What is reality?












With the words of Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Reality must always be real.
It is not with forms and names.
That which underlies these is reality.

It underlies limitations, itself being limitless.
It is not bound.
It underlies unrealities, itself being real.

Reality is that which is.
It is as it is.

It transcends speech.
It is beyond the expressions «existence, non-existence,» etc.

Reality, which is the mere consciousness
that remains when ignorance is destroyed along with the knowledge of objects,
alone is the Self (Ātman).

In this Self-nature of the Absolute (Brahma-swarupa),
which is abundant Self-awareness,
there is not the least ignorance.

The reality, which shines fully, without misery and without a body,
not only when the world is known but also when the world is not known,
is your true Self-nature (nija-swarupa).

The radiance of consciousness and bliss,
in the form of one awareness shining equally within and without,
is the supreme and blissful, primordial reality.

Its form is silence
and it is declared by jnanis
to be the final and unobstructable state of true realization (jnana).

Know that
jnana alone is non-attachment,
jnana alone is purity,
jnana is the attainment of God,
jnana, which is devoid of forgetfulness of the Self alone, is immortality,
jnana alone is everything.

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