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Oneness in Consciousness

Om Namo Bhagavate Shri Ramanaya

I am not the body nor am I the mind (Please read the previous posts for details) So 'Who am I?' The small booklet 'Who am I' of Ramana Maharshi is enough to dispel all doubts.

What is left over is a vibrant silence, being-ness or consciousness. So if  I am this silence or consciousness, then the essence of everyone, should be the same. A oneness in consciousness is experienced (Universal oneness)

Division can exercise only with the body or the form as 'you,' 'me,' 'they,' 'them' 'it' etc. Division is out of question beyond forms (body), (IE) when we understand that we are not the body.

A small exercise suggested by Swami Ashokananda in His 'Not many but one' is really interesting. When one happens to see a person, a dog, a tree or anything else for that matter, He asks one to pierce through the form to identify the oneness in consciousness, spirit or silence (all means the same). This way we only identify the oneness of the spirit.  This sums up for what we have always been mechanically saying, all is one.' A universal oneness is experienced.

Though a follower of Ramana Maharshi, the above exercise interested me. Of course I should admit that I just have the understanding, but abidance in the understanding can only happen with Grace. Grace puts one back to practise whatever modes of practices we have undertaken. As a frail human being with weaknesses, it can only be achieved by Grace. In fact it is the very same Grace which, bestows one with the basic understanding itself.

Ramana Maharshi says, "If you are conscious of anything, you are essentially conscious of yourself" (All that prevails is only consciousness which is an undivided whole, universal oneness or oneness in consciousness) The above exercise gave an understanding into what Ramana intended to say. This understanding, the comprehension of the oneness of the spirit acts as a tranquiliser to all the worldly ills that arises out of the notion, 'I am the body.' Physical or mental affliction is only for the body and the mind and not for the being.  The Sages call the abidance in consciousness as the supreme state. To translate into simple language without intellectual jargon, it is nothing but pure undisturbed peace at all circumstances.

Om Namo Bhagavate Shri Ramanaya
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