The Obstacle is the Mind ~ Sri Ramana

Mind is the obstacle
Photo art from Ramana Maharshi FB page. Contributed by John Wassenberg

Sri Ramana says that mind prevents us from seeing Reality as it is. Bhagavan was explaining to the devotees that for spiritual growth it was no use changing the environment or one’s station in life. The obstacle was not external but the conditioned mind (See Talk 54 in “Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi”).

Bhagavan said to the devotee, “Why do you think you are a grihasta (householder)? If you go out as a sanyasi (monk), a similar thought (that you are a sanyasi-monk) will haunt you. Whether you continue in the household, or renounce it and go to the forest, your mind haunts you.” Bhagavan in Talk 54.

“Where psychology ends, there philosophy begins. This is experience; the mind is born; we see it; even without the mind we exist. There is everyone’s experience to prove it.” Bhagavan in Talk 126.

3 thoughts on “The Obstacle is the Mind ~ Sri Ramana

  1. On a different occasion Bhagawan agreed with the saying ‘Philosophy starts where psychology ends, and spirituality starts when philosophy ends’.

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