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Ramana Maharshi Says About "Thought-free" State
« on: May 25, 2010, 12:58:11 PM »
26th January, 1936

Talk 146.

In reply to Miss Leena Sarabhai, a cultured Indian lady of high rank,Sri Bhagavan said: The state of equanimity is the state of bliss. The declaration in the Vedas ‘I am This or That’, is only an aid to gain equanimity of mind.

D.: So, it is wrong to begin with a goal: is it?

M.: If there be a goal to be reached it cannot be permanent. The goal must already be there. We seek to reach the goal with the ego, but the goal exists before the ego. What is in the goal is even prior to our birth, i.e., to the birth of the ego. Because we exist the ego appears to exist too.

If we look on the Self as the ego then we become the ego, if as the mind we become the mind, if as the body we become the body.It is the thought which builds up sheaths in so many ways. The shadow on the water is found to be shaking. Can anyone stop the shaking of the shadow? If it should cease to shake you would not notice the water but only the light. Similarly to take no notice of the ego and its activities, but see only the light behind. The ego is the I-thought. The true ‘I’ is the Self.

D.: The difficulty is to be in the thought-free state.

M.: Leave the thought-free state to itself. Do not think of it as pertaining to you. Just as when you walk, you involuntarily take steps, so too in your actions; but the thought-free state is not affected by your actions.

In Yoga Vasishtha it is said, “What is Real is hidden from us, but what is false, is revealed as true.” We are actually experiencing the Reality only; still, we do not know it. Is it not a wonder of wonders?

The quest “Who am I?” is the axe with which to cut off the ego.

Source: Talks With Ramana Maharshi Book


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Re: Ramana Maharshi Says About "Thought-free" State
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2010, 02:27:36 PM »

Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman says in this connection:  "We are
all like beggars, sitting on an old steel trunk, and asking for alms
at the entrance of the temple.  We do not know that the steel
trunk on which we are sitting - contains hundreds of gold coins!"
All out miseries, joys, fears, anxieties, sorrows are all equivalent
to our begging alms.  If we leave them and look within, (the steel
trunk) we shall find that we are sitting on a treasure of gold

Arunachala Siva.     


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Re: Ramana Maharshi Says About "Thought-free" State
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2010, 04:48:11 PM »
We are ever thought-free.
Thoughts maybe be there. But
WE are ever thought-free.