Happiness and the Art of Being: An introduction to the by Michael James

By Michael James

Happiness is our real nature, our crucial being. The temporary happiness that we appear to derive from exterior studies really arises purely from inside of ourself, and is skilled by way of us as a result transitority calming of our brain that happens every time any of our wishes are fulfilled. as long as our brain is extroverted, getting to whatever except our personal crucial self-conscious being, we will be able to by no means event ideal, everlasting and unqualified happiness. To adventure actual and everlasting happiness, we needs to reach the adventure of actual self-knowledge — that's, completely transparent realization of our personal crucial being, 'I am'. Such is the reality published by means of Bhagavan Sri Ramana.

The philosophy of Sri Ramana derives exclusively from his event of real, absolute, non-dual self-knowledge, an event that transcends all proposal, either rational and irrational. even if, due to the fact that we think the life of duality, multiplicity and relativity, we appear to lack the non-dual and absolute wisdom of our personal crucial self-conscious being that Sri Ramana skilled as his typical kingdom. accordingly he awarded his philosophy to us when it comes to a rational and logical research of our current adventure of ourself as a finite person awareness, for you to allow us to be firmly confident of absolutely the fact that underlies and helps this finite realization that we now mistake to be ourself.

However, the non secular teachings of Sri Ramana aren't just a rational philosophy, yet also are an exact technological know-how and paintings. He meant his philosophy to serve in basic terms because the theoretical beginning upon which we must always education the empirical technological know-how of self-investigation (atma-vicara), that is the paintings of keenly self-attentive and accordingly completely thought-free being.

This publication, Happiness and the artwork of Being, is an in-depth exploration of either the philosophy and the perform of the religious teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana. even though it truly is meant essentially to be an creation to his teachings, it isn't a short one, simply because in a transparent and easy demeanour it presents a really designated and deep perception into their center. accordingly although it's been written to ensure that it's going to be simply understood even through readers who've no prior acquaintance with any type of non secular philosophy, it's going to even be necessary to readers who have already got an exceptional realizing of his teachings.

Like the purpose of his teachings, the purpose of this ebook is to steered every one folks to imagine extra deeply concerning the truth of all that we as a probably constrained person attention adventure and comprehend, to aid us to appreciate that the one absolute truth in our whole adventure of duality and relativity is our primary cognizance of our personal crucial being, 'I am', and thereby to augment our love and energy to wait keenly and completely to this crucial self-consciousness 'I am' to be able to observe its real nature.

The writer of this ebook, Michael James, spent greater than 8 years learning the unique Tamil writings of Sri Ramana and of his most well known disciple, Sri Muruganar, in minute aspect lower than the transparent information of one other shut disciple, Sri Sadhu Om. Therefore the significant concentration of this e-book is at the teachings of Sri Ramana as expressed in his personal unique writings, and consequently it comprises exact and thoroughly worded translations via the writer of the entire of Sri Ramana's prose treatise Nan Yar? (Who am I?) and of many of the verses of his philosophical poems such as Upadesa Undiyar, Ulladu Narpadu, Ekatma Pancakam, Anma-Viddai and Upadesa Tanippakkal.

This moment print version is a marginally revised model of the 1st print variation, and includes a distinct glossary.

For additional info approximately Sri Ramana and his teachings, please stopover at the author's web site: happinessofbeing.com.

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The truth that he taught is not a relative truth that is limited to any particular religion or human culture, but is the absolute truth which underlies all human experience, and which is the source and foundation of the spiritual teachings of all religions. For certain cultural or other reasons, in some religions this truth is expressed less openly and clearly than in others, but it is nevertheless the truth that lies at the heart of every religion. Though this truth is not recognised by most of the followers of the various religions, particularly by the followers of those religions in which it is hidden more obscurely, it is nevertheless expressed in some form or other in the scriptures and the philosophical and mystical writings of every religion, and it can be discerned and recognised by all who have the eyes to see it.

For example, throughout the history of Christianity, most ordinary Christians have believed that true salvation can be attained only through the person of Jesus Christ, and that atheists, agnostics and the followers of other religions can be saved only by converting to Christianity. 6). Because of their dualistic understanding of his spiritual teachings, they interpret the words ‘I am’ and ‘me’ that he used in this passage to denote only the individual person Jesus Christ, who was born at a certain time in a certain place called Bethlehem.

But when we wake up from a dream, we cease to experience the dream body as ‘I’, and we simultaneously cease to experience the dream world as real. Thus from our experience in dream, and our contrasting experience on waking from dream, we can clearly understand that by the power of its imagination our mind has the ability to create a world of duality and simultaneously convince itself that that world is real. When we know that our mind has this power of simultaneous creation and self-deception, we have to doubt whether all the duality that it now experiences in the waking state is anything other than a product of its own self-deceiving power of imagination.

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