But in essence there is one life showing up as many.
Can you write what you see about that.
Nonduality includes duality.
Through Mu Koan, or self inquiry, or a walk on a star lite night, or meditation we may be in Awareness. In Advaita Vedanta or Buddhism, this may not be the ultimate. This is a reflection of Consciousness that we're seeing as through a mirror. It's appearing through our mind.
Beyond our local Awareness or Consciousness that is the Atman in Vedanta or Buddha Nature in Buddhism. There's other names: Rigpa, Primordial Consciousness, Original Mind.
Now we're getting above my pay grade :-) Whether this Primordial Consciousness is the Universe or God or a fundamental building block of our Universe – or something else – I don't know. My limited experience with it, it seems to permeate All. The Void, Emptiness. There's a quote I like from Mingyur Rinpoche that Emptiness doesn't mean nothingness, but instead it's this fantastic void sea of infinite possisbilities.
There's a famous koan: Does a dog have Buddha nature?
Nowadays in our culture we love dogs, adore them. So of course Dogs have Buddha nature! I have two books on my cloud, one is “Zen Dogs” – great photos of dogs looking like zen masters. Another is “My Dog, My Buddha”. When zen master's assign this koan, they can count on hearing dog stories from the zen student. Not the koan's answer of course, but people love, love, love to talk about dogs who had great meaning in their life.
Back when the koan originated, dogs were despised and the koan means “Does even a lowly dog have Buddha nature?”
The koan continues and in the story, the zen master said “MU!” which means NO. Which is unexpected because there's a well known sutra that the monk who asked also knew, and this sutra says that all beings have Buddha nature.
The koan explains there is no “have or have not” for Buddha nature. The dog IS Buddha nature. As we are. As Trump is. As cockroaches are.
You've given me a challenging task. It's hard to talk about the Ultimate. It's beyond words. We risk sounding like an idiot talking about it. There are times we have a wonderful experience of unity and peace. We see this fantastic void sea of infinite possibilities. Great! But this feeling will go away.
We have to be careful and not reject duality. I think every year, Ramana devotees come out from the Ramana Ashram in Tiru all blissed out or in a Nondual state. The road in front of the Ashram is very busy with traffic. People get hit by cars regularly. I think either they're in an altered state oblivious to traffic or they think everything is one, there is no self, there is no bus, and even if there appears to be a bus, it's an illusion. Ow. Oy.
There's another famous koan: “What is THIS!”
A friend of mine asked this question to Mooji and the video of this is on YouTube. It's 58 minutes long response.
There's a lot of Non words that describe it: The Unborn, the Undying, The Unconditioned.
My understanding of it, on a daily or routine level, would be “Just This”. Right here, right now. (Although there is no Here and Now). I read recently that some physicists believe that space and time are untenable concepts. There's no Gate. I joke that I'm not even sure there's a THERE there :-)
But then again, there are buses. I don't get into theoretical arguments with them.
There is a Mystery. I am part of that Mystery. That Mystery is Grace.
But fortunately there's coffee, but it's run out and I'm going to make some more :-)
There is no Enlightenment.
Knowing this is Enlightenment.
– Sri Nisargadatta
To live in the known is bondage.
To live in the unknown is liberation.
-- Sri Nisargadatta