RAMANA MAHARSHI THE LIVING GURU - A.R.Natarajan
Work too is meditation! Can one believe this? But it is true. For if one’s mind is understood, the busiest hour is also the quietest hour. Then the mind is not identified with the work, with the action in which it is engaged. It is alert, like a panther stalking its prey, yet totally detached from the action. The present binding character of action, attachment to its fruits, is not there. There is joy in it. If one job is over, it is fine. One does not have to seek another job quaking with fear about idleness or boredom. ‘No work’ is as welcome as ‘work’. For the mind has been freed from its addiction to work, to thought. It experiences the joy of a thought – free mind. The steps are clear.
Doubt the assumption that there is a separate entity called the mind. Is it not a mere series of thoughts which keep moving at a fast pace creating an illusion of continuity? If it exists what could have happened to it in deep sleep when thoughts too go to sleep?
Even though there are innumerable thoughts is there any common link between them? Is there a basic thought which alone links the disparate thoughts? Such questions will show that there is only one common thought, the individual ‘I’ thought. All thoughts are for me, for the ‘I’. So why not call the ‘I’, the subject, itself the mind?
Since the subject itself is the mind, its core, to understand the mind one must pay attention to it should one not? Are we doing so now? No. Why? Because we are taken in by the other thoughts, the unimportant, changing innumerable ones. Wisdom demands, does it not, that attention should be shifted to the subject from the objects?
How is this switching of attention to take place? The very recognition of the importance of the subject would have been a major step towards it. Next when thoughts arise, question as to whom they arise for and leave it at that. Such questioning will silence the thoughts. Steadfast attention to each thought, as it arises, would gradually reduce the number of thoughts and the distraction by way of intrusion of thought would cease.
If you are subject–focused, the separate subject would also merge into its source, the Self, into consciousness. This needs a little explaining. All that exists is the fullness of consciousness. The enquiry aforesaid is necessary till the conceptual superimposition of a separate mind lasts. When this idea is uprooted by self-enquiry consciousness alone exists.
Then of course we have his ‘Collected Works’. The appropriate passage becomes pregnant with meaning at the right juncture. Words which one would have slurred over acquire a new meaning when Ramana’s guidance is to be given through them. The inspiring and continuing presence of guru Ramana is felt through his words. The jnani’s words are not really his. He simply puts them down under a divine compulsion. Hence their perennial power.