Ramana Maharshi: Once you realise the Self, it becomes your direct and immediate experience. It is never lost.

Ramana Maharshi sitting
‘Once you realise the Self, it becomes your direct and immediate experience. It is never lost.’
Ramana Maharshi

Time and time again I hear from spiritual seekers that they glimpsed the Self, they experienced that ecstasy, but it slipped through their fingers and fell away. Their question to me is how to get it back again. This is the wrong question, this is the wrong way, as it is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the path.

Everything that comes can also go. Everything that comes, all experiences that have been attained, are not the Self.

The Self is no particular experience. It is always here, fully manifest, fully evident. Everything that is perceived is It. It is not different from whatever is being perceived to be happening.

Realising that ‘this is It’ is Self-realisation. It is simply seeing what already is the case. When it is seen, there is no desire to reach a new experience, and a seeing that everything happens spontaneously without the presence of a separate doer-entity. Here suffering falls away as the simple truth of no-doer is seen.

Actions, thoughts and desires continue to manifest themselves, spontaneously, but there is nobody doing it, just like the wind blowing or digestion happening. Things happen, no doer.

As long are you are alive, you always are, you always exist. No matter what happens, you are. This knowledge of (your) being is Self-knowledge. It is not something to attain, just something to be ‘acknowledged’. It is not separate from whatever is perceived to be happening. How can this ‘knowledge’ be lost?

5 thoughts on “Ramana Maharshi: Once you realise the Self, it becomes your direct and immediate experience. It is never lost.

  1. My experience……

    There is the person I view myself as being and there is the person I am.
    If these don’t match suffering occurs.
    Just being is enough…..

    I am dancing in a competition. I’m dancing to achieve a score out of 10. I achieve a 1, I’m disappointed.
    I achieve a 10, I’m ecstatic.
    I achieve 5, I’m apathetic

    ……or I just dance. The score doesn’t matter.

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  2. Reblogged this on mira prabhu and commented:
    “As long are you are alive, you always are, you always exist. No matter what happens, you are. This knowledge of (your) being is Self-knowledge. It is not something to attain, just something to be ‘acknowledged’. It is not separate from whatever is perceived to be happening. How can this ‘knowledge’ be lost?” Read the whole post…its not long…thanks, Tom Das.

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  3. Until it has become permanently natural and your habitual state, know that you have not realized the Self, only glimpsed it ~ Ramana Maharshi

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  4. There is no “you” nor is it a state. Projections of this and that, states, realizations and notions of “it” are temporal manifestations of the conditioned psyche. The Encyclopedia of Eastern Religion and Philosophy defines awakening as “noticing a hole in the wall of ego”. The hole starts out very small. Eventually the wall disappears. A hole no longer exists when there is no host. Simply noticing the hole is all it takes. Some are aware of a larger hole than others. There is no point in comparing holes. The everything that is nothing is unspeakable and impossible to describe.

    Why would anyone want to define their “permanently natural and your habitual state”? Habits come and go more often than species become extinct. The Self can not possibly be realized. That which is everything is recognized by none other than Self. What do you see when you look in the mirror?

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