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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on April 15, 2010, 03:34:55 PM

Title: Water-proof coat
Post by: Subramanian.R on April 15, 2010, 03:34:55 PM
Someone today wrote about our individual self dissolving in the
ocean called the Almighty, like a sugar doll.

This doll example also comes in Maharshi's Gospel.  Part I.

Disciple:  What is the highest goal of spiritual experience for man?

Bhagavan:  Self Realization.

Disciple:  Can a married man realize the Self?

Bhagavan:  Certainly.  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.

Disciple:  A salt-doll diving into the sea will not be protected
by a water-proof coat. This world in which we have to toil day
in and day out is like the ocean.

Bhagavan:  Yes.  The mind is the water proof coat.

Disciple:  So then, one may be engaged in work and, free from
desire, keep up one's solitude?  But life's duties allow little
time to sit in meditation or even to pray.

Bhagavan:  Yes.  Work performed with attachment, is a shackle,
whereas work performed with detachment does not affect the doer.
He is, even while working, in solitude.  To engage in your duty
is true namaskar... and abiding in God is the only true asana.

Disciple:  Should I not renounce my home?

Bhagavan:  If that had been your destiny, the question would
not have arisen.

Arunachala Siva.