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Sri Ramana Maharshi Explains The Term Upadesha

The term upadesha is of great significance in Hinduism and Sri Ramana Maharshi explains it.

The term ‘upadesha’ literally means restoring an object nearest to its true and proper place.

The mind of the disciple having become differentiated from its true and primal state of Pure Being, or the Self, which the scriptures describe as Sat Chit Ananda, Being Consciousness Bliss, slips away from it and, assuming the form of thought, ever runs after the objects of sense gratification.

Thus, the mind gets buffeted and battered by the vicissitudes of life and becomes weak and dispirited.

Now, Upadesa, or spiritual instruction, consists in the Master restoring the mind of the disciple to its primal state and effectively preventing it from slipping away from the state of Pure Being, of absolute identity with the Self, or, in other words, the spiritual Being of the Master.

The term ‘upadesa’ may also be understood as presenting an apparently distant object to one’s near view; i.e., it consists in the Master showing to the disciple, as immediate and identical with the disciple, that which he has been considering (viz., the Self, or Absolute) as distant and different from himself.