Edited by Gloria Lee
“The false self is a self that feels lacking. It is trying to get or become something that it believes is necessary for happiness. The desires that fuel the small will are based on false presumptions. Nothing is actually lacking; only the belief that something is lacking makes it seem so. Attaining the ego’s desires will never satisfy that sense of lack anyway, because the ego will continue to manufacture that sense of lack regardless of what is attained.”
knowing self, another the self which is known, and the
process of knowing. The state we call realisation is simply
being oneself, not knowing anything or becoming anything.
If one has realised, one is that which alone is and
which alone has always been. One cannot describe that state.
One can only be that. Of course, we loosely talk of Self-
realisation, for want of a better term. How to ‘real-ise’
or make real that which alone is real?
Liberation is our very nature. We are that. The very fact
that we wish for liberation shows that freedom from all
bondage is our real nature. It is not to be freshly acquired.
All that is necessary is to get rid of the false notion that we
are bound. When we achieve that, there will be no desire
or thought of any sort. So long as one desires liberation,
so long, you may take it, one is in bondage.
Mukti or liberation is our nature. It is another name for us.
Our wanting mukti is a very funny thing. It is like a man who
is in the shade, voluntarily leaving the shade, going into the sun,
feeling the severity of the heat there, making great efforts to get
back to the shade and then rejoicing, “How sweet is the shade!
I have reached the shade at last!” We are all doing exactly the
same. We are not different from the reality. We imagine we are
different, that is we create the bheda bhava [the feeling of
difference] and then undergo great sadhana [spiritual practices]
to get rid of the bheda bhava and realise the oneness. Why
imagine or create bheda bhava and then destroy it?
We think that there is something hiding our
reality and that it must be destroyed before the
reality is gained. It is ridiculous. A day will dawn
when you will yourself laugh at your past efforts.
That which will be on the day you laugh is also
here and now.
– Sri Ramana Maharshi
“Be As You Are”
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Marharshi
edited by David Godman