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Ramana, HPB & the Universe

Mar 12, 2006 08:47 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline

Dear Friends,

HPB's "Diagram of Meditation", which proposes a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week form of meditation, starts thus:

"First conceive of UNITY by Expansion in space and infinite in time. (Either with or without self-identification.)"

And then she proceeds to say that by this meditation one must acquire:

"Perpetual presence in imagination in all space and time. From this originates a substratum of memory which does not cease in dreaming or waking. Its manifestation is courage." (1)

These are the initial and central thoughts present in her Diagram of Meditation, a technique which can be used in parallel with the calm and meditative study of "The Secret Doctrine".

These and other ideas in the Diagram are essential also in the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi.

HPB taught that her philosophy was akin to Jnana Yoga. The word "Jnana" has the same root as the words Dhyan, Dhyana, Dzian, and Chan; from "Chan"(Chinese form) we have "Zen" in Japan.

The Study of the "Secret Doctrine" and other books should take us to some degree of perception about our fundamental identity with the kosmos and the Universe, of which we are in fact but microcosmic "summaries".

In his dialogues, in his own tecnique of meditation based on the question "Who Am I?", Ramana Maharshi investigates all the time many different, and often surprising ways to perceive our basic identity with the universe.

"Brahman" is the Universe, but it also dwells in each and every human heart, according to Hindu tradition. Ramana once said:

"The adequate evidence for the fact that 'Brahman', which shines as the Self, resides in the hearts of all is that all people indicate themselves by pointing to the chest when saying 'I'. " (2)

The image is strikingly simple, outwardly. Yet it has an oceanic depth, internally.

The teachings of H. P. Blavatsky and of Sri Ramana Maharshi are two different works. They were produced in different moments, with different personal styles and short-term goals. Her work, literary and occult, is much vaster then Ramana's work -- if the two can be compared.

Yet they have a whole area in common. This common area, to my view, is far from being peripherical.

Of course, HPB's work has much in common with all true religions, traditions and fields of human knowledge -- Ramana's teachings being one example among many.

Ramana can help us get to a better understanding of her Diagram of Meditation. His book can enhance our ability to get to the best way of studying "The Secret Doctrine" and "The Voice of the Silence" -- to name only two titles.

At least, this has been my own experience so far.

Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline.

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(1) "The Inner Group Teachings of H.P. Blavatsky", a reconstruction of the teachings, by H. J. Spierenburg, Point Loma Publications, 1985, San Diego, CA, 188 pp., see p. 130.

(2) "Self-Enquiry", by Sri Ramana Maharshi, published by Sri Ramanasraman, Tiruvannamalai, S.India, 1990, 42 pp., see p. 09.

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