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Subramanian.R

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Sahaja Nishta state
« on: February 14, 2010, 10:46:30 AM »
A topic on which Bhagavan Ramana's teaching can never be omitted
is the state of Sahaja Nishta, in which according to His devotees,
He was permanently established.  Once can easily conceive
of Nirvikalpa Samadhi, where one is absorobed in the Self that all
else is non-existent, where one is awake to the Self and dead
to the world, where stands rooted in the Absolute or transcendental
plane alone.  But how can one function both in relative and the
absolute plane at the same time?  How can one, while seeing the
Self or Brahman and nothing else, live in the world and function
outwardly as the other men do?  This is something that I at any
rate cannot comprehend.  I have asked Bhagavan Ramana about it.
He agreed it is really impossible to explain that only a Jnani can
fully understand it.  But by various illustrations, He sought to
impress on me how it is possible.  One of these is the cinema.
The child takes the pictures on the screen to be real, while the
adult knows all the time they are only shadows on the screen.
The adult need not be blind to the pictures, but he does not mistake them for reality.  He knows that they are only fleeting appearances
sustained by the substratum of the screen.

Bhagavan has often said that the Jnani sees only the Self and nothing else, in all  that we see.  This is also what is said in
all our books.  There come to my recollection, two instances in
which while not expounding the state of Sahaja Nishta, He spontaneously referred to His personal experiences.  He was telling us of some old devotee of His wo arranged a tour for Him to the
several places all over India.  Bhagavan declined to go for various
reasons.  When telling us about it, He remarked:  "What is the use
of my going anywhere?  I cannot see anything."  He clearly meant
that wherever He goes and whatever He is shown, He sees only
the Self.

On another occasion, when A. Bose's mother prepared various dishes at home, brought them to the dining hall and served at lunch to
Bhagavan and others, He took a little of each and mixed them all up in one lump, as very often He does and ate them.  He said:
"Let her not make such efforts any more.  What can I eat?  I see
only one taste."

(Source:  My Recollections of Sri Bhagavan Ramana, A. Devaraja
Mudaliar.)

Arunachala Siva.