Mind Is Time: By Dr. Suryanarayana Raju

All doing involves change and change requires some duration of time.

Change means going from one event to another and the interval between the two events is time. We can experience action or doing only in the flow of time projected by the mind from past to the future bypassing the present moment.

If we are caught in network of time, it is certain that we are missing the present. Continue reading

Was Bhagavan Ramana An Avatar?

In Hinduism, the term “Avatar” refers to an “Incarnation” of some aspect of God in a form. For example, Rama (from Ramayana), and Krishna (from Mahabharata) are both considered Avatars of the Hindu God Vishnu. In Hinduism, many saints are also considered Avatars by their devotees. In this context,  Sri Ramana was sometimes asked by devotees if he was an Avatar; and if so, of which Hindu God was he an Avatar of? Continue reading

Analysis Of The Mind Or Transcendence? By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar

Bhagavan Ramana’s teaching of self-inquiry is fundamentally different than the schools of thought which focus on self-improvement through a variety of motivational approaches. Sri Ramana used to say that when you are going to throw out the trash, you need not spend time analyzing its contents. He was referring to the mind. Continue reading

Guru Vachaka Kovai (verses 14-18) on Guru Purnima

Offered on Guru Poornima by Alan Jacobs

The ocean-girdled maiden Earth’s
Hard, long penance has borne fruit,
Pure Being, glorious Siva Himself,
Embodied in human form as Guru
Ramana of flawless wisdom
Has come to us. Continue reading

Eternal Eye Within The I: By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar

Bhagavan Ramana as a youth


One time I recall a visitor asked Bhagavan Ramana something like how one could have visions. Bhagavan said, “What are you having now?”

Bhagavan’s point was that any state of consciousness is essentially a vision, an altered state, that is superimposed on the Self, which is the true natural and easy state. Continue reading

Religion Divides, Love Unites: By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar

Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Taoism, Christianity, and other religions and spiritual traditions use different words and concepts to describe the ultimate nature of Reality. Sometimes, the scholars and preachers from these faiths argue with each other over who is right and who is wrong. There are even strong disagreements within the same religion and spiritual tradition about the nature of God or Salvation or Heaven, etc. Continue reading

Soul Moments: By Aparna Sharma

Who says God will come to you?? For ‘will come’ implies a distance in space and time. The Guru, the Master the Supreme Being or the ‘SELF’  is always there- shrill, in his silence…. It is only when we tune in to that presence, even for a moment that he quickly draws us in- in form of a poem that opens up something inside, or words, or a thousand hued monsoon sky, or a vision, a scenery, a fragrance, a note—ANYTHING that touches you for a moment and unravels so many parts of you. Continue reading

The Tao We Speak Of Is Not Real: By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar

The wise say that the Tao that can be talked about is not The True Tao. Still Sages such as Bhagavan Ramana manage to indicate the existence of the underlying Reality with words and without words.

Self-Realized sages point to the Truth easily and spontaneously. Knowledge of Reality is not just their first hand knowledge but their very Being.

Bhagavan Ramana, through his silence, words, and actions, was always pointing at the highest reality, the Heart of existence, the Self. Even in minor things like giving instructions on cooking and eating food, cutting wood, or other matters, Bhagavan was doing that.  Sages like that are more than just satsang givers, good public speakers, and charismatic orators. Continue reading