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Swami Sambuddananada of Sri Ramakrishna Mission said:

"I want to hear from Bhagavan Ramana's own lips, His own experience of Self Realization. Such beings are walking Upanishads."

Bhagavan said: "You say you think, I have attained Self Realization. I must know what you mean by Self Realization.What idea do you have in your mind about it?"

The Swami was not pleased with this counter-question. He added after some time: "I mean the Atma merging in the Paramatman."

Bhagavan Ramana said: "We do not know about the Paramatman or the Universal Soul, etc.,We know we exist.Nobody doubts he exists, though he may doubt the existence of God. So, if one finds out about the truth or source of oneself,that is all what is required."

The Swami thereupon said: "Bhagavan says 'Know Thyself'.

Bhagavan Ramana said:

"Even that is not correct. For if we talk of knowing the Self,there must be two Selves, one a knowing Self and the other which is known,and the process of knowing. The state we call Realization is simply being oneself,not knowing anything,not becoming anything.If one has realized, he is that which which alone is and which alone has always been.He cannot describe that.Of course,we loosely talk of Self Realization,for want of better term.How to "realize" or make Real that which alone is Real? What we are all doing is,realized or regard as real that which is not real.

This habit of ours has to be given up.All Sadhana under all systems of thought
is meant only for this end.When we give up regarding the unreal as real, then the reality alone will remain and we will be that."



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Re: Ramana Maharshi Says Realization is simply being oneself
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2010, 10:38:31 AM »

To remain as we are, is the most difficult job.  Because we want
to do everything in this world and simply avoid remaining as we
are or remaining still. 

Kannudiya VaLLalar,  a famous saint poet of advaita, has written
a work titled "Staying in the Remains."  The remains here is what
remains after all thoughts evaporate.  This is the Space of Consciousness where there is nothing else, pure space. To say
in that Remains is realization. 

Saint Ramalinga Swami says:  "I want to find out the religion which
teaches me how to kill the mind.  That religion is my religion."

Arunachala Siva.