Pointers on the Path: To Whom It May Concern

Pointers on the Path
After paradoxically searching for something that we already have or trying to become what we already are, one slowly realizes that one needs to know very little in the realm of selfrealization. 'It take us long to discover that the light we are seeking is in our own lantern And that our rice have been cooked from the very beginning.' ~A Zen Saying The more serious one’s search gets the less spiritual baggage one seems to require for one’s spiritual ascend. Says Shankara: ―Study of scriptures is fruitless as long as the highest Truth is not known. And it is equally fruitless when the highest Truth has already been known.‖ (Vivekachudamani, 61) In a similar vein, Sufi poet, Bulle Shah, says: O, dear friend, refrain from empty learning. In the school of life, just the first letter of the alphabet is enough to experience the Real thing! (Illmo bass karin o yaar. Ek alif tere darkaar) The following few observations of the sages continue to serve well the mirage called satinder: 1. The unreal never is; the real never ceases to be. (BG. 2.16)
2. The familiar world is an illusion, the underlying Consciousness is the only reality. At no

time we are not one with this underlying reality. [imperfect paraphrasing Sri Shankara’s famous half-verse: Brahma satyam jagat mithya, jivo brahmaiva naparah: Brahman is real,
the world is illusory, individual self –Atman--is not different from Brahman]

3. At no time has the jiva ever not been one with the Brahman. (Na kadaachit jivasyaa Brahmanna sampattir naasti—Sri Shankara in Brahm Sutra Bhasayam) 4. Realization is getting rid of the idea that you haven‟t realized. ~Sri Ramana Maharshi

5. A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state, if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself is powerless to do anything. ~Sri Ramakrishna

6. Not all spiritual paths lead to the Harmonious Oneness. Indeed, most are detours and distractions, nothing more. – Lao Tzu, Hua Hu Ching
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” but in various stages of what is called “being done. nor by good deeds. We are “cookies” in the same “Great Kitchen. The realization of the Truth is brought about by Atam-vichaar (SelfInquiry) and not in the least by peforming even ten millions of acts. (11) 4. one may peform rituals and worship deities—but until one wakes up to the reality of one’s identity with the Atman. To seek earnestly to know one’s real nature (reality of one’s own Atman)—this is called devotion. Right action helps to purify the mind. nor by learning. not even at the end of many hundreds of Brahma’s years. in the waking state also it creates everything we see. but it does not lead to the direct perception of the Real Truth. (60) 8. Neither by the practice of Yoga or of Sankhaya philosophy. neither bondage nor aspirant. (6) 3. (574) (Gaudapada’s and Sri Ramana’s favorite) Musings of Mirage 6/13/2011 1:39 PM Page 2 . the experiences. (58) 7. Erudition. and skill in expounding the scriptures—these things bring pleasure to the learned. and the experienced. This is the ultimate truth. neither one desirous of liberation nor one liberated. (31) 5. Liberation comes only through the realization of one’s identity with the Brahman.” ~ Gurdjieff Some important verses from Sri Shankara’s Vivekachudamani: (based on Swami Madhavananda’s and Swami Turiyananda’s translation) 1.. but they do not bring liberation. and by no other means. thosw who know this should earnestly set about knowing the true nature of the Reality (i. a favorite of Sri Ramana) 9. (170.e. ‎ ery rare indeed are these three things (only these three) and happen only due to V utmost Grace of God--namely. does the liberation come. One may recite scriptures and sacrifice to the holy spirits.Pointers on the Path: To Whom It May Concern 7. precious human birth. Likewise. Among all the means to liberation. well-articulated speech. a wealth of words. Therefore. the Self or Brahman). no. the mind alone creates the whole universe consisting of the experiencer. longing for liberation (from existential ignorance). (56) 6. In the dream state when there is no actual contact with the external world. There is no difference. and blessed company of illuminated sages. Ther is no birth nor death. devotion is the best. Therefore everything we see is the projection of the mind. The scriptures consisting of many words are like a dense forest which merely causes the mind to wander. (3) 2. liberation can never be obtained.

(SB 12. Brahmm aham paramam padam. but unless you forget all. If you detach yourself from the body and mind and rest in consciousness. the Supreme Destination. Hari and the lotus-born Brahma be your instructor. and free from bondage. (I. Completely give up all such distinctions as „I am he‟ and „I am not this. you may often speak upon various scriptures or hear them. (XV. All are unhappy because they exert themselves. thusly: ―I am Brahmm. But you cannot be established in the Self unless you forget all. (XVIII.arjuna tishhthati. Let even Hara.) The essence of Srimad Bhagavatam in one shaloka: Aham Brahmm parama dhaamo. you will at once be happy. you cannot be established in the Self. by His Maya causing all the beings to revolve as though mounted on a machine. Musings of Mirage 6/13/2011 1:39 PM Page 3 . Evam samikshe ca aatmaanam.‟ Consider all as thy Self.11) You should consider. 3) 6. 14-15. The person of ignorance does not attain peace either by action or by inaction.) 5. Clarify thus within your Self and establish yourself in the Supreme Self which is ever free from any taints. the Supreme Abode.‖ The essence of Bhagavad Gita in one shaloka: Ishvarah sarvabhuutaanaan hriddeshe. In whatever you perceive you alone appear.61) O Arjuna. 3) 2. and the Brahmm is me verily. 1) 3.5. The blessed one attains emancipation through this very instruction. 11) 4. aatmani aadhaye nishkale. (XV. (XVI. The wise becomes happy by merely ascertaining the Truth. Bhraamayan sarvabhuutaani yantraaruudhaani maayayaa . (XVI. peaceful. 34.Pointers on the Path: To Whom It May Concern And finally… The following six verses sum up the entire method and the message of Ashtavakra Gita: 1. the Supreme Lord resides in everyone’s heart. But none knows this. (BG 18. My child.