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Ramana & Theosophy

Jan 01, 2007 07:11 AM
by carlosaveline

Dear Friends,

As we know, Theosophy or Universal Knowledge is inseparable from 
the Law of Analogy, and  therefore it is closely related to comparative
Studies. That's, in part,  why real Theosophy can only be  understood 
by open minds. 
A small example of this inner unity among different things is the fact
that common points between Ramana Maharshi and H. P. Blavatsky are 
most easy to find.  Both of them worked with Jnana Yoga, although Ramana, 
acting already in the 20th century, limited himself to a more abstract 
level. Both worked with the teaching on the seven principles of 
consciousness, and in the same way. 

On the passing of time, for instance, Ramana taught, very much along 
HPB / Masters' line: 

"Since past and future have never been without the present, to know the 
eternal Now is to know the Truth. The changeless, infinite Self
transcends time and space, which are relative to the body and the mind. 
The Sage who has realized the Self transcends both free-will and destiny,
with which only the ignorant are concerned. To the ignorant the 'I' is the
Self limited to the body ; to the Wise the 'I' is the Infinite Self." (1) 

William Q. Judge, on the other hand, wrote about a sort of meditation which
goes on around the clock, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
And Ramana Maharshi taught: 
"Setting apart time for meditation is only for the merest spiritual novices.
A man who is advancing will begin to enjoy the deeper beatitude, whether he
is at work or not. While his hands are in society, he keeps his head cool in
solitude." (2) 
As to the search for happiness -- which is mentioned in the U. S. Declaration 
of Independence --  Ramana has something very simple and insightful to say: 
"Man's real nature is happiness.  Happiness is inborn in the Self. His search
for hapiness is an unconscious search for the true Self. The true Self is 
imperishable ; therefore when a man finds it, he finds a happiness which 
does not come to an end." (3) 

This is clearly Theosophy. 

Regards,  Carlos. 

(1) "Thus Spake Ramana", by Swami Rajeswarananda, published by Sri 
Ramanasramam, 7th edition, Tiruvannamalai, South India, 1989,  pocket size, 124 pp., see p. 22. 
(2) "Thus Spake Ramana", pp. 23-24. 
(3) "Thus Spake Ramana", pp. 24-25. 

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