Q. Hi Tom, when Ramana says in the book ‘Who am I’ ‘cultivate the constant and deep contemplative ‘remembrance’ (smrti) of the true nature of the Self’ – would this be like repeatedly bringing the attention back to what is here now with the understanding that the Self is all that is?
Tom: Not quite, although that can be part of it. It means to know:
(1) the essence of who you are, experientially, is unchanging and is also unaffected by gross and subtle objects
(2) there is no lasting fulfillment in objects, which are all transient
(3) the essence of you does nothing (the self is not a doer)
(4) it means to lose interest in objects as sources of pleasure, happiness or fulfillment as we bathe in the bliss of simply being (ourselves).
All this is captured by the words sat-chit-ananda (being-consciousness-bliss), which indicate the nature of the Self.
Turn away from the gross and subtle world-objects.
Not allowing the concept/thought ‘I’ to rise up, wielding the weapon ‘who am I’ to strike down any such thoughts, remain as the Self.
If this all sounds too complex, don’t worry: it is intuitively ‘grasped’, so to speak, through simply allowing the mind to rest and be still and allowing ‘the truth’, so to speak, to arise within naturally.