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God Self and World In The Spiritual Teachings of Ramana Maharishi a disciple asks Should I not try to help the suffering world Ramana Maharishi answers If God has created the world it is his business to look after it not yours Ramana Maharishis response presumes many things about the nature of God Self and the world It shows that the conventional view of morality and therefore the disciples question is wrong A point that Ramana Maharishi makes many times in his teachings is that the Self itself is God Maharishi 8 If you see God in all then you should see God in the Self Since God is an expression of the Self in order to see God in Self you have to be God Ramana Maharishi says that if God is apart from the Self He must be a selfless God which is absurd Maharishi 64 Therefore if union with God was something that had to be obtained then it is not real and only an illusion Ramana Maharishi says that the Self is the only sentient object There is nothing apart from the Self Maharishi 22 The Self is the source of everything Nothing occurs that is not related to the Self The Self is the power and the ground for everything that we do You never have to find the Self The Self is already there It is never separate from us Ramana Maharishi says that what is not permanent is not worth striving for So I say the Self is not reached You are the Self you are already That Maharishi 61 To ask how one can find the Self is to presume that the Self needs to be found Ramana Maharishi also makes the point several times to the disciple that his problem is perspective The question is frequently asked How can I attain Self-realization Maharishi 61 Ramana Maharishi explains to the disciple
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