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RAMESH BALSEKAR QUOTES

RAMESH BALSEKAR QUOTES

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Ramesh S.Baleskar teaches from the tradition of Advaita Vedanta nondualism. His teaching begins with the idea of an ultimate Source, Brahman, from which creation arises. Once creation has arisen, the world and life operate mechanistically according to both Divine and natural laws. While people believe that they are actually doing things and making choices, free will is in fact an illusion. All that happens is caused by this one source, and the actual identity of this
Ramesh S.Baleskar teaches from the tradition of Advaita Vedanta nondualism. His teaching begins with the idea of an ultimate Source, Brahman, from which creation arises. Once creation has arisen, the world and life operate mechanistically according to both Divine and natural laws. While people believe that they are actually doing things and making choices, free will is in fact an illusion. All that happens is caused by this one source, and the actual identity of this

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Ramesh S. Balsekar's QuotesRamesh S.Baleskar teaches from the tradition of Advaita Vedanta nondualism. Histeaching begins with the idea of an ultimate Source, Brahman, from which creationarises. Once creation has arisen, the world and life operate mechanisticallyaccording to both Divine and natural laws. While people believe that they areactually doing things and making choices, free will is in fact an illusion. Allthat happens is caused by this one source, and the actual identity of this sourceis pure Consciousness, which is incapable of choosing or doing. This false identity which revolves around the idea that "I am the body" or "I amthe doer" keeps one from seeing that one's actual identity is free Consciousness.Like other Vedanta teachers, he says that while creation and creator appear to bedifferent and separate, that they are actually two sides of the same coin. Balsekar teaches that life is a happening but there is no individual doer of life."The final truth, as Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj and all the sagesbefore them have clearly stated, is that there is neither creation nordestruction, neither birth nor death, neither destiny nor free will, neither anypath nor any achievement. All there is is Consciousness." "What is thesignificance of the statement 'No one can get enlightenment'? This is the veryroot of the teaching. It means that it's stupid for any so-called master to askanyone to do anything to achieve or get enlightenment. The core of this simplestatement means, according to my concept, that enlightenment is the annihilationof the "one" who "wants" enlightenment. If there is enlightenment - which can onlyhappen because it is the will of God - then it means the "one" who had earlierwanted enlightenment has been annihilated. So no "one" can achieve enlightenmentand therefore no "one" can enjoy enlightenment." "The joke is even thesurrendering is not in your control. Why? Because so long as there is anindividual who says "I surrender" there is a surrenderer, an individual ego...What I'm saying is that even the surrendering is not in [your] hands."The desire for enlightenment once drove an earnest and highly-determinedindividual to spend several years in the company of a spiritual teacher. Duringthese years he proved himself a devoted disciple who was totally committed to theattainment of spiritual realization. When the time came for him to leave andreturn to his native place, his guru made him promise that he would write everymonth, reporting on his spiritual progress. The disciple gave his promise andreceived his guru's blessing. They said their farewells and parted.The disciple had been gone just over a month when his first letter arrived. "I amexperiencing the Oneness with the Universe," he wrote. The master said nothing,but crumpled up the letter and dropped it in the bin.The next month's report came promptly and stated: "The Divinity present in allthings has been revealed to me. I behold It in a flower, in a stone, in the veryair, everywhere." Again the master read the letter, crumpled it up and tossed itinto the bin without a word.For four months the letters arrived regularly. In his third message the discipledeclared: "The mystery of the One and the Many has been revealed to me. I now knowand truly comprehend there is no difference between you and me or anything else."Once read, this missive also ended up in the guru's waste-paper basket. In thefourth letter the disciple said, "No one is born, lives or dies, because there isno one who exists." This letter too was read without comment and followed its
 
predecessors, slipping with a rustle into the trash.After the fourth month, however, no further letters arrived. No letter in thefifth month, no letter in the sixth month, no letter for a whole year! As the timepassed and brought no news, the master became increasingly curious as to what hadhappened with his beloved disciple. Eventually, he wrote to him inquiring abouthis spiritual progress, and reminding the disciple of his promise to keep himinformed.Some time later, the guru was handed a letter addressed in a familiar hand. It wasfrom his distant disciple. The guru opened it and read, and laughed out loud withobvious delight. His attendant disciples were puzzled as to what had prompted thisoutburst of joy. Beaming gladly, the guru passed them the letter. They saw that itcontained just three words, and the three words were: "Enlightenment? Who cares!""Consciousness is all there is." "To be enlightened is to be able to accept with equanimity anything in life at anymoment as God's will." "It is not an action. It is a happening. It will happen if it is supposed tohappen." "If you stop fearing God it is more than likely that you will start loving God.The greatest freedom to find is freedom from the fear of God: I do nothing; hedoes everything." "Love is wanting to do something for the otherwithout the slightest expectation of anything in return." "The seeing is the only doing necessary." "Self-realization is the total realization that there is no one to realize (orachieve) anything." "All action is a divine happening through a human object - it is not somethingdone by someone." "Peace and harmony can prevail only when the individual is able, in the presentmoment, not to be uncomfortable with others." Enlightenment has to be found in the very living, and not considered an ideal orprinciple of perfection, which as such can only be an escape from life. The realquestion, therefore, is whether it is possible to live daily life in a state ofenlightenment with a sense of greater ease, a sense of fulfillment, which theordinary person does not have. What the ordinary seeker expects is something positive: ananda - joy, bliss. Andthis is what has been held out to him, all these years, as the carrot before thedonkey. Which doctrine, which system offers more, is the usual choice before theseeker. From my experience, I would very clearly tell the seeker that I do not know of anypositive joy or bliss which does not very soon give way to misery and pain. All Iwould hold out before you is negative gain: if you are able to accept totally,without the slightest doubt, that all action, without exception, happens as anevent which has to happen at that time and place, through a particular body-mind

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