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Seeking the Self - 1
« on: April 17, 2009, 11:30:12 AM »
Mr. Susunaga Weeraperuma writes in the Souvenir of Centenary
of the Advent of Bhagavan Ramana, 1996:-

Bhagavan Ramana was never an itinerant preacher.  But from the
far corners of he globe, devotees flocked to see and hear Him.
It was mostly by silence that Bhagavan Ramana taught his numerous visitors.  Often he non-verbally communicated His answers to
questions.  When He spoke, His lucid explanations were to the point,
brief and sometimes aphoristic.  People asked Bhagavan Ramana
many questions with subjects as diverse as God and black magic.
Regardless of whether these questioners were serious or superficial,
He tried to kindle in them an eagerness to seek the Self.  Always
concerned about the quest for the Supreme, He would directly or
indirectly indicate that the only question worth asking is:  "Who
am I?"  One should address oneself to it.  We must also meditate
on maxim such as "I am not this body" and " I am the Self".
By assidously practising these sadhanas, one manages to dissolve
the restrictive self and its attendent problems and thereby discover
the eternal Self.  One is the Self and nothing but the Self.  All else
is fiction.

Someone posed an interesting question:  "It is stated in the scriptures that the Self will reveal itself only to one whom it chooses.  Then
what is the use of our effort?"  Bhagavan Ramana replied:  "The
Self will draw unto itself an aspirant only when he becomes introverted. So long as he is extroverted, Self Realization is impossible. Many people try to define the Self instead of attempting
to know the Self and abide in it."

(Souce: as stated above)

Arunachala Siva.