2:34 pm, Thursday, 2012-02-16 1
, Mayan day 7 Chuen/Monkey
What's Your Definition of Real?What is Mind? Do We Need It?
In reading Papaji's biography today, I am struck by several things.It is so wonderful, first, that there is such a thing as these threelarge volumes sharing his life with us. I am transported, again andagain, by what I find, here – and taken aback, too, as today.Some words he shared of Ramana Maharshi:“Brahman is real. The universe is unreal. Brahman is theuniverse.”Go figure, right? It is that beautiful non-duality at work, and I amso glad that I have experience of this, so that I can see into it, atleast partially. Fully, I don't know. Still, it is the two sides of onecoin I keep talking about. That which seems opposed and dual inthe world, taken within, taken from head to heart, can be seen tobe but one. It is more like two aspects of the same one.Papaji clears it up better than this in a following paragraph,though. First, he said one way to answer this is that he doesn'tsee any world. This is perhaps not so accessible to most, but thenhe says this:“You can see the world as real, as Brahman, or, like theBuddha, you can say it is not there at all. He never sawanything. Both statements are equally true, but this is veryhard to understand. The world is real because it is Brahman,not because it appears as names and forms. It is the namesand forms that never existed.”Does this work for you? If you stay out of the mind it may do.