Friday, February 20, 2009

Ramana Maharshi - Grace is necessary for the removal of ignorance

Question : Grace is necessary for the removal of ignorance.
Ramana Maharshi : Certainly. But Grace is there all along. Grace is the Self. It is not something to be acquired. All that is necessary is to know its existence. In the same way, the sun is pure brightness; it does not know darkness, although others speak of darkness fleeing away on its approach. Like darkness, ignorance is a phantom, not real. Because of its unreality, it is said to be
removed when its unreality is discovered.

The sun is there and shines and you are surrounded by sunlight; still, if you would know the sun you must turn your eyes in its direction and look at it. Similarly, Grace is only to be found by effort, although it is here and now.

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