There is a secret
In this mountain
Words cannot capture
Flowing from there. Continue reading
Mind is not a thing. It is a process of minding, thinking. Its basic nature is to fragment the consciousness.
Mind is a like a crowd of politicians giving many self contradictory speeches at the same time. This crowd in the mind is not a fixed crowd but a changing crowd. Continue reading
Self-inquiry is to reflect whatsoever is passing by in the inner consciousness.
Consciousness reflects diamonds or pebbles equally. By its very nature it won’t choose that which is reflected.
Ego is the consummation of all past experiences. So if we observe through the observer there is the perpetuation of the past. Nothing new can be observed with such a type of observation.
Self-inquiry is not a process of “doing”.It is a process of conscious observation without the interference of the “doer”. In such a type of observation even “doer” is an object of observation. Continue reading
I have a very specific question about the quote from Ramana Maharshi’s talks with Paul Brunton. He says “By repeated practice one can become accustomed to turning inwards and finding the Self. One must always and constantly make an effort, until one has permanently realized. Once the effort ceases, the state becomes natural and the Supreme takes possession of the person with an unbroken current. Until it has become permanently natural and your habitual state, know that you have not realized the Self, only glimpsed it. ”
My question is about this word “Supreme.” I find this word also in Nisargadatta and I am wondering if it is an unsatisfactory attempt by the translator to translate some term, or if it is accurate. I mean, why not translate it as “the Self” or “I Am” or “God” ? My best guess is that it is a placeholder word for what is ineffable and inexpressible but within the possibilities of experience.
Curious to hear yours or anyone’s thoughts on this.
David Continue reading
Excerpt from: ‘Talks with Ramana Maharishi’.
Maharishi’s response on being asked: Who am I? How is it to be found?
B.V. Narasimha Swami, author of Self- Realization, asked: Who am I? How is it to be found?
Maharishi: Ask yourself the question. The body (annamaya kosa) and its functions are not ‘I’.
Going deeper, the mind (manomaya kosa) and its functions are not ‘I’. Continue reading
We often think in terms of Gods creating us; but in truth it is we who create our gods! As humans, we sense our purest qualities, but unable to accept them as ‘self’, we view them outside us initially…and call these our Gods and Masters. It is actually vision of Self – our highest ideas of Self encoded in our very Dna- but unable to claim these within us, we project them onto a ‘god’ outside. Continue reading