Two views of Consciousness (Ramana`s and Nisargadatta’s)


“… there is no other self to act as
witness of the individual than the individual himself functioning
as the ego, which after all is only the mind associated with
reflected Consciousness.”  Ramana Maharshi

This teaching of Bhagavan is simplicity itself – understandable from all levels or perspectives. Nisargadatta, on the other hand, interposes Consciousness between that ego and awareness or Pure Consciousness; he then takes away any reality from that first (level of) Consciousness, which is for him empirical, changes with its objects and is equivalent to ‘beingness’ or ‘I AM’, and stays with the Absolute, unmoved, unchanging, eternal. A different perspective… finally the same truth.

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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