Monday, February 1, 2016

Ramana Maharshi - Be the Self.

    “Truly there is no cause for you to be miserable and unhappy. You yourself impose limitations on your true nature of infinite Being and then weep that you are but a finite creature. Then you take up this or that sadhana (practice) to transcend the nonexistent limitations. But if your sadhana (practice) itself assumes the existence of the limitations, how can it help you to transcend them? Hence I say know that you are really the infinite, pure Being, the Self Absolute. You are always that Self and nothing but that Self. Therefore, you can never be really ignorant of the Self; your ignorance is merely a formal ignorance. Know then that true Knowledge does not create a new Being for you; it only removes your “ignorant ignorance”. Bliss is not added to your nature; it is merely revealed as your true and natural state, eternal and imperishable. The only way to be rid of your grief is to know and be the Self.”

    Picture taken at the entrance to the Patalalingam Shrine, Arunachaleshwara Temple, Tiruvannamalai, TN, India where Sri Ramana Maharshi was first discovered deep in samadhi by another great master, Sri Seshadri Swamigal.

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