The simple statement: “I don’t mind” is very deep when seen in the context of our habitual choosing and rejecting of life circumstances. The modern sage Krishnamurti once asked his audience: “Would you like to know my secret?” It was clear that of course everyone wanted to hear his secret and all were in high anticipation. He then simply said: “I don’t mind.” Continue reading
Excerpt from the introduction to “Ramana Maharshi – Be As You Are” – by David Godman
“In 1896 a sixteen-year-old schoolboy walked out on his family and, driven by an inner compulsion, slowly made his way to Arunachala, a holy mountain and pilgrimage centre in South India. On his arrival he threw away all his money and possessions and abandoned himself to a newly-discovered awareness that his real nature was formless, immanent consciousness. His absorption in this awareness was so intense that he was completely oblivious of his body and the world; insects chewed away portions of his legs, his body wasted away because he was rarely conscious enough to eat and his hair and fingernails grew to unmanageable lengths. Continue reading
This is a text from “The Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi” (p. 295)
Verses 6, 7 and 8 contain the core of this text which contains Ramana’s teaching in a nutshell. In Verse 8 Ramana speaks of the years he spent as a youth from the age of sixteen until his mid-twenties in silence. During these ten years he was absorbed into the Self, which he terms the Heart. He then began to communicate to those who had been attracted to him as devotees of his experience. His “method” or “system” that he refers to in this verse is Atma Vichara or Self Inquiry. I intend to comment more on this text in the coming days.
The Heart and the Brain
About these nine verses the Maharshi said, “When I was in Virupaksha Cave, Nayana came there once with a boy named Arunachala [N. S. Arunachalam Iyer]. He had studied up to the school’s final class. While Nayana and I were talking, the boy sat in a bush nearby. He somehow listened to our conversation and composed nine verses in English, giving the gist of what we were talking about. The verses were good and so I translated them into Tamil verses in Ahaval metre. They read like the Telugu Dwipada metre.”
The following is a prose rendering of Sri Bhagavan’s Tamil translation of the nine verses.
Spiritual realization is the aim that exists in each one of us to seek our divine core. That core, though never absent from anyone, remains latent within us. It is not an outward quest for a Holy Grail that lies beyond, but an Inward Journey to allow the inner core to reveal itself.
In order to find out how to reveal our innermost Being, the sages explored the various sheaths of existence, starting from body and progressing through mind and intelligence, and ultimately to soul. The yogic journey guides us from our periphery, the body, to the center of our being, the soul. The aim is to integrate the various layers so that the inner divinity shines out as through clear glass. (from “The Inward Journey” by B. K. S. Iyengar)
When I asked myself: “What do I really want?” Peace and Quiet is the answer I got. Not peace like RIP at the cemetery, but Peace with the capital “P”. This Peace is alive, becomes part of my cells and is there as my core experience no matter what turbulence may be in my situation or surroundings. The Quiet with a capital “Q” is also transcendent; it doesn’t exclude any sounds or noises but rather shines out from within them and lifts them up to join with the Peace. We have all heard the words “The Peace that passeth all understanding”.