Sunday, June 24, 2007

the direct path

16. It is true wisdom For the mind to turn away From outer objects and behold Its own effulgent form.

17. When unceasingly the mind Scans its own form, There is nothing of the kind. For everyone This path direct is open.

18. Thoughts alone make up the mind; And of all thoughts the `I' thought is the root. What is called mind is but the notion `I'.

19. When one turns within and searches Whence this `I' thought arises, The shamed `I' vanishes And wisdom's quest begins.

20. Where this `I' notion fades, Now there as I, as I, arises The One, the very Self, The Infinite.

~ Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, from The Essence of Instruction
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