Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Do not limit yourself to the body

Establish yourself in the complete perfection of your own real nature. Do not limit yourself to the [body] upadhi.

Except through the rare medicine of direct experience it is impossible to escape from the I-am-the-body disease.

Unless the belief 'I am the body' is completely destroyed, true knowledge of the one Self is not possible.

The disappearance of the I-am-the-body notion, the wrong understanding that causes infatuation, is the experience of the Atma-swarupa.

In the state wherein the ego, the I-am-the-body delusion, has ceased, both yoga and bhoga [enjoyment], without becoming two, merge together as one.

~ verses 90-94, Individual Identity chapter, Padamalai, Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Recorded by Muruganar, Translated by T. V. Venkatasubramanian, Robert Butler and David Godman, Edited and annotated by David Godman

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