Ramesh Balsekar (May 29, 1917 – September 27, 2009) was a disciple of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, a renowned Advaita master.
From early childhood, Balsekar was drawn to Advaita, a nondual teaching, particularly the teachings of Ramana Maharshi and Wei Wu Wei. He has written more than 20 books.
Ramesh Balsekar was president of the Bank of India.
Ramesh Balsekar Quotes
“The thinking mind, the ego, the “me” are all the same. They are different names for the same thing, which is an illusion.”
“It is the nature of the monkey-mind to jump about and chatter.”
“Ego is the thinking mind.”
“The only true meditation is the constant impersonal witnessing of all that takes place in one’s life as mere movements in the universal Consciousness.”
“Mind is merely a collection of thoughts, or a collection of impressions which makes up this “me”, this self image.”
“The ego is the identified consciousness. When the impersonal Consciousness identifies itself with the personal organism, the ego arises.”
“Identification with the body is so total that it gives one a sense of separate identity. Now, the separate identity is merely a concept, a concept based on the individual body appearing solid.”
“Just as the difference between the space in a pot and the space outside it disappears when the pot is demolished, so also does duality disappear when it is realized that the difference between the individual consciousness and the Universal Consciousness does not in fact exist.”
“All there is consciousness. That is the Source from which the manifestation has come.”
“All there is, is Consciousness. And the mind is merely a reflection of that Consciousness.”
“Enlightenment is total emptiness of mind. There is nothing you can do to get it. Any effort you make can only be an obstruction to it.”
“What is the Ultimate Understanding? That there is no one to understand anything.”
“Self-realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are.”
“Words are a distraction to enlightenment. Getting rid of conceptual thinking means enlightenment.”
“The only truth is I AM – I Exist. That is the only truth. Everything else is a concept. Rebirth is a concept. Your karma is a concept.”
“What is seeking? Seeking is “you” wanting to know God.”
“Consciousness is the only Reality.”
“Seekers continue to practice all kinds of self-torture without realizing that such ‘spiritual practice’ is a reinforcement of the very ego that prevents them from their natural, free state.”
“The same Consciousness prevails at rest as the Absolute and in motion as duality. When the sense of “me” disappears completely, duality vanishes in ecstasy.”
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