From the 1900s, Spirituality became a commodity to sell in the business environment. Every Baba and Gurus speak big words and display the outwardly character of ancient seers. But most of them are hollow internally. They have their own human weaknesses. They are prone to any temptations. Ultimately they also end up accumulating wealth for personal indulgences.
But Sri Ramana Maharshi was one such rare personality in the Indian Spiritual History who attracted thousands of devotees without uttering a single word but through his divine silence and presence. He owned nothing. He indulged nothing. He advocated nothing. But his Buddhafield healed the souls. His light of enlightenment removed the darkness of millions. All his major teachings are contained in this one single book, “Who Am I?”. If you are curious to jump into the inner journey, this is the book you should start with. Some of the excerpts from this book are given below.
1. Who am I ?
The gross body which is composed of the seven humours (dhatus), I am not; the five cognitive sense organs, viz. the senses of hearing, touch, sight, taste, and smell, which apprehend their respective objects, viz. sound, touch, colour, taste, and odour, I am not; the five cognitive sense organs, viz. the organs of speech, locomotion, grasping, excretion, and procreation, which have as their respective functions speaking, moving, grasping, excreting, and enjoying, I am not; the five vital airs, prana, etc., which perform respectively the five functions of in-breathing, etc., I am not; even the mind which thinks, I am not; the nescience too, which is endowed only with the residual impressions of objects, and in which there are no objects and non functioning, I am not.
2. If I am none of these, then who am I?
After negating all of the above-mentioned as ‘not this’, ‘not this’, that Awareness which alone remains – that I am.
3. What is the nature of Awareness?
The nature of Awareness is existence-consciousness-bliss
4. When will the realization of the Self be gained?
When the world which is what-is-seen has been removed, there will be realization of the Self which is the seer.
5. Will there not be realization of the Self even while the world is there (taken as real)?
There will not be.
The seer and the object seen are like the rope and the snake. Just as the knowledge of the rope which is the substrate will not arise unless the false knowledge of the illusory serpent goes, so the realization of the Self which is the substrate will not be gained unless the belief that the world is real is removed.
7. When will the world which is the object seen be removed?
When the mind, which is the cause of all cognition and of all actions, becomes quiescent, the world will disappear