A Selection of Teachings
Sri Gajapathi Aiyyer’s Unpublished 1936 Journal
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
What is the Purpose of Life?
Q.: What is the purpose of life?
B.: It is to discover the correct answer to this question.
Q.: What is the correct answer?
Q.:I do not understand?
B.: Life does not question its own purpose. It has no questions to ask. It has no complaint to raise. It has no grudge to bear. Therefore it is in perpetual peace. You, on the other hand, seem to lack peace; that is why you are raising these questions evidently. So, if you make yourself indistinguishable and inseperable from Life, no more questions about Life or anything else will arise so as to throw you into the uneasy marsh of inner tumult and worry. Thus, you will remain in Peace. So, the purpose of life is to subsume your life into Life so that torments such as this question cease to distress you. Then you will abide as Life or Peace itself. Thus, the purpose of life is Life.
Q.: I find Bhagvan’s words cryptic.
B.: Go around the Hill today evening. You will find the peace you are looking for.
Q.: I shall do as advised. Is this Hill God?
Q.: Is not everything God?
B.: All parts of your body- evenly- are made up substantially only of the elements Oxygen, Carbon, Hydrogen and Nitrogen. Can you use the anus for eating and the mouth for excreting?
Q.: [laughs impertinently] So far I have not tried the novel proposition… So this mountain has a special function to play in the spiritual destiny of the world or mankind?
Q.: Does this mountain bestow Jnana upon those who think of Him but once?
B.: At least eventually.
Q.: What is the covenant to be followed in order to win Jnana-siddhi from this mountain?
Q.: It means?
B.: Totally cease to care about anything. Let what may, happen. What comes, let it come. What goes let it go. See what remains.
Q.: You are- in effect- asking me to throw away my life, sir.
B.: Yes. “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.”
Q.: [again the same insolent laugh] May I know why I am being expected to want to lose my life for your sake? I assure Bhagavan that my mental faculties are quite sound, despite coming here.
B.: One who wants Immortality must perish therein.
Q.: Then what is the point of Immortality?
B.: Immortality is already immortal. Your mortality is the obstacle to Realisation of the same. Kill that mortality and Immortality shines forth.
Q.: How to do this?
B.: By following the investigation ‘Who am I?’. Its import is not verbally or mentally articulating the question, but is only this: “You say ‘I am’. Find out who ‘is’. Find the source of thought. Stay there once and for all.”
Edited by John David Oct 2021