The mind is like a tiger that pulls you into the great illusion of Maya—the suffering nature of life. To ride the tiger is the great teaching of Papaji—the sublime vigilance of now. To master your mind is the deep recognition that there is no mind.
The great teaching, or dharma of Ramana Maharshi, is the power of stop. Stop running. Stop hiding. Stop lying. Stop thinking. But how do you stop when your mind continually wants to fight or react to life situations? Is it even possible to stop thinking?
The instant you deeply agaze upon the form of Arunachala Siva, the ancient and eternal master of Ramana Maharshi, you fall into the eternity of your own heart. This vast presence smashes the mirror of your ego—the source and substance of all the trouble you face in life.
The golden mean is the ancient philosophy of Aristotle also known as the middle way, which helps you break free of the paradoxical nature of life or the existence of opposites. Satsang is not a philosophy, but is actually the golden mean itself—a vast indescribable energy that immediately cuts through the paradox or the illusion of you to reveal the truth of you—unending happiness.
The satguru on the inside is the vast indescribable eternal presence of pure happiness. To abide in this presence requires that you surrender everything—every thought, desire, attachment. The moment you surrender everything is the moment you abide in the satguru as the satguru—the eternal ONE.
Moksha is liberation from samsara the great ocean of suffering—the karmic wheel of birth, life, death, and rebirth. It is a divine word, but what comes before any word?
You must have the fierce desire for liberation in order to break free of the ancient coins of suffering—fear and doubt, attachment and desire, pride and arrogance. How do you break free of this ancient currency that keeps you trapped in suffering for eons?
Knowledge will not set you free. The one who seeks knowledge is the ego and the more knowledge you collect the bigger the ego and the greater the arrogance. It is a trick of the mind to avoid the overwhelming intimacy of discovering the overwhelming love and happiness in your heart.
What do you do when your inquiry no longer seems to work? What do you do when you have been to satsang enough times that your mind "knows" the right answer? This podcast explores actual purpose of self-inquiry and the devotional practice it represents. True self-inquiry is the living presence of the empty cup of your heart. It was never meant to be purely a mental exercise.
This teaching represents ruthless truth telling, ruthless vigilance, and the ruthless resolve—the intense effort essential for the effortless realization of the eternal happiness of your being.
The teaching of Ramana Maharshi is not about knowledge or what you know. It is not even really about understanding. It is much more simple. In fact, it is so simple this teaching can be rejected by the idea that you know what it is, but this overlooks the depth this teaching represents that simply cannot be known. The mountain path of Ramana Maharshi is best described as a way of life devoted to the simplicity of pure being.
Who wants enlightenment or freedom? Who is this who that wants lasting happiness or nirvana? The greatest stumbling block to freedom is thinking you know or understand what you have read about freedom or enlightenment. The ego never makes it to the mountain top. You will never enlightened. What does it mean to be enlightened? What is freedom really?
Beyond the four states of consciousness—awake, asleep, deep sleep—there is Turiya or pure consciousness. Beyond Turiya there is Sunyata--the 5th dimension of enlightenment where no words exist. This is powerful spiritual knowledge, but in order for this to have any value you must apply the question 'Who Am I?' all the time wherever you are. This is the spark that ignites a sacred fire within you.
The work of self-inquiry—the essential moment to moment inquiry—is the key to ending all forms of suffering. Over time this will become automatic—a constant inquiry. If you actually apply this very simple teaching every day you will be astounded by the overwhelming natural happiness of your being.
New Year's resolutions tend to be about the things that change, but what never changes? Until you stop and start doing the work of self-inquiry there is no possibility of breaking free of suffering.
The poetry of Rumi is satsang. His poetry points to the living freedom of the Heart.
The natural tendency of mind is to focus on your problems, and strategize, plan, struggle, and fight to get rid of what you don't want and keep what you have. This is nature of Samsara—the great ocean of suffering—the great illusion of this world—the karmic wheel of birth and death. How can you cross this great ocean? How can you permanently put an end to all of your problems? How can you experience lasting happiness?
The supreme illusion is the very deep feeling that you are your body. This feeling or sense that you are the doer is the root cause of all forms of suffering. Seeing through this illusion is the radical shift that frees you immediately from all forms of suffering.
If you want freedom there has to be a willingness to dive so deep that the diver is lost and only the diver remains. What does that mean? How exactly to you break free of the limitations of mind and ego?
The Dharma of Stop is the essence of the teaching of Ramana Maharshi. The moment you stop following, believing, interpreting your thoughts is the moment you can discover the source of all thoughts. The dharma of stop cuts through the root cause of all your suffering; the deep belief that you are your body.