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Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi (Compass)

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It therefore follows that in the higher stages of self-enquiry effort takes attention away from the experience of being while the cessation of mental effort reveals it.

Nay, in proportion to their organic relation to the fullness of the Godhead and the completeness of their own spiritual fellowship with one another, will this personal consciousness of theirs become more and more pronounced. Also he does not say that he has disciples, for, being beyond otherness, there can be no relationship for him. You have no worries, no anxieties, no cares, for you come to realise that there is nothing belonging to you. It is an awareness that is single and undivided, the thoughts which are many and divided having disappeared.

With the pictures the Self is in its manifest form; without the pictures it remains in the unmanifest form. But if this sense is lost through the practice of vichara, the divine will will act and guide the course of events. Part V discusses samadhi, siddhi (supernormal psychic powers that some yogis believe can be achieved), and other challenges and phenomena that may be experienced during one’s practice of self-inquiry. The branches in the vine form together one vine; the members of a body, being many, are one body and members of one another.

Vichāra ( Sanskrit: विचार) means deliberation; its root is वि (prefix to verbs and nouns it expresses) – चर् (to move, roam, obtain knowledge of). They would be told that if their attention was distracted by other thoughts they should revert to awareness of the 'I'-thought whenever they became aware that their attention had wandered. Sri Ramana Maharshi (1879–1950) was an Indian sage and spiritual instructor, and is regarded by many as an enlightened being. In 1907, when he was 28, one of his early devotees named him Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, Divine Eminent Ramana the Great Seer, and the name stuck. that they may all be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.The teachings, as enumerated by David Godman, provide a pathway to liberation of the Self by realizing the Self through Self Enquiry. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you.

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