A Reading from Empire of the Soul

from Empire of the Soul by Paul William Roberts, p61-62

“Who am I?  Where did

I come from and how?  Who

is my real maker?  Who is my


— Adi Sankaracharya, 16th c.

“Adi Sankaracharya’s fundamental query really summed up Ramana Maharshi’s meditational method.  You dwelt relentlessly on these five questions and, if your efforts were hard and sincere enough, you finally realized the Truth.  The Marharshi eventually reduced the query to three points: Who am I?  Why am I?  Where am I going? It was the nondualistic path, the path of jnana, or knowledge.  It required fierce and rigorous mental discipline.  Perhaps that formidable intellect was what I felt still energizing his room.  The endrest of jnana yoga was supposed to be the realization that the Self, the universe, and God are one.  The All is the One.”

6 August 00 ~6:23 am Sunday


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