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Brahma Jnana and Ashtavakra Gita
« on: June 02, 2009, 12:48:15 PM »
Once in March 1945, the Raja of Sivaghar in Uttar Pradesh,
told Bhagavan that he had surrendered himself to Bhagavan
Ramana and Bhagavan should give him Jnana.  Bhagavan
referred to an article in the September 1937 issue of Vision,
on Nama Dev's insistence on the importance of the Lord's
name, where it is pointed out that only when the "I", the ego,
is surrendered, the significance of the Lord's name will be
realized.  Then how Ashtavakara Gita came to be taught
was being recounted in English, for the benefit of the above
Raja and other visitors.  After the story has been read out,
Bhagavan Ramana said:

"Because Brahma Jnana is not something external which
is somewhere far away where you can go and get it, you
cannot say that it will take so long or so short a time to
attain it.  It is always with you.  You are That!  The story
of Ashtavakra Gita is intended to teach that, for getting
Brahma Jnana, all that is necessary to surrender yourself
completely to the guru, to surrender your notion of "I"
and "mine".  If these are surrendered what remains is the
Reality.  Then it becomes impossible to state what further
time it would take to attain Brahma Jnana.  It would even
be wrong to state that it takes as much time as a man would
require to put his other foot into the second stirrup, after
having placed one foot in the first stirrup.  The moment when
the ego is completely surrendered, the Self shines."

Proceeding further, Bhagavan Ramana quoted the last
two lines of the following stanza from Yoga Vasishta,
which state unless the cloud of "I" or 'ego-sense'
which covers the moon of the Divine Consciousness,
[ Chidakasa] is removed, the lily of the heart which knows
nothing of the sense of "I" [ahamkara] will not open out
in full bloom.

(Source: Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace,
Volume 5. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.