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Saturday, March 04, 2017

Ramana Maharishi and Kundalini 

Isn't the force or current that Ramana Maharshi speaks of actually Kundalini?  He is describing that incredible energy in his own terms, but the description fits.  Also, I agree with his comments about the Self as non-personal and an all inclusive awareness.  Much wisdom here.  He is worth careful attention.  Pilgrims still circumnavigate the mountain where he lived in a cave for many years.  (Ramona was an Indian saint/sage who lived in India from 1879 to 1950.  For many years he lived in a cave on a sacred mountain and many pilgrims and followers visited him there.)

Note: The following excerpt comes from Wikipedia: Ramana Maharshi described his Self as a "force" or "current," which descended on him in his death-experience, and continued throughout his life:
... a force or current, a centre of energy playing on the body, continuing regardless of the rigidity or activity of the body, though existing in connection with it. It was that current, force or centre that constituted my Self, that kept me acting and moving, but this was the first time I came to know it [...] I had no idea at that time of the identity of that current with the personal God, or Iswara as I used to call him [...] I was only feeling that everything was being done by the current and not by me [...] This current, or avesam, now felt as if it was my Self, not a superimposition [...] That avesam continues right up to now.[web 1]

Ramana used various terms to denote this Self.[note 9] The most frequently used terms were sat-chit-ananda, which translates into English as being-consciousness-bliss;[79] God, Brahman and Siva,[note 10] and the Heart, which is not to be confused with the physical heart, or a particular point in space, but was rather to indicate that "the Self was the source from which all appearances manifested."[78]

According to David Godman, the essence of Ramana Maharshi's teachings is that the "Self" or real "I" is a "non-personal, all-inclusive awareness": [80]
The real Self or real 'I' is, contrary to perceptible experience, not an experience of individuality but a non-personal, all-inclusive awareness. It is not to be confused with the individual self which (Ramana) said was essentially non-existent, being a fabrication of the mind, which obscures the true experience of the real Self. He maintained that the real Self is always present and always experienced but he emphasized that one is only consciously aware of it as it really is when the self-limiting tendencies of the mind have ceased. Permanent and continuous Self-awareness is known as Self-realization.[80]
Ramana considered the Self to be permanent and enduring,[81] surviving physical death.[82] "The sleep, dream and waking states are mere phenomena appearing on the Self",[83] as is the "I"-thought.[81] Our "true nature" is "simple Being, free from thoughts".[84]
Ramana would field many questions about "jnanis" (liberated beings) from devotees, but even the terms "jnani" and "ajnani" (non-liberated being) are incorrect, since it leads one to the idea of there being a knower and a known, a subject and an object. The truth of it according to Ramana Maharshi is that there are neither "jnanis" nor "ajnanis", there is simply "jnana", which is Self:[85]

from Wikipedia (I did not take out the numbers of the references)

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