Ego Returning... (was Re: Ramana's technique)
acurry at UVIC.CA
Fri Oct 24 19:28:06 CDT 1997
>"Who is indifferent? There's no one here to prefer or to be indifferent.
>The body/mind might scream in pain when this arm is cut off (less when the
>neighbor's arm gets cut off). As long as there is a body/mind in
>phenomenality, the body/mind will react. But this pain isn't important,
>and doesn't have anything to do with my true nature."
I agree that pain is not the issue but in my opinion
fear proves that an ego still lives. It's my belief that
an enlightened being (non-person, whatever) just is not
capable of being afraid. They could mimic the outward
symptoms of being afraid just for a joke but they are
actually incapable of fear. Would you agree?
>Take the case of Ramana. Was there the appearance of pain when his body
>was partly consumed by vermin? Was it that there was no pain or feeling,
>or was it that there was no personal entity to identify or be localized
>with the pain?
I have no doubt that Ramana Maharshi was enlightened and
that there was no personal self there. I can't say as much
however for most other so called gurus out there. How about
list members? Any of us incapable of being afraid? Any of
us think we can be enlightened and still be afraid from
time to time?
- Allan Curry
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