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In fact, by closely examining his statements on the subject one can only conclude that while the experience of the Self contains an awareness of this centre, concentration on this centre will not result in the experience of the Self. ’ eliminate the body as not ‘I’, the breath as not ‘I’, and I am not able to proceed further. A: Well, that is as far as the intellect can go. Your process is only intellectual. Indeed, all the scriptures mention the process only to guide the seeker to know the truth.

If made to subside by other means, it will remain as if subsided but will rise again. Self- enquiry is the one infallible means, the only direct one, to realize the unconditioned, absolute being that you really are. Q: Why should self-enquiry alone be considered the direct means to jnana? A: Because every kind of sadhana except that of atma-vichara [self-enquiry] presupposes the retention of the mind as the instrument for carrying on the sadhana, and without the mind it cannot be practised. The ego may take different and subtler forms at the different stages of one’s practice, but is itself never destroyed.

A: Yes, that is vichara [self-enquiry]. Q: How is that to be done? 32 Ramana Maharshi – Be As You Are – by David Godman A: The questioner must admit the existence of his Self. ‘I am’ is the realization. To pursue the clue till realization is vichara. Vichara and realization are the same. Q: It is elusive. What shall I meditate upon? A: Meditation requires an object to meditate upon, whereas there is only the subject without the object in vichara. Meditation differs from vichara in this way. Q: Is not dhyana [meditation] one of the efficient processes for realization?

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