Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ramana Maharshi - Real Self is the infinite `I'. That `I' is perfection

Question : Is not discarding of the sheaths (neti-neti) mentioned in the sastras?
Ramana Maharshi : After the rise of the `I'-thought there is the false identification of the `I' with the body, the senses, the mind, etc. `I' is wrongly associated with them and the true `I' is lost sight of. In order to sift the pure `I' from the contaminated `I', this discarding is mentioned. But it does not mean exactly discarding of the non - Self, it means the finding of the real Self.

The real Self is the infinite `I'. That `I' is perfection. It is eternal. It has no origin and no end. The other `I' is born and also dies. It is impermanent. See to whom the changing thoughts belong. They will be found to arise after the `I'-thought. Hold the `I'-thought and they subside. Trace back the source of the `I'-thought. The Self alone will remain.

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