Questioner: Miseries appear in jagrat (waking sate). Why should they appear?
Ramana Maharshi: If you see your Self they will not appear.
Q: If I turn to look who I am I do not find anything.
RM: How did you remain in your sleep? There was no ‘I-thought’ there and you were happy. Whereas there are thoughts flowering in the wake of the root-thought ‘I’ in the jagrat and these hide the inherent happiness. Get rid of these thoughts which are the obstacles to happiness. Your natural state is one of happiness as was evident in your sleep.
Q: I do not know anything of my sleep experience.
RM: But you know that it was happiness. Otherwise you would not be saying “I slept happily”. When there is no thought, no ‘I’, and nothing In fact except yourself, you are happy. That is the whole Truth. This is exactly what is conveyed by the Mahavakya- Tatvamasi (You are That). Find your Self: and then “That” is known.
Q: How is that Brahman?
RM: Why do you want to know of Brahman apart from yourself? The scripture says “You are That”. The Self is intimate to you and you cannot indeed be without the Self. Realise it. That is the Realisation of Brahman also.
Q: But I am unable to do it. I am too weak to realise my Self.
RM: In that case surrender yourself unreservedly and the Higher Power will reveal Itself.
Q: What is unconditional surrender?
RM: If one surrenders oneself there will be no one to ask questions or to be thought of. Either the thoughts are eliminated by holding on to the root-thought ‘I’ or one surrenders oneself unconditionally to the Higher Power. These are the only two ways for Realisation.
Talk 321 – Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi