Everyone is self shining. Everything is self shining. No beginning is necessary, and no end is required. Everywhere we look - life, beingness, consciousness, oneness is shining.
It appears to us as our world, but we are not separate from our world, and neither is their any thing that shines.
What is not born, does not die. But the appearance of things appearing and disappearing all the time creates the illusion, in our thoughts, of separateness.
There is no separate self which
has a birth or a death, except in thought.
There is a knowing that we exist, without thinking about it. Under
no circumstances can we say
that we do not exist.
The thought "I am" or "I exist", is
the birth of the concept of a self, in
But there is no separate self, apart from the thought "I am separate".
And there is no discrete mind,
apart from the thought "mind".
We can't even say what our next thought is going to be! Neither can we identify a particular spot from where thought begins.
Seeing, hearing, smelling, thinking
all exist before the thought "I am seeing", or "I am thinking". Being exists before the thought "I am".
The death of this separate self, is
to see the thought "I am separate"
for what it really is, just another
This is what "to die before you die" means - the death of an investment
in the concept of a separate self, before an apparent physical death.
Separateness is a myth, the story
we tell each other out of habit.
All we need to do to break this
habit, is to search for the point of separation. When we see that it does not exist, it will be the end
of all our searching.
This is the truth of Advaita, or Non-Duality.