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The experience of not forgetting consciousness alone is the state of devotion which is the relationship of unfading real love, because the real knowledge of Self, which shines as the undivided supreme bliss itself, surges up as the nature of love. Love itself is the actual form of God. That is pure bliss. Call it pure bliss, God, Self, or what you will. That is devotion, that is realization and that is everything.

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By repeated practice one can become accustomed to turning inwards and finding the Self. One must always and constantly make an effort, until one has permanently realized. Once the effort ceases, the state becomes natural and the Supreme takes possession of the person with an unbroken current. Until it has become permanently natural and your habitual state, know that you have not realized the Self, only glimpsed it.

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Because you give precedence to worldly things, God appears to have receded to the background. If you give up all else and seek Him alone, He will remain as the 'I', the Self.

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God’s grace consists in the fact that He shines in the heart of every one as the Self; that power of grace does not exclude anyone, whether good or otherwise.Seekers should, overcome afflictions with a cool mind, and the firm faith that they occur by the grace of God, to help to steady the mind.

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The enemy hates the ego, which the seeker wants to kill; thus, like the anvil to the goldsmith, he is actually a friend.

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Peace is the inner nature of humankind. If you find it within yourself, you will then find it everywhere.

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Is there a mind in the first place? What you call mind is an illusion. It starts from the 'I'-thought.

Without the gross or subtle senses, you cannot be aware of the body or the mind. Still, it is possible for you to be without these senses. In such a state, you are either asleep or aware of the Self only. Awareness of Self is ever there. Remain what you truly are and this question will not arise.

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Question : Is nirvikalpa samadhi absolutely necessary before the attainment of sahaja?
Ramana Maharshi : Abiding permanently in any of these samadhis, either savikalpa or nirvikatpa, is sahaja [the natural state]. What is body-consciousness? It is the insentient body plus consciousness. Both of these must lie in another consciousness which is absolute and unaffected and which remains as it always is, with or without the body-consciousness. What does it then matter whether the body-consciousness is lost or retained, provided one is holding on to that pure consciousness? Total absence of body-consciousness has the advantage of making the samadhi more intense, although it makes no difference to the knowledge of the supreme.

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If you ask, “What is the benefit of sacrificing the innumerable sensual pleasures and retaining mere Consciousness?”, [we reply that] the fruit of Jnana is the
eternal and unbroken experience of the Bliss of Self.

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In the kitchen he was the Master Cook, aiming at perfection in taste and appearance. One would think that he liked good food and enjoyed a hearty meal. Not at all. At dinner time he would mix up the little food he would allow to be put on his leaf - the sweet, the sour and the savory, everything together- and gulp it down carelessly as if he had no taste in his mouth. When we would tell him that it was not right to mix such nicely made up dishes, he would say:

"Enough of multiplicity. Let us have some unity."

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You can be here or there or anywhere.
Fixed in silence, established in the inner I, you can be as you are.
The world will never perturb you if you are well founded upon the tranquility within.

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Sense of time is purely mental. Even the present is mere imagination.

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It is wise to drop the sense of responsibility and free-will by regarding ourselves as the ordained instruments of the All-wise and All-powerful, to do and suffer as He pleases. He carries all burdens and gives us peace.

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Do not wander outside, eating the scorching sand of worldly pleasures, which are non-Self; come home to the Heart where Peace is shining as a vast, everlasting, cool shade, and enjoy the feast of the Bliss of Self.

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You are awareness.
Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that is of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self.

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Keep your mind still. That is enough. You will get spiritual help sitting in this hall if you keep yourself still. The aim of all practices is to give up all practices. When the mind becomes still, the power of the Self will be experienced. The waves of the Self are pervading everywhere. If the mind is in peace, one begins to experience them.

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As the inner and the outer, as ‘I’ and ‘this’, as this world and the next, pervading all as the boundless radiance of consciousness, the Guru is the unmoving support, the jewel-like lamp that shines effortlessly in the Hearts of true disciples.

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Do not suffer through chasing after the world and its ways, but attain peace by running along the straight path to the Heart.

If you abide in the Heart, realizing your true state, your peace will never cease.

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The quality of food influences the mind. The mind feeds on the food consumed.

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Regulation of life, such as getting up at a fixed hour, bathing, doing mantra, japa observing ritual, all this is for people who do not feel drawn to self-enquiry or are not capable of it. But for those who can practice this method all rules and discipline are unnecessary.

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Know that jnana (Self-realization) alone is non-attachment; jnana alone is purity; jnana is the attainment of God; jnana which is devoid of forgetfulness of Self alone is immortality; jnana alone is everything.

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Some people think that there are different stages in jnana. The Self is nitya aparoksha, i.e., ever-realised, knowingly or unknowingly.

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The enquirer is the answer and there is no other answer,
What comes afresh cannot be true.
What always is, is true.

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Question: How does one get rid of fear?

Bhagavan: What is fear? It is only a thought.
If there is anything besides the Self there is reason to fear.
Who sees things separate from the Self?
First the ego arises and sees objects as external. If the ego does not rise, the Self alone exists and there is nothing external.
For anything external to oneself implies the existence of the seer within.
Seeking it there will eliminate doubt and fear.
Not only fear, all other thoughts centred round the ego will disappear along with it.

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