Thoughts Change But Not You ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

Thoughts change but not you
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Sri Ramana Maharshi says in Talk 524 (Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi), “You must exist in order that you may think. You may think these thoughts or other thoughts. The thoughts change but not you. Let go the passing thoughts and hold on to the unchanging Self. The thoughts form your bondage. If they are given up, there is release. The bondage is not external.”

Devotee says: But it is not easy to remain without thinking.

Sri Ramana replies: You need not cease thinking. Only think of the root of the thoughts; seek it and find it. The Self shines by itself. When that is found the thoughts cease of their own accord. That is freedom from bondage (Talk 524).

Bhagavan Ramana teaches that any thing that appears and disappears is not you. That which remains always, is you. The Advaitic system of Neti, Neti (not this, not this) is based on that. The aspirant analyzes everything that he or she perceives and says, “I am not the body, I am not the senses, I am not the mind, etc. Whatever can be perceived is not me as I am the one perceiving it.”

Continuing to reflect on this and doing Neti, Neti, (I am not this, I am not this), finally, that subjective pure awareness remains which cannot be denied. The Subject cannot deny It Self. Hence Advaita Vedanta declares that when you firmly reach the pure Subject which is only Awareness, you should abide in that. That You Are. Thou Art That. That I AM!

4 thoughts on “Thoughts Change But Not You ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

  1. Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    One of the most moving of the thousands of stories told about Ramana Maharshi’s wisdom (for me) is his encounter with Ganapati Muni, a great scholar whose learning had not led him to the peace he craved…Ramana broke his silence to tell Ganapati that he must return to the root of his thinking and that then peace would come. He was guiding the Muni to his Self, which is the blissful substratum of all that is manifest, and that, for me, is the ultimate answer to all the suffering we experience in the relative realm. My own deeper quest took off when I encountered what is known as the Two Great Truths:…/two-great-truths-absolu…/ In truth, as long as we are attached to mind and body, we must deal with the relative realm, but simultaneously be aware that below the changing realm of the relative lies the unchanging and blissful Infinite that Ramana Maharshi and other great sages constantly pointed us toward…thank you for a great post, Harsh Luthar!

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