By David Godman
Ramana Maharshi was once probably the most major religious academics to emerge from India through the first 1/2 the century, and continues to be generally widespread. This contemporary number of conversations among him and the various seekers who got here to his ashram for counsel includes the essence of his instructing. His problem all through his lengthy lifetime of supplying his adventure to others used to be to persuade his listeners that self-realisation - or enlightenment - isn't really an alien or mysterious nation, however the normal of guy. This country will be simply chanced on by means of venture the self-investigation essentially defined in those talks. The lucid directions to every part supply extra illumination of this higher seer's message.
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A: Because samskaras [innate mental tendencies] have not been destroyed. Unless the samskaras cease to exist, there will always be doubt and confusion. All efforts are directed to destroying doubt and confusion. To do so their roots must be cut. Their roots are the samskaras. These are rendered ineffective by practice as prescribed by the Guru. The Guru leaves it to the seeker to do this much so that he might himself find out that there is no ignorance. Hearing the truth [sravana] is the first stage.
They are fleeting phenomena passing on the screen of being-consciousness which is eternal and stationary. Q: Relatively speaking, is not the sleep state nearer to pure consciousness than the waking state? A: Yes, in this sense: when passing from sleep to waking the ‘I’-thought [individual self] must start and the mind must come into play. Then thoughts arise and the functions of the body come into operation. All these together make us say that we are awake. The absence of all this evolution is the characteristic of sleep and therefore it is nearer to pure consciousness than the waking state.
4 The Heart Sri Ramana frequently used the Sanskrit word hridayam when he was talking about the Self. It is usually translated as ‘the Heart’ but a more literal translation would be ‘this is the centre’. In using this particular term he was not implying that there was a particular location or centre for the Self, he was merely indicating that the Self was the source from which all appearances manifested. 5 Jnana The experience of the Self is sometimes called jnana or knowledge. This term should not be taken to mean that there is a person who has knowledge of the Self, because in the state of Self-awareness there is no localised knower and there is nothing that is separate from the Self that can be known.
Be As You Are by David Godman