Monday, February 11, 2008

Who makes the enquiries

Devotee: What are the obstacles which hinder realisation of the Self?
Sri Ramana: They are habits of mind (vasanas).

D.: How to overcome the mental habits (vasanas)?
Sri Ramana: By realising the Self.

D.: That is a vicious circle.
Sri Ramana: It is the ego which raises such difficulties, creating obstacles and then suffers from the perplexity of apparent paradoxes. Find out who makes the enquiries and the Self will be found.

D.: Yes, I still understand only theoretically.
Sri Ramana: Even the thought, "I do not realise" is a hindrance. In fact, the Self alone is.

-- Talk 13, 6th January 1935