Who are you? I am a Hindu. Ok, move on. Next. Who are you? I am an Indian. Ok, move on. Next. Who are you? I am a Bengali. Ok, move on. Next. Who are you? I am a Brahmin. Ok, move on. Next. Who are you? I don’t know. Ah, at last.
I [Yogi Ramaiah] asked [Ramana] Maharshi about contemplation. He taught me as follows: When a man dies the funeral pyre is prepared and the body is laid flat on the pyre. The pyre is lit. The skin is burnt, then the flesh and then the bones until the whole body falls to ashes. What remains … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on Contemplation
In Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi’s Upadesa Saram (The Essence of Instruction), we have in concise form all we need to know in order to attain liberation in this life. The teaching is densely packed in, making the teaching all the sweeter for the ripe seeker of Truth.
Here you will find universal teachings for enlightenment, the true Vedanta.
I have made some comments to hopefully make the teachings clearer. but have attempted to keep them to a minimum. They are in italicised red.
!Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya Om!
1. कर्तुराज्ञया प्राप्यते फलम् ।
कर्म किं परं कर्म तज्जडम् ॥ १॥
kartur ājñyayā prāpyate phalaṃ
karma kiṃ paraṃ karma tajjaḍam
- Action yields fruit,
For so the Lord ordains it.
How can action be the Lord?
It is insentient.
Cause and effect (action and fruit, karma) is essentially a mechanical process, insentient, subject to change, and not at all the Divine.
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My world, your world, the world, is composed of thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions. Then there is Consciousness in whose light the thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions are known. So, Consciousness is the subject, and thoughts, feelings, sensations and perceptions are the objects. The "I" that I am now taking to be me, the ego, … Continue reading Self-Enquiry
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Here is David Godman describing what the self-enquiry method taught by Ramana Maharshi is and how it can be practiced (Source: Introduction to Chapters 4 and 5 of David Godman's book Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi): It will be remembered that in the chapter on Self-awareness and Self-ignorance Sri Ramana … Continue reading Self-Enquiry Method of Ramana Maharshi
These [Ramana Maharshi's] verbal teachings flowed authoritatively from his direct knowledge that consciousness was the only existing reality. Consequently, all his explanations and instructions were geared to convincing his followers that this was their true and natural state. Few of his followers were capable of assimilating this truth in its highest and most undiluted form and … Continue reading David Godman on Ramana Maharshi’s Highest Teaching
"When I say, "Meditate on the Self" I am asking you to be the Self, not think about it. Be aware of what remains when thoughts stop. Be aware of the consciousness that is the origin of all your thoughts. Be that consciousness. Feel that this is what you really are. If you do this … Continue reading Meditation