Question: When a man realises the Self, what will he see?
Sri Ramana Maharshi: There is no seeing. Seeing is only being. The
state of Self-realisation, as we call it, is not attaining something
new or reaching some goal which is far away, but simply being that
which you always are and which you always have been. All that is
needed is that you give up your realisation of the not-true as true.
All of us are regarding as real that which is not real. We have only
to give up this practice on our part. Then we shall realise the Self
as the Self, in other words, `Be the Self.' At one stage you will
laugh at yourself for trying to discover the Self which is not
self-evident. So, what can we say to this question?
That stage transcends the seer and the seen. There is no seer there to
see anything. The seer who is seeing all this now ceases to exist and
the Self alone remains.
Scenes are projected on the screen in the cinema show, but the moving
pictures do not affect or alter the screen. The spectator pays attention to
them, not to the screen. They cannot exist apart from the screen, yet the
screen is ignored. So also the Self is the screen where the pictures,
activities, etc., are seen going on. A man is aware of the latter but not
aware of the essential former. All the same the world of pictures is not
apart from the Self. Whether he is aware of the screen or unaware, the
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Questions answered by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
Question: Is reincarnation a fact?
Bhagavan: You are incarnated now, aren't you? Then you will be so again. But as the body is illusion then the illusion will repeat itself and keep on repeating itself until you find the Real Self.
Question: What is death and what is birth?
Bhagavan: Only the body has death and birth, and it [the body] is illusion. There is, in Reality, neither birth nor death.
Question: How much time may elapse between death and Rebirth?
Bhagavan: Perhaps one is reborn within a year, three years or thousands of years. Who can say? Anyway what is time? Time does not exist.(see)
There is no greater mystery than this, that we keep
seeking reality though in fact we are reality. We
think that there is something hiding reality and that
this must be destroyed before reality is gained.
How ridiculous! A day will dawn when you will laugh
at all your past efforts. That which will be the day
you laugh is also here and now.