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Talks with Ramana Maharshi
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In reading the first few chapters, I especially liked reading about his childhood. I realized that he did not have a typical youth and his moment of realization came at a very young age for him. At a moment in time when kids were playing, he was already living pretty much in silence. He then left the comfort of his home to go live in solitude.
There's always so many other reasons not to be in the now. It seems like our whole society is in a constant state of past and future that the now becomes this passive thought. I think that if we are able to realize that we are the activity then we will be less inclinde to look to other events that don't actually exist because they havn't yet happened or they are gone in the past. But the now also sometimes feels like dancing on a pin head. As soon as you have it you lose it and you start thinking or trying to define, you get right back into your grooves and just spin and spin. I think this is less frustraiting when you realize that like water though our thoughts may rain, evaporate, or flow in the ocean that they are all water then we can handle these grooves with the dancing rather than the thinking.
I find myself somewhere between clarity and confusion. The answer is so obvious, yet, once I think I have it, it drifts away.
On page 35, three visitors ask of Ramana, "Kindly instruct me as to how the mind may be controlled." I found this to be interesting, as my mind is so full of thought, that I wonder if I will ever be able to under this message. Suddenly, I realize, that regardless of all the thoughts in my mind, somewhere there is silence. And, within that silence exists consciousness. This phenomena is constant.
This is an extremely important awakening in my life.
I dove deeper into Talks with Ramana this week and I had flashes of clarity while I soaked in some of Raman’s answers. I find his responses to be so simplistic or generic that it almost seems like he’s trying to give us an easy way out from our own inner demons.