Jun 01 2012

Reading Sri Ramana Maharshi

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-You yourself impose limitations on your true nature of infinite being, and then weep that you are but finite creatures. Then you take up this or that spiritual practice to transcend the non-existent limitations. But if your spiritual practice assumes the existence of the limitations, how can it help you transcend them?

-Trouble lies with the desire to objectify the Self in the same way we objectify our eyes when placing a mirror before them.

-You have been so accustomed to objectivity that you have lost the knowledge of yourself, simply because the Self cannot be objectified.

-Religions speak of gods, heaven, hell, etc. only to make the people realise that they are on a par with this world and that the Self alone is real. The religions are according to the viewpoint of the seeker.

-The cause of misery is not in the life outside you, it is in you as the ego. You impose limitations on yourself and then make a vain struggle to transcend them. What does it avail you to attribute to the hapiness in life the cause of misery that is really within you? What happiness can you get from things extraneous to yourself?

-The human mind puts all sorts of constructions on the world, seeking things from its own angle and interpreting them to suit its own interests.

-Creation is like a peepul tree. Birds come to eat its fruit, or take shelter under its branches. Men cool themselves in its shade, but some may hang themselves on it. Yet the tree continues to lead its quiet life, unconcerned with and unaware of all the uses it is put to.

-It is the human mind that creates its own difficulties and then cries for help.

-The Self manifsted as this miserable world in order that you might seek it. Your eyes cannot see themselves. Place a mirror before them and they see themselves. Similarly with creation.

-Destiny is the result of past action. It concerns the body. Let the body act as may suit it.

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