Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ramana Maharshi on path of Surrender, Surrender appears easy

Question : I find surrender is easier. I want to adopt that path.
Ramana Maharshi : By whatever path you go, you will have to lose yourself in the one. Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage `Thou art all' and `Thy will be done'.

The state is not different from jnana. In soham [the affirmation of `I am he'] there is dvaita [dualism]. In surrender there is advaita [non-dualism]. In the reality there is neither dvaita nor advaita, but that which is.

Surrender appears easy because people imagine that, once they say with their lips `I surrender' and put their burdens on their Lord, they can be free and do what they like. But the fact is that you can have no likes or dislikes after your surrender; your will should become completely non-existent, the Lord's will taking its place. The death of the ego in this way brings about a state which is not different from jnana. So by whatever path you may go, you must come to jnana or oneness.

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