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Ramana Maharshi: Sri Krishna also says in the Gita, whether Arjuna liked it or not he would be forced to fight. When there is work to be done by you, you cannot keep away; nor can you continue to do a thing when you are not required to do it, that is to say, when the work allotted to you has been done. In short, the work will go on and you must take your share in it - the share which is allotted to you.

Questioner: How is it to be done?

Ramana Maharshi: Like an actor playing his part in a drama - free from love or hatred.

~ from 'Talk 653'; 1st April, 1939

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Call it by any name, God, Self, the Heart or the seat of consciousness, it is all the same. The point to be grasped is this, that Heart means the very core of one's being, the centre, without which there is nothing whatever. The Heart is not physical, it is spiritual. Hridayam equals hrit plus ayam; it means `this is the centre'. It is that from which thoughts arise, on which they subsist and where they are resolved. The thoughts are the content of the mind and they shape the universe. The Heart is the centre of all. That from which beings come into existence is said to be Brahman in the Upanishads. That is the Heart. Brahman is the Heart.

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ASTRAL PATHS — HIGHER WORLDS

This morning after reading an article in the newspaper about paths beyond the sun and the higher worlds, Bhagavan said,

“They write a lot about the paths beyond the sun and other planets, and the blissful worlds above them. All those worlds also are like this world. There is nothing specially great about them. Here, a song is being transmitted over the radio. Last time, it was from Madras. Now it is from Tiruchirapalli. If you tune again it will be from Mysore. All these places are in Tiruvannamalai, within this short time. It is the same way with the other worlds. You have only to turn your minds to them. You can see them all in one moment. But what is the use? You merely go about from place to place get tired and disgusted. Where is shanti (peace)? If you want it, you must know the eternal truth. If you cannot know that, the mind will not get absorbed in shanti.”

Similarly someone enquired of Bhagavan some time back, “People talk of Vaikunta, Kailasa, Indraloka, Chandraloka, etc. Do they really exist?” Bhagavan replied, “Certainly. You can rest assured that they all exist. There also a Swami like me will be found seated on a couch and disciples will also be seated around him. They will ask something and he will say something in reply. Everything will be more or less like this. What of that? If one sees Chandraloka, he will ask for Indraloka, and after Indraloka, Vaikunta and after Vaikunta, Kailasa, and so on, and the mind goes on wandering. Where is shanti? If shanti is required, the only correct method of securing it is by Self-enquiry. Through Self-enquiry Self- realisation is possible. If one realises the Self, one can see all these worlds within one’s self. The source of everything is one’s own Self, and if one realises the Self, one will not find anything different from the Self. Then these questions will not arise. There may or may not be a Vaikunta or a Kailasa but it is a fact that you are here, isn’t it? How are you here? Where are you? After you know about these things, you can think of all those worlds.

31st January, 1946

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4th February, 1935
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Devotee : Are there any aids to : (1) 'concentration' and (2) casting off distractions ?

Sri Bhagavan : Physically, the digestive and other organs are kept free from irritation. Therefore, food is reguloted, both in quantity and quality. Non-irritatants are eaten, avoiding chillies, excess of salt, onions, wine, opium, etc. Avoid constipation, drowsiness and excitement, and all foods which induce them. Mentally, take interest in one thing and fix the mind on it. Let such interest be all-absorbing to the exclusion of everything else. This is dispassion ('vairagya' ) and concentration. God or mantra may be chosen. The mind gains strength to grasp the subtle and merge into it.

D.: Distrations result from inherited tendencies. Can they be cast off too ?

Sri Bhagavan : Yes. Many have done so. Believe it ! They did so because they believed they could. Vasanas (predispositions) can be obliterated. It is done by concentration on that which is free from vasanas and yet is their core.

D.: How long is the practice to continue ?

Sri Bhagavan : Till success is achieved and until Yoga-liberation becomes permanent. Success begets success. If one distraction is conquered, the next is conquered and so on, until all are finally conquered. The process is like reducing an enemy's fort by slaying its man-power -- one by one, as each issues out.

D.: What is the goal of this process ?

Sri Bhagavan : Realising the Real.

D.: What is the nature of the Reality ?
Sri Bhagavan : (a) Existence without beginning or end -- eternal.
(b) Existence everywhere, endless, infinite.
(c) Existence underlying all forms, all changes, all forces, all matter and all spirit. The 'many' change and pass away (penomenona),whereas the 'ONE' always endures (noumenon).
(d) The One displacing the triads, i.e.,the knower, the knowledge and the known. The triads are only appearances in time and space, whereas the Reality lies beyond and behind them. They are like a mirage over the Reality. They are the result of delusion.

D.: If 'I' also be an illusion, who then casts off the illusion ?

Sri Bhagavan : The "I" casts off the illusion of 'I' and yet remains as "I". Such is the paradox of Self-Realisation. The realised do not see any contradiction in it. Take the case of bhakti. I approach Ishvara and pray to be absorbed in Him. I then surrender myself in faith and by concentration. What remains afterwards ? In place of the original 'I', perfect self-surrender leaves a residuum of God, in which the 'I' is lost. This is the highest form of devotion ( Parabhakti ), prapatti, surrender or the height of vairagya.

You give up this and that of 'my' possessions. If you give up 'I' and 'Mine' instead, all are given up at a stroke. The very seed of possession is lost. Thus, the evil is ripped in the bud or crashed in the germ itself. Dispassion ( vairagya ) must be very strong to do this. Eagerness to do it, must be equal to that of a man kept under water trying to rise up to the surface for his life.

D.: Cannot this trouble and difficulty be lessened with the aid of a Master or an Ishta Devata (God chosen for worship) ? Cannot they give the power to see our SELF as it is -- to change us into themselves -- to take us into Self-Realisation ?

Sri Bhagavan : Ishta Devata and Guru are aids -- very powerful aids, on this path. But, an aid to be effective, requires your effort also. Your effort is a sine qua non. It is 'you' who should see the Sun. Can your spectacles and the Sun see for you ? You yourself have to see your true nature. Not much aid is required for doing it !

- from TALKS WITH SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI, pp.28--30

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Devotee: Is a Jnani different from a yogi? What is the difference?

Ramana Maharshi: Srimad Bhagavad Gita says that a Jnani is the true yogi and also a true bhakta. Yoga is only a sadhana and jnana is the siddhi.

Devotee: Is yoga necessary?

Ramana Maharshi: It is a sadhana. It will not be necessary after jnana is attained. All the sadhanas are called yogas, e.g., Karma yoga; Bhakti yoga; Jnana yoga; Ashtanga yoga. What is yoga? Yoga means `union'. Yoga is possible only when there is `viyoga' (separation). The person is now under the delusion of viyoga. This delusion must be removed. The method of removing it is called yoga.

Devotee: Which method is the best?

Ramana Maharshi: It depends upon the temperament of the individual. Every person is born with the samskaras of past lives. One of the methods will be found easy for one person and another method for another. There is no definiteness about it.

~ from 'Talk 580'

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29th November, 1935. Talk 107

Later the Yogi (Swami Yogananda) asked: How is the spiritual uplift of the people to be effected? What are the instructions to be given them?

M.: They differ according to the temperaments of the individuals and according to the spiritual ripeness of their minds. There cannot be any instruction en masse.

D.: Why does God permit suffering in the world? Should He not with His omnipotence do away with it at one stroke and ordain the universal realisation of God?

M.: Suffering is the way for Realisation of God.

D.: Should He not ordain differently?

M.: It is the way.

D.: Are Yoga, religion, etc., antidotes to suffering?

M.: They help you to overcome suffering.

D.: Why should there be suffering?

M.: Who suffers? What is suffering?

(No answer)

Finally the Yogi rose up, prayed for Sri Bhagavan' s blessings for his own work and expressed great regret for his hasty return. He looked very sincere and devoted and even emotional.

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“Give yourself up to deep meditation. Throw away all other considerations of life. The calculative life will not be crowned with spiritual success.”

~ 'Conscious Immortality'

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“Effort is necessary so long as thoughts are promiscuous. Because you are with other thoughts, you call the continuity of a single thought, meditation or dhyana. If that dhyana becomes effortless it will be found to be your real nature.“

~Talk 328

“Dhyana is the chief practice."

A little later Sri Bhagavan continued:

"Dhyana means fight. As soon as you begin meditation other thoughts will crowd together, gather force and try to sink the single thought to which you try to hold. The good thought must gradually gain strength by repeated practice. After it has grown strong the other thoughts will be put to flight.

This is the battle royal always taking place in meditation.

One wants to rid oneself of misery. It requires peace of mind, which means absence of perturbation owing to all kinds of thoughts.

Peace of mind is brought about by dhyana alone.”

~Talk 371

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“To be in one’s natural state on the subsidence of thoughts is bliss; if that bliss be transient, arising and setting... then it is only the sheath of bliss (anandamaya kosha), not the pure Self. What is needed is to fix the attention on the pure ‘I’ after the subsidence of all thoughts and not to lose hold of it. This has to be described as an extremely subtle thought; else it cannot be spoken of at all, since it is no other than the Real Self. Who is to speak of it, to whom and how?”

~Talk 624

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WE ARE ALREADY THAT >>>>>>>>>> "BUT"



All the age long vasanas (impressions) carry the mind outwards and turn it to external objects. All such thoughts have to be given up and the mind turned inward. For that effort is necessary, for most people. Of course, everybody, every book says ‘Be quiet or still’. But it is not easy. That is why all this effort is necessary.

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Actions form no bondage.
Bondage is only the false notion - " I-am-the-doer ".
Leave off such thoughts and let the body and senses play their role, unimpeded by your interference.

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The self cannot be found in books. You have to find it for yourself, within yourself.

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Persist in the enquiry throughout your waking hours. That would be quite enough. If you keep on making the enquiry till you fall asleep, the enquiry will go on during sleep also. Take up the enquiry again as soon as you wake up.

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Once the current of awareness of the self is set afoot, it becomes everlasting and continuous by intensification.

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Know that the eradication of the identification with the body is charity, spiritual austerity and ritual sacrifice; it is virtue, divine union and devotion; it is heaven, wealth, peace and truth; it is grace; it is the state of divine silence; it is the deathless death; it is jnana, renunciation, final liberation and bliss.

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The talk turned to various recipes suggested by various people about kaya kalpa [a medicinal preparation for longevity]. Bhagavan [Sri Ramana Maharshi] mentioned a few kalpas based on camphor, a hundred year old neem tree, etc., and said, "Who would care to take such trouble over this body? As explained in books, the greatest malady we have is the body, the disease of birth, and if one takes medicines to strengthen it and prolong its life, it is like a man taking medicine to strengthen and perpetuate his disease. As the body is a burden we bear, we should on the other hand feel like the coolie engaged to carry a load, anxiously looking forward to arrival at the destination when he can throw off his burden."

~ from 'Day by Day with Bhagavan', 18-1-46 Night

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D.: How to root out sexual impulse?
M.: By rooting out the false idea of the body being Self. There is no sex in the Self.

D.: How to realize it?
M.: Because you think you are the body, you see another as the body.

Difference in sex arises. But you are not the body. Be the real Self. Then there is no sex.

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All metaphysical discussion is profitless unless it causes us to seek within the Self for the true reality. All controversies about creation, the nature of the universe, evolution, the purpose of God, etc., are useless. They are not conducive to our true happiness. People try to find out about things which are outside of them before they try to find out 'Who am I?' Only by the latter means can happiness be gained.

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Your nature is Peace and Happiness. Thoughts are the obstacles to

realisation. One's meditation or concentration is meant to get rid of

obstacles and not to gain the Self. Does anyone remain apart from

the Self? No! The true nature of the Self is declared to be Peace. If

the same peace is not found, the non-finding is only a thought which

is alien to the Self. One practises meditation only to get rid of these

alien fancies. So, then, a thought must be quelled as soon as it rises.

Whenever a thought arises, do not be carried away by it. You become

aware of the body when you forget the Self. But can you forget the

Self? Being the Self how can you forget it? There must be two

selves for one to forget the other. It is absurd. So the Self is not

depressed; it is not imperfect: it is ever happy. The contrary feeling

is a mere thought which has actually no stamina in it. Be rid of

thoughts. Why should one attempt meditation? Being the Self one

remains always realised, only be free from thoughts.

You think that your health does not permit your meditation. This

depression must be traced to its origin. The origin is the wrong

identification of the body with the Self. The disease is not of the

Self. It is of the body. But the body does not come and tell you that

it is possessed by the disease. It is you who say it. Why? Because

you have wrongly identified yourself with the body.

The body itself is a thought. Be as you really are. There is no

reason to be depressed.

Ramana Maharshi in Talk 462 19 Feb 1938

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Abhyasa [spiritual practice] consists in withdrawal within the Self every time you are disturbed by thought. It is not concentration or destruction of the mind but withdrawal into the Self.

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That which should be adhered to is only the experience of Silence, because in that Supreme State nothing exists to be attained other than oneself. That which Is is Mouna (Silence). How can Mouna be explained in words? The highest form of Grace is Silence. The experience of Silence alone is the real and perfect knowledge.

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PRACTICE The unique ray that shines within the jiva as 'I' exists as the clue. If the jiva unflaggingly traces the source of that ray to the Heart, it will discover the Supreme and its bondage will cease. Know that the wondrous jnana vichara is only for those who have attained purity of mind by softening and melting within. Without this softening and melting away of the mind, brought about by thinking of the feet of the Lord, the attachment to the ‘I' that adheres to the body will not cease to be. Since it is through forgetfulness, which those who are strong in mind fear like death, that the illusion of birth ensnares us, what other means are there to abolish that birth other than the powerful enquiry into one's own true nature? If we perform sadhana to the limit of our abilities the Lord will accomplish for us that which is beyond our capabilities. If we fail to do even that which is within our capabilities, there is not the slightest fault in the grace of the Lord.
Verses from Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham, Padamalai p 186

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The ego is like one's shadow thrown on the ground. If one attempts to bury it, it will be foolish." (Talk 146)

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MORE TALKS WITH RAMANA MAHARSHI

Date: 16.9.42 Time: 10.15 A.M.

When I entered the hall a discussion was going on about self-enquiry. Bhagavan was in his usual posture with adorable countenance. A frequent visitor said:
“Bhagavan has said that self-enquiry is simple, direct and effective. Though
I try to follow the same I cannot say I have understood it. I put the question 'Who am I?' but there is no proper response from within. However, I am getting a sort of stillness. “

Bhagavan: "How can you get the answer in words? It is not a regular mental enquiry to elicit a concrete answer. It is only a tool to direct the mind back to its source."

Visitor: Yes, I follow. But the result is not clear to me. There is a short stillness which does not last.

Bhagavan: You should be steadfast in sadhana. By repeating the process you fix attention on the ego, the 'I'- thought. Whenever the doubt arises repeat the process and make the enquiry. Try to reach the source of the ego. Once you reach the source, by one-pointed effort, your peace will not be disturbed.''

Bhagavan Ramana has unravelled the mystery of the universal truth, the real behind the apparent. It is in this context his emphasis on self-enquiry assumes importance. The penetrating search within opens up awareness of pure consctousness.

Another time he said: "Effort is needed. If the mind becomes single-pointed it becomes a great force and can turn inward to the heart easily.''

"One's effort is essential. It is only the wise endowed with equanimity and renouncing the fruit of action who are freed from the shackles of birth and death. They concentrate exclusively on Self-knowledge."

Q: At times the meditation becomes easy, but that remains only for a short period- and it is again disturbed by unwanted thoughts.

Bhagavan: "Yes - may be - Resist the thoughts - you should have more will power to obtain steadfastness. Slight disturbances should be ignored, taking care to pursue further without break. Sustained effort wiil bring about results. Moreover, you may fix up a certain time for meditation as a daily routine which will go a long way for development!"

More Talks With Ramana Maharshi , NN Rajan

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Married or unmarried, a man can realize the Self; because That is here and now. If it were not so, but attainable by some effort at some time, and if it were new and had to be acquired, it would not be worth pursuit. Because, what is not natural is not permanent either. But what I say is that the Self is here and now, and alone.

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