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To be in Natural State
« on: January 08, 2010, 01:39:11 PM »
Sometime in 1946, one unknown devotee was seated in the Hall,
before Bhagavan and put a question:

Q: You have said here that you know no such period of sadhana.
You never performed Japa or chanted any mantra.  You were in
your Natural State.  I have not done any Sadhana worth the name.
Can I say I am in my natural state?  But my natural state is so different from yours.  Does that mean that the natural state of ordinary persons and realized persons are different?

Bhagavan:  What you think to be your natural state is your unnatural state!  With your intellect and imagination, you have constructed
the castles of your pet notions and desires. But do you know who
has built up these castles, who is the culprit, the real owner? 
The "I" who really owns them and the "I" of your conception are
quite different. Is it necessary that you put forth some effort to
come into the "I" who owns these, the "I" behind all states?

Would you have to walk any distance to walk into the "I" that is always you?  This is what I mean by saying that no Sadhana is
required for Self Realization. All that is required is to refrain from
doing anything by remaining still and being simply what one really
is.  You have to only de-hypnotize yourself of your unnatural state.

Then, you have asked whether there is any difference between the natural state of ordinary persons and the realized persons.  What
have they realized?  They can realize only what is real in them.  What is real in them is real in you also, so where is the difference?

"Even then, some may ask", the Maharshi continued, reminding me
so vividly of those Upanishadic Rishis, "where is the conviction that one's Self is 'sakshat' all right, that no sadhana is required at all
for Self Realization?  Well do you need anybody to come and convince you that you are seated before me and talking to me?
You know for certain that you are seated before me and talking to me."   

....."You can doubt and question everything but how can hyou doubt
the "I" that questions everything?  That "I" is your natural state.
Would you have to labour or do Sadhana to come into this natural

(Source: Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace, Volume 6.
Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.