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What is Atma
« on: February 21, 2010, 08:56:50 AM »
I visited Bhagavan he was living at the foot of the hill. He was seated on a couch and about a dozen devotees were sitting on the bare floor. We sat in silence for ten minutes and returned to the town. Bhagavan’s presence gave me the experience of inner silence and mental stillness, but away from him I could not regain it and I spent a year vainly trying to free myself from all thought. But soon I got a chance to visit Tiruvannamalai. I met Bhagavan the same day. The next day after the midday meal Bhagavan was explaining a verse from the Bhagavad Gita to Sri Yogi Ramaiah. As no one else was in the hall, I gathered courage and asked, “What is Atma? Is it the limitless ether of space or the awareness that cognizes
everything”? Bhagavan replied, “To remain without thinking this is Atma and that is Atma, is itself Atma”. He looked at me and I felt my mind melt away into nothing. No thought would come, only the feeling of immense, unutterable peace.

Salutations to Sri Ramana
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta


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Re: What is Atma
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 10:46:16 AM »
When a room is cluttered with many many furniture, books etc.,
how to make space?  You remove all the unwanted ones.  Then
there is space, the Space!  Kannudaiya Vallalar, a great Advaitin,
who wrote original Tamil books on Advaita, has one such book to
his credit.  This is titled Ozhivil Odukkam, Curling up in the Remain.
The 'Remain' here is atma, the pure Space, ethereal brilliance
and bliss.

Bhagavan Ramana has quoted some verses from this book.

Arunachala Siva. 


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Re: What is Atma
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2010, 05:32:33 PM »
Verily Ramana is guru of the gurus.