Ramana Maharshi - The life of
action need not be Renounced
Question : The
yogis say that one must renounce this world and go off into secluded
jungles if one wishes to find the truth.
Ramana Maharshi: The life of action need not be renounced. If you
meditate for an hour or two every day you can then carry on with your
duties. If you meditate in the right manner then the current of mind
induced will continue to flow even in the midst of your work. It is as
though there were two ways of expressing the same idea; the same line
which you take in meditation will be expressed in your activities.
Question : What will be the result of doing that?
Ramana Maharshi: As you go on you will find that your attitude towards
people, events and objects gradually changes. Your actions will tend to
follow your meditations of their own accord.
Question : Then you do not agree with the yogis?
Ramana Maharshi: A man should surrender the personal selfishness which
binds him to this world. Giving up the false self is the true
Question : How is it possible to become selfless while leading a life of
Ramana Maharshi: There is no conflict between work and wisdom.
Question : Do you mean that one can continue all the old activities in
one's profession, for instance, and at the same time get enlightenment ?
Ramana Maharshi: Why not ? But in that case one will not think that it
is the old personality which is doing the work, because one's
consciousness will gradually become transferred until it is centered in
that which is beyond the little self.
Question : If a person is engaged in work, there will be little time
left for him to meditate.
Ramana Maharshi: Setting apart time for meditation is only for the
merest spiritual novices. A man who is advancing will begin to enjoy the
deeper beatitude whether he is at work or not. While his hands are in
society, he keeps his head cool in solitude.
Question : Then you do not teach the way of yoga?
Ramana Maharshi: The yogi tries to drive his mind to the goal, as a
cowherd drives a bull with a stick, but on this path the seeker coaxes
the bull by holding out a handful of grass.
Source: from David Godman Excellent Book "Be As You
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