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?
Please see these videos of Swamiji roughly in the order in which I have listed them to get a very good grasp of what Vedanta, or more specifically Advaita Vedanta, is, which is the core philosophy of Hinduism: 1. What is Vedanta? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AawWsJNi0gM 2. Synopsis of Vedanta - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLWFLcu02ng 3. Defining God - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16VWfc-H4y0 … Continue reading Swami Sarvapriyananda on Advaita Vedanta (Hinduism)
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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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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
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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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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