April 14 Self enquiry
Excerpts of show notes from April 15 JUST BE IT SHOW at consciousness unlimited blog talk radio
Each Saturday I explore the Inner Being and ancient and modern ways to consciously connect to our Greater Self. Again you hear from writings of mystical poets and seekers from all cultures.
You can contact me today via my email for this show at firstname.lastname@example.org. I love to hear your experiences, comments and questions.
There are really no accidents. So It caused you to be here and I suggest you open your heart and your mind and see what you can find.
My intention is to inspire you for your own a journey, to give you the wisdom of seekers who went before us and to give you insights which will support or spark you to move into closer connection.
We do not really have to make changes in our Life not in what we do but how! we do, how! we go through our life. We all want to have happier lives, but most of us are not willing to make the changes necessary in our way of being.. So if we keep doing the same thing, nothing is changing for the better.
We humans do not like change, that is also part of the conditioned mind…who hates change, due to his need for attachments and needs to be in control.
In this episode I will share the teachings from the Indian Guru/menaing teacher on Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi . He was one of the prominent…Teachers , a famus saint and highly evolved human being who lived in India 1879 bis 1950 in South India. .
Ramamna Maharshi was a jivan-mukta (liberated while living), being liberated from all false understanding, being free from all thoughts or emotional reaction.
Living inside of the Brahman, being consciously connected to the Greater self all the time, yet still living in this world..to help his fellow brothers and sisters.
I will also introduce you to the well known writing called The Great Way..which was made known to the West by Ram Dass. This was written by Zen master called Sengstan .
And we will hear a profound texts from Rumi relating to the Essence of all.
Before we dive right into our topic of today, I like to return my suggested practice from last episode, and that was based on a suggestion of Paul Lowe, a wisdom teacher of our time.
We talked about it several times that only in the moment do we have the possibility to connect to our inner being, to our Inner Spirit. However it seems to be a challenge to do that, as the mind is chattering away often either thinking of the past or worrying about the future. Paul Lowe suggested to come into the moment by simply refusing to listen to the stream of thoughts running in our mind. That was the practice I recommended last week.
Right now I hear birds chirping away in the bushes nearby…I hear them but I do not listen to them (so sometimes its fun to listen so I can make that choice to listen to the birds, or the winds) so I hear the mind but I do not listen to it. ..Paul Lowe…on my website…Have you done that? How was it for you? Did you notice something happening? Let me know send me an email
What I can share whenever I did that, and I made the choice not to listen to the thoughts and emotions running by me, I noticed a certain distance from the attachments of my present situation, like I am shifting my attention to a more distanct view of my self and the world around me, I am connected to the Observer, that greater Self inside of me.
Yet it does not take long and the mind keeps making comments about that and I have to make that choice again and again. It is a moment by moment decision to make that choice yet the longer we practice the easier it seems to get to not listen to the chatter box.
Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha calls the mind, the mind child.
it is indeed like a child, asking aquestions, wanting reassurance, complaining, wanting approval…yet how often do we let the mind child run the show, instead of the heart or the Inner Intelligence with its unmeasurable wisdom SLOW….Always we need to come back to the presence.
Paul Lowe says if we keep disconnecting from our mind life gets easier and better…we are more in sync with Life, as we allow our Inner Self to arise and guide us more consciously. Things simply fall in place more.
So let us hear from the beloved saint and teacher Ramana Maharshi. Who said
“When the mind, which is the cause of all cognition’s and of all actions, becomes still, quiescent, the world will disappear.”end of quote.
So the world will disappear, and behind that illusion that what is pure consciousness inside of you and present behind the illusionary world will arise, you greater Self.
Ramana Maharshi also said: QUOTE
“When you give up thinking of outward objects and prevent your mind from going outwards by turning it inwards and fixing it in the Self, the Self alone remains” .end quote
Who was this famous enlightened saint?
At the age of 17 he had a near death experiences, and he came to the realization that his True Higher Self the Atman was eternal. Moved to a sacred mountains in South India called Arunachala. There he lived in a cave for a long time, alone and in deep submersion. Many seekers came, Ashram was built, but he did not speak much.
He rather wanted the people coming for guidance to experience Atman, to experience his highly evolved state of consciousness. So many questions were answered in writing by him. He was worshipped as a saint, he lived a very simple life and owned nothing.
Ramama Maharshi teached in silence
QUOTE “A realized one sends out waves of spiritual influence which draw many people towards him. Yet he may sit in a cave and maintain complete silence. We may listen to lectures upon truth and come away with hardly any grasp of the subject, but to come into contact with a realized one, though he speaks nothing, will give much more grasp of the subject. He never needs to go out among the public. If necessary he can use others as instruments.
The Guru is the bestower of silence who reveals the light of Self-knowledge which shines as the residual risischuell reality. Spoken words are of no use whatsoever if the eyes of the Guru meet the eyes of the disciple. END OF QUOTE
So in his understanding the meeting of the eyes with the student were not useful, and to be in the presence of an enlightened being was much more effective then all the words and teachings.
I think this is an interesting approach, which I have also found with other teachers.. like Grandmother Pa’RisHa, who says she can best teach in silence. Words are easy prey for our mind to agree or disagree with, but the energies
Sent out by an enlightened being are an experience which can cause a remembrance of one’s own divinity…in much more profound way undisputable by the discriminating mind. The heart, the spirit is touched.
Many of us have listened to lectures and workshops, yet we all know immediately when a teacher enters a room who simply touches us by his presence, his enlightened heart.
So most of his teachings where answers to questions and he wrote his answers on little pieces of paper.
Along with Vicharasangraham (Self-Enquiry), Nan Yar (Who am I?) constitutes
Ramama Maharshi ‘s main teachings:
The first speaks about that the direct path to liberation is Self-enquiry.
The particular mode in which the enquiry is to be made is given in the Who am I text.Both texts self enquiry and who am I are Q&A texts.
The mind consists of thoughts. The ‘I’ thought is the first to arise in the mind. When the enquiry ‘ Who am I?’ is persistently pursued, all other thoughts get destroyed, and finally the ‘I’ thought itself vanishes leaving the supreme non-dual Self the Atman alone.This process is of course, is not easy.. As one enquires ‘Who am I?’, other thoughts will arise; but as these thoughts arise, one should follow them then with ‘To whom do they arise ?’ so mind is confused and stops and the Greater Self is brought into awareness.
This might sound familiar to some discussion in a previous episode of the Just Be It show:When I suggested the practice: That whenever we are lost in the minds childs game of worry or judging, to ask ourselves Who is speaking? This seems to stop the mind in its constant chatting. In that moment the mind is interrupted, catched and stops for a moment. Now the Greater Self can arise into your awareness.
Of course this practice must be done in a extremely vigilant way. Through constant
enquiry one should make the mind stay in its source, without allowing it to wander away and get lost in the mazes of thought created by itself. All other disciplines such as breath-control and meditation should be regarded as supporting practices. They are useful in so far as they help the mind to become still and one-pointed.
For the mind that has gained skill in concentration, Self-enquiry becomes comparatively easy. It is by ceaseless enquiry that the thoughts are destroyed and the Self realized – the plenary Reality in which there is not even the ‘I’ thought, the experience which is referred to as “Silence”.
Quoting Ramana Maharshi says and I quote
“The reflection on the Self which is thus practiced constantly will destroy the mind, and thereafter will destroy itself like the stick that is used to kindle the fire wood to burn the corpse.. It is this state that is called release. END OF QUOTE
The Brahman real heart
In episode on March 17 I introduced the famous saying You are That from the Vedic scriptures of sages and seers 3000 years ago in India. They clearly say the innermost pure self called s Atman is identical with the Ultimate reality, the sum of all that is existing – , the Absolute consciousness, the Brahman.
For Ramana Mahashi the Brahman is the real heart of our Inner Self. He says and I quote:
“Self-light that is in it does not change in the least thereby, and like the ether it is the all-pervasive pure knowledge that is one, and it shines in the heart as Brahman. “
He also spoke about the Idea of Being an instrument of Brahman, of the Greater All
QUOTE By whatever path you go, you will have to lose yourself in the One. Surrender is complete only when you reach the stage `Thou art all’ and `Thy will be done’.QUOTE
So the path to the realization of our Inner Being, to a conscious connection is …to acknowledge Thou art All, the Self is identical with the All That is, to acknowledge the pure consciousness same as the Absolute consciousness, The One. The Brahman and there is nothing else.
and to make oneself an instrument of the Greater Self and the Absolute consciousness, not my will but Thy will will be done. He suggests when we are in action, when we work for example to be present without letting the thought ‘I do’ arise. focusing on the Inner Being, the Real Self, being the instrument of the All That is .
I have used these words several times in my Life in specific situation where I needed to perform or speak in front of many people, and noticed a decisive shift in my being, when I clearly moved in a state of surrender and said not my will but your will, not my words but your words through me . Try it out for yourself. Let me know what it did for you…
I found again from the master of the language of this realm Jalalludin Rumi a text translated by Coleman Barks which gives us a better sense of the One. I like to read
You can find this and allother wuotes on my blog justbeittalk.wordpress.com.
And I quorte a poem from Rumi
Only Breath from Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
By Coleman Barks from The Essential Rumi
Not Christians, or Jews, or Muslims, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi or Zen
Not any religion
Or cultural system I am not from the East
or the West, not out of the ocean Or up
from the ground, Not natural or ethereal, not
composed of elements at all. I do not exist,
Am not an entitiy In this world or the next
did not descend from Adam & Eve Or any
origin story. My place is the placeless, a trace
of the traceless. Neither body or soul.
I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds
as one And that one call to and know
first, last, outer, inner., Only that
breath breathing human being.
There is a way between voice and presence
Where information flows
In disciplined silence it opens
With wandering talk it closes pause END OF POEM
Yes indeed as the teaching of Ramana Maharshi says: in disciplined silence of the mind child IT!! Opens With wandering talk IT the awareness of our Greater self closes.
Whenever we allow mind to make distinction to judge we lost as Ramaman Maharshi says
Ramama Maharshi says:
QUOITE “One should not give room in the mind for such thoughts as: “Is this good? Or, is that good? Can this be done? Or, can that be done?” One should be vigilant even before such thoughts arise and make the mind stay in its native state. If any little room is given, such a (disturbed) mind will do harm to us while posing as our friend; like the foe appearing to be a friend, it will topple us down.” end of quote
The moment we agree or disagree, the moment we say first or last the moment we do allow a comment about something…just be , in acceptance and gratefulness….no complaints, no regrets
And I am quoting from Sengstan third Zen patriarch, Ram Dass, translated by Richard Clarke
QUOTE “Do not search for the truth; only cease to cherish opinions.
Do not remain in the dualistic state; avoid such pursuits carefully”. END OF QUOTE
These are the horses which we need to hold…we need to learn to not listen, to discipline ourself to shift the attention away from the chattering box, commenting, judging..fearing, worrying, …
This is from a book called The Great Way Hsin Hsin Ming….from Sengstan the 3rd Zen patriarchr in China…
The Great Way is not difficult
for those who have no preferences.
When love and hate are both absent
everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction, however,
and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart.
If you wish to see the truth
then hold no opinions for or against anything.
To set up what you like against what you dislike
is the disease of the mind.
When the deep meaning of things is not understood
the mind’s essential peace is disturbed to no avail.
If there is even a trace
of this and that, of right and wrong,
the Mind – essence will be lost in confusion.
If we allow the mind child to chatter away we are moving into the dualistic state…but we learned there is only one existence, not two…
Greatest benefit listening to the quotes without making disciriminating thoughts…t
How are we listening…to these wisdom shared, …? Do you agree? Do you disagree? Do you understand? It does not matter, because the moment you decide on something you are in your discriminating mind…nothing new can really happen inside of you, your awareness of your Inner being is closed.
The membrane is thinner, something is changing, I feel a distance to the ordinary life, the news on tv seems not real…I feel more andmore changes are coming…and I don’t mean changes thru the mess we got us in…In the following I share from Paul Lowe a wisdom teacher and a talk he gave on December 24th 2011 called Major shift on youtube
Paul Lowe recently shared that he senses something is coming into this dimensions,
Many of us have no facilities, in us to connect with it to recognize it , elders of the indegenious people And wise people, they know, they know its coming they are still in touch with the land, with mother earth, When this new energy comes you will slip into a whole new unexplainable thing, says Paul Lowe.
Not purified, not raised our frequency, very painful or we die
Yet many are in lower frequencies: complaint, ,
This energy amplifies everything, it will make everything stronger also the , old stuff resentment…regrets, complaints that’s where you go, some of us might die.
Many are on the cusp of it we are in between the lower frequencies and the higher frequencies around now, And many of us have moved on, have moved into the heart t…giving back to something Greater then themselves…our life becomes secondary. Some of us are still be looking at their own life…at their personal stuff, to see whats in the way.
And Paul Lowe says reassurangly QUOTE Whatever you need for your unfolding, will come to you know…be open”
NO HOLDING says Paul Lowe..To your people, to things, holding to riches, holding on to poverty, to misery, because our conditioned mind hates changes. We afraid to let go of people who are not supporting us anymore, we afraid we would be alone then, But we already are in these worn out realtionships…we willnot be alone if we let go…something greater will carry us.
I invite you again to Practicing in the moment who am I, who is talking refuse to listen
Heed the call to changes in your life, be aware that it is the condisitoned mind who hates changes, spirit loves unpredictability, and the wide open spaces…
Remember: Always, yes always! Love your self