Ramana speaks of the truth that loss of ego is Reality..
This one sentence is the most important sentence of your life..
This is the only path to Truth..
The rest of days are spent within a warmth of light called Love..
The media of mind-control is quite accurate when they call their shows and words,
This world is formed from desire and mind..
The yin and yang appear, once again..
This 'Thin Line' that the mystic masters spoke of,
contain the concept of the tight rope of neither..
As long as you see one, you must see the other...
"People say you should not seek greatness,
but I say you should seek only greatness.
Look for the greatest possible Tzaddik.
Choose only the greatest Tzaddik as your teacher."
Sichot Haran #51
The Essential Rabbi Nachman
Translated by Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum
Reality is simply the loss of ego.
ego by seeking its identity.
Because the ego is
no entity it will automatically vanish and reality
will shine forth by itself.
- Ramana Maharshi
"Be As You Are"
The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi
edited by David Godman
The intellectual point of view is necessarily a developing one and its search for truth an unending one.
It can never secure or offer any final formulation since reality is beyond the intellect's touch,
even if it comes within the intellect's understanding.
-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 84
Perhaps, this experience of humanity is really no different from the moments of history..
What is the power that creates negativity ?..
Is it spiritual or material ?..
Why does 'Thought' desire to experience pain ?..
The holograms continue to dance to music and also to dance within war..
The slow death of this dream is consistent..
We, as the Observer can easily see the drama..
The doctrine of Advaita is after all a conception existing in a human head, for it had to take shape in that head, even if it had been revealed by the god Shiva or Vishnu or Brahma as Indian myth and legend would have us believe.
Even if the doctrine were revealed in the deepest mystic experience by the discoverer digging within himself, it still remains a mental concept interpreted and formulated by the discoverer himself.
-- Notebooks Category 7: The Intellect >
Chapter 7: Metaphysics of Truth > # 80
At the end of his long life of selfless teaching, the Buddha said that you must strive on the path yourself—the Awakened Ones only point the way.
Like the Buddha, all genuine mystics will tell you that the ultimate authority and touchstone of truth is not any scriptures or dogmas or teachers, but your own deepest experience.
“Don’t take my word for it,” they will say, “find out for yourself!” Just as a scientist tests hypotheses using experiments, so you should test the teachings in the laboratory of your life using spiritual practices.
It makes sense that you should be your own ultimate authority, because it is your own true nature that you must discover and know. As the oracle at Delphi commands: “know thyself.” And as Jesus instructs: “examine yourself, and learn who you are, how you exist, and what will become of you” (Jesus, Book of Thomas).
The reason the genuine mystic directs your attention inward to seek your own true nature is because, as Jesus says, “He who has not known himself does not know anything, but he who has known himself has also known the depth of all” (Jesus, Book of Thomas). And Rumi tells you: “It’s you yourself that hide your own treasure” (Rumi, Mathnawi). So the genuine mystic will always point you to yourself, to discover the depths of your own true nature.
The mystical injunction to know yourself and look to yourself as your own ultimate authority, however, does not mean that teachers and teachings have no value in the mystical path. The point is that they only show the way, as the Buddha says.
If you invest a particular teaching or teacher with ultimate truth, you will be implicitly separating yourself from the truth, and you will fail to realize the truth of your own nature. In the end, however, when you realize that the teachings and teachers—and indeed the entire world—is not separate from you, then you will see that your entire life is the truth of your own deepest being revealing itself to itself. Thus, to see truth in nothing reveals the truth in everything...
- Thomas J. McFarlane