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A Pilgrim's darshan of Bhagavan Ramana
« on: January 22, 2010, 02:01:43 PM »
This is the description of "A Pilgrim"  sometime in late 1946, when
he had darshan of Bhagavan Ramana:-

"As I approached the Maharshi's room, I could feel the peace that
was radiating from His room.  I entered the room and then came
my first shock.  I expected to see something glorious, a face surrounded by a halo etc., (!)  I didn't find any of those.  Has he not
said, I was reminded, in His answer that Self Realization does not
mean that something would descend upon us as something glorious?
Has He not said: "People seem to think that by practising some elaborate sadhana, the Self would one day descend upon them as something very big and with tremendous glory that they would then have what is called 'Sakshatkaram?

In the afternoon, Bhagavan answered my questions.

Q: You have said that you know no such period of sadhana.  You
never performed Japa or chanted any mantra.  You were in your
natural state.  I have not done any sadhana worth the name.  Can I say that I am in my natural state?  But my natural state is so different from yours.  Does that mean that the natural state of
ordinary persons and realized persons are different?

Bhagavan:  What you think to be your natural state is your
unnatural state!  (And this was my second shock that shook me
from the slumber of my pet notions).  With your intellect and imagination, you have constructed the castles of your pet notions
and desires.  But do you know who has built up these castles, who  is the culprit, the real owner?  The "I" who really owns them and the "I" of your conception are quite different.  Is it necessary that
you put forth some efforts to come into the "I" who owns these,
the "I" behind all states?

Would you have to walk any distance to walk into the "I" that is always you?  Yhis is what I meant by saying that no sadhana is required for Self Realization.  All that is required is to refrain from
doing anything, by remaining still and being simply what one really
is. You have to only dehypnotize yourself of your unnatural state.
Then you have asked whether there is any difference between the natural state of ordinary persons and realized persons.  What have
they realized?   They can realize only what is Real in them.  What is
Real in them is Real in you also.  So where is the difference?

Even then, some may ask, the Maharshi continued, reminding me
so vividly of those Upanishadic Rishis, "Where is the conviction
that one's Self is Sakshat all right, that no sadhana is required at
all for Self Realization?  Well, do you need anybody to come and convince you that you are seated before me and talking to me?  You
know for certain that you are seated here and talking to me."

You can doubt and question everything but how can you doubt the
"I" that questions everything?  That "I" is your natural state.  Would you have to labour or do sadhana to come into this natural state?

(Source:  Arunachala's Ramana.  Boundless Ocean of Grace,
Volume 6, Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.