Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2002
Although much is written about Enlightenment and mystical experiences and so forth, Self-Realization is actually a simple thing.
As T.S. Eliot has said, and I paraphrase, we come back to where we started and see it as if for the first time. It is actually even more basic....It is a place, when we recognize it, we see that we never even left it, nor can we leave it to go elsewhere. Such is the beauty of Sat-Chit-Ananda. It Knows It Self By It Self and Through It Self.
Almost a quarter of a century ago, through the grace of Bhagavan Ramana, I realized the nature of the Self. I remember some of the thoughts which flashed in me intuitively after the great recognition...."Of course, of course, it is only me, what else, what else, what else did I expect, what else could it have possibly been!" Paradoxically, the obvious had become obvious.
On that day, I truly realized how ordinary I was in every way and it filled my heart with gladness and joy. And knowing my own Heart, and realizing that it was the One Heart, all the scriptures made sense, and all the teachings lost their hold. Over time, it seemed like my heart was some leaky faucet that could no longer be contained with love seeping out in drips.... little drops, little drops, big drops......
If we see clearly with the mind, the nature of the mind, we see that the ordinary mind is the Buddha Mind.
So there is not much to do but to breathe in and breathe out in gratitude, love, and awareness and go about your daily life.
Love to all
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