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Bhagwan Sri Ramana:

The Self is the one Reality that always exists, and it is by the light of the Self that all other things are seen. We forget it and concentrate on the appearance. The light in the hall burns both when persons are present and when they are absent, both when persons are enacting something, as in a theatre, and when nothing is being enacted. It is the light which enables us to see the hall, the persons and the acting. We are so engrossed with the objects or appearances revealed by the light, that we pay no attention to the light. In the waking or dream state in which things appear, and in the sleep state in which we see nothing, there is always the light of Consciousness or Self, like the hall lamp which is always burning. The thing to do is to concentrate on the seer and not on the seen, not on the objects, but on the Light which reveals them.

Questions about the reality of the world, and about the existence of pain or evil in the world, will all cease when you enquire "Who am I?" and find out the seer. Without a seer the world and the evils thereof alleged do not exist. The world is of the form of the five categories of sense objects, and nothing else. These five kinds of objects are sensed by the five senses. As all are perceived by the mind through these five senses, the world is nothing but the mind. Is there a world apart from the mind?

Though the world and consciousness emerge and disappear together, the world shines or is perceived only through consciousness. That source wherein both these arise and disappear, and which itself neither appears nor disappears, is the perfect Reality.
Gems From Bhagavan
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Verse  11:

செப்பார் முலைபங்கன் தென்னன் பெருந்துறையான்
     தப்பாமே தாளடைந்தார் நெஞ்சுருக்குந் தன்மையினான்
அப்பாண்டி நாட்டைச் சிவலோகம் ஆக்குவித்த
     அப்பார் சடையப்பன் ஆனந்த வார்கழலே
ஒப்பாக ஒப்புவித்த உள்ளத்தா ருள்ளிருக்கும்
     அப்பாலைக் கப்பாலைப் பாடுதுங்காண் அம்மானாய்.

He is concorporate with Her whose breasts are like cups;
who is the Southerner,
is of Perunturai.
He melts the hearts of those who have,
for sure,
reached His feet.
He transformed the Pandya realm into Siva-loka.
He is the Sire in whose matted hair the Ganga flows;
He indwells them that surrendered their souls to His feet fastened with long anklets.
He is the beyond beyond the beyond.
Him let us sing and play Ammanaai !

Arunachala Siva.
On another occasion, the evening was calm and cloudy. It was drizzling occasionally and somewhat cool in consequence. The windows of the Asramam Hall were closed and Maharshi was seated as usual on the sofa. Facing him sat the devotees. Some visitors had come from Cuddalore. A Sub-Judge, accompanied by two elderly ladies, was among them. The Sub-Judge began the discussion as to the impermanence of all mundane things, by putting the question. "Has the discrimination between Reality and Unreality (Sat asat vicharana) the efficacy in itself to lead us to the realisation of the one Imperishable?"

Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharshi: "As propounded by all and realised by all true seekers, fixity in the Supreme Spirit (Brahma nishta) alone can make us know and realise it. It being of us and in us, any amount of discrimination (vivechana) can lead us only one step forward, by making us renouncers, by goading us to discard the seeming (abhasa) as transitory and to hold fast to the eternal truth and presence alone."

The conversation turned upon the question as to whether Iswara Prasad (Divine Grace) is necessary for the attaining of samrajya (universal dominion) or whether a jiva's (individual soul's) honest and strenuous efforts to attain it cannot of themselves lead him to That from whence is no return to life and death. The Maharshi with an ineffable smile which lit up His Holy Face and which was all-pervasive, shining upon the coterie around him, replied in tones of certainty and with the ring of truth:
"Divine Grace is essential for Realisation. It leads one to God-realisation. But such Grace is vouchsafed only to him who is a true devotee or a yogin, who has striven hard and ceaselessly on the path towards freedom."
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Verse 10:

விண்ணாளுந் தேவர்க்கு மேலாய வேதியனை
     மண்ணாளும் மன்னவர்க்கு மாண்பாகி நின்றானைத்
தண்ணார் தமிழளிக்குந் தண்பாண்டி நாட்டானைப்
     பெண்ணாளும் பாகனைப் பேணு பெருந்துறையிற்
கண்ணார் கழல்காட்டி நாயேனை ஆட்கொண்ட
     அண்ணா மலையானைப் பாடுதுங்காண் அம்மானாய்.

He is the Lord-Brahmin infinitely superior to the rulers of the heavenly world;
His is of the abiding majesty that informs even the rulers of earth;
His is of the cool Paandya Realm which fosters serene and dulcet Tamil.
Concorporate with Her,
He rules His Consort.
Let us sing Him templed in Annamalai who,
revealing His vision-pleasing and ankleted feet at Perunturai,
Cherished and ruled me ? a cur ?,
and play Ammaanaai !

Arunachala Siva.
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Verse  9:

துண்டப் பிறையான் மறையான் பெருந்துறையான்
     கொண்ட புரிநூலான் கோலமா ஊர்தியான்
கண்டங் கரியான்செம் மேனியான் வெண்ணீற்றான்
     அண்டமுத லாயினான் அந்தமிலா ஆனந்தம்
பண்டைப் பரிசே பழவடியார்க் கீந்தருளும்
     அண்டம் வியப்புறுமா பாடுதுங்காண் அம்மானாய்.

He wears a slice of the moon;
He authored the Vedas;
He is of Perunturai;
He wears the sacred thread of three strands;
His mount is the majestic Bull;
His throat is dark;
His frame is crimson;
He wears the white Holy Ash;
He is the Primordial Lord of the cosmos.
Let us sing of His conferment of endless bliss on hoary devotees in the traditional way at which the world is struck with wonder,
and play Ammaanaai !

Arunachala Siva.

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Verse  8:

பண்சுமந்த பாடற் பரிசு படைத்தருளும்
     பெண்சுமந்த பாகத்தன் பெம்மான் பெருந்துறையான்
விண்சுமந்த கீர்த்தி வியன்மண் டலத்தீசன்
     கண்சுமந்த நெற்றிக் கடவுள் கலிமதுரை
மண்சுமந்து கூலிகொண்டு அக்கோவால் மொத்துண்டு
     புண்சுமந்த பொன்மேனி பாடுதுங்காண் அம்மானாய்.

He confers guerdon on melodious hymns;
the great God,
is concorporate with His Consort;
He is of Perunturai;
He is the Deity of the supernal Mandala whose glory pervades the heaven.
He is the God who sports an Eye in His forehead in dinsome Madurai,
He carried earth and received His wage therefor;
He was struck with a cane by the King of the realm;
His golden frame bore an injury.
Let us sing Him and play Ammaanaai !

Arunachala Siva.
Devotee: Can this physical body be made to disappear into nothingness?

Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharshi: Why this question? Can you not find out if you are the body?

Devotee: Can we have disappearance from sight (antardhana) like the yogis Vasishta or Viswamitra?

Bhagwan Sri Ramana: These are only physical matters. Is that the essential object of our interest? Are you not the Self? Why trouble about other matters? Take the essence; reject other learned theories as useless. They who think that physical disappearance counts in freedom are mistaken. No such thing is needed. You are not the body; what does it matter if it disappears in one way or another? There is no great merit in such phenomena. In what does superiority or inferiority consist? Achievement of the Real alone matters. The loss of the 'I' is the main fact, and not the loss of the body. Identity of the Self with the body is the real bondage. Leave off the false notion and perceive intuitively the Real. That alone matters. If you melt a gold ornament before testing it to be gold, what matters it how it is melted, whole or in parts, or of what shape the ornament was? All that you are interested in is if it is gold. The dead man sees not his body. It is the survivor that thinks about the manner in which the body is parted from. The realised have no death with or without the body, the realised man is equally aware and sees no difference. To him the one state is not superior to the other. To an outsider also the fortunes of a liberated one?s body need not be of any concern; mind your business. Realise the Self; after realisation there will be time to think of what form of death is preferable to you.
It is the false identity of the Self with the body that causes the idea of preference, etc. Are you the body? Were you aware of it when you were fast asleep last night? No! What is it that exists now and troubles you? It is 'I'. Get rid of it and be happy.
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Verse  7:

ஓயாதே உள்குவார் உள்ளிருக்கும் உள்ளானைச்
     சேயானைச் சேவகனைத் தென்னன் பெருந்துறையின்
மேயானை வேதியனை மாதிருக்கும் பாதியனை
     நாயான நந்தம்மை ஆட்கொண்ட நாயகனைத்
தாயான தத்துவனைத் தானே உலகேழும்
     ஆயானை ஆள்வானைப் பாடுதுங்காண் அம்மானாய்.

He is the One who indwells the souls of those who,
for ever,
Contemplate Him;
He is far away from others;
He is the Hero,
the Southerner abiding at Perunturai;
He is the Lord-Brahmin whose half is His Consort.
He is the Lord who enslaved and ruled us who are mere curs.
He who is the True One is our Mother.
He is all the seven worlds which He governs.
Let us sing Him and play Ammaanaai !

Arunachala Siva.
Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharshi:

You must distinguish between the 'I', pure in itself, and the 'I'-thought. The latter, being merely a thought, sees subject and object, sleeps, wakes up, eats and thinks, dies and is reborn. But the pure 'I' is the pure Being, eternal existence, free from ignorance and thought-illusion. If you stay as the 'I', your being alone, without thought, the I-thought will disappear and the delusion will vanish for ever. In a cinema-show you can see pictures only in a very dim light or in darkness. But when all lights are switched on, all pictures disappear. So also in the flood-light of the Supreme Atman all objects disappear.
Source: Guru Ramana

The Real is ever-present, like the screen on which all the [movie] pictures move. While the pictures appear on it, it remains invisible. Stop the pictures, and the screen, which has all along been present, in fact the only object that has existed throughout, will become clear. All these universes, humans, objects, thoughts and events are merely pictures moving on the screen of Pure Consciousness, which alone is real. Shapes and phenomena pass away, but Consciousness remains ever.
Source: Guru Ramana

It (turning the mind inward) is done by practice and dispassion and that succeeds only gradually. The mind, having been so long a cow accustomed to graze stealthily on others' estates, is not easily confined to her stall. However much her keeper tempts her with luscious grass and fine fodder, she refuses the first time; then she takes a bit; but her innate tendency to stray away asserts itself; and she slips away; on being repeatedly tempted by the owner, she accustoms herself to the stall; finally even if let loose she would not stray away. Similarly with the mind. If once it finds its inner happiness it will not wander outward.

By repeated practice one can become accustomed to turning inwards and finding the Self. One must always and constantly make an effort, until one has permanently realized. Once the effort ceases, the state becomes natural and the Supreme takes possession of the person with an unbroken current. Until it has become permanently natural and your habitual state, know that you have not realized the Self, only glimpsed it.
Source: Conscious Immortality

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Verse  6:

கேட்டாயோ தோழி கிறிசெய்த வாறொருவன்
     தீட்டார் மதில்புடைசூழ் தென்னன் பெருந்துறையான்
காட்டா தனவெல்லாங் காட்டிச் சிவங்காட்டி
     தாள்தா மரைகாட்டித் தன்கருணைத் தேன்காட்டி
நாட்டார் நகைசெய்ய நாம்மேலை வீடெய்த
     ஆட்டான்கொண் டாண்டவா பாடுதுங்காண் அம்மானாய்.

Did you O friend,
hear of the gramarye wrought by the One,
The Southerner of Perunturai girt with plastered walls?
He revealed to me what are very seldom revealed;
He showed me His form of Sivam,
His lotus feet and the Honey of His mercy.
Let us sing how He,
While the worldlings jeered at us,
caused us to gain the Empyrean,
and rules us as His slaves,
And play Ammaanaai !

Arunachala Siva.
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