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

what is birth and what is death?

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It took me several reads to be able to follow Ramana’s train of thought in this exchange with a visitor. I find that even to be able to grasp intellectually what he says here is illuminating. Much food for contemplation! Enjoy! 

Ramana:

With regard to the question concerning departed souls: so long as a man identifies himself with his gross body, the thought materialised as gross manifestations must be real to him. Because his body is imagined to have originated from another physical being, the other exists as truly as his own body.

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the audience on the screen

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In the following dialog between a visitor and Ramana we read:

You think that you see them (i.e. objects apart from the Self). The thought is projected out from your Self. Find out where-from it rises. Thoughts will cease to rise and the Self alone will remain.”

This is the way Ramana Maharshi saw the world. Is it possible for us to change our habitual way of perception so radically that we actually come to the realization: THE SELF ALONE IS. Viewing the world and our life in that way changes everything, and yet everything remains as it always was. We merely cease being caught in delusions that result in our violence toward ourselves and others. This year is a good year to wake up from our delusory state. Continue reading

we look for objects

Q: How did the ego arise?

Ramana: Ego is not. Otherwise do you admit of two selves? How can there be avidya (ignorance of the Self) in the absence of the ego? If you begin to inquire, the avidya, which is already non-existent, will be found not to be, or you will say it has fled away.

Ignorance pertains to the ego. Why do you think of the ego and also suffer? What is ignorance again? It is that which is nonexistent. However the worldly life requires the hypothesis of avidya.

Avidya is only our ignorance and nothing more. It is ignorance or forgetfulness of the Self. Can there be darkness before the sun? Similarly, can there be ignorance before the self-evident and self- luminous Self? If you know the Self there will be no darkness, no ignorance and no misery. Continue reading