The following is an excerpt from a wonderful book called “Face to Face with Sri Ramana Maharshi” by David Godman. Many who came to Ramana’s Ashram in Tiruvannamali, in the south of India for a short visit or for longer wrote later of their impressions and experiences.
Sanjiva Rao, B.A., who belonged to the pre-Independence Indian Educational Service was one of these. These are his inspiring reminiscences of his encounter with Ramana:
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi is a strange figure – one of the strangest and yet one of the most fascinating and striking personalities of all times. As a matter of fact he belongs not to any age, but to all ages, not to time but to eternity.
The Maharshi has renounced as valueless all that the modern world values most. He has no use for money; he is no respecter of rank and position. His detachment is as complete as it is perfect. Nothing seems to possess the power to disturb his super-poise, his marvelous tranquility and peace. Continue reading
Meditation is not evasion.
It is a serene encounter with reality –
Thich Nhat Hanh
The surroundings cause no fluctuations.
The physical world is an integral part of Reality.
Be the real Self of man, the timeless and spaceless Being
out of whom both mind and body
derive their existence and maintain their existence.
source p. 53, 54
Become a spiritual scientist. The fundamental element of our psyche is the sense of “I”, also often called the Ego. Focus your whole being on this element. Where does it originate within your being? Be a spiritual scientist and focus the powerful beam of your Inner Awareness on the “I” feeling. When you perceive anything, or think anything, direct your focus on that “I” sense and follow it to where it originates as our first thought. Continue reading
“I learn to submit to the enigma of his personality, and to accept him as I find him.”
I read this line this morning in my quiet time and something shifted in my perception. In the last few days I had been letting go of control and of trying to “figure it out”. I was just allowing all to happen. This line, as I read it, translated into “submit to the enigma of His personality”, meaning existence, or creation. Continue reading
The following nine answers to questions posed to Ramana, an excerpt from what is known as “Nan Yar” (Who am I?) speak to me especially these days.
Please see the very useful introduction by T. M. P. MAHADEVAN , University of Chennai, India, following this excerpt.
16. What is the nature of the Self?
What exists in truth is the Self alone. The world, the individual soul, and God are appearances in it. like silver in mother-of-pearl, these three appear at the same time, and disappear at the same time. The Self is that where there is absolutely no “I” thought. That is called “Silence”. The Self itself is the world; the Self itself is “I”; the Self itself is God; all is Siva, the Self. Continue reading