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Talks with Ramana Maharshi: On Realizing Abiding Peace and Happiness Paperback – July 1, 2000
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Every questioner is supplied with the teaching most appropriate and useful for his/her personal situation and level of understanding; as in all good teaching, there is no "same answers for same questions". Ramana's wide-ranging use of different sources, metaphors, examples, stories, quotations, etc. ranging from the Bible to the Gita or Vedas, is engaging, effective and ever illuminating whether you are reading "Talks" for the first or the 100th time. "Talks" is richer with each visitation with something new revealed. It is also a great "open anywhere and read a page" book - every page is rich with insight and understanding requiring no prior chapter or verse as background.
As Ramana spoke several languages, including English, and there were no tape recordings, only written versions, one might question whether these words represent his actual intent. In fact, what was entered for each day was checked that day personally by Ramana to verify that it was correct.
This is the contemporary Western version created by Inner Directions and is more accessible for such folk than earlier versions which had some "British" English of the period, Sanskrit languaging which was not standardized, and repetitive passages. This most current version has an Index, much needed when a specific topic is covered in many different places in talks arranged in chronological order, rather than by subject.
If one had to go to a desert island and could only take one book, as Ken Wilber mentions in his Foreword, this would be the one. It lives up to Wilber's billing; this is as good as it gets.
Most of the answers from Ramana Maharshi in this huge volume of ultimate spiritual Q&A are as disconcerting as this one -- which by the way has a double entendre for those who know the advaita equalization of waking life and dreams (the devotee did not get he WAS INDEED asking "in the dream"...). What strikes the reader first is the brilliance of this humble man, his razor-sharp intelligence. But as we turn the pages and ponder his words in hundreds of dialogues, little by little we realize we are dealing here with the real thing: a man who has crossed over to the other shore, a jivanmukta ("liberated while alive"). I have read quite a lot in the last few years on philosophy and spirituality, and my feeling regarding this book is one of reaching rock bottom: you simply cannot go deeper.
The question "Did you exist in deep sleep?", for example, sounds to me the best argument for the unreality of the ego, which Ramana sometimes call the "small I". Very ingenious. No one denies, while awake, his own existence in deep sleep. But whence comes our certainty, if we where unconscious? It comes from a silent witness. If you understand that the same witness is the indestructible background of the bundle of thoughts we call "mind", it is game over for the ego and the suffering it brings to you.
My limited exposure to advaita vedanta suggests that it may not be suitable for some (perhaps most) spiritual seekers, because it may be misconstrued as nihilistic. If you want to take the risk, this may be one of the best books to read. Overall, a very fine edition, compleat with sanskrit glossary, anotated vedanta bibliography and full thematic index. A work of love.
This book is well above and beyond mere 'faith' and 'belief.' Ramana says find out who you really are and then see if you still have your questions......
All his answers help to guide each person to the direct path of Self-realization with simple clarity and power. It is like sitting in his presence and receiving his Light. A must read for a spiritual seeker who is in search of a true Spiritual Teacher.
Why go to all the secondary resources, when this jewel of his words is right before you?