The Answers

1. Which statement is most accurate? a. Reality is non-dual b. Reality is dualistic and/or pluralistic c. Reality is neither non-dual or dual d. All of the above e. None of the above f. Reality is how one sees things. Answer: A. Reality is non-dual…although experientially it seems to be dualistic or pluralistic. ‘C’ is also true if you understand ‘non-dual’ and ‘dual’ to be intellectual categories and reality to be the Awareness that reveals them. 2. The statement ‘I am not the body’ means a. I am a disembodied spirit b. I am my feelings c. I am what I think I am d. I am the knower of the body/mind. Answer: D Reason: Reality is composed of two apparent categories; Awareness and Matter. One’s body, feelings and thoughts are subtle matter in motion. They are not conscious. Only the Self is conscious and because I am conscious I know the body mind. 3. The statement ‘I am enlightened’ means a. I am very intelligent and know more than most people b. I am always experiencing Awareness. c. I am spiritually ‘awake’ d. I operate from experience and reason e. I am always ‘in the light’ of Awareness f. I am limitless non-dual Awareness Answer: F. ‘A’ is not true because intelligence is determined by the nature of the Subtle Body, reflected Awareness. The Subtle Body is conditioned by many factors. ‘I’ is independent of the mind, and illumines all degrees of intelligence. ‘B’ is not true because everyone everywhere is always experiencing Awareness…because Awareness is all there is…appearances to the contrary notwithstanding. Enlightenment is the knowledge that I am Awareness, a fact unknown by most people. ‘C’ is untrue because what can awaken can also fall asleep. Awareness neither sleeps nor wakes; it illumines both conditions of mind. The one that experiences an awakening is the ego/mind. ‘D’ is not true because the Self is not a doer. To get into Awareness you would have to move from unawareness. It is not possible to ‘become’ aware because awareness is one’s nature and it is limitless. Any movement requires an agent and all agents are limited because they are in the dream of duality. ‘E’ is not true because it posits two ‘I’s: a limited entity…me…and Awareness.

14. Surrender of my ego to the Self will not help me get enlightened because a. I am already the Self i.e. enlightened b. If I surrender my ego who will be left to get enlightened? c. Everything is the Self alone so there is nothing that belongs to me that I can surrender e. Surrender is an activity and no activity will produce limitlessness f. Enlightenment is only possible through knowledge g. All of the above h. None of the above i. B and C Answer: G

15. Enlightenment is experience of the Self. True or False? Answer: False Enlightenment is not experience of the Self because reality is non-dual Awareness i.e. the Self and therefore all experience is the Self. If all experience is the Self each and every experience is the Self. Therefore there is no unique Self experience.

16. Enlightenment is a state of desirelessness. True or False? Answer: False Enlightenment is not a state. It is the nature of the Self. The Self is free of desire.

17. The Self is hidden behind the mind. The mind must be removed so the Self can be revealed. True or False? Answer: False.

18. Why is the above statement false? a. Because the Self is self revealing b. Because there is no mind c. Because the mind cannot be removed d. Only knowledge, not action, can reveal what is already present. Answer: A and D. A is untrue because Consciousness is never covered. The fact that there is mind and a Self is only known because of Consciousness. Any covering would only be known because of Consciousness. Finally, there is nothing other than Consciousness to cover it. It is the focus on the events in Consciousness, one’s experience, that obscures one’s appreciation of the Self. ‘C’ is not correct because the mind is the consequence of impersonal Awareness illumining the vasanas which cause the mind. No individual can remove it. ‘D’ is self explanatory.

4. The ‘truth’ is a. What happens b. How I see myself and the world c. What never changes d. What is Answer: C and D Truth is Awareness. Awareness never changes. It is being, what is. How you see yourself is conditioned by many factors and subject to change. If at all it is truth it is relative truth, what is called ‘my truth’ these days.

19. Which is true? a. Enlightenment is the experience of the Self b. Enlightenment is knowledge of the Self c. Enlightenment is the knowledge “I am the Self.” Answer: C. B is not true because it implies that the Self is an object, something to be known as one knows any object.

5. What statement is not true? a. The world is an object of Awareness. b. The world is me c. The world is an apparent reality d. The world is not real Answer: D. The world enjoys a peculiar ontological status: it is neither real nor is it unreal. It is not real because it has a beginning and an end. It is not unreal because it is experienced. If you did not choose ‘D’ because you

20. Why is Enlightenment for the mind alone? a. Because the mind is ignorant of its nature b. Because the Self is already enlightened

None of the above Answer: B or C. ‘B’ is not a. Concepts are the Self but the Self is free of concepts. ‘A’ is not true because you can’t be ‘in’ the now. Only objects can be destroyed d. It is up to the person seeking enlightenment to grasp the knowledge and remove his or his or her ignorance by applying it. Enlightenment Answer: ‘C’. enlightenment is for the ego. knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt “I am limitless Awareness. means the world doesn’t exist d. the knowledge of which is enlightenment. is a partless whole and cannot be split into individual units e. my soul Ans: D. but actually false. The Self is non-dual. Only the body and mind are made of parts. True or False? Answer: False. None of the above Answer: C 6. It was never born and therefore it cannot suffer death. He or she has special healing powers d. As such it does not indicate the identity of the mind and the Self. an electronic security system and body armor Answer: B. c. body guards. The goal of spiritual life b. Enlightenment is the destruction of all concepts. A person who realizes this loses his or her limited identity. You are protected by attack dogs. I experience the world in Awareness and there is no separation between what I experience and myself d. He or she is protected by God b. He or she knows the difference between what is apparent and what is real. ‘E’ is untrue because nirvikalpa Samadhi is a state in which there is no person to know or experience nothingness. A precondition for enlightenment c. Awareness. True or false? Answer: False. the person indicated on my driver’s license f. If you chose ‘D’ you should probably consider visiting another website. 25. 7. a void. Impossible. Both of the above d. means I wasn’t paying attention so I missed what happened c. The nature of the Self e. It is not possible for time and creation to exist in a non-dual reality except as a projection. ‘C’ is the most truthful statement about the nature of the world. a partless whole e. The meaning of the statement ‘the world is me’ is a. Enlightenment can be transmitted from an enlightened person to an unenlightened person. One’s activities are caused by one’s past karmas in the form of one’s likes and dislikes. The Self is not a ‘state. ‘C’ is not true because the world enjoys a temporary existence. An enlightened person is free of suffering because a. means reality is uncreated e. Mankind is too materialistic these days b. When you don’t know the difference you often take what is unreal to be real. Being. Enlightenment is the discovery that there is only one Self and I am it. c. They leave the earth because it is too low for their vibrations d. Why can you not be killed? a. It seems to be. True or False? Answer: Apparently true. 27. made of many parts b. True or false? Answer: False. because there is no ego in reality d. 22. my body. Action cannot take place without a thought preceding it. A mind with no thoughts c. b. Enlightenment cannot be transmitted because every being is already enlightened. Possible through surrender e. The world is what is created by my thoughts. ‘B’ is untrue for the same reason that ‘A’ is untrue. God is waiting for the right time to send them to earth so they can save us Answer: D. 9. Nothing ever happened a. Nor is the Self opposed to concepts. ‘A’ is not true because Self realization is the goal of spiritual life and it is the ego that needs to realize that it is the Self. If you answered ‘C’ you it is correct if you also chose ‘B’ and you understand than the Self cannot be objectified. is the statement of a person in nirvikalpa Samadhi Answer: D. Concepts are not opposed to ignorance. like Buddha and Jesus. A is true but it is a psychological statement. ‘D’ is untrue because the ego will not do anything to threaten its existence. 24. c. 8.understand that the world is impermanent or you understand that the world is actually the Self in form give yourself credit for a right answer. the world is not separate from It and because I am Awareness the world is me. is a clever spiritual cliche b. 28. The Self is already enlightened and there is only one Self. enlightenment is Self knowledge. There is only one Self with apparent knowledge and apparent ignorance. The Self. 26. The few there were. feelings and emotions g. like a dream. b. 21. Suffering is caused by confusing what is real with what isn’t. How can you be ‘in’ yourself? You are yourself. There are no enlightened beings because 10. Enlightenment is simply the destruction of one’s ignorance concerning the nature of the Self. Enlightenment is the destruction of one’s identification with the concept that the Self is limited and incomplete. He or she is a vegetarian and takes lots of vitamins Answer: B. The Self is a. If enlightenment is the destruction of all concepts an enlightened person could not function in this world. The ‘now’ is in you. are all dead. everyone has experienced the absence of thoughts in deep sleep but remains unenlightened when awake. ‘C’ is not true because there are only three states of consciousness: waking dream and deep sleep. Being in the now b. The fourth state of Consciousnesss d. A guru can only give the knowledge that reveals the Self. True or False? Ans: True. A guru can give enlightenment by destroying your ignorance.’ It is the Awareness because of which the states are known. Awareness. Because you are immortal c. ‘B’ is not true because the Self is always free of the mind and enlightenment is Self knowledge. Ego loss is a. like a snake perceived in a coiled rope at twilight.” 23. a Self and an ego. Because reality is non-dual Awareness. but in reality is doesn’t exist. Additionally. You are meant to die peacefully in your bed in old age. In non-dual reality there are not two principles. c. One’s activities are motivated by one’s identification with the likes and dislikes arising in the mind.” Answer: D or E. Enlightenment is a. The Self illumines both the presence and absence of the ego. is not in opposition to the presence or absence of anything. The knowledge “I am limitless Awareness and not this body/mind. ‘E’ is a myth because the Self. a nothingness d. ‘A’ is not true. . Things seem to be born and die because the Self is not known for what it is. the forth state of consciousness c.

is a statement about who I am c. is not a state. When you see yourself as a doer you cannot escape the results of your actions because the results of actions accrue to the karmic account of the doer. ‘A’ is not true because the self is self existent and cannot be produced by any action. The Self is beyond time and experience. I am an enjoyer Answer: D 31. b. Why is this statement true? I am neither enlightened nor unenlightened. Consciousness. is a method of analysis that reveals that the doer is nothing but consciousness. Because you can only be one or the other. ‘D’ is true if you take yourself to be a doer. is caused by the world in which I live d. The Self. Self inquiry a. Additionally. is asking ‘who am I?’ Answer. The Self is limitless and does not transmigrate. What happens a.’ 12. There is nothing you can do to get enlightened d. 29. creation or individuals. The Self is always free of karma. It is the invariable Awareness because of which the three states are known. there is no need to ask the question because the answer is already known. not just a field. scripture and the testimony of the enlightened makes it clear that the Self is Awareness. The ‘I’ is sentient. self revealing and self validating. B. ‘A’ is not true because if reality is non-dual and there is such a thing as the body it cannot be away from the Self and therefore cannot be transcended. Because reality is non-dual. The body is me but I am not the body means a. The karma appears but it is like burnt rope. 34. c. I am my personality d. Answer: B 33. Things that happen have no effect on the Self and do not define it in any way. a. ‘C’ is not true because it takes an agent and a field of experience to cause things to happen. appears as the insentient body without becoming unaware. is a technique that produces experience of the Self b. True or False? Answer. ‘C’ is superficially true but is ineffective as a practice because the one who asks the question has no way to objective way evaluate the answer should it arise in Consciousness. The Self. I am lazy c. by the grace of the guru Answer: B. c. I am beyond the body b. Awareness. dream. Also many things happen that I have never thought of and many things that I think don’t happen. When you see yourself as the Self your karmas are nullified because your karmic account is closed with the renunciation of the doer through Self knowledge. In a non-dual reality there is no creator. has nothing to do with me at all Ans: E. . The experience of enlightenment can be made permanent a. I have no arms and legs b. and deep sleep. Self inquiry is actually moment to moment application of the knowledge “I am limitless Awareness” to the ‘I’ thought as it appears in Awareness.true because there are only three states of consciousness: waking. 32. is the result of my past actions e. with enough practice b. is created by my thoughts b. ‘A’ is acceptable if the word ‘beyond’ is understood to mean ‘apparently other than. I am not the doer means a. the body isn’t c. is impossible because enlightenment is not an experience and if it was it could not be made permanent because no experience is permanent. ‘B’ is not true because the Self does not require anything to validate it. the Self is Consciousness or Awareness. It is self evident. ‘G’ is not true because the soul is a limited entity.e. ‘F’ is not true because the body and subjective events are not conscious. It cannot be ‘made’ permanent because it is permanent. 30. b. ‘C’ is not true because to say that something does not exist requires a self i. It no longer binds. Why is the Self beyond both the individual and the Creator? a. I am actionless Awareness e. It is the consciousness because of which both the individual and the creator exist. Answer: A and B. 11. True or False? Answer: True. I’m schizophrenic Answer: B. Because enlightenment and ignorance are only concepts and the Self is free of both knowledge and ignorance c. How can it move if it is everything? ‘Enlightened being’ is just a concept. one that transmigrates. If you are enlightened the doer has been negated by the knowledge “I am actionless Awareness” and therefore there are no actions and their results for you. Because only Buddha and other great beings were enlightened. ‘A’ is not true because what happens depends on many factors. True 13. the Self.