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Self-Enquiry
By Ramana Maharshi

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QUESTION 17


Disciple:
How is one to know that in the heart the Self itself shines as Brahman?

Master: Just as the elemental ether within the flame of a lamp is known to fill without any difference and without any limit both the inside and the outside of the flame, so also the knowledge-ether that is within the Self-light in the heart, fills without any difference and without any limit both the inside and the outside of that Self-light. This is what is referred to as Brahman.

 

QUESTION 18


Disciple:
How do the three states of experience, the three bodies, etc., which are imaginations, appear in the Self-light which is one, impartite and self-luminous? Even if they should appear, how is one to know that the Self alone remains ever unmoving?

Master:


 

The example The exemplified  
1. The Lamp The Self 
2. The door Sleep
3. The door-step Mahat-tattva
4. The inner wall Nescience or the causal body
5. The mirror The egoity
6. The windows The five cognitive sense-organs
7. The inner chamber  Deep sleep in which the causal body is manifest
8. The middle chamber Dream in which the subtle body is manifest
9. The outer court Waking state in which the gross body is manifest

 

The Self which is the lamp (1) shines of its own accord in the inner chamber, i.e., the causal body (7) that is endowed with nescience as the inner wall (4) and sleep as the door (2); when by the vital principle as conditioned by time, karma, etc., the sleep-door is opened, there occurs a reflection of the Self in the egoity-mirror (5) that is placed next to the door-step-Mahat-tattva; the egoity-mirror thus illumines the middle chamber, i.e., the dream state (8), and, through the windows which are the five cognitive sense-organs (6), the outer court, i.e., the waking state. When, again, by the vital principle as conditioned by time, karma, etc., the sleep-door gets shut, the egoity ceases along with waking and dream, and the Self alone ever shines. The example just given explains how the Self is unmoving, how there is difference between the Self and the egoity, and how the three states of experience, the three bodies, etc., appear.


Copyright Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai, India.

 

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