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Advaita

Ramana Maharshi’s grading of Sadhanas

The path of selfless activity, aimed at the betterment of the world, is one that appeals to many spiritually inclined political activists. However, Bhagavan rarely encouraged it except in the cases of those who, for various reasons, found themselves unattracted to the other spiritual paths of jnana, bhakti and yoga. Bhagavan: An examination of the…

BRAHMAN – as per the Upanishads

It will perhaps not be an overstatement to say that the texts in the Upanishads (especially in the earlier ones) revolve around the concept of Brahman. It has been variously described as Sat-citAnanda (truth-consciousness-bliss), the sub-stratum of all that exists, permanent all-encompassing reality, one without a second etc. The concept of Brahman is usually discussed together with the concept…

24/7 Silence

Ramana Maharshi

Question: How is silence possible when we are engaged in worldly transactions? Ramana: When women walk with waterpots on their heads, they are able to talk with their companions while all the time remaining intent on the water above. Similarly, when a sage engages in activities, they do not disturb him because his mind abides…

A Non-Duality Sonnet

I have discovered my deep deathless being: Masked by my front of mind, immense, serene It meets the world with an Immortal’s seeing, A god-spectator of the human scene. No pain and sorrow of the heart and flesh Can tread that pure and voiceless sanctuary. Danger and fear, Fate’s hounds, slipping their leash Rend body…