Look at this world and your life as patterns of waves in the One Substance. As these waves intersect they combine in most wondrous ways into forms. This is what we call ‘the world’, or ‘creation’, or ‘existence’ – and we are an integral part of it. Continue reading
Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation is what the dictionary says. Similar words are composure, calm, level-headedness, self-possession, coolheadedness and presence of mind. Han Shan, the poet-hermit from Cold Mountain, says:
If heaven and earth shift, let them shift.
I shall be sitting happy among the rocks.
Q: So one should not try to perpetuate blissful or ecstatic states?
Ramana: The final obstacle in meditation is ecstasy; you feel great bliss and happiness and want to stay in that ecstasy. Do not yield to it but pass on to the next stage which is great calm. The calm is higher than ecstasy and it merges into samadhi. Successful samadhi causes a waking sleep state to supervene. In that state you know that you are always consciousness, for consciousness is your nature. Actually, one is always in samadhi but one does not know it. To know it all one has to do is to remove the obstacles. Continue reading