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Degree of the realization of the Self
« on: January 18, 2009, 10:19:16 AM »
Some one asked Annamalai Swami:

Are there differences in the degree of realization of the Self? For
example, Ramana was widely acclaimed as a Sadguru. Is your
understanding the same as Ramana's?

Annamalai Swami replied:

You see a big lamp before you.  Your own lamp is unlit. So you bring your lamp to the lamp which is already burning.  And when you
go away from that lamp, you have your own lamp, your own light.
Whenever you go, from that point on, the light is with you. The state of Jnana is the same for all.  Anyone who realizes the Self is in the same state of peace, which is beyond the mind.

Though the experience of the Self is the same in all cases, it is true that some Jnanis end up helping a lot of people, whereas others,
who are equally enlightened, may help a fewer people. Some Jnanis do not teach at all. They live ordinary lives and are rarely, if ever, recognized for what they really are.

Water can be in a well or it can be in a lake.  It is the same water, but one source can quench more thirsts than the other.  A small lamp can light up a room, whereas a big one can light up a street.  Bhagavan was one of those big, blazing lights, that could light up a huge area.  He guided and brought light to many people.

(Source: Annamalai Swami. Final Talks. Ed. David Godman)

Arunachala Siva.