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Seeking the Self - 5
« on: April 17, 2009, 01:12:34 PM »
Mr. Weeraperuma continues....

In a strikingly beautiful passage Bhagavan Ramana has explained
that surrender is no other than the state of pure devotion which is
called 'bhakti':  "Surrender to Him and abide by His will whether he
appears or vanishes.  Await His pleasure.  If you ask Him to do as
'you' please, it is not surrender but command to Him.  You cannot
have Him obey you and yet think that you have surrendered, He knows what is best and when and how to do it.  Leave everything
entirely to Him.  His is the burden.  You have no longer any cares.
All your cares are His.  Such is surrender. This is 'bhakti'.

Praying is also an exercise in humility.  A person with a puffed up ego cannot bring himself either to pray or beg.  Praying is in essence a sort of begging or supplication.  We frown on beggars.  Acutally,
we can learn a lot from beggars for they atleast have temporarily
humbled themselves.  There is a saying that it is more difficult to
receive than to be give. Thus prayer opens the door to Self-Realization.

It is best if our prayers are not angry petitions to God but long
and friendly conversations with Him.  A prayer can take the form
of a private chat in the inmost recesses of the mind during which one
can bare the heart.

Auguste Sabtier, a liberal French theologian, has stated that "religion is an intercourse, a conscious and voluntary relation, entered into by a soul, in distress with the mysterious power upon which it feels itself to depend, and open which its fate is contingent.  This intercourse
with God is realized by prayer.  Prayer is religion in act. That is prayer is real religion.  "Wherever this interior prayer is lacking, there is no religion.  Wherever, on the other hand, this prayer rises and stirs
the soul even in the absence of forms or of doctrines, we have living religion."  (William James, The Varieties of Religious experience.)

Bhagavan Ramana's views on this all important subject are worthy
of consideration:

Khanna:  "Is there destiny?  And if what is destined to happen will
happen, is there any use in prayer or effort or should we just remain idle?"

Bhagavan Ramana:  "There are only two ways to conquer destiny or be independent of it.  One is to enquire for whom is this destiny and discover that only the ego is bound by destiny and not the Self, and
that the ego is non-existent.  The other way is to kill the ego by completely surrendering to the Lord,  by realizing one's helplessness
and saying all the time:  Not I but Thou, Oh, Lord! and giving up all sense of "I" and "mine" and leaving it to the Lord to do what He likes with you.  Surrender can never be regarded as complete as long as
the devotee wants this or that from the Lord.  True surrender is love of God for the sake of love and nothing else, not even for the sake of salvation.  In other words, complete effacement of the ego is necessary to conquer destiny, whether you achieve this effacement through Self enquiry or through bhakti-marga.

Khanna:  "Are our prayers granted?"

Bhagavan Ramana:  "Yes, they are granted.  No thought will gop in vain.  Every thought will produce its effect sometime or other.  Thought-force will never go in vain."   (Day By Day)

(Source:  As stated in Part I.)

Arunachala Siva.