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Bhagavan Ramana and modern scientific thought
« on: May 02, 2010, 11:48:11 AM »

Bhagavan Ramana has taught us that eternal happiness is one's
real nature and the best way for realizing it is for the Self to be
itself.  In other words, one has just to be.  Abiding as the Self,
which is Pure Consciousness, is the greatest happiness, perfect
and permanent.  Any other form of so-called happiness, obtained
from external sources is illusory and evanescent.  It might go the
way it came.  So, the pursuit of the Self by the continuous quest
"Who am I?" is the safest and surest way to dispel ignorance and
remain as the Self.

I had once approached Bhagavan and asked Him about the different
locations for concentration in various srutis e.g. between the
eyebrows, tip of the nose, heart centre, muladhara, etc.,

Bhagavan who was reclining on the couch, got down and took out
a copy of Sri Ramana Gita, from the rotating shelf nearby and
opened it right on the page containing the sloka:

"If the Heart be located in anahata chakra, how does the practice
of yoga beging in muladhara?"

In Yoga sastra, anahata charka is the fourth centre, and muladhara
is the first centre and lowest of the six centres in the spinal cord.

It looked like a miracle when the book opened on the right page;
but such experiences are common to devotees of Bhagavan.
He added in Malayalam, "Why should one desirous of coming to
Tiruvannamalai first go to Kasi or Rameswaram and then come here?
Why not go straight to Tiruvannamalai instead of the long detour?"

I felt a great sense of remorse when Bhagavan had to point this sloka from Sri Ramana Gita to me.  Though I had with me a sacred
treasure, a volume of Sri Ramana Gita in Malayalam in Bhagavan's
own handwriting, given to me with his blessings.  I had not closely
studied it, or tried to put into practice the instructions contained
therein.  The whole of the fifth chapter entitled "Hridaya Vidya"
deals with the technique of meditation and elucidates points regarding the respective functions of nerve centres, nadis, etc.,

At the daily Veda Parayana at the Asramam, in Sri Bhagavan's
presence, the verse appearing in the Mahanarayana Anuvakam
at the end of "Purushasuktam" underlines the above instructions:

The Hridayam (the heart which is the place of meditation) resembles an inverted lotus bed.  A span below the throat and above the navel......

So, the continuous quest Who am I?, guided by the grace of
Bhagavan Ramana, who is always with us, will lead one to the
heart centre, the seat of Consciousness, which is neither within
nor without, all pervading and eternal.  This supreme awareness
is all that IS, and abiding therein is the ultimate goal.

Let us now have a look at recent developments in scientific
knowledge.  At one time, the world around us was supposed to
consist of matter, made of molecules and atoms.  Physicists chassed them further and broke them down to nucleus, electrons, quanta, waves, particles, and fields.  Einstein said that the universe of our
experience consists of matter and energy in a space-time continuum.  He established the famous E = mc2, where c is a
constant representing the velocity of light.  Matter and energy
became interchangeable.  Max Planck, famous for his quantum  theory, added a further dimension to this, stating that it is
consciousness that is fundamental and the mater is a derivative of consciousness.  As a corollary even space and time are only concepts of our consciousness.  Thus scientists are veering round to the conclusion that since every object is a sum of its qualities and these qualities are perceived by us, the whole objective universe of matter and energy, atom and stars does not exist except as a construction of consciousness. 

Yoga Vasishta says:  "All things that exist everywhere are experienced by us; there is nothing here anywhere which has not been experienced by us."

Bhagavan Ramana has told us that the world as such is not real.  It is real as Brahman or Consciousness.  The world we see and experience with our senses is a product of the mind; the mind is a part of the ego, which rises from Pure Consciousness, which is the same as Reality.  One who has to realize That and just Be.

(Source: K.K. Nambiar's article in Bhagavan's Birth Centenary Offering, 1980.)

Arunachala Siva.