Book Recommendation – Conscious Immortality by Paul Brunton and Munagala Venkataramiah

Conscious Immortality by [Brunton, Paul, Venkataramiah, Munagala]

“So long as there is the sense of separation, there will be afflicting thoughts. If the original source is regained and the sense of separation is ended, there is peace. Consider what happens when a stone is thrown up. It leaves its source, is propelled up, tries to come down and is always in motion until it regains its source where it is at rest. So also the waters of the ocean evaporate, form clouds which are moved by winds, condense into water, and fall as rain, and the waters roll down the hill tops in streams and rivers until they reach their original source, the ocean, reaching which they are at peace. Thus you see where there is a sense of separateness from the source, there is agitation and movement until the sense of separateness is lost. So it is with yourself. Now that you identify yourself with the body, you think that you are separate. You must regain your source before this false identity ceases and you are happy. Gold is not an ornament but the ornament is nothing but gold. Whatever shapes the ornament may assume and however different the shapes of the ornaments are, there is only one reality, i.e. gold. So also with the bodies and the Self. The reality is the Self. To identify oneself with the body and yet to seek happiness, is like attempting to ford a lake on the back of an alligator. The body identity is due to extroversion and the wandering of the mind. To continue in that state will only keep one in an endless tangle and there will be no peace.”
– Ramana Maharishi

“Read this book 20 years ago in print, and it came up in conversation with my father, who had turned me onto it. Print copy is hard to find, but this kindle version is great. It’s organized differently than the most recent print version, and it may have fewer pages, but the essence remains the same: Go within, ask the question “Who Am I?” And by the process of elimination (I am not the body, not the mind) you are left with your essence: sat, chit, ananda. Existence, consciousness, bliss. If this book were required reading in elementary school or at the latest high school, I can only wonder at the tremendous benefit. For as they say, the purpose of life is Self-realization, and the only help you can give someone is to remove the obstacles to being what you truly are (the Self, which is all), the greatest obstacle which is the mind, which is ever focused outward, on externalities, the unreal (Maya), although the irony is the mind is the tool for self-Realization, turning inwards to the source of Consciousness, and by the process achieving its own destruction, so that all that remains is Self. Can you tell Maharshi’s words are fresh in my mind? Read it today!”
– Adam C Dave

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