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Thoughts On Reality – Sri Ramana Maharshi

If Reality did not exist, could there be any knowledge of existence? Free from all thoughts, Reality abides in the Heart, the Source of all thoughts. It is, therefore, called the Heart. How then is one to contemplate it? To be as it is in the Heart, is Its contemplation.
Those who know intense fear of death seek refuge only at the feet of the Lord. Who has neither death nor birth. Dead to themselves and their possessions, can the thought of death occur to them again? Deathless are they.

From our perception of the world there follows acceptance of a unique First Principle possessing various powers. Pictures of name and form, the person who sees, the screen on which he sees, and the light by which he sees : he himself is all of these.

All religions postulate the three fundamentals, the world, the soul, and God, but it is only the one Reality that manifests Itself as these three. One can say, ' The three are really three' only so long as the ego lasts. Therefore, to inhere in one's own Be-ing, where the ' I', or ego, is dead, is the perfect State.

'The world is real.' 'No, it is a mere illusory appearance.' 'The world is conscious.' 'No.' ' The world is happiness-' ' No.' What use is it to argue thus ? That State is agreeable to all, wherein, having given up the objective outlook, one knows one's Self and loses all notions either of unity or duality, of oneself and the ego.