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Maharshi's Gospel and Talks - 29
« on: June 24, 2009, 10:47:07 AM »
Talk No. 396 is the conversation of a Dutch lady, an ardent
theosophist with Bhagavan Ramana.

Mrs. Gongrijp who had been working in Java and was now
living in Adyar, Madras asked Bhagavan Ramana:

Q: Theosophy speaks of 'tanha' meaning thirst for rebirth.
What is its cause?

Bhagavan:  Thirst for re-birth is the desire to be reborn so
as to end successive births.  The spirit is at present moribund.
It must be revived so that re-birth may take place after the
present apparent death.  Forgetfulness of your Real nature
is the present death.  Remembrance of it is re-birth.  It puts
an end to successive births.  Yours is eternal life.

Devotee:  I take 'tanha' to mean 'clinging to life'  -- the
desire for eternal life. 

Bhagavan:  No doubt it is so.  How does the desire arise?
Because the present state is unbearable.  Why?  Because
it is not your true nature.  Had it been your real nature, no
desire would disturb you.  How does the present state differ
from your real nature?  You are spirit in truth.  The body has
been projected by the mind.  The mind itself has originated
from the spirit.  If the wrong identification ceases, there
will be pece and permanent untellable bliss.

Devotee:  Life is of the body and rebirth is to incarnate in
another body.

Bhagavan:  Mere change of boyd produces no effect.  The
ego associated with this body is transferred to another body.
How can that satisfy anyone?  You are life unconditioned.
These bodies attach themselves to you as mental projections
and you are now afflicted by 'I-am-the-body' idea.  If this
idea ceases you are your Self.

Arunachala Siva.