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Sri Ramana Maharishi

7 Nov
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


Sri Ramana Maharishi

5 Sep
Ramana Maharshi

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The Self is the source of subject and object. Now ignorance prevailing, the subject is taken to be the source. The subject is the knower and forms one of the triads whose components cannot exist independent of one another. So the subject or the knower cannot be the ultimate Reality. Reality lies beyond subject and object. When realised there will be no room for doubt.

— Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, from the classic, ‘Talks’, p 481

Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

22 Aug
Cover of "I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisar...

Cover of I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta

….You can distinguish in your life a pattern or see merely a chain of accidents. Explanations are meant to please the mind. They need not be true. Reality is indefinable and indescribable.

Nisargadatta Maharaj, from the classic ‘I am That‘, p 287

Sri Ramana Maharishi

13 Aug

A practiser may, by long practice, gain a glimpse of the Reality. This experience may be vivid for the time being. And yet he will be distracted by the old vasanas and so his experience will not avail him. Such a man must continue his manana and nidhidhyasana so that all the obstacles may be destroyed. He will then be able to remain permanently in the Real State.

— Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi, from the classic, ‘Talks’, p 520