There Is No Need To Be Confused Ever Again!
There is no need to be confused ever again!
There are merely different names for the same non-thing.
Our interpretation of how we think others think may be biased: there is no right and wrong, but just different expressions.
The Vedic tradition is older than Buddhism. The Buddha must therefore have known about the Vedas and the Upanishads. It is suggested that the Vedic teachings came to northern India from the Aryans in Persia/Iran.
Whatever one’s opinion on the origin of teachings, there is the thread of one truth that has been handed down to us, and that is wisdom of our true nature, the purity of emptiness of consciousness, or ‘turiya’. Turiya is Sanskrit for pure consciousness.
Turiya is the fourth state of consciousness, in which the individual attains final liberation from ego consciousness and is united with infinite spirit, as all beings have the same pure consciousness.
Turiya refers to both Atman – the individual self – and Brahman – the infinite self – representing their spiritual union. The individual soul (consciousness) realises and transcends the three states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep. We realise this true nature as pure knowledge and bliss and thus, we are freed from desire, delusion and duality in the external world.
Turiya is not a state separate from the more gross states; it pervades all levels of reality. Ramana Maharshi interprets turiya as the natural state (emptiness) that permeates the other states. That unity is our whole reality. The Mandukya Upanishad discusses turiya as pure consciousness, which is indescribable, incomprehensible and unthinkable by the mind, but is ultimately realised as the one true self (our true nature).
Turiya = pure consciousness = emptiness
= not two = non-duality = our true nature.
It’s nice to know we are not different in any way.
Now that is true liberation!