All the texts say that in order to gain release one should render the mind quiescent; therefore their conclusive teaching is that the mind should be rendered quiescent; once this has been understood there is no need for endless reading.
In order to quieten the mind one has only to inquire within oneself what one’s Self is; how could this search be done in books? One should know one’s Self with one’s own eye of wisdom. The Self is within the five sheaths; but books are outside them. Since the Self has to be inquired into by discarding the five sheaths, it is futile to search for it in books. There will come a time when one will have to forget all that one has learned.
– a dude named Ramana.
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“- a dude named Ramana.” huh?.
“There will come a time when one will have to forget all that one has learned.” – My Chemistry Exam.
BTW, Why do you want to search yourself ? Its useless.
Have you come across this philosophy.. even Ramanar has told this.. Kapila Maharishi has written about it. The art of REALIZING THE PRESENT ?
Hi LG – Back after loooooong time. This is a classic from Ramana Maharishi. My chitappa follows his teachings closely and this was one of his earliest favorites. Shed the known to query the unknown. 🙂
creation is always out of struggle.
if u just want to shutdown the system as the sucking eastern philosophies say. do it.
is karma yoga a “shutdown the system” sucking eastern philosophy too..?.