English scholar asks more questions
Talk 17 C. Work, Practice, Celibacy
Talk 17 A. English Scholar's Questions

English Scholar asks more questions

Devotee.: Which time is most suitable for meditation?
Maharshi: What is time?

D.: Tell me what it is!
M.: Time is only an idea. There is only the Reality. Whatever you think it is, it looks like that. If you call it time, it is time. If you call it existence, it is existence, and so on. After calling it time, you divide it into days and nights, months, years, hours, minutes, etc. Time is immaterial for the Path of Knowledge. But some of these rules and discipline are good for beginners.

D.: What is Jnana Marga?
M.: Concentration of the mind is in a way common to both Knowledge and Yoga. Yoga aims at union of the individual with the universal, the Reality. This Reality cannot be new. It must exist even now, and it does exist. Therefore the Path of Knowledge tries to find out how viyoga (separation) came about. The separation is from the Reality only.

D.: What is illusion?
M.: To whom is the illusion? Find it out. Then illusion will vanish. Generally people want to know about illusion and do not examine to whom it is. It is foolish. Illusion is outside and unknown. But the seeker is considered to be known and is inside. Find out what is immediate, intimate, instead of trying to find out what is distant and unknown.

D.: Does Maharshi advise any physical posture for the Europeans?
M.: It may be advisable. However, it must be clearly understood that meditation is not prohibited in the absence of asanas, or prescribed times, or any accessories of the kind.

D.: Does Maharshi have any particular method to impart to the Europeans in particular?
M.: It is according to the mental equipment of the individual. There is indeed no hard and fast rule.

Talks With Ramana Maharshi – Part 1
January 24, 1935
Talk 17.

Talk 17 C. Work, Practice, Celibacy
Talk 17 A. English Scholar's Questions
Talk 17 B. English Scholar asks more questions

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