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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Vichara
« on: August 29, 2017, 04:38:07 AM »
Maharshi clearly shows us the simplicity of our True Nature, and the direction in which to look.

   M.: Know the pure state, your own real nature, by keenly observing the interval between two thoughts...
   This interval (is) the abiding, unchangeable reality, your true being
   [Guru Vachaka Kovai, Godman].

 
There are two common responses to this statement made by Maharshi. First, resting in the interval does not satisfy me. Or secondly, I am a jnani, my work is complete.

When the spaciousness between thoughts is recognised it is invariably seen only through layers of ego attachments. Consequently, on first recognising the interval between thoughts it does not satisfy because it is only seen through multiple attachments. This is akin to viewing a beautiful landscape through obscured glass.

   D.: On enquiry into the origin of thoughts there is a perception of 'I'. But it does not satisfy me.
   M.: Quite right. The perception of 'I' is associated with a form, maybe the body. There should be nothing associated with the pure Self.
   The Self is the unassociated, pure Reality, in whose light, the body, the ego, etc. shine. On stilling all thoughts the pure consciousness remains over
   [Talks].


Equally, on recognising the interval between thoughts, to conclude "I am a jnani, my work is complete", despite the fact the view is obscured by attachment to mind/body/world, is a grave error and the mischief of maya.




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General topics / I AM
« on: August 04, 2017, 05:02:44 AM »
When Maharshi said "I Am" is your True Self, he was referring to the egoless "I Am".
Not the ego-bound "I am" that most can easily recognise.

   D.: Is there thought in Samadhi? Or is there not?
   M.: There will only be the feeling "I Am" and no other thoughts.
   D.: Is not "I Am" a thought?
   M.: The egoless "I Am" is not thought. It is realisation.


It is not difficult for the ego to recognise the sense of "am-ness" within.
It is an error to conclude that that "am-ness" is my True Self. My work is complete.

The conversation below between Maharshi and a devotee, details that you are likely only recognising the ego-bound "I am".

   D.: On enquiry into the origin of thoughts there is a perception of "I". But it does not satisfy me.
   M.: Quite right. The perception of "I" is associated with a form, maybe the body. There should be nothing associated with the pure Self.
   The Self is the unassociated, pure Reality, in whose light, the body, the ego, etc. shine. On stilling all thoughts the pure consciousness
   remains over.

   M.: Be that "I". It is the direct method.
   D.: I am aware of the "I". Yet my troubles are not ended.
   M.: This "I-thought" is not pure. It is contaminated with the association of the body and senses. See to whom the trouble is.
   It is to the "I-thought". Hold it. Then the other thoughts vanish.

 

Note: "I Am" is synonymous with Silence, Stillness, Awareness, Consciousness, Beingness etc.
As such, the stillness you recognise, just like the "am-ness", is likely to be the ego-bound stillness, not the Stillness of the Self.


If there is a Peace that passeth all understanding then it is likely the "Am-ness" of the Self.
If there isn't you have merely recognised the ego-bound "am-ness".




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