Thursday, May 2, 2019


according to
Sri Ramana Maharshi

not… and go on with your task. You have perceived the event,
but it has not made an impression on you, has not altered your
quiet state of consciousness. You cut it short after the second
This attitude of aloofness, of detachment, has to be kept
and practised as often as possible throughout the day.
Because the moment you are perceiving something and
re-acting on it, being interested or emotionally involved,
positively or negatively, you have covered up the silent, neutral,
pure, witnessing ‘I’ by the reactive aggressive, personal ‘I’.
Accordingly the sadhana of hunting the ‘I’ includes the
practice of attention to our own perceiving, with the purpose
of cutting it short just before the stage of reacting sets in. In
practising this kind of detachment the seeker will soon get to a
state of pure awareness, which is no longer ‘perceiving’.
To ‘perceiving’ in the customary meaning of the term
belongs ‘grasping’, i.e., reacting; it has an object and is an act
within time and space. Pure awareness has no object and is
beyond time and space. It is the highest wakefulness without all
the other characteristics of the waking state.
This is one means to carry over the absolute Silence of
deep sleep into the absolute, the pure awareness of the waking
state. Sri Ramana Maharshi named it the sleepless sleep, the
wakeful sleep or sleepwaking.

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