If the truth of everything, particularly the selfless impermanent body with the function of the perceptive cognitive intellectual emotional thinking mind, is selflessness, or 'I'lessness, then "who" is there to be identifying with anything, regardless of something pure or impure, lower consciousness or higher consciousness, conditional or unconditional, mortal or immortal, finite or infinite?
As long as there's an idea of 'I' existing in the form of thinking within the modification of the mind, either identifying with something that is IMPURE or LOWER, such as the qualities of names and forms that are conditional and impermanent, or identifying with something that is PURE or HIGHER, beyond qualities of names and forms, that is attributeless, nameless and formless, that is birthless and deathless, which is changeless, infinite, unconditional and limitless, the mind is not free.
Who is there to be identifying as an ignorant, uncompassionate, unloving, unkind, egoistic, impure, conditional and restless being, or an ignorant free, compassionate, loving, kind, egoless, pure, unconditional and peaceful being?
Either a disturbed being or a peaceful being, that behaves, acts and reacts in certain way, it's merely the reflection of the different states of the mind that is selfless and impermanent, either under the influence of ignorance and egoism, or void of ignorance and egoism.
Void of the idea of 'I', or the selflessness in all and everything, there's none existing to be identifying with anything. If there's still an identification of "I am This or That," or "I am limitless, birthless, deathless, attributeless, nameless and formless," and etc, it's deriving from the idea of 'I' in the mind that is still functioning under the influence of ignorance and egoism.
The impermanent existence of a selfless impermanent body and the modification of the perceptive cognitive intellectual emotional thinking mind, is nothing contradictory with the truth of SELFLESSNESS in all and everything, about "There's no 'I' existing in the impermanent existence of a selfless impermanent body and the selfless impermanent modification of the perceptive cognitive intellectual emotional thinking mind."
Anything that exists under the influence, support and interdependence of something else, that cannot exist independently and permanently on its own and at its own freewill, where it's nature is ceaselessly changing and decaying unwittingly, that is non-permanent, is SELFLESS. If 'I' exists, then this 'I' and everything that is 'mine', is in the control of 'I', but there's no 'I' in control of anything where the nature of such existence is ceaselessly changing and impermanent. No matter how much money and effort being put into maintaining and enhancing the condition and quality of an existence under certain name and form that is selfless and impermanent, this 'existence of certain name and form' is still changing, decaying, and eventually disintegrating. All past and present Kings and Queens, and the most perfect, successful, powerful, wealthy, intelligent, knowledgeable, talented, skillful, fit, strong, flexible, healthy, beautiful, happy human beings, all kinds of famous people and celebrities, all kinds of enlightened minds, saints and sages, as well as in every household of close family members, friends and relatives, are the perfect teaching examples or reflections towards the truth of selflessness and impermanence. - Arising, changing, and passing away, gracefully, or not.
If it's something selfless, it's void of any kind of identification.
Similarly, which is permanent and unchanging, that exists independently without any inter-dependency or supports, can be referred as real. The entire mind perception of a selfless impermanent worldly life existence in a world of selfless and impermanent names and forms, doesn't exist without the existence and the function of the perceptive cognitive intellectual emotional thinking mind. And hence, the teachings of yoga - The world is unreal. As both the perceiver (the perceptive mind) and the perceived (the world of names and forms) are selfless and impermanent.
The mind that hasn't realized this, it is stuck with the intellectual understanding of "How can I (an existence that is existing, perceiving, thinking, feeling, understanding, analyzing, realizing, enjoying or suffering) realize that 'I' doesn't exist (non-existence of an individual being of I)?" and "I am perceiving, sensing, seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, feeling and living in this world of names and forms, how can it be unreal?"
Self-inquiry is the essence of yoga practice. All kinds of yoga practice must lead towards self-inquiry towards "What is 'I'?", and upon the selfless mind attaining self-realization towards SELFLESSNESS, this mind is void of all kinds of misery and suffering deriving from ignorance and egoism, even when the body and mind is still going through selfless impermanent changes of decaying and disintegrating that is inevitable in all kinds of selfless impermanent existence under certain names and forms.
Even the presence of attachment and identification towards the notion of, "I am what I am," or "I am absolute knowledge, absolute existence and absolute bliss," not to say, "This is who I really am," the mind is not free.
SILENCE, upon the absence of ignorance and egoism. There's none or no identification existing to be identifying as "I am free, or, I am enlightened." It's merely the absence of the veil of ignorance and egoism and their by-products of impurities or corruptions in the mind. The mind is void of ignorance and the suffering deriving from ignorance. Void of duality or separateness. Void of superiority and inferiority. Void of desire. Void of "I want this, I don't want that." Void of attachment. Void of fear or painful sorrow deriving from attachment. Void of identification. Void of pride and shame deriving from identification. All are selfless and impermanent.
The limited and conditional body exists, selflessly and impermanently. The function of the perceptive cognitive intellectual emotional thinking mind exists, selflessly and impermanently. Intentional or unintentional actions and reactions exist, selflessly and impermanently. Consequences of actions and reactions exist, selflessly and impermanently. All kinds of sensation of pleasantness and unpleasantness exist, selflessly and impermanently. Imperfect, partial and corrupted memories, agreeable and disagreeable experiences, and all kinds of desirable and undesirable relationship or connection exist, selflessly and impermanently. All kinds of ignorant and egoistic worldly affairs, and the suffering deriving from ignorant and egoistic worldly affairs exist, selflessly and impermanently. Without energy and all kinds of supportive elements, all these selfless impermanent names and forms of certain qualities, cannot exist. All kinds of names and forms arising, changing, and passing away, influenced by nature's law of cause and effect. Above all, 'I' doesn't exist. There's no 'I'. The idea of 'I' only exists in the mind, under a stream of continuous thoughts, generating the false existence of an individual being, attaching and identifying with the selfless impermanent physical body and the restless modification of the mind as 'I', due to the presence of the veil of ignorance and egoism.
The realization of the truth of selflessness, oneness or non-separateness beyond all the impermanent different qualities of names and forms, is beyond spirituality or non-spirituality. It's neither spiritual nor non-spiritual. It's universal. It doesn't matter whether the mind identifying itself as spiritual or non-spiritual, no matter what are the different qualities of names and forms, of different types of social, cultural, spiritual or religious thinking, belief, values, practice, or way of living, regardless of what are the different states of the different minds, of different behaviors, actions and reactions, peaceful or peaceless, wise or ignorant, kind or unkind, selfish or unselfish, all and everything are selfless and impermanent.
Inquire towards the truth of everything.
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