Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi

These are recordings of Ramana Darshanam events where Nome reads and explains the dialogues from the book Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi.

We have started making the recordings from Talk 153 available online. Work is in progress to make the recordings from Talk 1 onwards available online.

Atman, Jnana-Pranayama, Samadhi and Solitude: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to the difference-less nature of the Self, pranayama interpreted in Vedanta, bhakti, samadhi, the glance of a sage, the true solitude, and grace.

Jnani’s Activity, Trance, the Heart and Spurana, The “I” and the Seer: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to the negation of the attribution of action to a jnani, the ever-present nature of the Self, the meaning of “heart” and “sphurana, negation of restrictions against non-brahmins listening to the Vedas, inquiry into the seer, the nature of the Self and the ego.

Trace the Source: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to transcendence of thought by tracing their source, the object depends on the seer, the singular nature of the Self, and ego-loss.

Trace the Source and Samadhi: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to continuation of the topics of the previous recording, advaita, and the eternal samadhi of the Self.

Divine Force, the One, the Mind: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to the bodiless Self, the divine force, the One and imagined nature of diversity, the nature of the mind, transcendent view of sexuality, knowledge of the present life, fasting from mental concepts, the Guru, meditation and inquiry, and slackening the grip of the ego.

Method, Source, and Ego-loss: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to the one method and source, the disappearance of the ego, the ever-existent nature of Realization, the meaning of Atma-Sakshatkara, Consciousness, and loss of individuality.

Absolute Consciousness, All in the Mind, the Unreal: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to absolute Consciousness, Cosmic Consciousness evolution into “I” and “this,” the world is in the mind, the symbolism of the flame, and the unreality of “present events.”

Sleep, the Witness, Being, No Rebirth: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to absence of subject and object in deep sleep, unlimited Consciousness, nonobjective Being, Liberation from birth and rebirth, Being as you are, freedom from delusion by the mind, being the egoless Self, transcendence of thought, and Silence.

The One Sat: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to the substratum, the one Being, the nature of the Atman, the nature of the jiva, the Unborn and the Imperishable, and the knowledge of what Atman really is.

Samadhi, the Mind, and the Self: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to nirvikalpa samadhi and Sahaja samadhi, the essence of the mind, the ego-tainted mind, Guru, Silence, the various spiritual practices, non-identification with action or actor, and a passage from Bhagavad Gita interpreted.

A Disturbance, Cessation of Mental Concepts, and Self-Knowledge: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to dialogue with an egotist, various methods to control the mind, yoga methods of controlling the mind, and abidance as Consciousness.

Free Will, Destiny, and No-mind: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to continuation of previous comments on dialogue 192, free will and destiny, and the nonexistence of the mind.

The Methods of Ramana Gita: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to control or mind and prana, inquiry and devotion, abidance beyond the senses, the one Consciousness, and the true seer.

The Real “I”: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to inquiry beyond the intellect, the ever-same Self in the three states, the meaning of “I,” removal of ignorance, Being-Consciousness-Bliss, the undivided Self, God and no-creation, and one’s own Existence.

One Consciousness: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to the singular nature of Consciousness, the subject and the object, ignorance and knowledge, inward vision, illusion, and the Supreme.

Beyond Light: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to continuation of dialogue 199, utmost inquiry, and the meaning of tapas.

The Ever-Present: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to the ever-present Self, surrender, the meaning of within, and Reality beyond discussions.

I Am Brahman: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to transcending a blank, Knowledge beyond thought, and Brahman.

Free from Death: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to overcoming grief due to death of a spouse, abandonment of the physical outlook, true love, and association with the wise.

Not for Half a Moment: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to bliss, beyond relative knowledge, “becoming” Brahman, Self-Realization, and the “minds” of sages.

The Heart and the Intellect: The Maharshi answers questions pertaining to the spiritual Heart, unbroken awareness, meditation on the meditator, and transcendence of the sheath of the intellect.

Nonduality and Duality: Nonduality and deep sleep, a several-point critique of dualistic conceptions, the meaning of surrender, devotion and knowledge, fate and free will, and association with sages.

Destiny, Free Will, and Yoga: Additional commentary on the nonexistence of the individual to have action, destiny, free-will, etc., the absence of viyoga (separation), the view of an existent world contrasted with true egoless Knowledge, and the unreality of thoughts. Due to an electric power outage, a significant portion of this spiritual event was not recorded.

Siva, Arunachala, and the Ever-existent Self: Siva and lingam, pranava and pancaksara, the story of Rama and Parvati, explanation of verse two of Arunachala Pancaratnam, dispassion with contemplation and the practice of inquiry, grace, japa and other practices, the ever-existent Self trans

Upadesa Sara Comments: Merger of the mind, the “I” thought, Absolute Being, what is to be known from the three states.

Sinking the Mind, Guru, Absolute Freedom, and Non-possession: Quiescence of mind temporarily from breath control and permanently by inquiry, the external and internal Guru, the mind in the Heart, absolute freedom from thought, divestment of the false notion of possession and the possessor.

Samadhi, Bliss, and Prasad: Samadhi beyond thought, the ego-notion and the real “I,” Bliss and the desire for happiness, “That you are,” the significance of prostration and action, the significance of prasad.

Inward, Samadhi, Silence, Ego-death: Inward, Samadhi, Silence, Ego-death: Outward seeking and inner happiness, sastra learning and Samadhi free of vasanas, true Silence and thought-transcendent meditation, the true devotee, the meaning of “Rama” and absolute Existence, the true asana, detachment toward reputation and those who malign it, the deathless Self, ego death and love.

Worship, Peace, and the Mind: The value of worship, the natural state of peace, the nonexistence of the mind, the unreality of an ego, how to know the Self, the eternality of the Self, seeing the universe to be only Brahman.

The One Reality of the Self: The unreality of the mind revealed by seeking the Self, the Self without individuality, the unchanging substrate, what presently exists, the ever-same Being, the question of “Who am I?”, Self-investigation, all is one’s thought, the inexpressible teaching.

The Doubter, Spiritual Practice, Worship, and the Self: Dialogs on the view of the world, doubts and the doubter, effort in spiritual practice, destruction of the mind, freedom from misery, worship of God, and the nature of the Self.

Death and the Self, Offering, and Surrender to God: Dialogs on the transcendent nature of the Self as revealed in the state of deep sleep, humility and offering, the unreality of destiny, complete and partial surrender, the nature of God contrasted with a mental conception of God, and Consciousness is the only truth.

Mental Concepts, Sleep, and I: Dialogs on objects and thoughts are only mental conceptions that depend on the ego, Consciousness is the only truth, Bliss, the state of deep sleep, the bodiless nature of “I,” and the ever-same Existence that transcends the states of mind.

Thoughts, I, Sleep, States of Mind, and the Self: Who thinks of “I,” the body and one’s real Being, happiness and misery, the Self beyond all states, seeking the thinker, and remaining as the Self without difficulty.

The Practice, Without Birth and Death, and Self-Realization: Finding the source of “I,” the birthless and deathless Self, the three states, Self-Realization not a new attainment, thoughts and misidentification, not two selves, the analogy of the necklace.
Silence, Death, and the Self Free From the Body: Solving all doubts, Silence and language, what can be learned from the death experiences described, the “I am the body” conception, and the real nature of “I.”
Deathlessness and Freedom from Thought: The jnani and the ajnani, true identity, and the immortal nature of the Self’s Existence.
Listening, Reflection, One-pointedness, and Samadhi: Self-Realization and listening, reflection, profound meditation, and samadhi, and the Maharshi’s nonattached, transcendent response to defamation.

Bhakti, Pure Consciousness, the One Self, Spiritual Retirement: Happiness and peace through devotion, being bodiless and not the performer of action, no obstruction to being the Self, the ever-existent One Self, spiritual solitude, and life and death are only in the Self.

Deep Sleep and Immortal Being, Doubts and the Ego, Devotion and Inquiry, Realization for All: Deep sleep and immortal Being, doubts and the ego, devotion and inquiry, visions and Self-Realization, no reaching the Self, destruction of misidentification, the ever-existent Self.

Realization, Grace, and Renunciation: The nature of Realization, dissolution of doubts, the Self is not the body, the world appears within, Grace, the presence and operation of Grace, the nature of samsara, true renunciation, and earnest efforts

Bliss, the Self, and the Heart: The Atma and Realization are not created, spiritual fitness, the mind is the diversified universe, the mind’s essence, remaining without distractions, giving up false ideas, tracing one’s source, remaining as the blissful Self, and the only practice.

Free From Passions and Death, Jnana Marga, God and Self, Bliss in the Heart
No passions exist in the partless Self, freedom from grief over death by destruction of the ego, sun marga of Jnana contrasted with moon marga of yoga, learning and humility, seeing God in all and as the Self, happiness revealed in the Self, and entering into the Heart.

Stillness and Striving, Stages and Realization, the Place of Inquiry: Absolute stillness, other pursuits, and spiritual striving, the seven Jnana bhumikas and the true nature of Mukti, inquiry is where the “I” is, self-effort for Self-Realization, the Maharshi sees all as the Maharshi, God is beyond sound and light, etc.

Time, Peace, Avidya, Worldless Self: Uselessness of recall of previous incarnation, the unreality of time, the Heart, the nature of ignorance, not two selves, no differentiation or world in the Self.

Undifferentiated, the World, No Bondage and No Liberation, Abhyasa: The Self alone is, the Self is free of differences, freedom from the body and bondage, no change for the Self, two verses from the Bhagavad Gita, no bondage or liberation, the natural state, abhyasa (spiritual practice), the uncreated nature of God and man.

Silence, Grace, Non-attachment, Liberation: Silent heart-to-heart talk, longing and Realization, Grace, the Supreme Power, fulfillment of bodily needs without attachment, inactivity not to be equated with Mukti, no bondage and no liberation and no muktas, only Mukti is.

Mukti and the Real Self: Mukti alone is, negation of “he” and “I,” existence in deep sleep, the changeless Self transcends the three states, “I am Brahman,” the five sheaths, tracing the source of the “I” thought to realize the infinite Self that alone remains.

Salvation, the true “I,” Meditation, and Renunciation: Absence of the individual to be saved, Grace, the unchanging Self and the changeful ego, the nature of the mind, meditation, renunciation, freedom from the idea of being the performer of action.

A Place for God, the Splendors, Grace and the Self, and the World: The bodiless nature of God, the meaning of “look within,” the glories of God and the partless Being, Grace and the Self, self-surrender, God-Guru-Self, freedom from the sufferings of the world.

The World, God, and Looking Within, Freedom suffering and the unreal world, the help of Mahatmas, God and the nature of creation, looking within.

Devotion and the Heart Devotion and Advaita, terms for the Self, the Heart, correctly interpreting the spiritual instruction and silence of Buddha and other sages.

Bhakti and Self-inquiry and, Qualified and unqualified Advaita, Self-inquiry certainty of the Atman, nivritti and pravritti margas, Arunachala and the Heart and mind of a saint, imagination due to sankalpas, the significance of descent of divine power.

Deathless Self and the Sheaths, The deathless Self, birth of the “I” thought and the misidentification with the body, grief due to mental conception

Pilgrimage, Rebirth, and Maya, All is within, birth and rebirth and the unborn Self, what is maya, sleep and wakefulness, Being is the Self.

Free from Association and the Lord-Guru-Self Identity, Freedom from the stain of association, satsanga, the bodiless Self, the sannyasi and the samsari, the identity of Isvara, the Guru, and the Self, explanation of a nondual sloka.

Absolute Knowledge, the Ego, Preaching and Silence, Absolute Knowledge free of subject and object, relative knowledge and the ego, contrasting preaching without effect to silent imparting of true Knowledge.

Deep Sleep, the Ego, and Self-Realization, Deep sleep, the ego, destruction of the objectifying ignorance, freedom from misidentification with the body, the three states, the seer, and the falsity of the world.

Abhyasa, Vairagya, and Maya Peace, obliteration of thoughts, detachment, Grace, and the unreality of the cosmos.
Jnana and Samskaras Karma, memory and oblivion, eternal Jnana, unreality of ignorance, and Self-inquiry.
For Whom? The meaning of verses of the Bhagavad Gita, who is Bhagavan, samskaras and samsara, direct experience and forgetfulness, perfection, and non-sensory knowledge.
The Practice Direct experience, the real “I,” Jnana, sadhana, the same existence in wakefulness and sleep, strengthening the mind, one-pointedness, and removal of samskaras.
Creation and Meditation The state beyond the asramas, theories of creation and the original source, meditation and Being, not two selves, the ever-existent Self.
Meditation and the Self Thought-free meditation, the body and the infinite Self, practice, the Heart and the mind-sakti, Atmanishtha, fixing the mind in the Self, superimposition, the permanent effortless peace of the Self.
Existence Atma, bliss, effortless peace, “I am,” deep sleep.
Happiness, Karma, Vision, Dream, Meditation

Being and bliss, the Self and the non-self, karma and self-effort, rebirth and the unborn, vision and the seer, the story of the shepherd, meditation and the three states, meditation and inquiry, a reference to kundalini in relation to the four types of speech and to a combination of two separate phrases from Taittiriya Upanishad (1:6).
Visions

The nature of visions, the world is within, one’s real existence, the real Maharshi, Siva, the seer.
Contemplation, Consciousness, and Bhakti

Contemplation and merger, fear of death, absolute Consciousness, devotion and the experience of the saints
Aham, Untouched, Avatara, Brahman

Aham sphurana contrasted with aham vrtti, untouchability and the non-Self, the Lord and concepts, direct experience of Brahman and indirect knowledge.
Meditation and Reality

Constant meditation, extinguishment of thought, Brahman alone exists, there is no non-Self.
The Real “I” and Meditation

The concept of an individual “I” contrasted with the perfect “I,” meditation and the meditator, without and within, waking-deep sleep.
Reincarnation and Ajapa

Reincarnation and the ego, beyond time and space, who is to realize what, japa and ajapa, effort and thoughts
All Are the Self

Performing work while abiding in the Self, the jnani’s transcendence of all states of mind.
I

The transitional “I” and Self-inquiry, prajnana
The Unreality of the Universe

Brahman and superimposition, the nature of Reality, unaffected by the unreal.
Trance and the Natural State

Trance, peace of mind, what endures, sahaja
Fear of Death

The born will die, the unborn Self, freedom from the fear of death, not seeing the non-Self.
The Self and Brahman

Fitness to realize, freedom from unhappiness, the sleep experience, Realization of the Self is Realization of Brahman, surrender.
Inquiry and Japa

Stillness, freedom from thought, the world is only thought, no mind exists, japa and gayatri.
Dhyana, Cause of Suffering, and Peace

Mind and brain, one’s true nature is meditation, injury and superimposition, the peace of the Self, the seer and all is the Self.
A Verse Explained

Sri Bhagavan explains verse 6 of Arunachala Ashtaka, a few reminiscences, nama smarana, effort in japa and dhyana to overcome thought.
Free From Thought

The mind, freedom from thought, bliss, good and bad.
Bodiless, Egoless Spirit

Beyond in and out of the body, surrender, the world is Spirit, reincarnation
The Self and the Mind

The unreality of the body and the three states, the unreality of the mind and thoughts, beyond concentration and wandering, japa, the source of prana and the mind.
True Knowledge and Polemics

Turiya, a mahavakya, views of polemics contrasted with pithy knowledge, God and oneself, siddhis and true greatness.
Cessation of Differences and Self-Realization

The Self and sex, existence and realization, misidentification with the body, from where “I” spring, neither the body nor the Self.
The Self and the Guru

From where “I” arises, the ever-existent Self, the Guru.
Consciousness

Consciousness and the body, thoughts and Self-Realization.
Resolved in the Self

The Self is distinct from thoughts though thoughts do not exist apart from the Self, all is resolved in the Self, freedom from the body and its difficulties
Vivekacudamani

Consciousness and peace, diving within, egoism and imagination, Sri Ramana’s introduction to Sri Sankara’s Vivekacudamani.
Guru and Reality

The Guru and the removal of ignorance, the eternal Reality of the Self, “I” and the various schools of thought regarding the genesis and existence of the world.
The Self

The Master, the personality, lower and higher self, sleep and waking, unity and variety, Realization, and Grace.
Mukti

Darshan, mukti, peace, no bondage, jnana and upasana, no externality, transcendent of motion.
The Master, Self- Realization, and Reincarnation

Spiritual leaders, ease of Self- Realization, ignorance and reincarnation
Being is Knowledge

The nonexistence of ignorance, misidentification, the nonobjectifiedSelf, and God’s doings
I Am

Being, I Am That I Am, stillness, the Self and God, the Self and ego, inquiry and surrender.
Gita and Existence

The seen is unreal, neti-neti, inquire to know Brahman now, a young girl’s questions, taking leave.
Yoga and Dhyana

Hatha yoga, dhyana, vow of silence,jnana marga, the Gods, freedom from misery.
Samadhi

Samadhi, bodily symptoms, bliss, purpose of creation.
The Eternal and the Mind

Actionless action, upadesa, the eternal state, freedom from thought, the nature of the mind, the unreality of the triad.
Divinity and Practice

The divinity of the essential nature, spiritual practice, God, verses of the Bhagavad Gita.