Monday, September 7, 2009

Remembrance of Your Real Nature

For more clarity on recent posts, I’ve tried to find Ramana’s words that speak to them. So what does it mean whenever you go outside into your mind to be sure to wear devotion and authentic understanding. Or maybe more accurately, to wear devotion in authentic understanding. What exactly is the balance required between mind and Self, where one remembers its newfound truth and practices Self-Enquiry on the run.

Ramana Maharshi explains it thusly in response to a question concerning work and awareness:
You may remain where you are and go on with the work. What is the undercurrent which vivifies the mind, enables it to do all this work? It is the Self. So that is the real source of your activity. Simply be aware of it during your work and do not forget it. Contemplate in the background of your mind even whilst working. To do that, do not hurry, take your own time. Keep the remembrance of your real nature alive, even while working, and avoid haste which causes you to forget. Be deliberate. Practise meditation to still the mind and cause it to become aware of its true relationship to the Self which supports it. Do not imagine it is you who are doing the work. Think that it is the underlying current which is doing it. Identify yourself with the current. If you work unhurriedly, recollectedly, your work or service need not be a hindrance.

from 'Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi' edited by David Godman

I’ll say no more; my words dim in the light of these.

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