Illusory perception (mind)


If the mind, which is the instrument of knowledge and is
the basis of all activity, subsides, the perception of the world as
an objective reality ceases. Unless the illusory perception of the
serpent in the rope ceases, the rope on which the illusion is
formed is not perceived as such (This analogy is based on a traditional story of a man who sees a rope in thetwilight and mistakes it for a serpent and is therefore afraid without cause). Similarly, unless the illusory nature of the perception of the world as an objective reality ceases, the vision of the true nature of the Self, on which the illusion is formed, is not obtained.

– Bhagavan Ramana

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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