great equanimity

Emily-s calming picture

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Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation is what the dictionary says. Similar words are composurecalm, level-headedness, self-possessioncoolheadedness 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.

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The belief that the world is real

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What inspired me today:

… unless the belief that the world is real is removed…

Nan Yar Verse 6

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“The mind,” I said, “is moon-clear, the world and its thousand shapes but dreams to shine upon.” Han Shan, Poet of Cold Mountain

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Ramana Talks – Talk 41:

“We are in our Self. We are not in the world. … You carry heaven and hell with you. Your lust, anger, etc., produce these regions. They are like dreams. Continue reading

give up

“All you need to do is give up thoughts.”

You can give up chocolate, you can give up sugar, you can give up soft drinks, you can give up chips, you can give up cigarettes, beer, wine, texting, sitting in the cafe etc. etc. Anything you feel you are dependent on is something you might consider giving up. But all you need to do is give up thoughts. That takes care of all the rest.  Continue reading

the “me and the “not-me”

donald zolan the thinker painting

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“…worshiping the formless reality by unthought thought…”

Ramana

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The “me” creates the “not-me”. When the feeling of “I-ness” arises, it almost instantaneously turns into the “me-thought” due to its identification with the body. When this happens a center is created and with it a periphery, which is the “not-me-thought”. Continue reading

the false notion

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“Leave off the false notion and perceive intuitively the Real.”

Ramana

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My Comment:

In this short exchange between Ramana Maharshi and a visitor what strikes me is Ramana’s encouragement to “perceive intuitively the Real.” This makes it clear that the Real is not to be found within the realm of thought. He asks us to “leave off the false notion” – what is the false notion? It does turn our whole world upside down to even consider that what we believe to be reality is actually nothing more than a ‘false notion’. Elsewhere (in the Forty Verses on Reality) he says succinctly: “We timeless spaceless Being alone are”. Thus, all of our notions of time, of space, of multiplicity, of I and you and he and she, of we and they are false notions. Continue reading

pure state between existence and non-existence

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“when mind is void matter is alright”

Han Shan

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My Comment:

This statement: “the eternal Self, the light of lights which lies between the two ideas of existence and non-existence”, asks us to focus on that very subtle sense of the substratum of all existence AND, it states further, the substratum also of non-existence. For most of us to have a felt-sense of ‘non-existence’ is very unusual, to say the least, and sounds to our mind like a strong paradox. How am I to have a felt-sense of anything ‘outside of’ that which is part of that WHICH IS, which we call ‘existence’?
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the trance

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Q: Then it is only idea – that which I can create and control?

Ramana: Everything is like that.

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My Comment:
In this dialog with a visitor Ramana touches upon several points that emphasize the nature of what we see as ‘the world’. We often hear that all of existence is actually a holographic projection, but who is the projector? Here as well, Ramana concludes that the essential question is “Who is the seer?” Continue reading

on acceptance

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“From the Absolute point of view the objective (world) is the subject (Self) itself. It is not separate from the Self.”

Ramana

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My Comment:

I have posted below two sections from Anandamayi’s MATRI VANI that verbalizes the attitude that is most suitable for us to embody in our daily life once we have realized what Ramana points to. Continue reading

gazing into vacancy

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Yes. It is really like gazing into vacancy

or a dazzling crystal or light.

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Question: Can a line of thought or a series of questions induce self-hypnotism?
Should it not be reduced to a single point analyzing the unanalyzable, elementary and vaguely perceived and elusive ‘I’?

Ramana: Yes. It is really like gazing into vacancy or a dazzling crystal or light.

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point of inception

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It is the tiniest point very, very far inside. It is the point of inception. Having located it, it is easy to find. Point of inception sounds impressive. Actually it is a very fine, subtle, infinitesimal constriction in the homogeneity of the Ultimate, of the Absolute. Observation of it happens when the busyness of the little mind subsides of its own accord. Then Awareness down to the ‘bottom’ shows up. It is as if one were looking into a deep lake and it is clear down to the bottom.
All layers of activity – layers of the mind (within which all activity is contained) are like flotsam after the storm.  Observation sinks down through all layers and strata and comes to this point: the point of inception. Continue reading