Liberation, Practices, Concentration, Surrender, Problem Solving A visitor asked: What to do to get liberation (moksha)? M.: Learn what liberation is. D.: Should I do worship (upasana) for it? M.: Worship is for mind control (chitta nirodha) and concentration. D.: Should I do idol worship? Is there any harm in it? M.: So long as […]
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Talk 30. Why do you say you are a sinner
Why do you say you are a sinner Mr. N. Natesa Iyer, the leader of the Bar in a South Indian town, asked: “Are the gods Iswara or Vishnu and their sacred regions Kailasa or Vaikuntha real? M.: As real as you are in this body. D.: Do they possess a vyavahara satya, i.e., […]
Talk 29. Divine Grace Personal Effort Go...
Divine Grace Personal Effort Go Together On one occasion, the evening was calm and cloudy. It was drizzling occasionally and somewhat cool in consequence. The windows of the Asramam Hall were closed and Maharshi was seated as usual on the sofa. Facing him sat the devotees. Some visitors had come from Cuddalore. A Sub-Judge, accompanied […]
Talk 28 D. Happiness our Real Nature
Happiness our Real Nature D.: In what sense is happiness our real nature? M.: Perfect Bliss is Brahman. Perfect Peace is of the Self. That alone exists and is conscious. The same conclusion is arrived at: (a) judged metaphysically, and (b) inferred by Bhakti Marga (Path of Devotion). We pray to God for Bliss and […]
Talk 28 C. Free will and Might of Almigh...
Free will and Might of Almighty D.: What is the relation between my free-will and the overwhelming might of the Omnipotent? (a) Is omniscience of God consistent with ego’s freewill? (b) Is omnipotence of God consistent with ego’s freewill? (c) Are the natural laws consistent with God’s free-will? M.: Yes. Free-will is the present […]
Talk 28 B. What is the Nature of Reality
What is the Nature of Reality D.: What is the nature of the Reality? M.: (a) Existence without beginning or end – eternal. (b) Existence everywhere, endless, infinite. (c) Existence underlying all forms, all changes, all forces, all matter and all spirit. The many change and pass away (phenomena), whereas the One always endures (noumenon). […]
Talk 28 A. Realizing the Real is the Goa...
Realizing the Real is the Goal Devotee.: What is the interrelation between regulation of thought and regulation of breath? Maharshi.: Thought (intellectual) and respiration, circulation, etc. (vegetative) activities are both different aspects of the same – the individual life. Both depend upon (or metaphorically ‘reside’ or ‘inhere’ in) life. Personality and other ideas spring from […]
Talk 27. How to practice mind control me...
How to practice mind control methods D.: How are they practised? M.: An examination of the ephemeral nature of external phenomena leads to vairagya. Hence enquiry (vichara) is the first and foremost step to be taken. When vichara continues automatically, it results in a contempt for wealth, fame, ease, pleasure, etc. The ‘I’ thought becomes […]
Talk 26. How to discover the nature of t...
How to discover the nature of the mind D.: How shall we discover the nature of the mind i.e., its ultimate cause, or the noumenon of which it is a manifestation? M.: Arranging thoughts in the order of value, the ‘I’ thought is the all-important thought. Personality-idea or thought is also the root or the […]
Talk 25 B. What is this Mind
What is this Mind B. V. Narasimha Swami, author of the book “Self-Realization” on Ramana Maharshi, continued to ask: D.: What is this mind? M.: Mind is one form of manifestation of life. A block of wood or a subtle machine is not called mind. The vital force manifests as life-activity and also as the conscious […]
Talk 25 A. Who am I? How is it to be fou...
Who am I? How is it to be found? B. V. Narasimha Swami, author of the book “Self-Realization” on Ramana Maharshi, asked: Who am I? How is it to be found? M.: Ask yourself the question. The body (annamaya kosa) and its functions are not ‘I’. Going deeper, the mind (manomaya kosa) and its functions […]
Talk 24. Feeling prime factor, not reaso...
Feeling prime factor, not reason Mrs. Piggott: Why do you take milk, but not eggs? M.: The domesticated cows yield more milk than necessary for their calves and they find it a pleasure to be relieved of the milk. M.: But the hen cannot contain the eggs? M.: But there are potential lives in them. D.: […]