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Ellam Ondre

Ellam Ondre

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This inspiring short work was one of the few recommended books by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. It really is amazing. While crossing the boundaries of religion and culture, this work truly brings home the important bottom line.
"All including the world seen by you and yourself, the seer of
the world, is one only."
This inspiring short work was one of the few recommended books by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. It really is amazing. While crossing the boundaries of religion and culture, this work truly brings home the important bottom line.
"All including the world seen by you and yourself, the seer of
the world, is one only."

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Ellam Ondre
 
 
 
Preface
 MEN COURT HAPPINESS and shun misery. It is the same withother beings also. This holds good for the common run of mankind. But the higher order is bent upon right conduct,enduring patiently the good or evil that it may bring. Fellowshipwith these will be lasting, whereas fellowship with ordinarypeople will not be. Good will result to the world throughfellowship with the higher order only.The question then arises: "What is right?'' The point isimportant, but the answer has not been found. Why? Becausewhat is right is determined by circumstances. Howevercomprehensive a work may be written on the subject, there willalways be circumstances not envisaged by the author.Therefore it becomes necessary to realize that state which willenable us to assess the various conditions and determine whatis right.That state is one only. There are no states like it. Although it issingle, it is extraordinary that the worldly wise consider itexceedingly rare. Nothing can be more extraordinary than this.That unique state is very clearly taught in the Upanishads. Inthis book I have put down the same truth according to myunderstanding. I have considered it my duty. I do not claimoriginality. The six chapters of this book are so closelyinterrelated that some point which may be expected in onechapter may be found in another. Again a few points which maynot be clear on a superficial reading will become clear uponcloser study. More may be gathered from major works or Sages.Universal Mother, Master true, save us!-- The Author
 
CHAPTER 1
Unity
1. All including the world seen by you and yourself, the seer of the world, is one only.2. All that you consider as I, you, he, she and it, is one only.3. What you consider to be sentient beings and what youconsider to be insentient, such as earth, air, fire and water is allone.4. The good which is derived by your considering all as onecannot be had by considering each as separate from the other.Therefore all is one.5. The knowledge of the unity of all, is good for you and goodfor others as well. Therefore all is one.6. He who sees "I am separate," "you are separate," "he isseparate" and so on, acts one way to himself and another wayto others. He cannot help doing so. The thought "I am separate,others are separate" is the seed from which grows the tree of differing actions in relation to different persons. How can therebe any lapse from righteousness for a person who knows theunity of himself with others? As long as the germ of differentiation is there, the tree of differing actions will flourish,even unawares. Therefore give up differentiation. All is one only.7. Ask: "If in the world all things appear different, how can Iconsider all as one? Is there any way of gaining thisknowledge?" The reply is: "In the same tree we see leaves,flowers, berries and branches, different from one another, yetthey are all one because they are all included in the word 'tree'.Their root is the same; their sap is the same. Similarly, all things,all bodies, all organisms are from the same source and activatedby a single life principle." Therefore all is one.8. 0h good man! Is the statement that "All is one," good or evil?Think for yourself. Just as the person will always be righteouswho regards himself like others and others like himself, how canany evil attach itself to him who knows himself to be others andthe others to be himself? Tell me if there is any better way forobtaining good than the knowledge of unity? Certainly othermethods cannot be as good as this one. How can anyone love

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