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Final Part - Few Thoughts of Ramana Maharshi
« on: June 18, 2010, 03:45:21 PM »
"The Real Self is the Infinite I-I, i.e.,
"I" is perfection. It is eternal. It has
no origin and no end. The other I is
born and also dies. It is impermanent.
See to whom are the changing thoughts.
They will be found to arise after the "I"
thought. Hold the "I" thought. They
subside. Trace back the source of the
"I" thought.
The Self alone will remain."

[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi
-recorded, Oct 21, 1936-

People often ask how the mind is controlled.
I say to them, 'Show me the mind and then
you will know what to do.' The fact is that
the mind is only a bundle of thoughts. How can
you extinguish it by the thought of doing so
or by a desire? Your thoughts and desires are
part and parcel of the mind. The mind is simply
fattened by new thoughts rising up. Therefore
it is foolish to attempt to kill the mind by
means of the mind. The only way of doing it is
to find its source and hold on to it. The mind
will then fade away of its own accord.

- Sri Ramana Maharshi

"Knowledge implies ignorance of what lies beyond
what is known. Knowledge is ever limited."

"You do not know what you were before birth,
yet you want to know what you will be after
death. Do you know what you are now?"

"Birth and rebirth are mentioned only to make
you investigate the question and find out that
there are neither births nor rebirths. They relate
to the body and not to the Self. Know the Self
and do not be perturbed by doubts."

[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi

-recorded, Nov 10, 1936-

"The 'Heart' is not physical. Meditation should not
be on the right or the left. Meditation should be
on the Self. Everyone knows, 'I am.'
Who is the 'I?'
It will be neither within nor without, neither on
the right or the left.
'I am' -- that is all.
The Heart is the center from which everything
springs. Because you see the world, the body
and so on, it is said there is a center for these,
which is called the Heart.
When you are in the Heart, the Heart is known
to be neither the center nor the circumference.
There is nothing else.
Whose center could it be?"

[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi

-recorded, Oct 23rd, 1936-

The calm and clear awareness where
There is no movement of the mind
Is firm samadhi, moksha-like.
Try earnestly to free the mind
From traitor thoughts and so experience
Calm and clear awareness, purity of heart.

Verse 919 - Guruvachaka Kovai

"Death is only a thought and nothing more.
He who thinks raises troubles. Let the thinker
tell us what happens to him in death.
The Real "I" is silent.
One should not think "I am this--I am not that."
To say "this" or "that" is wrong. They are also
Only "I Am" is the truth.
Silence is "I."
If one thinks "I am this" another thinks "I am this"
and so on.

There is a clash of thoughts and so many
religions are the result.
The truth remains as it is, not affected by
any statements, conflicting or otherwise."

[from] Talks with Ramana Maharshi recorded, Sept 15th, 1936


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Re: Final Part - Few Thoughts of Ramana Maharshi
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010, 12:58:54 PM »

Muruganar in his Guru Vachaka Kovai covers the message given
by Bhagavan in the said posts.

Verse 287:  Those of perfect and mature wisdom will declare: "Reality, the consummation of Jnana that shines in the perfectly pure state of mauna, the hard-to-attain vedantic experience, will through Guru's grace, spontaneously flare up and shine as "I-I" within the Heart." 

Verse 289:  The light of Jnana is only the Heart in which the behavior of the 'I am the body' ego, which arises through ignorance, has been destroyed either by a) the enquiry 'Who am I?' or b)
through the melting of the heart that arises from unceasing meditation on the Lord's Feet.

Sri Ramana Paravidyopanishad, Verses 211-212 also say the same

Only two paths are laid down for the aspirant to deliverance, namely, for the valiant, the Quest of one's own Self, and for the
fearful, self surrender to God.  And in the two all the other paths
are included.

This two fold path has been taught by the most holy one Ramana, thus:  "Either seek the root of the ego sense, "I" rising in respect
to the body, or surrender the ego sense to God for being destroyed
by His Grace.

Verse 902 of Guru Vachaka Kovai again states:

Since the reality, the perfect One, is completely established as
wholly mauna, why suffer distress by continuously thinking "I
am That"?  When the mind has reached this state of mauna, this indeed is establishment of the supreme, which is abidance with
the "I" extinguished.  Once the "I" has completely died, there is
absolutely no possibility of thinking 'I am That'.

The same ideas are also expressed in Tiruvachakam, 22.7 (Kovil
Tiru Padigam) and Tayumanavar 28.25 (Udal Poyyuravu), adds

Arunachala Siva.