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Sri Ramana proposed the fundamental question ‘Who am I?’ Who are you?

Is this a metaphysical question or a transactional question? There is a basic transactional reality in living a human life, and there are metaphysical realities. At the ordinary transactional reality, yes, I am Swamini Pramananda,...

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Yes. Thank you. Many Western seekers come to India looking for enlightenment as if it is an experience. What is enlightenment?

Enlightenment is knowing oneself. I suppose that one who has been able to know the Truth about oneself is considered to be an enlightened soul. I wouldn’t say that it is just Western seekers who...

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Are there any qualifications for enlightenment? Is sadhana (spiritual practice) necessary, and if so, what form do you advise?

I would say that any knowledge requires qualification. When you want to enter college you always have these prerequisites. Unless you cover the prerequisites in your credit courses you are not even given admission to...

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Do you suggest any practice that can help with the achievement of those prerequisites?

I would say that being with like-minded people, a support group, is conductive to knowing what is permanent and impermanent. If my friends are very worldly, that’s not creating a support group. I would suggest...

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I have noticed that in many Indian ashrams they do karma yoga (activity as spiritual practice), which usually means hard work.

Well, actually it has nothing to do with hard work. In fact, karma yoga has everything to do with attitude towards work. It’s not about packing your day with work. It’s about the attitude you...

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