R: Most people don’t understand me. Their time here is like spiritual window shopping or tire kicking.
They cannot understand because they process my words through the known. The known can never go beyond itself and this “beyond the known” is all that I talk about.
Don’t get me wrong; the known has value, in the same way that a hammer has value. That doesn’t mean you have to carry it with you at all times.
What must be seen is that this collection of world, body, mind and Consciousness Life Energy comprise a single unity. However, it is within the fundamental nature of mind to create duality, I and other. It is the maker of “many”.
If we dream of an elephant, the elephant appears vividly in full detail. But when we wake up, we realize that it was just an appearance in the mind. We don’t wonder ‘Where is the elephant now?’, because we understand that it was simply a projection and had no existence outside our mind. When the awareness that apprehended the elephant ceased, the elephant did not go anywhere, it simply disappeared, for it was just an appearance to the mind and did not exist separately from the mind.
Likewise, the entirety of the gross world emerges from the mental plane. When it is analyzed, it is found to exist inseparably from it.
You have to see that every projection of a “you” is a movement away from yourself. We erect a psychological wall around ourselves through the egoic thoughts ‘I’, ‘me’ and the ‘mine’. Yet, it is only in fact psychological memory; in its absence, who are you?
It manifests as 3 types of desires: relationships, possessions, and affirmation. It is the drive to be powerful and relevant. It is a moving target, constantly changing its center of identification. One minute, it is identified with outside things, next moment with the body, then with the senses or thoughts.
What is lost is the remembrance that we ourselves are the great essence, the basis of all things. Starve the I-thought by depriving it of all other thoughts and perceptions that it normally identifies with. It is the cessation of the label “mine”.When the narcissistic fixation on ‘I’, ‘me’ and the ‘mine’ is released, “true-I” is revealed.
Q: Has anyone ever used their intellect to arrive at recognition?
R: Intellect is the comparing of interdependent and opposing counterparts and, after such comparison, discriminating between them. This constitutes the process of conceptualization, the movement away from What-Is.
Intellect is overrated. If it was as powerful as it is claimed to be, why is the world still so beset with problems? Understanding or clarity requires a letting go of all that has been accumulated. Are you not the sum of all that you have accumulated? If this is not done, then whatever arises is filtered by those very accumulations.
In this sense, memory likewise is overrated. In the absence of memory, who are you? Memory is not required to perceive, to experience. It is only required to retain experience.
As the earth is made to lie fallow for a period of time in order to enhance the yield of the crop, the mind too must be made fallow on a daily basis.
Q: Is yesterday really gone forever?
R: As valleys require mountains, mountains require earth, and earth requires space, all that is is contained in That Which Is.
Yesterday is contained in this-here-now in the same way as yesterdays’ sunlight is contained in a tree’s leaves.
Q: Can an effortless discernment be developed?
R: Effortless discernment arises out of silence. Just be still and allow the new to happen.
Q: But there’s no time; there are things I have to do?
R: Do what you need to do and disregard what you want to do. That will provide sufficient time.
Q: Is there value in reading scripture?
R: The primary value of all scripture is to reveal to the reader that they know virtually nothing. From that point, the scriptures can be used as a map to point the way. But, they are not the way.
Q: You are a cipher. How can I accept you as my teacher when I can’t get a grip on you?
R: Don’t fixate on this person; I don’t matter. Only the words matter. They are the doorman holding the door open.
Q: There are many teachers that say that duality is the culprit. Do you agree?
R: I don’t demonize duality. Appearance requires it in much the same way as north requires south. It is the offspring of the Conscious Life Energy Itself. Seeing through duality is seeing through appearance.
Q: I get it; so after realization, does the world disappear?
R: The world continues but the view of it has changed in much the same way as when a rainbow is explained. The rainbow doesn’t end, it is seen differently. The world disappears when the instrument for seeing the world is no longer vitalized.
Q: Why is religion insufficient for awakening?
R: It is insufficient because it is a failure. It has failed to unify humanity and has instead set one man against another. How can it possibly take man beyond his humanity?
Religious belief has failed us; all beliving has failed us. When we measure what we believe against what we actually know, the scales tip heavily in the favor of the former.
Let’s not speculate; investigate and know first hand.
Q: There is a deep emptiness inside me that I cannot understand. Can you help?
R: To succeed in understanding this emptiness requires that you cease your moment to moment efforts to fill it. Be with it, kiss it on the mouth, be completely exposed and intimate with it. Then you will understand that what feels the emptiness is ego because ego is emptiness, complete insubstantiality. It is like an empty bucket with holes in the bottom. How can it ever be filled?
Q: After listening to you I have concluded that for most people, enlightenment is not possible. Would you agree?
R: The impossible is nothing other than the not yet known. In the 19th century, going to the moon was impossible because we lacked the know-how.
Q: What is the ultimate reality?
R: The ultimate reality is ever existent, pure, free and eternal. It is inexhaustible in the same way as lighting a candle from a fire does nothing to diminish the fire.
Yet, as appearance, it has infinite names, forms and attributes. But all the manifestations of names and forms are in fact, merely energetic wave movements in It.
Q: Doesn’t the brain produce consciousness?
R: This is like suggesting that the dreamer is the effect of dreaming. Consciousness is subjectivity; it can never be produced by an object.
Q: Can you describe for us the experience of enlightenment?
R: No I can’t, because enlightenment is not an experience. An experience ends, regardless of its duration, whereas true enlightenment is unending.
Q: Then, can you describe the journey of self discovery?
R: If I describe it, then it is not a journey but a guided tour. Your journey is your own. I cannot be so arrogant as to suggest what it may look like.
Q: If this world is merely an appearance, and I know this, then why do I continue to react to it?
R: This “you” that reacts to it is also an appearance. It is the larger appearance “you in the world” that you haven’t integrated yet. Intellectual understanding is a function of the left hemisphere of the brain. What is required is an intuitional understanding, an apperception, which is a right hemisphere function. It is not the result of anything and is as sudden as a coronary stroke.
You know how it is when you have forgotten something and then Poof!, you suddenly remember. It’s exactly like that because, essentially, you have forgotten what you once knew.
Q: How can I become aware?
R: You cannot become aware; you are awareness itself, ever-attained. It is not the result of anything.
You are the intelligent indivisible ‘I’ which pervades and uses the body, which sees but cannot be seen, hears but cannot be heard, smells but cannot be smelled, knows but cannot be known. It is always subjectivity and never an object.
Q: Are consciousness and the witness the same?
R: For whatever can be perceived, consciousness is the witness. However, there is yet another, an imperceptible, which witnesses consciousness. Whereas consciousness is time bound, this imperceptible is outside of time.
Q: How do I move beyond this sense of a great distance between myself and God?
R: Distance yourself from any sense of distance. You are this-here-now; your God is likewise.
Q: It is said that hearing the truth one time can be enough. Is that so?
R: Yes, in those most rare cases. All the others should not be satisfied with hearing the concept of snow, when they can immerse their hands in it.
Q: I cannot give up my identification with the body. Am I doomed to remain unenlightened?
R: On the contrary, you give up the identification every day. Somatic identification is given up when one transitions from waking to dream. This enables the identification with the dream soma.
(laughing) There’s still hope for you.
Q: What is the key for attaining deep peace?
R: Peacefulness and the drive for pleasure are incompatible. As such. the latter must be released.
Q: How can I ensure that I am not misled by false teachers?
R: We know that the Highest, regardless of the name we assign to It, is not false. Surrender all to It, live knowingly as Its instrument.
When there is complete relinquishment of all concern with one’s past, present and future, with one’s security, something new dawns and the teacher becomes unimportant,
Q: How will my life change after enlightenment?
R: There’s no hard and fast formula.
The mystery of what we actually are can only be solved by illuminating it, that is, by enlightening it.This enlightenment is the direct knowledge of yourself as you truly are. It is the immediate apperception of the truth of things without reasoning or analysis; immediate knowledge in contrast with mediate or indirect, dependent knowledge.
But, make no mistake about it; after enlightenment, the dirty dishes are still in the sink. Even for Ramana, the vegetables still needed to be cut.