Posted by: Stephen Paul | December 18, 2015

Why did the Self manifest as this miserable world?

Questioner: Why did the Self manifest as this miserable world?

Ramana Maharshi: In order that you might seek it. Your eyes cannot see themselves. Place a mirror before them and they see themselves. Similarly with the creation. “See yourself first and then see the whole world as the Self.”

Questioner: So it amounts to this – that I should always look within.

Ramana Maharshi: Yes.

Questioner: Should I not see the world at all?

Ramana Maharshi: You are not instructed to shut your eyes from the world. You are only to “see yourself first and then see the whole world as the Self”. If you consider yourself as the body the world appears to be external. If you are the Self the world appears as Brahman.

~ Talk 271 ; 23rd October, 1936

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