware of this fundamental characteristic of reality, nor it is taught by the main cultures and traditions, especially the Western ones. Actually, there is nothing to "regain" because nothing has been "lost", it is only a matter of developing a greater awareness of what reality and ourselves really are, changing our belief of being all separate entities.
Why to seek a new vision of reality?
To seek for the ultimate truth about the nature of reality is normally considered to be of exclusive interest to philosophers and scholars and seems not to regard the concrete problems of people’s daily living. Instead, the very vision we have of existence and of our role in it, represents the framework within which (mostly at an unconscious level) we develop our own identity, establish our personal goals, and make our choices. For this reason, a new vision of reality may bring effective changes at all levels in our life.
How to develop a new vision of reality?
Awareness is the clarity of the nature and of the sense of the processes occurring inside and outside ourselves. The highest attainable awareness is that concerning the non-dualistic nature of reality and the unitary nature of its manifestation. Such awareness allows us to answer the questions "what is reality?" and "who am I?". However, the development of our awareness about the fundamental nature of reality is imbued, since its first formation, with inputs that affirm the dualistic principle as the certain basis of our existence. This reinforces in turn the belief of separation between each individual and everything else, at every level, physical and metaphysical. The awareness of the nonduality of reality, and existence, therefore, have the progressive effect of transforming the way we interact with and respond to every aspect of life. Non-dualistic awareness reached through knowledge is exactly the way proposed by this path.
To develop a non-dualistic awareness of reality is it necessary to reduce the influence of our self?
From a non-dualistic perspective, what we call the individual self (or the identity of a person) is solely a temporary and impermanent manifestation of the only reality, as well as anything else. If we consider how such particular manifestation occurs we may indeed see how the stronger is our identification with a specific entity (in our case our body-mind) the harder we can develop a unitary vision of the whole existence. So, in conclusion, the dualistic vision belongs precisely to the self, which can, however, decide to consciously work on it to change it into a different one, ultimately the non-dualistic one.
What happens when we develop a clear awareness of nonduality?
What was before in our own life will probably remain the same, but it will be experienced from a different perspective, and therefore will have a different sense and value for us. The new sense given to each experience and to life in general will in turn affect our inner state and will bring more freedom to our choices and a greater entrustment to the flow of life, recognizing ourselves as an integral part of it, no longer separate.
Are these the principles of Advaita?
Advaita refers to millenary Indian wisdom texts, in which the nature of reality and its manifestation are widely investigated and described, but there are also many other non-dualistic currents of thought, philosophies, schools and teachings, both Eastern and Western, old and more recent ones that do the same. So, this approach summarizes many diverse perspectives about nonduality, all combined into the awareness path through knowledge here described. However, I shall stress that in this vision of reality, the realness of the experience is not denied, nor is that of the subject, just considering them as different forms of the common and unitary manifestation of the sole existing reality.
Who is qualified to teach the nonduality principles?
The nonduality principles are fairly easy to represent, in fact we often find them used and described in different contexts and with various aims. What really matters, however, is transforming their intellectual understanding into clear awareness, and consequently into one’s own life experience. Therefore it is not enough just to learn them as they are described, but they must become the sole foundation of our vision of reality. The process of restructuring our beliefs, primarily that of being separate entities, each leading their own existence, requires some experience with the use of the appropriate cognitive tools. If you are followed along your path by someone who has already used them and is taking his or her role seriously and professionally, it will certainly be easier for you.
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