There are no stages in Realization or degrees of Liberation. There are no levels of Reality; there are only levels of experience for the individual. If anything can be gained that was not present before, it can also be lost, whereas the Absolute is eternal, here and now.
(Sri Ramana Maharshi)
'Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi'
By David Godman (Author), Sri Ramana Maharshi (Author)
Ramana Maharshi was one of the most significant spiritual teachers to emerge from India during the first half of the century, and remains widely admired. This recent collection of conversations between him and the many seekers who came to his ashram for guidance contains the essence of his teaching. His concern throughout his long life of imparting his experience to others was to convince his listeners that self-realisation - or enlightenment - is not an alien or mysterious state, but the natural condition of man. This state can be easily discovered by undertaking the self-investigation clearly described in these talks. The lucid instructions to each section provide further illumination of this greater seer's message.
David Godman has authored or edited sixteen books on Ramana Maharshi, his teachings and his devotees. He lives in Tiruvannamalai, the South Indian town where Sri Ramana spent all of his adult life.