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What is Nirvana?
« on: January 29, 2009, 11:09:49 AM »
A visitor asked the meaning of Nirvana.

Bhagavan: Nirvana is that state wherein the sense of separateness does not exist and where the ego is sunk in its Source, the Heart.

Cohen had read a book called Nirvana, written by a prominent Theosophist, in which the author claimed to have exprienced Nirvana, after going to sleep, in which he 'saw the Masters' as vivd centres of light in the ocean of Light which is Nirvana, which Cohen
could not reconcile with Sri Bhagavan's teachings. So he asked the Master about it.

Bhagavan:  Nirvana is the Perfect State.  There is neither seeing, hearing, nor expeiencing in it.  There is nothing but the pure 'I am'
Awareness.  The Nirvana you describe from your reading is sheer
imagination.... Well, this and other similar movements are good,
in as much as, they make man unselfish and prepare him for the highest Truth.  Service also leads to the same goal -- Self Realizatioon, -- it is selfless.

Cohen: But after how long and why, should one who is ready for the Absolute Knowledge go in for the relative?

Bhagavan:  Everything happnes in its own time.  One who is ready for the Absolute will be made somehow to hear of it and then start the practice.  He will immediately recognize the value of Atma Vidya, and will follow it up with determination.

(Source: Guru Ramana. S.S. Cohen. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.