Can you ever remain apart from the SELF ?
Dr. Mohammed Hafiz Syed, a Muslim Professor of Persian and Urdu in the University of Allahabad, asked:
D.: What is the purpose of this external manifestation?
M.: This manifestation had induced your question.
D.: True. I am covered by maya. How to be free from it?
M.: Who is covered by maya? ‘Who’ wants to be free?
D.: Master, being asked ‘Who?’, I know that it is ignorant me, composed of the senses, mind and body. I tried this enquiry ‘Who?’ after reading Paul Brunton’s book. Three or four times I was feeling elated and the elation lasted sometime and faded away. How to be established in ‘I’? Please give me the clue and help me.
M.: That which appears anew must also disappear in due course.
D.: Please tell me the method of reaching the eternal Truth.
M.: You are That. Can you ever remain apart from the Self? To be yourself requires no effort since you are always That.
Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi
3rd January, 1936