Ramana Maharshi Answers You

Posted: January 23, 2010 in Atonement, Austerity, Bajan, Bhakti, Chanting, Desire, Discipline, Effort, Enjoyment, Gita, Grace, Japa, Mind, Prayer, Sadhana, Scripture, Surrender

Q1. What are the marks of an earnest disciple?

Swami Ramana Maharshi, “An intense longing for the removal of sorrow and atrtainment of joy, and an intense aversion for all kinds of mundane pleasure.” (pg. 15, The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi)

Q2. Should we read the Gita now and then?

Swami Ramana Maharshi, “Always.” (pg. 55, The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi)

Q3. How should I carry on nama-japa?

Swami Ramana Maharshi, “One should not use the Name of God mechanically and superficially without the feeling of devotion. To use the name of God one must call upon Him with yearning and unreservedly surrender oneself to Him. Only after such surrender is the Name of God constantly with the man.” (pg. 56, The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi)

Q4. What stands in the way of my knowing myself and God?

Swami Ramana Maharshi, “Your wandering mind and perverted ways.” (pg. 80, The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi)

Q5. I am a weak creature. but why does not the superior power of the Lord within remove the obstacles?

Swami Ramana Maharshi, “Yes, He will, if you have the aspiration.” (pg. 80-81, The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi)

Q6. Why should He not create the aspiration in me?

Swami Ramana Maharshi, “Then surrender yourself.” (pg. 81, The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi)

Q7. If I surrender myself, is no prayer to God necessary?

Swami Ramana Maharshi, “Surrender itself is a mighty prayer.” (pg. 81, The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi)

Q8. But is it not necessary to understand His nature before one surredners oneself?

Swami Ramana Maharshi, “If you believe that God will do for you all the things you want Him to do, then, surrender yourself to Him. Otherwise, let God alone, and know yourself.” (pg. 81, The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi)

Q9. One may not be quite sure of God’s grace.

Swami Ramana Maharshi, “If the unripe mind does not feel His grace, it does not mean that God’s grace is absent, for it would imply that God is at times not gracious, that is, ceases to be God.”  (pg. 81, The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi)

Swami Ramana Maharshi, “…Instead of indulging in mere speculation, devote yourself here and now to the search for the Truth that is ever within you.” (pg. 83, The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi)

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