Steve, after reading your post, i searched.........and searched. i don't know what to even say. To write anything would only be throwing ignorance over the page.
So, i read Pual Bruntons account of his time with Sr Ramana titled "the Maharshi and His Message" in it there was great encouragement. If I can quote
"Unless a man embarkes upon this quest of the true Self, doubt and uncertainty will fllow his footsteps throughout life. The greatest kings and statesmen try to rule others, when in their heart of hearts, they know they cannot rule themselves. Yet the greatest power is at the command of the man who has penetrated his innermost depth. There are men of giant intellects who spend their lives gathering knowledge about many things. Ask thesee men if they have solved the mystery of man, if they have conquered themslves and they will hang their heads in shame. What is the use in knowing about everything else when you do not yet know who you are? Men avoid this enquiry in to the true Self, but what else is there so worthy to be undertaken?"
The book contains Bruntons' account of his time with Sri Ramana and of the Maharshis' instruction and assistance in stripping away the layers of habitual mental and sensory identification which shroud ones' understanding and realization of the authentic Self.
It a relatively short book - 87 pages, but so wonderful. It can be downloaded in PDF format from here http://www.sriramana...his_message.zip
Bruntons recollection of the Maharshis words which he spoke to him and of his own subsequent experience are amazing, so articulate and truly inspiring. The book also gives some more context for the these verses that we have been discussing in this thread.
Edited by mat black, 16 May 2008 - 11:43 PM.