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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #90 on: January 30, 2013, 08:16:00 AM »
WE ARE GOD:

Not only these but a thousand other questions are answered by Bhagavan Ramana mostly in Silence and at times in a few
chosen worlds.  Those who make a careful study of His printed works will find the whole riddle of life and death solved for them.

Sri Bhagavan always says, 'Know yourself first. What kind of knowledge is the knowledge of diverse things when the Self that
is true Knowledge remains unknown?'  He often asked the questioner: 'Who asks the question?' That turned the questioner
inwards. Many realized in Sri Bhagavan's presence that he is the core of one's being and that he dwells in one's Heart.

'Turn inward', 'Be;. The Sadguru in human form pushed you inward and when you really, wholly turn inward, the Sadguru who is
ever present in everyone as the Self, takes you over from within. "Be the Self."

One is Self. One is Chit, Pure Consciousness. One is God because the pure Consciousness is limitless, eternal, all pervasive, non
dual, and is perfect Bliss and Peace. In Bhagavan Ramana, the external and internal Guru are one. If seeing the Self is seeing God,
seeing Sri Ramana, is to be the Self. So instant is the transmission!

There is nothing higher or more sacred than the Pure Consciousness and nothing is apart from it. There is no God other than It.
Self Realization is that State in which one has the plenary experience of one's own nature, one's Chit Swarupa,  which is 'without
beginning and end. It is unbroken Awareness-Bliss. ---- Upadesa Undiyar Verse 28.

continued.....

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #91 on: January 30, 2013, 07:43:15 PM »
Quote from Sri Subramanian Sir:
“WE ARE GOD:

Not only these but a thousand other questions are answered by Bhagavan Ramana mostly in Silence and at times in a few
chosen worlds. Those who make a careful study of His printed works will find the whole riddle of life and death solved for them.”


Dear Sri Subramanian Sir,

This is a very nice post. If one makes a careful study of Sri Bhagwan’s Works, and follows His Teaching with Faith in It and love for Him in the heart, one is certain to be graced. If one is able to do it, there will be no room for doubt, for the doubter himself will be sure dealt a fatal blow and consumed in the Self that He is.

Dear sir, I wish to respond to some of your posts in different threads. But for some more time I would not be able to this because His Grace keeps me engaged in hectic activities in the office as well as at home.  I do not understand why so because my attention remains riveted to Him who is simultaneously outside and inside.

Thanks very much, sir.
Pranam,
  Anil


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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #92 on: January 31, 2013, 08:28:46 AM »
WE ARE GOD:

continues....

Sri Bhagavan taught this Truth by being the Self. His words, both written and spoken, have tremendous power and beauty,
while His Silence is unfathomable. He is verily the eternal Silent Teacher!  One realized in His Presence, sooner or later, that
to know God, we have to be God and God we are.  Now and for ever!  What separates us from our Godhood is our individuality,
our ego, which is a 'phantom', a myth.

"In the realm of Reality, God and man are one and the same. Any difference felt (of separation) is but gross ignorance."

"Ridding oneself of this ignorance is to realize the Truth that one is none other than God, who throbs (from within) as I AM."
Upadesa Undiyar, Verse 24 and 25.

What is never is not. When a devotee asked Him how to know the power of God, He said:

"You say "I AM". That is it. What else can say "I AM"? One's own being is His Power. The trouble arises only when one says, 'I am
this or I am that, such and such. Do not do it. Be Yourself. That is all."

                                                      - Talks No. 478.

The whole teaching of Bhagavan Ramana can be distilled in the words "BE", "Abide as the Self". We are the Self which is Sat,
Atma, Brahman, God.

The killers of Mansur, Jesus, Socrates, Gandhi and other men of God. But they killed the body, not the Self. The body never was.
The Self ever is.

According to an Eastern legend, "Man lifted that veil from the Goddess of Sais and saw --- himself." Sri Bhagavan lifts the veil from
man and shows him to be God!

concluded.

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #93 on: February 01, 2013, 08:43:50 AM »
PRESENCE:

Teacher is the Teaching:

I have had the great opportunity and proud privilege of spending thirty five years with forty to fifty old devotees of Sri
Ramana Maharshi and also with many sages and saints. The one thing that they all taught me, as if in one voice, was
that the 'teacher' is the 'teaching'. And that the 'teaching' is all important.  Paying attention to the 'teaching' is not the same
as paying attention to the person, the 'teacher'.  Therefore, 'seekers' attention should be on the 'teaching' and putting it
into practice alone. For, the 'teaching' is the 'teacher'.  Out of ignorance one takes the 'teacher' to be merely the body. The
idea of 'different' or 'many' teachers comes up only because of this basic ignorance in one's right understanding. These old
devotees ever lived the 'teaching' of Sri Ramana. Thus, they were ever happy and they always made every listener happy.
When one lives the teaching oneself, the aroma of the 'teaching' will help all the listeners. The highest and greatest gratitude one
can pay to a 'teacher' is to put into one's own life the practice of his 'teaching'!

The word GURU in Sanskrit mans the dispeller of darkness. GU is darkness -- dense darkness --- and RU means the dispeller, the
remover. So, "'GURU"  is one who removes the darkness. What is the thickest and densest darkness?

The darkness one finds outside oneself is not the densest. The darkness that is within oneself is the most dense, insurmountably
thick!  Such inward darkness is "ignorance"   Ignorance of what? Of one's own Truth, the Self. This is the densest ignorance.
It is the ignorance of taking oneself to be only the body, only the mind.  And forgetting that one is ever he Self, the only Truth!
To remove this ignorance or to get out of this inner ignorance by oneself is very difficult, because it cannot be done by any known
means, like reading scriptures, observing austerities, resorting to religious practices. It seems almost impossible!

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #94 on: February 02, 2013, 10:18:03 AM »
Teacher is the Teaching:

But the very thing which appears impossible becomes very easy when one goes to a teacher, a true master, a Sadguru. In his
presence, the impossibility becomes the easiest!  How? Remember the 'teacher' is the 'teaching', then literally one is in the presence
of the 'teacher'.  Putting into practice the 'teaching', enables the apparently impossible hurdle becoming the easiest aid!  The Guru
is all compassion. His sole concern is to remove the dense darkness -- moola avidya --- from the seeker. Thus, when one is in the
presence of the Guru, which actually means putting his upadesa into practice, one's ignorance is removed!

'Guru' or 'Master' is not a status, position, like the President or Prime Minister of a country. It is not even a state. It is the Truth
itself. Guru is the Self, the Truth. That is, one's own Self is the real Guru. When one goes to an outer Guru, the only teaching he will
give is to awaken the 'inner Guru' in one's Heart. The 'Guru' being the Truth, for him, there exists no untruth! For the Sun there is no
darkness. Poets, the onlookers, might say that when the Sun rises it drives away its money, the darkness. But, truly, for the Sun
there exists no darkness. Darkness is an unknown factor for the Sun!  Likewise, the Guru being wholly the Truth, and nothing but
the Truth, how can untruth, the ignorance, the darkness, exist in his presence?  The "Guru without",  invokes the 'Guru within'.

Therefore, for the 'Guru within' too, there exists no ignorance at all!  Arduously following his teaching, (invoking the 'Guru within')
in one's daily life, enables one experientially to realize that there is no ignorance at all, no darkness at all!  Whatever exists,
exists only as Fullness. And one is never away from this Wholeness!  Only one has to wake up to this Truth!

contd.,

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #95 on: February 03, 2013, 08:35:30 AM »
TEACHER IS THE TEACHING:

continues....

Adhering strictly to the 'teaching' alone is true adoration of the 'teacher', in all splendor and in an all-round way!
For, the 'teaching' is the 'teacher'.

It is, perhaps, easier to understand the above, in the light of the following revealing anecdotes:

Mrs. Roda McIver was a devout Parsee devotee of Sri Ramana Maharshi, residing in the vicinity of Sri Ramanasramam all her life.
For years, she was nurturing within herself the one-too impossible prayer of putting her head on the sacred feet of the Sadguru,
Bhagavan Sri Ramana. The rules of the Asramam, however, strictly prohibited anyone touching the Maharshi's feet!  Thus she wanted to
accomplish her cherished wish when the Maharshi was all alone. Fortunately for her, one day after breakfast, the Maharshi was
waling alone through a small room and Roda rushed to Him and was about to fall at His feet. The Maharshi gesticulated inquiring
what she wanted. She said: "Bhagavan!  My life's one prayerful ambition is to put my head at the sacred feet of my Sadguru Sri Ramana. Please permit me and thus bless me, Bhagavan!"

The Maharshi, coming closer to her and pointing to His feet said,"Roda! Are these feet of the Sadguru? The Sadguru's feet are ever
here (pointing to her Heart)! Merge your mind in the Heart; and. truly that is putting your head at the feet of your Saduguru!"

The central teaching of the Maharshi is that one's divisive mind has to be merged at its source, the Self. And, that the Self resides
at one's Heart. He also said that God, Guru, and the Self are synonymous. Thus, the Guru, as the Self, ever shines as one's Heart.
And therefore, Guru's holy feet too are none other than one's own Heart!  This is clearly brings out the Truth. 'The Teaching is the
Teacher.'

contd.,

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #96 on: February 04, 2013, 08:40:16 AM »
Teacher is the Teaching:

continues......

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, while expounding teachings of non duality, never swerved away from  being himself in the state of
"I AM"- Awareness. Thus, all the time he advocated the validity and truth of this highest spiritual state of wholeness, by himself
remaining there ever in that state! 

It is also equally important to note that daily in the morning, he was doing ritualistic worship - puja - to the portraits of his
Guru, his Guru's Guru, and his Guru's Guru's Guru!

Noticing this apparent dichotomy, a Western devotee questioned the Maharaj:  Maharaj! You are the unique Saint who teaches
Advaita in its purest essence and in the most uncompromising manner too. However, your dong the ritual of puja to your Gurus
and Gods surprises me!  Your teaching of 'there is Oneness alone' and also doing this dualistic worship is most contradictory!
Will you please explain it?

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, with a smile, said (pointing to his Heart): Here, there is no contradiction. The contradiction is in your mind!
The non dual state of Wholeness is none other than the inner Guru.  The outer Guru too, in all Wholeness alone, is being extolled,
adored and worshipped!  Where is the contradiction? The teaching and the teacher are one and the same!

chapter - concluded.

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #97 on: February 05, 2013, 08:15:58 AM »
PROGRESS:

For Whom are the Teaching and the Teacher?

Mrs. Roda McIver, a long standing Parsee lady devotee of Sri Bhagavan, once brought her friend from Bombay and while
introducing the friend to Him, (Bhagavan), said, 'My friend has take as his Guru a man who is not even a  Sadhu. I brought
him here so that he would give up this guru and follow you. Bhagavan, please make him do so.'

Sri Bhagavan replied sternly: Who are you to say who is the right guru for him? By what power can you make out what a man
really is? And, are you sure that the guru counts so much?  All depends on the disciple. Even if you worship a stone with great
devotion, it will be seen as God.

In India, all through the ages, there has never been a dearth of genuine teachings, or for that matter, any lack of compassionate
Teachers. We are thus proud to possess the most authentic collection of teachings in the form of Vedas, Upanishads, Epics, and
Puranas. Especially, the Bhagavad Gita is recognized as the spiritual treatise par excellence, all over the world. Like wise, in
addition to the glory of the Vedic rishis of yore, sages and saints continue to adorn Punya Bharat, century after century.

Our tradition has thus always been proud to uphold the importance of the teachings and the teachers. As such, it has handed
over to man the gift, as it were, a Golden Chain of Eternity, made up of perennial truths of God, World, Scriptures, Guru, Teachings,
Wholeness, Oneness, Fullness, Freedom, Release, Moksha; and encouraged him to own it himself.

continued....

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #98 on: February 06, 2013, 08:54:39 AM »
PROGRESS;

For whom are the teaching and the teacher?

Man too has all along been obediently worshipping it, wondering over its grandeur and its invaluable worth!  Yet, time and again,
it has remained unused, for the simple reason that this precious Golden Chain is disjointed, loose and incomplete, as a vital link
is missing. That missing vital link keeps it away fro man, unadorned!

What is that missing link, the discovery and replacing of which will complete the Golden Chain?

The missing link, is 'You' - the 'You' referring to every one of us, individually. The 'You' refers to one who is now reading this line!
Adding this 'You' to it, which means waking up to one's own inner Divinity, will alone make this Golden Chain of Eternity complete.
Isn't it amazing? Suddenly, the 'You' becomes all important in the scheme of Existence. Yes, it is absolutely true.

To understand it better, one ha to raise the questions: "For whom is the teaching?"  "For whom is the teacher?"

We have been stressing the importance of the teachings and the teacher. However, hoary the teachings may be, it has value and
meaning only to one who imbibes it. Isn't it?  Without the taught, where is the importance for the teacher? Who is the imbiber of the
teachings?

O Reader! 'You' who are reading this line, it is for 'You' that all the teachings and all the teachers are intended. Your waking up to and
owning them is actually refining of the missing link to its rightful place in the Gold Chain of Eternity. Be assured that till 'You' wake up,
this precious jewel will remain unadorned!  Hence, the Vedas proclaim Tat Tvam Asi, You Are That.

contd.,

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #99 on: February 07, 2013, 07:49:25 AM »
PROGRESS:

continues....

See, in a strange way, 'You' forget and ignore yourself. Who is it that has forgotten to include oneself, as a vital link, in this chain?
Does not this ignorance, forgetfulness, remind us the story of the "Ten Fools"?

In a village, there lived ten fools, who always stayed together. Once they had to cross a river. After swimming over to the other
shore, they suddenly, seriously doubted whether anyone had been drowned in the river. So, they decided to count and convince
themselves that all the ten were alive. The leader of the fools asked the rest to stand in a row and asked each one to shout the numbers 1,2,3. When the last man shouted '9', a chill fear gripped all of them, since they decided the tenth man was drowned.
Each one of them came forward and counted the rest and found the number nine alone was arrived at!  All of them started crying
aloud, mourning for the loss of the 'tenth' man. A wayfarer came, and seeing their plight, understood the real error of counting man
omitting himself! He asked them all to stand in a line and adopted their own method of each one shouting the number. Now, the
tenth man shouted 'Ten' !  All the fools rejoiced that the wayfarer was extraordinarily clever and so, could succeed in bringing back
the lost 'tenth' man alive! The 'tenth' man was never lost, as such there was no question of bringing him back to life also!  Forgetting
to count oneself who counted, was the only error!

contd.,

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #100 on: February 08, 2013, 08:49:54 AM »
For Whom are the Teaching and the Teacher?

continues......

The seeker after Truth --- 'You' --- is, thus, all important to make alive every teaching and every teacher.  The Teacher, the Teachings
and 'You' are, therefore, the true Spiritual Trinity. The importance of 'You' is not exaggerated over over dramatized here. It is not
you, the body, nor you, the identified personality that is being referred to here as 'You'. The alive principle as 'You', the 'Awareness'
alone is pointed out. Should you not come to know who actually this 'You' is, apart from identifying yourself with your name and form
as a body? How to know the "YOU"?

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi gives you a unique method by which you can know who 'You' really are         .


chapter - concluded.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #101 on: February 09, 2013, 08:54:46 AM »
WHO AM I?  SIMPLE TEACHING OF THE GREAT MASTER:

Having elaborately outlines the importance of the Teachings and the Teacher, I present here the Essence of "Who am I?"
teaching  of sri Ramana Maharshi, the Master of the millennium. Keeping in mind the logical and rational approach of the
readers, he presentation of the Teaching is couched in easily understandable terms, phrases and expressions. Yet, since
the undercurrent of the Teaching is purely spiritual, one has to delve deeply into it  to "experience" it, rather than
merely intellectually discern it or discuss it.  As such, 'practice' is the only key to unlock this spiritual treasure-trove of unalloyed
happiness and perennial Bliss, which Sri Ramana  Maharshi affirms is the "birthright"  of each  one of us!

"God and Guru (Master) are really one and identical. He that has earned the Grace of the Guru shall undoubtedly be saved and
never forsaken, just as the prey that has fallen into the jaws of a tiger will never be allowed to escape. Nevertheless, the disciple
for his part, must unswervingly follow the path shown by the Master" says Bhagavan Ramana.

Man is of the Divine Essence only.  But he is now steeped in ignorance shutting himself off from the knowledge of this Divine
Essence in him. The Divine vocation in man is ineradicable. It may be covered up for a time but it must well forth again.

contd.,

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #102 on: February 10, 2013, 08:49:18 AM »
WHO AM ? THE SIMPLE TEACHING OF THE GREAT MASTER:

continues......

Man's movements are generally directed only outwards since all the senses in his body are turned outwards and tuned to absorb
things only from outside.  Weaned away from externalities, directing his attention inward, he recognizes the Divine nature in him,
revealing itself in all splendor.  Anyone thus turning within is bound to realize this eternal truth within. No one is excluded from
this Divine Consciousness. Man turning his attention outward by the very act excludes himself from consciously experiencing it,
though every man even in his ignorance is not devoid of experiencing this Divine Consciousness in himself. Whether he knows
it or not every man is filled with this Pure Consciousness, Pure Awareness.

That which clouds such Awareness from his conscious experience is his habit of clinging to externalities which is expressed in his
discontent, frailty , darkness and fear. Let him look within deeper and longer, and without fail he will notice this so called 'Hidden
and Mysterious' Self inhabiting his center, the source of his being. Turning within from the externalities and paying full attention to
this source brings about a tremendous change in man's life, since for the first time, he recognizes that he is of this Divine Essence.

He understands the scriptural declaration: "You are That" to mean "You are yourself That Divine Essence". Pure Awareness, the
'I AM' -ness in every man, is this Essence of God.

This Reality that exists in every man is Consciousness or Awareness. No man can say he does not know it. By the very act of hs
denying knowledge of it, he declares its presence!

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #103 on: February 11, 2013, 10:20:55 AM »
WHO AM I? The Simple Teaching of the Great Master:

continues.....

The marks of the Reality are that it always exists and it is able to exist by and in Itself. The Awareness in man exists always, by
and int itself.  Each man has therefore within his grasp this opening to the Eternal Light within. Once has a glimpse of this
experience of his True Being within, which glows totally independently not needing his effort or support of its existence ----
all his external activities need his effort for their fructification --- he will realize that he has passed into a wonderful state, not
depending  on his five senses.  This is an experience which he has never had before. An experience which has got without the aid
of the five senses and that too within himself and by himself is unique indeed. That day of having this vision in oneself is the most starred day, for, on that day he is one with Eternity. Whoever engages in such inward exploration is not a dreamer, 'he merely antedates today what the multitude of men will perforce to do tomorrow.'         

Man therefore is a spiritual being having this capacity to possess the Wisdom. He breathes this Truth every moment! He thus contains
a Divine Infinitude within himself. This infinite Awareness is experienced as a perennial feeling of unalloyed happiness --- the 'Ananda' aspect of the Eternal Truth of Sat Chit Ananda.

contd.,

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #104 on: February 12, 2013, 08:54:31 AM »
WHO AM I? Simple Teaching of the Great Master:

continues.....

But, while stating the truth of our inner being thus, the head side of the coin, should we not also observe the obverse of
the coin?  The external world with its attractions and distractions devours man's attention, perhaps, absorbingly and wholly.
The complicated speed of the world outside to which the human system is so very strongly drawn, attached, is for ever drawing
man more and more to involve himself with matter, objects, activities external to oneself.  Time too rushes onward like a roaring
stream carrying the human race along with it and drowning them in its flux. In such a struggle --- all the time forced to run outward
and forward endlessly, both physically and mentally  --- if a man is asked to take a leap backwards, to dive within, it will be nothing
sort of a gymnastic feat. And telling such a totally shattered man about the Divine Awareness and the need for him to turn inwards
would be all but futile.

He would treat such information merely as a 'hallucination of human fancy and infantile idealism.' If he has to interest himself to take
a right-about-turn in his life, that is, to turn his conscious attention from his activities outward to introspection inward, he needs a good
cause.

What is that imminent cause?

contd.,

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