Q: The yogis say that one must renounce this world and go off into secluded jungles if one wishes to find the truth. Ramana Maharshi: The life of action need not be renounced. If you meditate for an hour or two every day you can then carry on with your duties. If you meditate in … Continue reading Should You Renounce and Go to the Himalayas to Get Enlightened?
All of us are headed towards enlightenment (or indeed, as some say we are already always enlightened, but we are now ignorant of that fact). Meanwhile, we have to work through our neuroses.
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You say, “Accept yourself as you are,” and “Unless you are reborn you cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Please comment on this apparent contradiction.
Divakar, all contradictions are apparent. If you meditate a little bit, you will see that there is no contradiction. I say, “Accept yourself as you are.” And I also say, “Unless you are reborn you cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
Now, you are creating the contradiction by not meditating on it.
The way to be reborn is to accept yourself as you are: this is how one is reborn. You live in a kind of rejection; you don’t accept yourself as you are. It is very rare to find a person who accepts himself – because the moment he accepts himself, he is reborn, he is enlightened.
You don’t accept yourself, you go on rejecting yourself. You are constantly in search of ways…
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What role does mediation play in this movement?
That is the basis of this whole movement, the essential of my whole way of life. And it simply means becoming a witness—of everything—on three layers. Becoming a witness of all the activities of your body. Walking, you should walk consciously.
I can move this hand consciously. I can move this hand mechanically, without knowing. And you can see the difference between the two, when you move it mechanically and when you move it consciously. When you move it consciously there is no tension, there is a grace, a beauty, a joy. So every act of the body has to be witnessed.
When you become very accustomed of witnessing your body and seeing it as separate, as if somebody else is walking on the road and you are just seeing, sitting on a hill, then the second step: start watching your…
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"The Self is realised not by doing something but by refraining from doing anything, by remaining still and being simply what one really is." ---Ramana Maharshi (The Power of the Presence, part three, pp. 131-3) as quoted on http://sri-ramana-maharshi.blogspot.com/2008/06/yes-but-what-do-i-do.html