A Journal of Previously Unpublished Conversations
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.
This Manuscript was recorded 85 years ago in 1936.
It was offered to the public in October 2021 on Amazon.
Q.: How do I attain a Self- realised state for myself?
B.: Summa Iru [Be Still]. That is the practice.
Q.: Am I to be idle all the time? Is engaging in gainful or productive employment a crime?
B.: The importance of Summa Iru is, “Keep your mind idle or asleep in the Beingness of the Self.” As for the body, it has its own prarabdha (destiny that effects our life now) to attend to. You have no right of say over the body. You cannot decide whether the body should work or remain idle. What is bound to happen will happen. If the body is destined to remain without working, work cannot be obtained even if you hunt for it. If the body is destined to work you cannot alter such destiny, for the body will be forced to engage in it. So leave it to the Higher Power. You cannot avoid or accquire work for the body as you choose. God has not permitted that freedom. Only one freedom is permitted to man – and that is the freedom to perish in his own Immortal Self. This is also the only free will.
Q.: Can meditation or vichara (Self- enquiry) be carried on in the midst of worldlyactivity?
B.: The feeling “I am working” is the hinderance. Enquire, “Who works?” Remember to ask yourself “Who am I?” every time such false notions of doership trouble you. Then no work can bind you; it will all go on automatically. Make no effort either to work or to renounce work. Your effort is the bondage. Simply perpetually remain as you ARE, mind merged in its source so as to be indistinguishable from the Beingness of the Self, and do not bother about the question of whether the body ought to work or to idle away. If you remain non-attached (neither attached nor detached, for both are volitionary [voluntary action]), the body’s prarabdha will effortlessly carry it through whatever activities are meant for it in this life. You remain surrendered to the Self – everything else disappears. No more questions, doubts, or misgivings arise. This is the way for unshakeable shanti (peace).
Edited by John David Oct 2021