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Maharshi's Gospel and Talks - 11
« on: June 21, 2009, 01:14:14 PM »
Talks No. 146 runs as under; [abridged]

In reply to Miss Leena Sarabhai, a cultured Indian lady
of high rank, Bhagavan Ramana said:  'The state of equanimity
is the state of bliss.  The declaration in the Vedas, 'I am This
or That', is only an aid to gain equanimity of mind.

Devotee:  So, it is wrong to beging with a goal, is it?

Bhagavan:  If there be a goal to be reached it cannot be
permanent.  The goal must already be there.  We seek to
reach the goal with ego, but the goal exists before the ego.
What is in the goal is even prior to our birth, i.e to the birth
of ego.  Because we exist, our ego appears to exist too.
If we look on the Self, as the ego, then we become the ego;
if as a mind then we become the mind; if as the body we
become the body.  Then there are sheaths. The shadow on
the water is found to be shaking.  Can anyone top the shaking of the shadows.  If it should cease to shake, you should not
notice the water but only the light.  Similarly, do not notice
the ego and its activities, but see only the light behind.

Devotee:  It is one step to realization?

Bhagavan: Realization is already there.  The state free from
thoughts is the only real state..... Who is not realizing the Self?

Devotee:  Because of the thoughts -- mind.

Bhagavan:  Quite so.  It is the mind which stands between
and veils our happiness.

Devotee:  How to get rid of the mind?

Bhagavan:   Is it the mind that wants to kill itself?  The mind
cannot kill itself.  So your business is to find the real nature
of the mind..... Abiding in the Self, one need not worry about
the mind........

...... There is no greater mystery than this. viz., ourselves being Reality, we seek to gain Reality.

Devotee:  So, it is a great game of pretending?

Bhagavan:  Yes.

In Yoga Vasishta it is said:  What is Real is hidden from us,
but what is false, is revealed as true.  The quest Who am I?
is the axe with which to cut off the ego.

Arunachala Siva.