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Why Is It Necessary For The Mind To Die?

Sri Lakshmana Swamy (disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi): The mind must die. There is no other way to realise the Self. Some people say that complete equanimity of mind is self realisation, but this is not true. This is only a stage one passes through on the way to self realisation. Other people say that seeing the Self or God everywhere is self-realisation, but this is not true either. To see the Self everywhere, there must be an I who sees, and while that I exists, the mind will also exist. The jnani does not see anything, because the seeing entity in him has died. In the Self there is no seeing, only being. When the mind still exists one can reach a stage where one can see the whole world as a manifestation of the Self, but when the mind dies, there is no one who sees and no world to be seen.

If you have a mind, then the earth, the sky and the stars will exist, and you will be able to see them. When the mind dies there will be no earth, no sky, no stars and no world. The world of objects, names and forms is only the mind, and when the mind dies, the world dies with it. Only the Self then remains.

Seeing everything as the Self gives the impression that the Self is equally distributed everywhere. This is also an idea in the mind. When the mind finally dies you realise that there is no distribution and no everywhere.

Source - The Mountain Path - 1993 - Aradhana Issue page 34