By David Godman
Ramana Maharshi used to be probably the most major non secular academics to emerge from India throughout the first half the century, and continues to be greatly favorite. This fresh number of conversations among him and the numerous seekers who got here to his ashram for counsel comprises the essence of his educating. His quandary all through his lengthy lifetime of providing his event to others used to be to persuade his listeners that self-realisation - or enlightenment - isn't an alien or mysterious nation, however the ordinary of guy. This country might be simply stumbled on through venture the self-investigation essentially defined in those talks. The lucid directions to every part offer additional illumination of this better seer's message.
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4 The Heart Sri Ramana frequently used the Sanskrit word hridayam when he was talking about the Self. It is usually translated as ‘the Heart’ but a more literal translation would be ‘this is the centre’. In using this particular term he was not implying that there was a particular location or centre for the Self, he was merely indicating that the Self was the source from which all appearances manifested. 5 Jnana The experience of the Self is sometimes called jnana or knowledge. This term should not be taken to mean that there is a person who has knowledge of the Self, because in the state of Self-awareness there is no localised knower and there is nothing that is separate from the Self that can be known.
Consciousness plus waking, we call waking. Consciousness plus sleep, we call sleep. Consciousness plus dream, we call dream. Consciousness is the screen on which all the pictures come and go. The screen is real, the pictures are mere shadows on it. Because by long habit we have been regarding these three states as real, we call the state of mere awareness or consciousness the fourth. 18 There is no difference between dream and the waking state except that the dream is short and the waking long.
If you remain as you are now, you are in the wakeful state; this becomes hidden in the dream state; and the dream state disappears when you are in deep sleep. You were there then, you are there now, and you are there at all times. The three states come and go, but you are always there. It is like a cinema. The screen is always there but several types of pictures appear on the screen and then disappear. Nothing sticks to the screen, it remains a screen. Similarly, you remain your own Self in all the three states.
Be As You Are by David Godman