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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Vichara
« on: July 17, 2018, 10:57:50 AM »
Q.: What should one do in order to remain free from thoughts as advised by you? Is it only the enquiry "Who am I?"
RM.: Only to remain still. Do it and see.
 
*The only purpose of asking "Who am I?" is to come back to Stillness. In fact one does not have to ask the question if they do not wish. Simply remain Still. That is enough.

Lord Ramana declares to be worthwhile and which the mind should firmly hold onto is this, and no more: "Being still". Other than this there are absolutely no thoughts to think, nor any duties to be contemplated. (Muruganar)
 

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General topics / Re: Nisargadatta -- Watch
« on: July 17, 2018, 10:38:16 AM »
Dear Udai,

I have no concerns about "watching". If one continues to imagine an ego, watching will bring an end to that.

Here are a few words spoken by Maharshi about the subject:

M.: Looking at the mind with the mind, or fixing the mind in the Self, brings the mind under control of the Self. (Talk 394) 
M.: Watch mind. You must stand aloof from it. You are not the mind. And the Self will remain over. (Talk 264)
M.: If the mind is watched thoughts cease. Peace results and it is your true nature. (Talk 328)
 

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Vichara
« on: July 14, 2018, 06:16:57 AM »
 RM.: 'I' is known to everyone. Brahman abides as 'I' in every one. Find out the 'I'. The 'I' is already Brahman. You need not think so. Simply find out the 'I'.

*Everyone can sense that 'I' right now, you do not require anyone to show you that you are. That 'I'-ness is your true nature. However there are many attachments and concepts obscuring the "fullness" of that pure 'I'. Maharshi advises that one remain still without thought so as to burn off the attachments and cease obscuring the "fullness" of the pure 'I'.

RM.: All that is required to realize the Self is to be still. On stilling all thoughts the Pure Consciousness remains.
 

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Vichara
« on: July 13, 2018, 06:23:20 AM »
The quest for Self-Realisation is no doubt a noble cause. But for many aspirants it will, perhaps cruelly, become just another veiling. Unless the quest directly investigates and challenges the 'I', the 'me', that seeks Self-Realisation, then ones efforts paradoxically reinforce the imaginary ego.

Maharshi's vichara does exactly that; investigates and challenges the 'I' that seeks Self-Realisation. Maharshi's Teachings are not for building a better you, nor for manufacturing a new "spiritual" identity. His is an investigation of the very person that thinks they have to undertake sadhana and achieve Self-Realisation.

That said, Maharshi's Teachings are not nihilistic. When identification with the I-thought ends, Self, the non-conceptual pure 'I', remains.


Q.: Will not my present visit to you bring it (Self-Realisation) about?
M.: What is to be brought about? To whom? Consider; investigate.

M.: If we turn inwards enquiring "Where is this I?" all thoughts (including the I-thought) will come to an end and Self-knowledge will then spontaneously shine forth.

Q.: Grant me that my mind troubles me no more.
M.: Find out whether there is such a thing as mind. If so, what is its form? Does it have a moustache and a beard?

Q.: What should we do to make the mind still?M.: First let the mind be caught hold of and brought here, then we shall consider ways and means of stilling it.


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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Vichara
« on: June 29, 2018, 02:04:34 AM »
RM.: If a man remains in a dark room one need not take a lamp to find him. If called, he answers. He does not require a lamp to announce his presence. Consciousness is thus self-shining.

*In a dark room do you require a lamp and mirror to know that YOU ARE? Do you require a Sage to tell you that YOU ARE? No, you do not!

Consciousness, the Natural State, is self-shining.

Where did you need to search, what "holy" place did you need to visit, what book did you have to read, to know that YOU ARE? Is it not self-evident and effortless that YOU ARE!

Consciousness, the Natural State, is self-shining.

That Consciousness is sensed by you right now, you cannot deny it! All are in possession of that same Consciousness. It is always, and never hidden.

Consciousness, the Natural State, is self-shining.

However,

For the Jnani, Consciousness blazes like a billion suns. For the ajnani, entanglement in concepts appears to dim the shining.

RM.: Attention to one's own Self, which is ever shining as "I", the one undivided and pure reality, is the only raft with which the individual, who is deluded by thinking "I am the body", can cross the ocean of unending births.

*All that is required is to give attention to one's own Self, which is ever shining as I-I-I-I-I......

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Vichara
« on: June 28, 2018, 10:37:34 AM »
RM.: When one unceasingly inquires "Who am I?" with an acute intellect the body-ego completely perishes.
There, Reality will rise and flourish as "I-I".

*the egoic "I", which is merely a concept, once completely perished, gives rise to a non-conceptual, "I-I-I-I-I", the True Self.
 

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Vichara
« on: June 27, 2018, 05:29:55 AM »
If He is walking along a path, and some people are coming in the opposite direction,
He does not like them to step aside for Him but instead He will Himself step aside and allow them to pass
and, until they do, He will not go a step farther.
(Suri Nagamma)

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Vichara
« on: June 26, 2018, 03:05:04 AM »
RM.: To see God is to be God....Be still - that is God.

*the theory is very simple, you cannot see God, you can only Be God. And to be Still is to be God. However, Maharshi does not refer to the temporary quiet mind that many of us reach during sadhana. He refers to a Stillness that is the complete and final cessation of "I am this, I am not that".

RM.: What does stillness mean? It means "destroy yourself". Give up the notion that "I am so and so".
 

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Vichara
« on: June 22, 2018, 03:34:01 PM »
RM.: When the "I" is kept up as the "I" only, it is the Self. When it flies off at a tangent and says, "I am this or that, I am such and such", it is the ego.

*What a gem from Maharshi. It is so simple isn't it! You can sense that "I" right now cant you. It is your True Self. The difficulty you will encounter is not dis-covering yourSelf, for Self-knowledge is very easy indeed, as Maharshi states, but ceasing to add "this and that" to "I-ness".

If you think yourself realised, if you think yourself a teacher, if you think yourself a sinner, each is equally problematic. You have smothered the pure "I", added this and that. Just be as you are, I-I-I-I-I....
 

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General topics / Re: Nisargadatta -- Watch
« on: May 04, 2018, 10:07:25 AM »
You begin by letting thoughts flow and watching them. The very observation slows down the mind till it stops altogether. Once the mind is quiet, keep it quiet. Don't get bored with peace, be in it, go deeper into it. The state of freedom from all thoughts will happen suddenly and by the bliss of it you shall recognise it. 
 

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Vichara
« on: April 29, 2018, 04:06:04 AM »
There are not 2 selves. A little self to search for and find a big Self. No!
The very self that you are right now is the Self you have been looking for. But it likely remains unclear to you because that true nature is tangled up with mind-body-world.



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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Vichara
« on: April 28, 2018, 05:06:43 AM »
As you read this, and always, you are in possession of a sense of "I". That "I" is always with you and it is the same "I" that was/is in Maharshi, and all. That "I" is your true nature, the true Self. Surely you can sense it right now, it is undeniable. But it is likely unclear, unassuming. This is because it is tangled up with mind-body-world.

RM.: The meaning or significance of "I" is God...."I am"' is the whole truth.

RM.: Even if you do nothing more than unceasingly think of that first name 'I-I' with the attention focused on that "I" sense, that practice will take you to the Source.
 

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General topics / Re: Nisargadatta -- Watch
« on: April 27, 2018, 09:00:14 PM »
you mean thought watching ?
would one not get tired doing that through out the day ?
is this mean to be done only for 30 mins in the morning ?


what is the point you wish to make Udai?

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General topics / Re: Nisargadatta -- Watch
« on: April 27, 2018, 03:21:18 PM »
How to remember the "Self" ?
remembrance = memory -- dead ! isnt it ?

"Remember yourself instead...."

In this case I believe Nisargadatta was directing the questioner to give attention to thoughts instead of being unconscious of them.

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General topics / Re: Nisargadatta -- Watch
« on: April 27, 2018, 05:09:00 AM »
Running after saints is merely another game to play. Remember yourself instead and watch your daily life relentlessly. Be earnest, and you shall not fail to break the bonds of inattention and imagination. 
 

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