the universe is real

Something to contemplate:

Ramana Maharshi:

“Shankara was criticized for his views on maya (illusion) without being understood. He said that

(1) Brahman (creative principle which lies realized in the whole world) is real,

(2) the universe is unreal, and

(3) The universe is Brahman.

He did not stop at the second, because the third explains the other two. It signifies that the universe is real if perceived as the Self, and unreal if perceived apart from the Self. Hence maya and reality are one and the same.”

Source: David Godman, “Be As You Are, The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi” p. 180

My Comments:
Recognize the Self when in the world. Everything shines equally. Nothing can be less than anything else. As long as anything is treated with disdain or any lack of respect, then one is perceiving ‘apart from the Self.’ Continue reading