Live your life without hurting anyone. ~ Nisargadatta Maharaj in “I Am That”
Ramana Maharshi often spoke about the true nature of solitude. He has explained a number of times that silence, peace, and solitude are not a function of our environment but our mental state. Indeed solitude is in the mind and not to be found somewhere outside.
Bhagavan Ramana generally went along with the Hindu orthodox traditions and rarely contradicted them. But there were several notable exceptions.
One exception involved his own mother who lived with him despite the fact that Bhagavan was a Sadhu, a renunciate.
The second exception involved animals around him whom Bhagavan gave equality with human beings.
Once Bhagavan said, “It is not true that birth as a man is necessarily the highest, and that one must attain realisation only from being a man. Even an animal can attain Self-realisation”. (‘Day by Day with Bhagavan’ 2-9-46)
Ahimsa Is The Highest Virtue
Ahimsa (nonviolence) is the primary ideal and the virtue to be cultivated on the yogic path to Self-Realization. This is a subtle, deep, and fundamental psychological and spiritual truth.
Why such an emphasis on Ahimsa by the sages?
It is because the perfect and calm state of relaxed awareness is only possible in a mind that is free of all violence.
It is in this state that Grace takes over and allows the pure devotee to surrender fully to God who sits in the Heart, as the Universal Heart, and recognize it to be the Self, one’s very own Self.
Giving to others is really giving to oneself. ~ Sri Ramana
Bhagavan says, “Giving to others is really giving to oneself.” Bhagavan continues, “If one knows this truth, would one ever remain without giving?” (See Chapter XIII “Gems from Bhagavan.” Bhagavan here states the fundamental truth of reality at every level.
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