ego, witness and (reflected) Consciousness – Bhagavan


The individual is nothing else than the ego which, again is only
the mind. Simultaneously with the rise of the ego the mind
appears, associated with the reflected nature of the Self, like the
red-hot iron in the example. How is the fire in the red-hot iron
to be understood? As being one with it. Since the individual is
nothing else than the ego and is inseparable from the Self, as
the fire and the red-hot iron are, there is no other self to act as
witness of the individual than the individual himself functioning
as the ego, which after all is only the mind associated with
reflected Consciousness. The very same Self not only shines
unaffected in the Heart, like the fire in the iron, but is also
infinite like space.
–Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
source: “Words of Grace” Chapter 4

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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