BHAGAVAN RAMANA was once asked to define “Self-Realization” – Atma Sakshatkar. He said :
Self-Realization is the gaining of THAT which is always there.
And, the giving up of that which has never been there.
The ‘me’ in you has to drop, to know that there has never been a ‘me’ ! It is not a contradiction or playing on words. Lord Krishna, Jesus Christ – all Sages – have said : “Surrender to ‘ME ’ ”. The ‘ ME ’ refers to the “ I AM ” =
“I AM the way. I AM the life. I AM the goal ”, said Jesus Christ. The ‘me’ is V.Ganesan. When I am confronted with the specific question: “Who are you ?” my ready answer is: “ I am V.Ganesan ! ” In that, “ I AM ” is the Truth and “V.Ganesan” is the untruth. That is, ‘V.Ganesan’ is the ‘me’ and “I AM” is the “ME ”. Surrendering the ‘me’ to the “ME ” ! In Silence, through Silence and by Silence, such ‘surrender’ takes place in one’s Heart !
Truly, who are ‘you’ ? The “RIBHU GITA ” gives ‘you’ the answer :
You indeed, are of the nature of the Supreme Brahman** ,all Existence.
You indeed, are of the nature of the Supreme Brahman , the changeless.
You indeed, are of the nature of the Supreme Brahman , all Consciousness.
You indeed, are of the nature of the Supreme Brahman , Consciousness-Bliss.
You indeed, are of the nature of the faultless Supreme Brahman ,
You indeed, are of the nature of the perfectly full Supreme Brahman ,
You indeed, are of the nature of the Supreme Brahman , which is THAT.
You indeed, are of the nature of the Supreme Brahman , which is unimpeded.
[ ** Supreme Wisdom ]
How to fully cognize or recognize this Truth ? What should one do to realize this Truth ? Again, the “ RIBHU GITA ” gives us a crystal clear answer :
Renouncing all charity and virtuous conduct,
Renouncing all sacred streams and shrines,
Renouncing all kinds of japa and tapas ,
Renouncing all great mantra and tantra ,
Renouncing all honored gods,
And, all worship of gods,
And, renouncing all kinds of treatises;
Casting aside all kinds of history,
Casting aside all kinds of action,
Casting aside all kinds of yoga,
Casting aside all kinds of philosophy,
Casting aside diverse varieties of devotion,
Casting aside all specialized approaches,
And, casting aside all kinds of works;
Casting aside all the varied religions,
Casting aside all the variety of ideas,
Casting aside all manner of secret doctrines,
Casting aside the service of all,
Casting aside all kinds of holy acts,
Casting aside all good fortune,
And, casting aside all haunting doubts;
Casting aside the legions of lessons,
Casting aside all manner of habits,
Casting aside the various worlds,
Casting aside the peerless guru,
Casting aside whatever is thought of as something else,
And, casting aside all debilitating doubts,
Ever take to the study of this treatise.
This treatise confirms that YOU ARE
the Supreme Brahman – Supreme Wisdom. ”
Be assured that the study of this treatise will establish one in the Natural State of Supreme Wisdom, in which true state every one of us is ever rooted.
Having been re-established in one’s Original State of Fullness, one’s Heart will be filled with gratitude,joy and fulfillment. And, one would rejoice in joining hands with Sage Nidaga, who spontaneously expressed his heart-felt gratitude to his Guru, Sage Ribhu, through the following dialogue, in verses :
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SAGE RIBHU :
This treatise, which has the power to completely remove
all wavering and instill undividedness,
Will come within the reach of only that ultimate life with no more birth
Fit to attain one’s Natural State,
After the fruition of all the dharma practiced in successive births
And removal of all sins.
To those who reach this treatise,
There is no more birth.
This I confirm in the Name of the Great Lord.
In days past, the Great Lord
Risen as a Divine Auspicious Form,
Graciously taught me this text of such repute,
For the benefit of all.
In like manner, I have also, in a spirit of compassion
and in depth,
Taught this to you, Nidaga !
Whoever reaches this efficacious text
Will become of the Nature of the Supreme Brahman ,
I have said all that I have to say.
Now, I shall betake myself to somewhere else.
Being thus richly blessed by the Guru Ribhu, Nidaga was profusely moved and with very great reverence and devotion, uttered the following :
SAGE NIDAGA :
Hearing these profound words of Ribhu,
Overcome with joy and with tears of happiness welling up in his eyes,
is body in trepidation with overwhelming devotion,
Nidaga prostrated himself with humility
And, his voice choking,
In ecstasy, uttered this :
Honored Guru, with the sublime Knowledge beyond comprehension !
By your compassion, small-minded I have overcome my littleness
And have grown to be the great, undivided, complete, perfect fullness, without separate identity.
By obtaining this hard-to-get audience of yourself,
I have obtained all there is to be obtained in this birth.
By the rare relationship with your grace,
I have become one who has successfully fulfilled
All that is to be done.
My Guide ! Of the words that you in your grace have bestowed,
I have taken up for reflection one of the statements of certitude that you have uttered.
Thoroughly effacing all attachment and holding fast to Supreme Bliss,
I have become of the Nature of Supreme Brahman.
What shall I say of your compassion
That has removed all my worldly sorrow and conferred undivided Bliss ?
There is not an iota of doubt in what has been said.
How shall I describe this greatness of yours, O Revered Master !
There is no recompense
For this help of yours rendered in compassion.
Supreme Guru ! My humble self would offer
Endless variety of obeisance to your pair of feet.
But even obeisance is more of a courtesy [ than anything else,
For ] is there any obeisance in the domain of the Ultimate Truth ?
All is Brahman in the Ultimate Truth,
And no difference of any kind exists.
My good Guide ! The revelation of the Divine Awareness,
I have personally experienced by your compassion,
There is neither I who am speaking, nor you,
Nor this treatise on which has been heaped such praise,
No individuals (jivas) affected by bondage, no Lord,
And none of the differentiated earth or other worlds,
Revered Guru ! All is Supreme Brahman
Of the undivided nature and nothing apart.
Great among Gurus ! In the partless, undivided, Supreme Revelation,
Which I have obtained by your compassion,
All is of the nature of the Supreme Brahman,
There is no such talk of the manifold, of Brahma (Creator) and of all
As being separate entities,
Nothing ever exists anywhere.
All that is Brahman, of the Nature of Awareness.
The rapidly rising projection of “I” ,
The persistent projection of “this” before one,
The pluralistic mode of the body and such,
The witness mode of “I-am-the-witness” ,
And, the undivided mode of “I-the-One-Supreme” –
Without any of such modes or projections,
The sorrowless, spotless Nature of the Supreme,
The self-illumined, alone shines.
By your grace, with all manner of differences in my mind
Removed in a trice,
I have reached the inexplicable,
Undivided, Natural State of my own nature.
There is no doubt in what has been said, Supreme Guru !
Praising thus with love,
He, Nidaga, was happily and readily ensconced,
By himself, in his Natural State [ Sahaja Stiti ].
It is only for those who are blessed with the compassion of the Great Shiva
And the compassion of the Guru,
Who is the embodiment of that Shiva,
That the perception of the appearance of the world, individuals, and the Supreme
Will disappear without a trace
And the indivisible, undivided Supreme State result.
What is spoken is the Truth.
It is the Infinite Form of our Perfectly Full Lord in a state of Joyous Dance that proclaims :
There is nothing apart from the Absolute Reality, which is all complete.
All is the all complete Supreme Reality. THAT YOU ARE .
—- “ RIBHU GITA ” , Ch.38, v.12, 24 to 27 and 40 to 51
Let us pray together, in the sacred words of Sage Ribhu :
Glory to the Supreme Nature, which is Sat-Chit-Ananda.
Glory to the Supreme Nature, which is complete and all full.
Glory to the Supreme Nature, which is Eternal Wisdom Bliss.
These verses are taken from The Song of Ribhu, translated from the original Tamil version of the Ribhu Gita, by Dr. H. Ramamoorthy and Nome. The Song of Ribhu was published by The Society of Abidance in Truth, Santa Cruz, CA, and is available from www.SATRamana.org. It has also been published by Ramanasramam and is available in their bookstore. The copyright is owned by the Society of Abidance in Truth.
V. Ganesan Bio
Born in 1936, up to the age of 14 years old, Ganesan grew up in the presence and proximity of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. His sacred memory of the Great Master is rich in its content; and, even at that tender age he could see Sri Ramana as the greatest compassionate human being.
On April 14, 1950 – the day the Great Master chose to leave the body – the adolescent Ganesan stood near the entrance to the room where Sri Ramana was lying and was fortunate to witness the brilliant flash of Light that later moved towards the top of the Holy Hill – Arunachala.
Ganesan obtained a Master’s Degree in Philosophy; and, then came to stay permanently at “Sri Ramanasramam,Tiruvannamalai” – the sacred abode of Sri Ramana Maharshi – taking care of the Old Devotees of Sri Ramana. He did it as his sole sadhana (spiritual practice). In that way, he collected the reminiscences of Sri Maharshi from those Old Devotees which have never before been recorded.
His close contacts with sages and saints, including Swami Ramdas, Mother Krishnabai, J. Krishnamurti, Nisargadatta Maharaj and Yogi Ramsuratkumar, he says, have deepened and widened his understanding of the ‘Direct Teaching’ of the Maharshi. However, he feels himself to be an insignificant ‘dust’ at the Holy Feet of Bhagavan Ramana.
He has traveled widely and spread the ‘Direct Teaching’ of Sri Ramana Maharshi, in its pristine purity, wherever he was invited to give talks.
He has authored a few books on the life and teaching of Bhagavan Ramana. Among others, “Purushothama Ramana”, “Be the Self”, “Moments Remembered”, “Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana” and “Practising Self-Enquiry” , are very popular.
At the veranda of his cottage – “Ananda Ramana” – he meets earnest seekers, every Monday and Thursday, between 9.30 and 11 a.m., sharing with them the spiritual treasure entrusted with him by all these holy and sacred souls.