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Talks With Ramana Maharshi - 2

Talks With Ramana Maharshi - 2

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 Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi
 Volume II
23rd August, 1936
 Talk 240.
 D.:
The world is materialistic. What is the remedy for it?
 M.:
Materialistic or spiritual, it is according to your outlook.
 Drishtim jnanamayim kritva, Brahma mayam pasyet jagat 
Makeyour outlook right. The Creator knows how to take care of HisCreation.
 D.:
What is the best thing to do for ensuring the future?
 M.:
Take care of the present, the future will take care of itself.
 D.:
The future is the result of the present. So, what should I do tomake it good? Or should I keep still?
 M.:
Whose is the doubt? Who is it that wants a course of action? Findthe doubter. If you hold the doubter the doubts will disappear.Having lost hold of the Self the thoughts afflict you; the world isseen, doubts arise, also anxiety for the future.Hold fast to the Self, these will disappear.
 D.:
How to do it?
 M.:
This question is relevant to matters of non-self, but not to theSelf. Do you doubt the existence of your own Self?
 D.:
No. But still, I want to know how the Self could be realised. Isthere any method leading to it?
 M.:
Make effort. Just as water is got by boring a well, so also yourealise the Self by investigation.
 D.:
Yes. But some find water readily and others with difficulty.
 M.:
But you already see the moisture on the surface. You are hazilyaware of the Self. Pursue it. When the effort ceases the Self shines forth.
 D.:
How to train the mind to look within?
 
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 M.:
By practice. The mind is the intelligent phase leading to its owndestruction, for Self to manifest.
 D.:
How to destroy the mind?
 M.:
Water cannot be made dry water. Seek the Self; the mind will bedestroyed.
29th August, 1936
 Talk 241.
 D.:
How to avoid misery?
 M.:
Has misery a shape? Misery is only unwanted thought. The mindis not strong enough to resist it.
 D.:
How to gain such strength of mind?
 M.:
By worship of God.
 D.:
Meditation of the God of Immanence is hard to understand.
 M.:
Leave God alone. Hold your Self.
 D.:
How to do
 japa
(repetition of 
mantras
)?
 M.:
It is of two kinds - gross and subtle. The latter is meditation on it,and it gives strength to the mind.
 D.:
But the mind does not get steady for meditation.
 M.:
It is due to lack of strength.
 D.:
 
Sandhya
is usually done mechanically. Similarly other religious duties.Is it useful? Is it not better to do
 japa
, etc., knowing their meanings?
 M.:
Um! Um!
 Talk 242.
A Gujarati gentleman asked Sri Bhagavan: They say that choice isoffered to us to enjoy merits or demerits after our death. Theirsuccession will be according to our choice. Is it so?
 M.:
Why raise these questions relating to events after death? Why ask “Was I born? Am I reaping fruits of my past karma,” and so on?They will not be raised some time hence when you fall asleep.Why? Are you now different from the one in sleep? You are not.Why do these questions arise now and not in sleep? Find out.
 
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 Talk 243.
A middle-aged, weak-looking man came with a walking stick in hishand, placed it before Bhagavan, bowed low and sat near Maharshi. Hegot up and with great humility offered the stick to Bhagavan, sayingthat it was sandal-wood. Sri Bhagavan told him to keep it for himself.Because nothing of Bhagavan’s can be safeguarded. Being commonproperty but coveted by some, it will be taken away by any visitor withor without Bhagavan’s permission. Then the donor may be displeased.But the man still humbly insisted. Sri Bhagavan could not resist hissupplications, and said, “Keep it yourself as
 prasad 
from Bhagavan.The man then requested that the stick might first be taken and thengiven to him by Sri Bhagavan with blessings. Sri Bhagavan receivedit, smelled it, said it was fine, nodded, and handed it back to the man,saying, “Keep it. It will make you always remember me.
 Talk 244.
A Maharani Saheba spoke in a gentle and low voice, but quite audibly:
 D.:
“Maharajji, I have the good fortune to see you. My eyes have had thepleasure of seeing you, my ears the pleasure of hearing your voice.“I am blessed with everything that a human being would like tohave.” Her Highness’s voice choked. With great strength of mindshe rallied and proceeded slowly, “I have all that I want, a humanbeing would want ….But ...But ...I ... I ... do not have peace of mind ... Something prevents it. Probably my destiny....”There was silence for a few minutes. Then Maharshi in his usualsweet manner spoke:
 M.:
All right. What need be said has been said. Well. What is destiny?There is no destiny. Surrender, and all will be well. Throw all theresponsibility on God. Do not bear the burden yourself. What candestiny do to you then?”
 D.:
Surrender is impossible.
 M.:
Yes. Complete surrender is impossible in the beginning. Partialsurrender is certainly possible for all. In course of time that willlead to complete surrender. Well, if surrender is impossible, whatcan be done? There is no peace of mind. You are helpless to bringit about. It can be done only by surrender.

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