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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(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”
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
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
In my first conversation with Bob Adamson, the very first thing he asked me was (as I recall it), “Well, do you know what it is? Do you know what Nisargadatta Maharaj understood and what he was pointing to? Is it absolutely clear yet?” I remained silent. All my former concepts and acquired knowledge were … Continue reading John Wheeler – You Are Awareness
A human being is a composite of disparate strands.
From these disparate strands the mind creates the illusion of persistence by constantly moving from one strand to another.
For example the mind may follow a chain of arising thoughts. It may then move from the thoughts to an itch on the foot. Then it will be distracted by the sound of a buzzing fly. Then an emotion of irritation will arise.
All these are ways in which the ego convinces itself of its perpetual existence.
But the truth is there is no perpetual existence for the human being. There is constant change. Constant arising, falling and rearranging the strands that comprise the being.
All this plays out in the persistent and eternal light of consciousness.
This is the element without which the idea of a human being collapses.
If there is one error in our understanding of reality is that…
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10. Then, addressing Nidagha, Ribhu said: I shall tell you about the definition of the Self, which is not available in all the triad of time—past, present, and future— 11. ever the most secret of the secret, by summarizing what has been expounded by Siva. There is nothing that can be talked of as non-Self, … Continue reading Ribhu Gita on Brahman (aka Self, Consciousness)