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Ramana Maharshi Says Not To Fear To Lose Individuality
« on: July 07, 2010, 01:37:21 PM »
Dr. Hand asked, “Is there not individuality? I fear to lose my individual being.”

Sri Maharshi, “Why fear to lose individuality? What is your state in dreamless sleep? Are you conscious of your individuality then?”

Dr. Hand, “It is possible.”

Sri Maharshi, “But what is your experience? If the individuality be there would it be asleep?”

Dr. Hand, “That depends on the interpretation. What does Maharshi say?”

Sri Maharshi, “Maharshi does not speak for your experience. He does not force anything down your throat.”

Dr. Hand, “I know. That is what I like so much about the Maharshi and his teachings.”

Sri Maharshi, “Do you not really take great care to get sound sleep? Do you not prepare your bed carefully? And are you not anxious to lose your individuality in deep steep? Then why fear it?”

One visitor asked him, “How can one root out the sex idea?”

Sri Maharshi’s reply was, “By rooting out the false idea of the body being the Self. There is no sex in the Self.”

The visitor again asked, “How is one to realise it?”

Sri Maharshi said, “Because you think you are the body,you see another as the body. Difference in sex arises. But, you are not the body. Be the real Self and there is no sex.”

Source: The Silent Power Selections from The Mountain Path and The Call Divine


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Re: Ramana Maharshi Says Not To Fear To Lose Individuality
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2010, 02:13:47 PM »

Dear prasanth,

The notion of individuality stems from the ego.  So long as
people think that he is an individual and God if at all there is one,
is far away in heavens, then he is cheating himself and this comes
only from the thick fog of individuality.  They are also afraid that
to lose the individuality is to lose the ego/mind.  Where as,
Self Realization is process of making the mind/ego pure. Pure
Mind is Self.

Bhagavan Ramana says in Talks No. 204:

The word Vijnana [clear knowledge] is used to both denote
the realization of the Self and knowing the objects.  The Self is
Wisdom.  It functions in two ways.  When associated with the ego,
the knowledge is objective [vijnana].  When divested of the ego,
and the universal Self is realized, it is also called Vijnana.  The word raises a mental concept.  Therefore we say that the Self Realized Sage knows by his mind, but his mind is pure.  Again
we say that the vibrating mind is impure and the placid mind is pure.  The Pure Mind is itself Brahman.  Therefore, it follows that Brahman is not other than the mind of the sage.

In Talks No. 481, Bhagavan Ramana also says:

Question:  What is Prajnana?

Bhagavan:  Prajnana [absolute knowledge] is that from which
Vijanana [relative knowledge] proceeds.

Arunachala Siva.