Ramana Maharshi was a living sage and enlightened Being. He advocated self inquiry as the means to Self Realization, “moksha,” or spiritual liberation. This state of pure consciousness is experienced as union with the One, the Absolute. It is a condition of absorption where the individual merges with the Infinite. This is the sole purpose of human life.
The essential question to contemplate is , “Who Am I?” The mind that asks the question cannot answer because it doesn’t know. The Truth of your Being lies beyond the thinking mind. The question is a tool, a key to the mystery, and like all good questions, it contains the answer within it.
Self knowledge can only arise out of the spaciousness of our own intimate experience. By being present moment by moment we encounter the Infinite. The inhalation and exhalation that defines our lives. In the stillness of this ebb and flow we experience deep relaxation. In the absence of thought we experience peace. By abiding in what Is, we are at One.
“Who Am I.”? When I am not my repetitive mind, when my emotions cease to rule my conduct, when I shed the thinness of my identity, what is left, what is my own?
To be naked with ourselves is to discover the essence of our longing for Self Realization, union with the Divine. Deep within us we intuitively feel the pulse of our Divinity, our greatness, our creative potential. We know that we are more than the sum of our parts, that we’re not just flesh and bone, mortal and fleeting. In reality, we are an expression of the whole of existence. We feel a disparity between the inner Truth of our knowing and the outer reality of our experience. Reconciliation lies in acceptance of what Is, only then can we absolutely know the immortal nature of our true Being. When we are present, we are connected to the Source of our origin, to consciousness. We are pure consciousness embodied, the formless within form. The only way to know this Truth is through the experience of direct perception. Therefore the practice is to be in the moment, to be who and where you are. Experience what you’re experiencing , in a state of non-resistance to what Is. This is the seed of liberation.