Thursday, March 20, 2008

Who looks out ?

Who looks out with my eyes?
What is the soul?
I cannot stop asking.

If I could taste one sip of an answer,
I could break out of this prison for drunks.

I didn't come here of my own accord,
and I can't leave that way.
Whoever brought me here will have
to take me home.


Saturday, March 15, 2008

Be lost in the call

Remember God so much that you are forgotten.
Let the caller and the called disappear;
be lost in the Call.

Source: Be Lost in the Call

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Self-inquiry will not make of you anything that you are not already, but it will, over time, destroy the false belief that you are this body, this mind, this story, this life.

That false belief is the root cause of all human suffering whatsoever.

— John Sherman

Saturday, March 08, 2008


Maharshi: The intellect is useful thus far, it helps you to analyse yourself, and no further. It must then be merged into the ego, and the source of the ego must be sought. If that be done the ego disappears. Remain as that source and then the ego does not arise

Devotee: There is no happiness in that state.
M.: 'There is no happiness' is only a thought. The Self is bliss, pure and simple. You are the Self. So you cannot but be bliss, being so, you cannot say here is no happiness. That which says so cannot be the Self, it is the non-Self and must be got rid of in order to realise the bliss of the Self.

D.: How is that to be done?

Maharshi: See wherefrom the thought arises. It is the mind. See for whom the mind or intellect functions.

For the ego. Merge the intellect in the ego and seek the source of the ego. The ego disappears. 'I know' and 'I do not know' imply a subject and an object. They are due to duality. The Self is pure and absolute, One and alone. There are no two selves so that one may know the other.

What is duality then? It cannot be the Self which is One and alone. It must be non-Self. Duality is the characteristic of the ego. When thoughts arise duality is present, know it to be the ego, and seek its source. The degree of the absence of thoughts is the measure of your progress towards Self-Realisation. But Self-Realisation itself does not admit of progress, it is ever the same. The Self remains always in realisation.

The obstacles are thoughts. Progress is measured by the degree of removal of the obstacles to understanding that the Self is always realised. So thoughts must be checked by seeking to whom they arise. So you go to their Source, where they do not arise.

D.: Doubts are always arising. Hence my question.
Maharshi: A doubt arises and is cleared, another arises and that is cleared , making way for another, and so it goes on. So there is no possibility of clearing away all doubts. See to whom the doubts arise. Go to their source and abide in it. Then they cease to arise. That is how doubts are to be cleared.

Talk 618, Feb 1, 1939

Ramana Maharshi - Quotes

Friday, March 07, 2008

Arunachala Siva namah Sivaya

Om Namah Shivaya Chant

"Arunachala-Siva namah Sivaya"

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Heart Sutra

Go, Go, Go beyond,
Go thoroughly beyond,
and establish yourself in enlightenment.

-- from The Heart Sutra

Wishing all readers a Happy Mahashivaratri.

Remain Still and peaceful

Having gained the experience that there is no creator, no maya, no duality, and no objects at all, and that pure Awareness-Self along exists, one should ever remain still and peaceful in that state of Self-hood.
Om Namah Shivaya.

The witness

Q: When you say, I am in the state beyond the witness, what is the experience that makes you say so? In what way does it differ from the stage of being a witness only?
Maharaj It is like washing printed cloth. First the design fades, then the background, and in the end the cloth is plain white. The personality gives place to the witness, then the witness goes and pure awareness remains. The cloth was white in the beginning and is white in the end; the patterns and colours just happened -- for a time.

Chapter 79, I am that, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A dreamer dreams a dream

A dreamer dreams a dream.

He sees the dream world with pleasures, pains. etc. But he wakes up and then loses all interest in the dream world.

So it is with the waking world also. Just as the dream-world, being only a part of yourself and not different from you, ceases to interest you, so also the present world would cease to interest you if you awake from this waking dream (samsara) and realise that it is a part of your Self, and not an objective reality.

Because you think that you are apart from the objects around you, you desire a thing. But if you understand that the thing was only a thought-form, you would no longer desire it.

All things are like bubbles on water. You are the water and the objects are the bubbles. They cannot exist apart from the water, but they are not quite the same as the water.

Refer Talk 625, 7th Feb 1939

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Om Namah Shivaya Chant

Witness and supreme

Q: Can there be awareness without an object of awareness?
Maharaj: Awareness with an object we called witnessing. When there is also self-identification with the object, caused by desire or fear, such a state is called a person.

In reality there is only one state; when distorted by self-identification it is called a person, when coloured with the sense of being, it is the witness; when colourless and limitless, it is called the Supreme.

Chapter 79, I am that.