"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

Monday, January 23, 2017

Remove Ignorance

Sri Ramana Maharshi

At about 9 a.m. a devotee from Poona (Mr. Parkhi) saluted Sri Bhagavan and read out his ashtaka praying to Sri Bhagavan for Grace. The piece finishes with a prayer for quick liberation (jhatiti mukti) and the devotee emphasized it.

M.: Mukti, i.e., liberation, is not to be gained hereafter. It is there for ever, here and now. 

D.: I agree, but I do not experience it. 

M.: The experience is here and now. One cannot deny one’s own self. 

D.: That means existence and not happiness.

M.: Existence = happiness = Being. The word mukti (liberation) is so provoking. Why should one seek it? He believes that there is bondage and therefore seeks liberation. But the fact is that there is no bondage but only liberation. Why call it by a name and seek it? 

D.: True - but we are ignorant. 

M.: Only remove ignorance. That is all there is to be done

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