Friday, February 13, 2009

Bhagwan Ramana Maharshi - Find out who has the thoughts. Where do they come from

Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi : “Training of mind helps one to bear sorrows and bereavements with courage; but the loss of one’s children is said to be the worst of all griefs. Grief only exists as long as one considers oneself to have a definite form; if the form is transcended, one knows the One Self to be eternal. There is neither death nor birth.

What is born is only the body and this is the creation of the ego. But the ego is not ordinarily perceived without the body and so is identified with it. It is thought that matters. Let the sensible man consider whether he knew his body while in deep sleep.

Why, then, does he feel it in the waking state? Although the body was not felt in sleep, did not the Self exist? What was his state when in deep sleep and what is it now when awake? What is the difference? The ego rises up and that is waking.

Simultaneously thoughts arise. Find out who has the thoughts. Where do they come from? They must arise from the conscious self. Apprehending this even vaguely helps towards the extinction of the ego. The realisation of the One Infinite Existence becomes possible.

In that state there are no individuals but only Eternal Being. Hence there is no thought of death or grieving. “If a man thinks that he is born he cannot escape the fear of death. Let him find out whether he was ever born or whether the Self takes birth. He will discover that the Self always exists and that the body which is born resolves itself into thought, and that the emergence of thought is the root of all mischief.

Find where thought comes from, and then you will abide in the ever-present inmost Self and be free from the idea of birth and fear of death

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