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rmaharishiForgetfulness of your real nature is the real death;
remembrance of it is the true birth.
It puts an end to successive births.  Eternal life is then yours. 
How does the desire for eternal life arise?
Because the present state is unbearable.  Why?
Because, it is not your true nature.
Had it been your real nature, there would be no desire to agitate you.
How does the present state differ from your real nature?
Truly, you are spirit.
Human beings consider themselves limited and that is the root of the trouble. 
The idea is wrong.  In sleep there was no world, no ego and no trouble.
Something wakes up from that happy state and says “I”.
To that ego the world appears.
It is the rise of the ego that is the cause of the trouble.
But trace the ego to its origin, and you will reach that undifferentiated happy source,
a state which is sleepless sleep.
The Self is ever there;
wisdom only appears to dawn, though it is natural.
Conscious death and conscious immortality (while still in the flesh)
is the purpose of evolution.
 
Sri Ramana Maharshi

“We loosely talk of Self-realization, for lack of a better term.  But how can one realize or make real that which alone is real? All we need to do is to give up our habit of regarding as real that which is unreal. All religious practices are meant solely to help us do this. When we stop regarding the unreal as real, then reality alone will remain, and we will be that.”

Sri Ramana Maharishi

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Q: If happiness is not conscious and consciousness – not happy, what is the link between the two?

M: Consciousness being a product of conditions and circumstances, depends on them and changes along with them. What is independent, uncreated, timeless and changeless, and yet ever new and fresh, is beyond the mind. When the mind thinks of it, the mind dissolves and only happiness remains.

Q: When all goes, nothingness remains.

M: How can there be nothing without something: Nothing is only an idea, it depends on the memory of something. Pure being is quite independent of existence, which is definable and describable.

Q: Please tell us: beyond the mind does consciousness continue, or does it end with mind?

M: Consciousness comes and goes, awareness shines immutably.

Q: Who is aware in awareness?

M: When there is a person, there is also consciousness. ‘I am’, mind, consciousness denote the same state. If you say ‘I am aware’, it only means: ‘I am conscious of thinking and being aware. There is no ‘I am’ in awareness.

Q: What about witnessing?

M: Witnessing is the mind. The witness goes with the witnessed. In the state of non-duality all separation ceases.

I Am That – Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

“The mind will subside only by means of the enquiry ‘Who am I?’.  The thought ‘Who am I?’, destroying all other thoughts will itself be finally destroyed like the stick used to stoke the fire…..When the mind unceasingly investigates its own nature it transpires that there is no such thing as mind. The mind is merely thoughts. Of all the thoughts the thought ‘I’ is the root. Therefore the mind is only the thought ‘I’.  From where does the is ‘I’ arise? Seek for it within; it then vanishes.  This if the pursuit of wisdom.” p88

Exert from No Mind, I am the Self by David Godman.