Sunday, April 17, 2005

Learning

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My spiritual teacher once asked himself that and the only meaningful answer that he could come up with was: "i have learned how to lose." If you can learn that I would say you are a very rich person indeed.

A very healthy looking eighty something year old ayurvedic doctor in Madras once told me, whilst chanting a lot of sanskrit slokas, that we incarnate to learn.

My teacher said he did not like learning. Education is a process of stripping away; a grand lesson in refinement.


Ramana:

The Intellect and Learning

Knowledge implies the result of impressions on one's consciousness.

Doubt or uncertainty is for the mind or intellect and has no place in the perfection of Realization.

Q: Then is all our intellectual progress worth nothing?

M: Whose intellect is progressing? Find out.

Q: How does the intellect help?

M: Only in making one sink the intellect in the ego and the ego in the Self After realization, all intellectual loads are thrown overboard as flotsam. Whose is the intellect? It is man's. Intellect is only an instrument. To reach the Self it must vanish.

Pride of learning and the desire for appreciation are condemned, not the learning itself. Education and learning which lead to the search for Truth and humility are good


The reality of yourself cannot be questioned. The Self is the primal reality The ordinary person unconsciously takes reality to be their true inner reality plus everything which has come into their consciousness as pertaining to themselves
body, etc. This they have to unlearn.



Q: Where are memory and forgetfulness located?

M: In the Chitta (intellect).

People such as inventors searching for new material, make their discoveries in a state of self-forgetfulness. It is in a condition of deep intellectual concentration that this forgetfulness of the ego occurs, and the invention is revealed. This is also a way of developing intuition. Hence a sharpened, concentrated intellect is useful, and even essential in material matters, but the revelation or intuition arises in its own time and one must wait for it.


On Books

Lectures and books are of little benefit and are useful only to point out the way to beginners. The real work is done in meditation. As the Tamil Saint, Tayumanavar, points out in a poem, a person who sits still and silently, can influence a whole country. The force of meditation is infinitely more powerful than speech or writing. One who sits in silence, meditating on the Self, will draw a whole crowd of people to him, without his going out to anyone.

Even books like the Bhagavad Gita, and Light on the Path, must be given up to find the Self by looking within. Even the Gita says, "Meditate on the Self." It does not say, "Meditate upon the book of the Gita. "

I asked Maharshi why his books are in poem and song. He said it was easier for people to learn and remember them in this form.



There is a unity really, but intellect creates differences. Even so, intellect is a power (faculty) of the Self, but the principle which lies behind the intellect cannot be known by the intellect.