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This is interesting for Western people because we have been brought up with the idea of a judgmental God, and many of us are carrying some kind of judge around inside us with which we judge ourselves every day. Would you like to say anything about this?
Yes, I would say that is very unfortunate, (laughter) because by the time we discover what we are doing to ourselves half of our life is already gone, and with the remaining half we need...
Do you have any technique that could help to drop this inner judge?
I would say meditation would help, meditation in which I tell myself, ‘I trust the cosmic order.’ The all-knowing creator, let’s call Him omniscience, takes care of billions and billions of His creatures on earth,...
Sri Ramana said that Self-enquiry is the most direct route to realizing the Self. What do you say about Self-enquiry and how to conduct Self-enquiry?
We look upon Ramana as a rare person, a rare soul, a mahatma (great soul). He was able to know at a young age that he is not the physical body, that when the body...
Sri Ramana used to say Arunachala was his guru. He also advised people that it’s useful to have a living guru.
When Sri Ramana was asked, ‘When will the realisation of the Self be gained?’ he replied, ‘When the world which is what-is-seen has been removed, there will be realisation of the Self which is the seer.’ What is the true understanding of the world? How to remove the world?
We need to be very careful in understanding this, because removal can mean the absence of the world or it can mean seeing that the world is only apparent. If I understand that my shadow...