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The "I" thought and Self-Realization
« on: April 17, 2009, 11:09:36 AM »
The so clled "I", the ego whether it is simply a thought or the
first thought, as Bhagavan Ramana has aptly put it, or mere
body-consciousness  ("I am the body") which it really is, does
not matter much.  What is important for us, is to understand its
meaning, and the reality behind it, the source and origin of its
appearance.  It was not present in deep sleep, yet where could
it have been?  It must have been somewhere, somehow to come
out again in the waking state to continue its activities from where
it left off, before going to sleep.  It is a mystery.

According to Bhagavan Ramana, the ego appears immediately
and directly from the Self as a result of the continuous of Chit
or Spirit and Jada or the body.  It may be compared to the red
colour made by the mixture of turmeric with white lime, or to
the light which is produced by the electric bulb by the current
and the wire.  By Bhagavan Ramana's unique method of Self-
enquiry, the pseudo-self or the ego vanishes and the Self shines
in all its resplendence and effulgent glory.  This is called Self

The state after Realization is not new.  It is the same as that
before Realization, except that we were not aware of it.  After
realizing our real nature, 'as it is', we are in an infinitely better
and more advantageous position to lead a pure and peaceful
life, simple and blessed in every way and every sense.

We see things as they really are, one united and undivided whole,
not separate as individuals as they appeared before.  It is as though some thing that was screening our inner mental vision has suddenly fallen, and this has made us fully awakened.  Since, we see things
as they really are, there arises, no doubt, or any problem about
anything on any account, material or metaphysical, and we are in
a position to deal with any question or situation spontaneously
as it arises in our life.

(Source:  Centenary of the Advent of Bhagavan Ramana, 1996.
Souvenir.  From he archives of Sri Ramanasramam, from an article
of one Ramaswami Pillai.)

Arunachala Siva.