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?
"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 the right manner then the current of mind induced will continue to flow even in the midst of your work. It is as though there … Continue reading Ramana Maharshi on Renunciation
"As long as you want to use the body-mind given you for your own purposes such as fulfilling your own petty little desires, you will be in trouble as you will be enmeshed in binding karma and its consequences in never-ending succession. The sooner you surrender your body-mind to God to use it as he … Continue reading Whither Freedom?
Why should your occupation or duties in life interfere with your spiritual effort? For instance, there is a difference between your activities at home and in the office. In your office activities you are detached and so long as you do your duty you do not care what happens or whether it results in gain … Continue reading How To Live in the World – Ramana Maharshi’s Advice
Is it not necessary to desire, to long and to seek truth and avoid the untrue, to seek truth ad renounce the false?
Divyananda, there is no way to seek truth because truth is not far away. Truth is not “there” somewhere so that you have to go to it, so that you have to reach to it; truth is not to be sought because truth is the very being of the seeker. How can you seek the seeker? How can you know the knower? That is impossible. You cannot encounter yourself. You are the truth.
Hence all seeking is futile, but one learns only through seeking. One learns this tremendously important fact, that all seeking is useless, only through seeking; there is no other way to learn it. You seek and you fail, you seek again and you fail; slowly slowly it becomes clear to you that seeking itself…
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