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“The mind is like akasa (ether of space). Just as there are objects in space, so there are thoughts in the mind.... One cannot hope to measure the universe and study the phenomena. It is impossible. For the objects are mental creation; it is like trying to stamp with one’s foot on the head of one’s shadow; the farther one moves the farther goes the shadow’s head.”

Note: We have already seen that space is the mind’s extension, containing thoughts which appear to be the external objects. Since the objects are our own creation, pursuing them in the attempt to reach their end is like trying to place one’s foot on the head of one’s own shadow, which recedes as the body moves nearer, for the more we think the larger will the universe grow, however unwieldy and of incomprehensible immensity it already is.

Vasishta tells Rama: “The visible world, O Rama,myself, thyself and all things are NOTHING; they are uncreated, unborn; the Supreme Spirit alone exists by Itself.

“As pearls in the sky the world is nonexistent; it is as unreal as the (individual) soul in the void of consciousness.” (Yoga Vasishta, III, xiv-xv)

Source: REFLECTIONS ON TALKS WITH SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI Book by S.S Cohen