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How to end all misery by doing nothing

Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Never to be heedless of one’s own all-perfect, pure Self is the acme of yoga, wisdom, and all other forms of spiritual practice. Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharshi

In his book Words of Grace [Ramana Maharshi, Bhagwan Sri (2005). ‘Worship of God’, in Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharshi (ed.) Words of Grace. Tiruvannamalai: V.S. Ramanan, pp. 31.] Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharshi speaks about the Self being the center of attention of all yoga practitioners throughout the ages.

He has explained that we should not identify ourselves with our body. Yes, it is my body but it is not me. Question arises, “Who am I?” He asks us to set out on a mission to inquire “Who am I?” This mission will lead you to look inside. He advocates that this is the only method to find out the true self that we are.

The true Self is the omnipresent, all-pervading and all-knowing Absolute Oneness. Once we gain this knowledge, nothing else matters. The knowledge of this true self will bring an end to all miseries of life. Miseries arise from our mind. Mind in turn originates from the self itself being a very minute form of the self and loves to keep itself busy with external affairs.

Sri Ramana Maharshi ends the part by saying that this is the nutshell, however in whatsoever manner you may put it, this is the nutshell.

So you have to actually do nothing. Just ask yourself, “Who am I?” and dive deep inside of you with an empty mind. It is important to keep your mind empty. Simplest way to do that is given by H.W.L. Poonja ji or Papaji. In his satsangs he used to ask the participants to do a trial for 1 second out of 24 hours. Yes you heard it, one second only. In this trial, you have to keep aside your thoughts of past, thoughts of future, even thoughts from yesterday or an hour ago. Just be here and now, i.e., the present moment and you are thinking of absolutely nothing. Then ask yourself what remains? You will find it is only your ‘self’ that remains. It is the ‘I’. Now dive deep within to start your mission of knowing “Who am I?” Who it really is?

Do comment when you find your true self.

Radhe Radhe!

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