(Selections from http://www.satsangbhavan.net/santsang-with-papaji-reading/) This is the proper time for all of us to introduce the mind to the Self. What is the Self? It is your own original nature: satyam, shivam, sundaram - which means truth, consciousness, bliss. This is the Self which was before the origin and which is going to be after the end. … Continue reading Satsang with Papaji
Everyone knows ‘I am.’ There is the confusion that the ‘I’ is the body. Because the ‘I’ arises from the Absolute and gives rise to buddhi (Intellect). In buddhi the ‘I’ looks the size and shape of the body, na medhaya means that Brahman cannot be apprehended by buddhi. (Source: Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on the “I Am”
Question: What does sadhana mean?
Answer: What truly exists is ultimate reality, the Self. The ego and the world are no more than objects superimposed upon it. “I am”, which is the source of all experience, is beyond the experiencer/experienced duality. When we place the accent on the “I am”, on being aware, and not on thought nor on perception, we gradually become deeply relaxed, both on the neuro-muscular level and on a mental plane.
If we disinterestedly observe all the states we experience, we soon come to realize that each perception, each thought, is reabsorbed into knowledge, ‘I know’: the only true reality, before any other activity commences. Let yourself sink deeply within this stillness each time it makes itself felt.
The world you perceive is none other than a figment of the imagination founded on memory, fear, anxiety and desire. You have locked yourself away within this world…
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God is also part and parcel of this dream world of ours. When we wake up from the dream called World, we realise only we exist as Brahman or Pure Consciousness (that is, Consciousness without any contents) - no God, no World. Who then is God? God is only Brahman with power of Maya (that … Continue reading God
(from Swami Paramarthananda's Commentary on Drik-Drsya Viveka) What is creation? Creation can be defined as the production of an effect or a product from a cause. When an effect is produced out of a cause what happens exactly? What is the mechanism? The words cause, effect, etc., are normally used very loosely. Take the example … Continue reading Creation of the Universe
Sri Y. Srinivasa Rao's lectures in Telugu on Sankaracharya's Aparokshanubhuti have been transcribed into English. They are pretty good and available here.
"How do you know, that you do not know your self? Your direct insight tells you that yourself you know first, for nothing exists to you without your being there to experience its existence. You imagine you do not know your self, because you cannot describe your self. You can always say: 'I know that … Continue reading Nisargadatta Maharaj says …
Ignorance - ajnana - is of two kinds: (1) Forgetfulness of the Self. (2) Obstruction to the knowledge of the Self. Aids are meant for eradicating thoughts; these thoughts are the re-manifestations of predispositions remaining in seed-form; they give rise to diversity from which all troubles arise. These aids are: hearing the truth from the … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on Ignorance