Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Pure awareness--Ego awareness and Self-inquiry By Sri Surya Narayana Raju
Above Photo of Dr Raju Garu is taken In the garden of JK center.
Suppose on a plain paper we mark a zero with a pencil,we feel that zero mark is really zero.If we carefully observe even when we think that mark of pencil indicates zero with no value its background is plain paper which is there even before marking zero by the pencil and it will be there even after erasing the pencil mark of zero.
Similarly on the screen of awareness for functional purpose awareness mind is created whose essential nature is nothingness.That mind gives direction to the awareness so that awareness can function in the fleeting phenomenal reality.Mind has an utilitarian value in the phenomenal reality because awareness acts through it,just like pencil mark of zero on the plain paper has utilitarian value.Noe if we want have only plain paper we have to erase the pencil mark of zero.
Similarly if we want to know the nature of awareness which is the background of mind,first we must know the nature of mind which is nothingness.Once we know that a gestalt in our attitude happens and we observe the nature of awareness which is the background of the mind.
We direct our attention towards the source of mind which is awareness.The real can be known only through the false, so the ego is a must. One has to pass through it. It is a discipline. The real can be known only through the illusion. You cannot know the truth directly.
First you have to know that which is not true. First you have to encounter the untrue. Through that encounter you become capable of knowing the truth. If you know the false as the false, truth will dawn upon you. So you have two centers. One center you come with, which is given by existence itself. That is the self. And the other center, which is created by the society, is the ego.
It is a false thing - and it is a very great trick. Through the ego the society is controlling you. You have to behave in a certain way, because only then does the society appreciate you. You have to walk in a certain way; you have to laugh in a certain way; you have to follow certain manners, a morality, a code. Only then will the society appreciate you, and if it doesn't, you ego will be shaken. And when the ego is shaken, you don't know where you are, who you are.
The others have given you the idea. That idea is the ego.That which is given by the existence is the screen of awareness.That which is written on your screen by the society is the false center of awareness or ego.If we are aware that our essential nature is screen of awareness that which is written on the screen will not affect us.
Suppose there is news paper,we can see the letters on it and forget for the time being that writing and reading of letters are possible only because paper is there to write or read something on it.If we are aware of the fact then gestalt happens and we recognize that paper is the background of all these letters.Just as letters written with white chalk piece on a black board are very clear,we can see the contents of the mind,its thoughts,feelings with the background of awareness which is possible in Self-inquiry.
The ego is not individual. Ego is a social phenomenon - it is society, its not you. But it gives you a function in the society, a hierarchy in the society. And if you remain satisfied with it, you will miss the whole opportunity of finding the self.
And that's why you are so miserable. Try to understand it as deeply as possible, because this has to be thrown. And unless you throw it you will never be able to attain to the self. Because you are addicted to the center, you cannot move, and you cannot look at the self. This throwing is possible only through Self-inquiry.
Sri Surya Narayana Raju Warns Us Regarding Neo-advaitins ( Neo Means Mordern)
Note : Neo-advaitins understanding is a perverted one.As long as mind is there its projection of world is there which functions according to natural laws.Nobody is beyond above these laws.
a) Once one elephant charged at Adi Sankara,he immediately ran and climbed a tree to save his body.
b) JK used to hit his head against a wall unable to bear very severe headache and asked god to relieve it by taking prana from his body.
c) Lord Krishna ran away from Delhi to Madhura when he heard King Jarasandha is coming to kill him.
d) Totapuri who conferred non-dual Self knowledge to Ramakrishna tried to commit suicide by jumping into Ganges but Ramakrishna saved him through his yogic power by lowering the level of Ganges.
All these are Self realized masters.The phenomenal reality has its own reality.(Vyavaharika satya).
Neo advaitins are new group of idiots talking about Self without having any Self experience and having no comprehensive understanding on this subject.
All forms of idiocy is possible in USA and it is having a more of entertainment value than real exposition on Advaita.
Once Adi Sankara is walking through a street saying "Sivoham',"Sivoham",a man behind him repeated the same.
To teach him a lesson Adi Sankara took boiling tin and swallowed it and continued his walk as usual.The man behind him is afraid to see this unexpected event and stopped imitating Adi Sankara.
Neo Advaitins are just like parrots repeating the words of great masters without any understanding.Take no notice of them.
About the Author
Sri Suryanarayana Raju is interested in Self-Enquiry in the light of Sri Ramana Maharshi,Osho,JK.He wrote two books on "Self-Enquiry" and "Commented on Upadesa Saram and Akshara Mana Malai". available for download at http://www.esnips.com/ web/ramana-maharshi