I have been studying the teachings of Ramana since 1980 and they have continually brought me to a deeper and deeper understanding of our true nature. I came across this wonderful book by Michael James, in which he does a masterful job of introducing Ramana’s teaching to lay people – meaning those who may not be familiar with Hindu mythology, Vedanta scriptures and Sanskrit. Below is an excerpt from the introduction of his book.
Let this sink in…
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
What is my individual capacity to appreciate? The word “appreciate” comes from the Latin pretium= price. So to appreciate means to recognize the full worth of something, to be grateful for something. The more I am able to extend this ability to see the value of the most simple and everyday things, the higher will be my degree of happiness. My first teacher said that as long as I am not in that intensive care unit with all the tubes wires attached to me, I don’t have a problem. In other words, the simple fact of my heart beating and my lungs breathing is already so valuable that no one can put a price on it. Even the wealthiest man will come to the point where the doctor will tell him that he can do no more even for the highest price; it is out of his hands.