Meditation Means Forgetting Your Identity

by Shri Ramakant Maharaj

You Are Truth

Ramakant Maharaj PhotoQ: I want to know the truth?

Maharaj: You are Truth.

Q: I know, but . . .

Maharaj: The Knower is Truth. The one who wants to know, who is expecting Truth, That is Truth. Because we have been under the impressions and influences of the body since childhood, we find it difficult to absorb the Knowledge. We have accumulated knowledge, through hearing and reading, but we have not absorbed the Knowledge.

You know you are Brahman, Atman, but to absorb this, you need systematic meditation,

Naam Mantra. Then all these illusions that are wrapped around you will dissolve.

What is the value of this body? Forget about spirituality! As long as Presence is there, everyone is bowing down, saying, “Oh, you are great, you are great.” But the moment Presence, or Spirit, disappears, people say, “Take it away, take it away.” It is open fact.

THERE IS NO BIRTH AND DEATH
FOR YOUR SPONTANEOUS PRESENCE,

WHICH IS CALLED BRAHMAN, ATMAN, PARAMATMAN, GOD.

I AM INVITING THE ATTENTION
OF THAT INVISIBLE LISTENER WITHIN YOU.

You are Ultimate Truth, you are Final Truth, you are Master. But, the influence of the body has to dissolve. Nothing is impossible. If the Seer is not there, who will talk about the seen? If the Seer is absent, who will talk about the world?

 We are begging all the time, “Oh, God bless me. Master, please bless me and do something for me.” When you come to know that Godly essence within, you will not go begging for any more blessings from anybody!

YOU WILL BLESS YOURSELF.

BLESS YOURSELF!

YOU WILL BOW DOWN TO YOU.

BOW TO YOURSELF.

The Master has given you a new pair of divine spectacles. Now you have to wear them because you are Final Truth.

Q: How to dissolve the mind?

Maharaj: I have told you that there is no mind! Mind is just made up of some illusionary concepts. Because we have given so much importance to it, we have followed all its instructions telling us to: “Do this, do that, do this, do that.”

WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT THOUGHTS COME INTO THE MIND,

THEY ARE DIVERTED TO THE INTELLECT.

THEN THE INTELLECT ASSESSES THEM, MAKES A DECISION,

AND FINALLY

THE EGO PUTS THESE THOUGHTS INTO PRACTICE.

You have been blindly obeying this internal government, and blindly following its instructions. Not any more!

YOU ARE A MASTER,

YOU ARE THE BOSS.

NOW YOU HAVE TO DICTATE THE TERMS.

Q: Most everyday thoughts that we have can be avoided, about ninety-five per cent of them, but there are certain tendencies, which come in a cyclical way, and when they happen, it happens so quickly that the habitual happens immediately.

At that moment, we cannot identify with Presence, and then we get lost. Before we realize it, a few days have gone by. Gradually the effect is reduced, and then we think, Oh God! What have we been doing? Recognize that we have been lost for a few days.

Maharaj: That is why alertness at all times is needed. The Knowledge, meditation and singing are all aids to help you stay alert to illusion. These are your tools, your equipment.

WHEN YOU ARE WEAK,

WHEN YOU ARE UNAWARE,

THE ENEMY WILL GAIN ACCESS,

AND ENTER VIA THE BACK DOOR.

If you are alert, no one will dare come inside. I told you, meditation is the anti-virus software. You have to install it. That way, you are always keeping in touch with your Selfless Self. It is a powerful compound that will keep you strong till there is Absolute Conviction.

If you are weak, the mind will attack you, the enemy will attack you. But if you are strong, and have, say, the appearance of a body-builder, flexing your solid muscles, nobody will dare fight with you.

You have to grow spiritually strong. Strength is within you. What is lacking is willpower, confidence and courage. Meditation will regenerate your power.

Teach yourself! You have the basics. Master has given power, but it is up to you to use it now. Absorb this Knowledge. You are Truth!

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Whose Heart?

Q: Is there anything else that I need to know?

Maharaj: Why? After reaching the destination, why are you needing more addresses? It is not necessary!

Q: I do have a question about the heart. People talk about spiritual Masters having an open heart, and there is also Ramana Maharshi, saying the mind dissolves into the heart.

Maharaj: Whose heart? There’s no heart at all. Some subtle part of the body needs some Presence.

Q: What about a cosmic heart, universal heart?

Maharaj: You are naming all this. When did you come across the universe? All these words are there: heart, universe, cosmos. We have an Invisible Anonymous Existence, but we are measuring ourselves in body-form, and therefore attempting to measure things, using words like “heart.”

Q: A couple of visitors recently said that the Master had an open heart.

Maharaj: In the beginning, open heart is used because they are under the pressure of ignorance. After reaching Ultimate Truth, after having Ultimate Truth, after Conviction, there are no such words. Who created all these words?

Q: And love?

Maharaj: Who is loving whom? Who is loving whom? Love, affection, loyalty, faith, trust are the literal words of the body base. Activity is Spontaneous.

You are loving yourself more than others. Self-love, love, affection, attraction, all these are body-based. Prior to the body, prior to beingness, did you know about love, affection, trust, faith? No, nothing!

The moment the body disappears, what was all this love about? Where has the love gone, who was loving whom? Who is the lover? Who is loving? There are no objects. This object I’m loving . . . this somebody else . . . this something . . . I’m loving this, I’m loving that, I’m somebody else, this is all duality.

Q: And God is love?

Maharaj: This is a child’s game. You are no longer a child.

Q: And they say, God loves you?

Maharaj: Nisargadatta Maharaj used to say, “Without your Presence, God cannot exist”. Since coming into worldly existence, you are having some illusion that you are somebody in the world. Then all these terms “love” and “affection” started. Prior to hearing this Knowledge, you were considering, “I am within the world, within love, the universe”.

NOW, YOU SEE WITH THIS EYE OF KNOWLEDGE,

THAT THE UNIVERSE IS WITHIN YOU.

This is how it came.

I gave you the example of the dream-world. You are sleeping, and the entire universe is there. How did the universe come into that dream? You see the sea, ocean, sun, moon, sky, numerous people, the forest, whole world projected. How can this be? Just a click of “I”! A click of Presence that sprouts to see the world.

The same thing happens here. This “life” is a long dream: “The day I sat by the sea, my holiday, my wife, my relatives, my son, my friends”. It is a long dream! There are no relations!

Q: Like in the Chidananda bhajan, “I am not . . .

Maharaj: In Chidananda there are some words that identify the illusion. Remember! Don’t cling to any words.

“I am not” is also an illusion. To say “I am not”, some Presence has to be there first. Where was Chidananda prior to your Presence? Where was Chidananda, happiness, unhappiness? Nisargadatta Maharaj used to say:

“THE REAL IS VERY UNKNOWN TO YOU.

SO LIVE LIKE THAT

AND IT WILL NOT BE A PROBLEM FOR YOU”.

When you are not identifying yourself in any form prior to beingness, when you are not identifying in any form prior to beingness, you won’t have a problem. So try and live like that! No attraction, no love, no universe, no God, no prarabdha, no nothing.

WHEN EVERYTHING ENDS, THERE YOU ARE,

WHEN EVERYTHING ENDS, THERE YOU ARE.

 Q: So we have to live like we were prior to beingness?

Maharaj: These are only words. It is your story. These are the indications.

I AM INVITING THE ATTENTION OF
HOW YOU WERE PRIOR TO BEINGNESS.

THESE ARE ONLY WORDS,

IT IS YOUR STORY.

PRIOR TO BEINGNESS YOU WERE UNKNOWN.

THEREFORE “UNKNOWN” CANNOT BE EXPERIENCED.

NO KNOWLEDGE, NO KNOWER.

Q: No!

Maharaj: Mind, ego, intellect, knower, knowledge, devotee, Master, God. We came across these terms when we came across the body. The body is not your identity, neither is mind, ego, intellect, Masters, God. Open Truth. Read if you so wish, but don’t drown yourself in an ocean of reading.

Be convinced, and convince others. We say “others”, just to communicate. There are no others. They are not knowing themselves, and so they are still thinking they are “other”.

Q: They are others because they are not knowing themselves?

Maharaj: They are the cause and the consequence of each entire world.

YOU ARE THE CAUSE AND CONSEQUENCE
OF YOUR ENTIRE WORLD.

You cannot realize the world without your Presence.

BE CALM AND QUIET.

EXCEPTIONAL SILENCE IS THERE.

NO STRUGGLE, NO TEMPTATION, NO ENTHUSIASM.

Q: You are not going after things, ideas?

Maharaj: Calm. Full stop. No more running! Finished! Running is over.

Remember what I told you, when everything ends, there you are. When everything ends, there you are:

WITHOUT ANY SHAPE,

WITHOUT ANY BODY, WITHOUT ANY FORM.

Q: I have one more body question, Maharaj. You said that Spirit finds beingness intolerable. Was it Spirit that projected the seeker, the searcher?

Maharaj: This is for understanding only. Spirit is not different. Since we are holding the body, some unpleasant things do happen to the body. Sickness comes. So if you are unaware of your Identity, it is intolerable. After knowing the Reality, “I” becomes tolerable because you remain unconcerned.

UNBEARABLE THINGS BECOME BEARABLE

WITH ESTABLISHED TRUTH.

You are to live with the body as if it were your neighbour’s child. Sometimes you try to be sympathetic, but you know you have nothing to do with your neighbour’s child.

Q: The body is to be viewed in a detached way, like the neighbour’s child? That is helpful, it creates distance.

Maharaj: The Conviction is there. You know that this is my neighbour’s child, and you have nothing to do with it. If you know it is the neighbour’s child, you are not having to put up with pain.

So be careful! Don’t be a bookworm! Just remember that while reading spiritual books, the content that is connected with the Ultimate Truth is about you. It is your story: That you are! This is the Conviction.

THESE ARE THE MEDITATIONS:

SPONTANEOUS, CONTINUOUS ALERTNESS
THAT WE ARE ULTIMATE TRUTH,

ULTIMATE IDENTITY.

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Trying to Catch the “I”

Q: I have been asking questions since childhood. I was a Zen Buddhist, and then I discovered Nisargadatta Maharaj and Ramana Maharshi. For years, I have tried to concentrate on the “I”, trying to catch the “I”. While working, eating, meeting with others, hearing, I have always tried to concentrate on “I”.

Recently, there has been a stronger feeling of suffering, and more attachment than before. I try to pull it all aside, but it is very difficult. I am despairing a little because of the suffering and this ego, this strong attachment. I want so much to be a pure devotee.

Maharaj: You need scientific meditation. You are using so many different pills and medicines. Your knowledge has come from reading books and listening to Masters.

ALL THIS CONFUSION IS HAPPENING BECAUSE OF A LACK OF FOUNDATION,

A LACK OF A SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION.

In our Lineage, we teach: “How to concentrate on the Concentrator”. If you undergo scientific meditation, your confusion will disappear. What has happened is that because of the influence of the body, the influence of reading various books, visiting various Masters, this has caused great confusion. Every Master has something to say, and says it in a different way.

SCIENTIFIC MEDITATION MEANS THAT THERE SHOULD NOT
BE A SCATTERED MIND, DIVIDED MIND, DIVIDED FAITH.

THERE SHOULD ONLY BE ONE TARGET.

ONE MASTER, NOT TWO MASTERS, OR COMPARING MASTERS.

Changing Masters will not bring you happiness. You must have strong faith in your Master. A strong faith in your Inner Master will regenerate your power. Your Inner Master will empower and teach you spontaneously. But you must not have a wavering mind. Meditate with full faith and trust. What is meditation?

MEDITATION MEANS FORGETTING YOUR IDENTITY.

RECITING THE NAAM MANTRA HALF-HEARTEDLY,

AND WITH SOME SUSPICION IS NOT MEDITATION.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THE QUALITY OF THE MEDITATION:

FULL CONCENTRATION, PERFECT INVOLVEMENT.

Q: I have been a devotee of Ramana Maharshi for a long time. Every year I go to Arunachala for a retreat. Is this confusing? Should I decide on one Master?

Maharaj: You see, there are all these Gurus. The physical bodies are different. You are identifying them in body-form. Spirit is one. Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Siddharameshwar Maharaj, there are many saintly people, but Spirit is one.

YOU HAVE TO PAY STRONG ATTENTION
TO THAT SPIRIT ALONE,

AND NOT TO THE BODY-FORM OF THE SAINTS.

You have been doing various practices which is good. But at the same time, these practices are inflating the ego, and because of the ego, you are not getting the happiness you are seeking. You feel sorry, depressed, and some fear is also there.

But the moment you become one with Ultimate Truth, there won’t be any of these feelings.

YOU ARE UNBORN,

SO DON’T MEASURE YOURSELF IN THE BODY-FORM.

THIS IS NOT YOUR IDENTITY,

IT IS JUST YOUR EXTERNAL COVER.

 Q: It is hard to be devoted, so difficult to be a good and pure devotee.

Maharaj: There is no difficulty. You must have complete faith in your Master, whether he is alive or not. Reading books and changing Masters will not help.

YOU ARE TO GO TO A REALIZED MASTER,

NOT TO ANY OLD MASTER

WHO IS DOING IT FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

When you accept someone as your Master, you are supposed to be wholly loyal to that Master. Therefore in any circumstances in life, you should stay loyal to your Master. The Master is there to take care of you. Sometimes there are tests.

Q: So many tests!

Maharaj: There should not be any dual mind, or ill faith towards the Master under any circumstances. This is the quality of spirituality. Confusion and fear is with you because you are listening to different teachers, talking about destiny, karma, prarabdha, etc. There is no destiny, no prarabdha.

ALL THESE THOUGHTS ARE APPLICABLE TO THE BODY ONLY,

NOT TO YOU.

WHY ACCEPT SOMEBODY ELSE’S ILLUSORY THOUGHTS
AND HAVE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE INCREASE?

Your search has to come to an end because there is no search. Where everything ends, there you are.

CONCENTRATE ON THE SEARCHER,

NOT THE SEARCH.

At the moment you are scattered. Your strength is divided. Your faith is scattered like the sun’s rays. Be the sun! Power is within you but it is scattered here and there. Using one finger only, you cannot do very much, but with five, you can clench your fist and give a firm blow. That power is divided between ten fingers. If all fingers come together, nothing will dare attack you.

Dry discussion of knowledge will not help. Practical knowledge is needed. Theory and practice always differ. You know how to swim theoretically, but unless you jump in the water, you are not swimming in the ocean of spiritual knowledge.

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Shri Ramakant Maharaj is a direct disciple of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj and a Self-Realized master in his own right. He first met Nisargadatta Maharaj in 1962 and subsequently spent the next 19 years with him. Ramakant Maharaj teaches the way of Advaita or nonduality, and is a Guru in the Inchegiri branch of the Navnath Sampradaya.

In 1965 Ramakant attended the prestigious Elphinstone College, at the behest of Nisargadatta Maharaj. After graduation, he attended the Siddhartha Law College where he graduated with a law degree. He subsequently worked in the legal department of a bank, ultimately retiring in 2000 as its bank manager. He is married to Anvita Savant, who is also a disciple of Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj. They have two sons.

From Selfless Self: Talks with Shri Ramakant Maharaj. Copyright © 2015 by Ann Shaw. Published by Selfless Self Press. www.selfless-self.com.