I discovered last night this beautiful photo on the web, to draw from: Robert & Seek. The photo is on a blog called http://itisnotreal.com
Robert’s parkinsons’ whisper, slightly nasal, and wide uncluttered eyes…
“Who am I? … I’m teaching you today a combination of bhakta and jnana. Bhakta and Jnana – Devotion and Wisdom. Think of your Heart centre in the right side of your chest and see the form of the deity that you love dearly. The form may be of Krishna, Jesus, Ramana, Moses, Mohammed or a Guru. Inhale, say Lord – or Hari – exhale, say the name of the One you love and desire.
This is called using Name and Form. It is an ancient tradition.
If you are an atheist and don’t want to see anyone’s form, you can see LIGHT, pure light, in your Heart. And you can chant to yourself, something like this: “I am an open channel for the manifestation of all Good …” Whatever your practice is, this is what you can do. But you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to follow this, make it happen.
Then … “Who is the ‘I’ beyond this image? Who is the ‘I’ that is seeing Christ, seeing Ramana? Who is the ‘I’ that’s observing all these things?
“Who am I?” Never answer that question! Just pose the question to yourself … who am I? … who am I?
You will notice the thoughts will not come through again. The thoughts have stopped. You will no longer be bombarded by thoughts! like you were before. For thinking of the Sage within your Self, has calmed you down tremendously. Who am I … ?
If thoughts invade you again, go back to Ramana Maharshi in your heart. Or Christ, or whoever. See the image, (breathe in Hari,) repeat the Name. Hari Ramana! Hari Ramana!
Then go back again to “Who am I?” … “Who am I?”
When approximately an hour has passed, get up and go about your business. You will find that during the day something very interesting has happened to you. You are filled with peace! You’ve entered a different dimension. Things that used to make you angry will stop. Things that made you depressed, lonely, upset – have gone away. You will feel fulfilment. Do the same thing before you go to sleep.”
From transcript “The Method of Freedom”
The photo for this drawing was another “find” – this time on facebook – (Eraaramesh, thank you!) Ramana and the little brothers and sisters … nephews? I seem to recognise them.
A “revisit to India” is long due. Drawing this, recaptured for me the luscious sights, sounds, smells and faces of Tamil Nadu – those waggling heads. Wonderful feeling.
Not like a boat’s sail wide outspread
and worn away by wind and weather,
but like the humble anchor sunk
in the vast ocean’s depth, the mind
should plunge and settle in the heart
Garland of Guru’s Sayings by Muruganar
(Ramana’s conversations set to verse.)
Ramesh Balsekar talks at home, Sindula Building in Mumbai – his crowded lofty living-room. I hear the sparrows and crows, and over the rooftops, the sea can just be seen. He looks rather pensive in this sketch. I would like to have got him more sharp and “pouncy” – his teaching style is like a falcon. However, there were these inward moments also, particularly when the lady sitting next to him sang the bhajans at the end of a vigorous morning. He closed his eyes then, and slowly tapped the rhythm.
Ramesh was rarely still. He quivered like a racehorse:
“My concept is, that no action is anyone’s action … The input is: God sends you a thought, over which you have no control … the brain reacts to that input and brings out an output, strictly according to the programming. And that output over which Lawrence has no control, Lawrence says is HIS ACTION. You see? … From that deepest possible source, which is the Source itself, the question will arise: If Lawrence doesn’t do any action, WHO IS LAWRENCE? WHO AM I?
“But the big difference is, that it is not the intellect which asks the question. The question ARISES from personal experience that Lawrence doesn’t do anything. Lawrence doesn’t act – therefore who is Lawrence? Then the question arises FROM THE VERY DEPTHS OF YOUR BEING, into which Ramana asks you to dive – ‘If I don’t do any actions, who am I?’
“And then again, if it is God’s will or grace, and the destiny of that bodymind organism, FROM that very Source from which the question arose, will arise the answer: there really is no Lawrence. There never has been any Lawrence, other than the name given to this bodymind organism. You see? And as far as my concept goes, that is the only sadhana or effort necessary. That is my interpretation of Ramana Maharshi’s query “who am I?”
That is my answer, Lawrence, to the question, the burning question which everybody has: How do I go about this Self enquiry, if this Self enquiry is not a mantra and not an intellectual question?
From a conversation with Lawrence Bentley
A butterlamp at dawn
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