Grace & Liberation | How the ego can use ‘Grace’ as an ego-preservation strategy

For other articles I have written on the role of Grace in liberation please see here. I have seen that the idea that Liberation is all down to grace is often an ego-preservation strategy and excuse for the mind not to engage with the actual liberating teaching and practice. Great sages like Sri Ramana always … Continue reading Grace & Liberation | How the ego can use ‘Grace’ as an ego-preservation strategy

Except by the Lord’s Grace (Sri Ramana Maharshi | Tips for Self-Enquiry | Guru Vachaka Kovai)

‘Except by the Lord’s Grace, which begins to function when one surrenders oneself completely to His Feet with sincere devotion, It [The Reality] cannot be cognised merely by the skill of the mind of the jiva [the apparently individual person]. So subtle is the reality.’ ~Sri Ramana Maharshi (Guru Vachaka Kovai, Verse 648, translated by … Continue reading Except by the Lord’s Grace (Sri Ramana Maharshi | Tips for Self-Enquiry | Guru Vachaka Kovai)

Grace of God vs Sadhana (practice) for attaining moksha (liberation)

‘It is mainly through enquiry (vichara) that he who is competent achieves knowledge of the Self; circumstance, time, and the grace of the Lord are but aids to the quest.’ ~ Shankara (Vivekachudamani) Tom: Some say that grace of god is required for liberation and so slacken and shy away from their sadhana. Grace of … Continue reading Grace of God vs Sadhana (practice) for attaining moksha (liberation)

God’s grace vs the importance of effort in attaining liberation | Yoga Vasistha | Advaita

“In the scriptures, the importance of effort is really driven home as being very important. This is because, what they don’t want is people to say you are Brahman, you are the absolute so you can do what you like” This video was recorded live during a Satsang meeting with Tom Das and put together … Continue reading God’s grace vs the importance of effort in attaining liberation | Yoga Vasistha | Advaita

Divine grace flow ceaselessly

Divine grace flows ceaselessly in silence, when the ego-mind is quiet and inactive. ——- When thoughts quieten, and the identification as being a body-mind is no longer active, that is BEING: waves of bliss-peace-grace emanate from the spiritual heart, all consuming, all healing, all purifying, self-enlightening. ——- When it is deeply realised that true peace … Continue reading Divine grace flow ceaselessly

Exposing a false belief & the importance of Self-Enquiry | Sri Ramana Maharshi | Ending the ego

Some say that everything the ‘ego-me’ does simply perpetuates the ego-me, and thus the sense of separation and suffering that comes with the ego-me continues. If this is true, then there is nothing you can do to for ‘liberation to occur’ and for suffering to end. Note that this is a belief. Note that this … Continue reading Exposing a false belief & the importance of Self-Enquiry | Sri Ramana Maharshi | Ending the ego

The true nature of the world or universe | Sri Muruganar | Sri Guru Ramana Prasadam

Sri Muruganar was one of the most important of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s devotees: he spent over 20 years being lovinginly devoted to his Guru, Sri Ramana, and he was, to my knowledge, the only living person who Sri Ramana said had realised the Self. In the wonderful text Sri Guru Ramana Prasadam, Sri Muruganar writes … Continue reading The true nature of the world or universe | Sri Muruganar | Sri Guru Ramana Prasadam

Sri Ramana Maharshi: the necessity of Meditation | Upasana | The Natural State | Sri Ramana Gita

The following verses are teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi taken from Sri Ramana Gita, Chapter 1 ‘The Importance of Upasana’. Let us start at verse 12: The seeker of knowledge does not achieve his end merely by a study of the scriptures. Without upasana [meditation] there cannot be attainment for him; this is definite. Tom: … Continue reading Sri Ramana Maharshi: the necessity of Meditation | Upasana | The Natural State | Sri Ramana Gita