"The very first step in understanding what this is all about is giving up the concept of an active, volitional 'I' as a separate entity and accepting the passive role of perceiving and functioning as a process." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Thursday, June 9, 2016

"I" From and To the Heart

Sri Ramana Maharshi

G.V.S.: Is it stated in any book that for ultimate and final Self-realization one must ultimately come to the Heart even after reaching sahasrara, and that the Heart is at the right side? 

Bhagavan: No. I have not come across this in any book. But in a Malayalam book on medicine I came across a stanza locating the heart on the right side and I have translated it into Tamil in the Supplement to the Forty Verses. We know nothing about the other centres. We cannot be sure what we arrive at in concentrating on them and realizing them. But as the ‘I’ arises from the Heart it must sink back and merge there for Self-realization. 

Later in the day G.V.S. said, “It is said that by repeating his own name a number of times Tennyson used to get into a state in which the world completely disappeared and he realised that it was all illusion.” And a discussion ensued as to where the quotation came from and whether we could find it.


G.V.S. translated the Pancharatna (the last of the Five Hymns) of Bhagavan in English verse and showed it to Bhagavan. Bhagavan said, “The third stanza deals with the sat aspect, the fourth with the chit and the fifth with the ananda. The jnani becomes one with the sat or Reality, like the river merging in the ocean; the yogi sees the light of chit; the bhakta or karma-yogin is immersed in the ocean of ananda.”

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