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"You-Are-Not-The-Doer" Experiment

I am still haunted by Ramana remarks on “You Are Not the Doer” (see my post “let action complete itself”) and now it becomes like an ongoing experiment – to which I would like to invite you.

Just allow this possibility, this perspective “You Are Not the Doer” for one day – or even for one hour and look, just look what happens. And leave me your comment – I would love to see your feedback here.

“The present difficulty is that the man thinks that he is the doer. But it is a mistake. It is the Higher Power which does everything and the man is only a tool. If he accepts that position he is free from troubles; otherwise he courts them.” – Ramana Maharshi

Returning to my origin

Before grasping for any kind of experience… notice what this grasping does to you. It manifests separation. It proclaims we are not quit yet complete and whole. The pursuit of our goals usually doesn’t give us an immediate and tangible sense of wholeness and completeness of our life as it is right now, right here; usually it seems to promise fulfillment in an imagined future.

Now, do you notice? The central assumption here is that our means, our paths, our goals will lead us to that place, our ultimate place! And of course we believe so much in this assumption, we don’t even notice the most basic and natural state, the state of being alive, in which everything returns to its origin – sustaining the balance of Creation, the “Divine Equilibrium” of all Existence. In this context Ramana Maharshi’s metaphor for Self-Realization makes complete sense to me:

“You speak as if you are here, and the Self is somewhere else and you had to go and reach it… …But in fact the Self is here and now, and you are always It. It is like being here and asking people the way to the ashram, then complaining that each one shows a different path and asking which to follow.”

Why Ramana Maharshi?

Since I know Ramana… my entire outlook on life changed so drastically… even now, 8 years later, I am still recognizing all the ramifications it has for me to this very day. Now – to recognize that – is one thing. To be able to express it – is another. And then to share it – yet another one.

That’s how this blog comes now to life… through me awakening to the Magic of Sharing (MS) otherwise known as SMN (Social Media Networks) – a joke? No.. it’s just a beginning!

Let action complete itself

“You are not the Doer” – This teaching is to me one of the most profound things I came in touch with, based on my practice and experience with it. And again it was Ramana Maharshi who introduced me to it.

Here is what I found today and was blessed with: An unexpected gift – in pure delight of instant liberation – arriving just “on time” while I am reading in “Talks with Ramana, Part 1”:

“Do not trouble about doing action or otherwise. Know Thyself. Then let us see whose action it is. Whose is it? Let action complete itself. So long as there is the doer he must reap the fruits of his action. If he does not think himself the doer there is no action for him.”

“Actions form no bondage. Bondage is only the false notion. “I am the doer.” Leave off such thoughts and let the body and senses play their role, unimpeded by your interference.”

“What does the Gita say? Arjuna refused to fight. Krishna said, “So long as you refuse to fight, you have the sense of doership. Who are you to refrain or to act? Give up the notion of doership. Until that sense disappears you are bound to act.”

“How to get released from karma? See whose karma it is. You will find you are not the doer.

An unexpected gift!

Today I found a note.
And this one note turned my life today into pure peace and delight.

“It is false to speak of realization.
What is there to realize ?
The real is as it is, ever.
How to realize it ?
All that is required is this. We have realized the unreal, i.e., regarded as real what is unreal. We have to give up this attitude. That is all that is required for us to attain jnana (Enlightenment or Self-Knowledge). We are not creating anything new or achieving something which we did not have before.” – Ramana Maharshi

Profound and yet so simple. His message touches my heart to this very day…  is perhaps anyway the most profound message I’ve ever heard.