Sri Ramana Maharishi

6 Sep
Ramana Maharshi

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….Now you say you were unconscious in sleep and self-conscious in the wakeful state. Which is the Reality ? The Reality must be continuous and eternal. Neither the unconsciousness nor the self-consciousness of the present is the Reality. But you admit your existence all through. That pure Being is the reality. The others are mere associations. That pure Being cannot be otherwise than consciousness. Otherwise you cannot say that you exist. Therefore consciousness is the Reality. When that consciousness is associated with upadhis you speak of self-consciousness, unconsciousness, sub-consciousness, super-consciousness, human-consciousness, dog-consciousness, tree-consciousness and so on. The unaltering common factor in all of them is consciousness.
Therefore the stone is as much unconscious as you are in sleep. Is that totally devoid of consciousness ?

— Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, from the classic, ‘Talks’, p 544

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