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Ramana Maharshi about Work and Renunciation
« on: March 21, 2010, 11:01:16 AM »
D - Devotee
M - Ramana Maharshi

D. The work may suffer if I do not attend to it.

M. Attending to the Self means attending to the work. Because you identify yourself with the body, you think that work is done by you. But the body and its activities, including that work, are not apart from the Self. What does it matter whether you attend to the work or not? Suppose you walk from one place to another: you do not attend to the steps you take. Yet you find yourself after a time at your goal. You see how the business of walking goes on without your attending to it. So also with other kinds of work.

D. It is then like sleep-walking

M. Like somnambulism? Quite so. When a child is fast asleep, his mother feeds him: the child eats the food just as well as when he is fully awake. But the next morning he says to the mother, “Mother, I did not take any food last night”. The mother and others know that he did, but he says that he did not; he was not aware. Still the action had gone on.

A traveller in a cart has fallen asleep. The bulls move, stand still or are unyoked during the journey.He does not know these events but finds himself in a different place after he wakes up. He has been blissfully ignorant of the occurrences on the way, but the journey has been finished. Similarly with the Self of a person. The ever-wakeful Self is compared to the traveller asleep in the cart. The waking state is the moving of the bulls; Samadhi is their standing still (because Samadhi means Jagrat-Sushupti, that is to say, the person is aware but not concerned in the action; the bulls are yoked but do not move); sleep is the unyoking of the bulls, for there is complete stopping of activity corresponding to the relief of the bulls from the yoke.

Or again, take the instance of the cinema. Scenes are projected on the screen in the cinema-show. But the moving pictures do not affect or alter the screen. The spectator pays attention to them, not to the screen. They cannot exist apart from the screen, yet the screen is ignored. So also, the Self is the screen where the pictures, activities etc. are seen going on. The man is aware of the latter but not aware of the essential former.All the same the world of pictures is not apart from the Self. Whether he is aware of the screen or unaware, the actions will continue.

Source: Maharshi’s Gospel BOOKS I


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Re: Ramana Maharshi about Work and Renunciation
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2010, 11:19:28 AM »
True renunciation is the renunciation of the ego.  Work will go on, if one could
do fore go the doership, enjoyership, ragam and dvesham, liking and disliking.

Everything happens in the Self.  Bhagavan says in Verse 7, of Sri Arunchala Nava Mani
Maalai:  Kuraiyum, gunamum, nee allal, ennen ivatrai ennuire, ennam ethuvo athu
seyvai....  The inadequacy and completeness are both yours.  I shall not think
about them.  You please do as per your Will.  But, kanne unthan kazhal inaiyil
kaadhal perukke tharuvaye... You should give me only the overflowing love for you,
for your anklet wearing feet!

Arunachala Siva.