Nature of True Self

07/16/2010 § Leave a comment

Nature of True Self

This body is the product of Prarabdha. {a collection of past karma, which is ready to be experienced through the present body} It is an ever changing, unreliable vehicle which we have assumed to enter into this earth life. You are the glorious Self {or the Atman} that shines radiant and ever abides in its changeless shape of peace, bliss and fullness. For, it is the Divine Spark, a ray of radiance emanating from the Supreme Lord SHRIHARI

Who is its Source, Support and Ultimate Destination.  Body is not your true Self. It is both the vehicle and a vexing bondage too, but it is a blessing in as much as we are enabled to worship the Lord, take His Name and meditate upon His wondrous Divine Being with the help of this body. But, even independent of it you ever abide in your primal, shining state of pure Atmic being. You are Nitya, Nirmala, Sasvata, Amara Satchidananda Svarupa. To be rooted in this Truth-Consciousness is the most pleasing worship of the Lord Narayana. Swami Sivananda

Disciple: The final state of Realization according to Advaita, is said to be the absolute Union with the Divine and according to Visishtadvaita, a qualified union, while Dvaita maintains that there is no union at all. Which of these should be considered the correct view?

Master: Why speculate as to what will happen some time in the future? All are agreed that the ‘I’ exists. To whichever school of thought he may belong, let the earnest seeker first find out what the ‘I’ is. Then it will be time enough to know what the final State will be, whether the ‘I’ will get merged in the Supreme Being or stand apart from Him. Let us not forestall the conclusion, but keep an open mind. Sri Raman Maharshi

“That Director of the mind, intellect and senses, is no other than the all-merciful Lord, your, your inner ruler, Antaryamin. Know Him and be free.”- Swami Sivananda

“What is the ‘self’? It is the self that says ‘not I’, for if it says ‘I’ then it is the unreal self. The real self is selfless and has no thought either of or for itself. It is the self that has now forgotten itself, because somehow, It can visualize itself only in others It is the self that love selflessly, because pure love is selfless action.

It is the self that seeks the truth with selfless determination, because truth is
selfless wisdom. It is the self that is quiet, because in silence less cessation from all worldliness. It is the self in wordless meditation, because workless meditation is the conquest of the mind through union with the Divine. It is the self that does not judge but evaluates. It does not compare, seek security or even see itself. It is the self that has completely absorbed itself and yet, in a strange and mystical fashion it is more itself, more complete and more real than it has ever been. This is the real self. Explained by : Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in Sathyam, Sivam, Suntharam : Part IV  of 1981 edition; page: 132, and compiled by Sri S Gnanasegaram, under title: from ignorance to bliss.

“Whatever be the means adopted, you must at last return to the Self; so why not abide in the Self here and now? There is no greater mystery than this: Being Reality ourselves, we seek to gain Reality. Abide as the Self. Do not look for teachings for the Self is beyond knowledge and ignorance.”

~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

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