Friday, February 13, 2009

Ramana Maharshi - I ask you to observe where the ‘I’ arises in your body

Ramana Maharshi - Because you seek true Consciousness. Where can you find it? Can you attain it outside yourself? You have to find it internally. Therefore you are directed inward. The Heart is the seat of Consciousness or Consciousness itself.

I ask you to observe where the ‘I’ arises in your body, but it is not really quite correct to say that the ‘I’ arises from and merges in the chest at the right side. The Heart is another name for Reality and this is neither inside nor outside the body.

There can be no in or out for it, since it alone is. I do not mean by ‘heart’ any physiological organ or any plexus or nerves or anything like that; but so long as a man identifies himself with the body or thinks he is in the body, he is advised to see where in the body the ‘I’-thought arises and merges again. It must be the heart at the right side of the chest since every man of whatever race and religion and in whatever language he may be speaking, points to the right side of the chest to indicate himself when he says ‘I’.

This is so all over the world, so that must be the place. And by keenly watching the emergence of the ‘I’-thought on waking and its subsidence on going to sleep, one can see that it is in the heart on the right side. When a room is dark you need a lamp to light it, but when the sun rises there is no need for a lamp; objects are seen without one.

And to see the sun itself no lamp is needed because it is self-luminous. Similarly with the mind. The reflected light of the mind is necessary to perceive objects, but to see the heart it is enough for the mind to be turned towards it. Then the mind loses itself and the Heart shines forth.

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