‎”Do not think …


‎”Do not think that Self-realization is a matter for one person to give to another. The very term Self-realization signifies that each one should discover and experience the Self for himself or for herself. The plant, although it may require sunshine for its growth, would grow up only by its inherent strength, aspiration and vitality. All the needed strength is within yourself for reaching the goal of perfection. The grace of saints is like the light of the sun for the plant; and that is ever pouring on you. Keep up this consciousness and grow into the likeness of your immortal Being.”

– Swami Ramdas

This does not mean that a true master or guide is not of great help – in most instances.

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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5 Responses to ‎”Do not think …

  1. nondoodle says:

    and do not think…. ”self realization to be self actualization….. (:

    • Isn’t the difference only in words?. Realize: make (it) real, actualize. Actualize: make it real, right now (in act, not potencially).

      • nondoodle says:

        Vedanta defines “”real\reality” as that which does not change\that which is always present. self realization may be indirect knowledge of ones nature (awareness), as one can realize, so can he\she “un-realize”. “Actualization” is direct knowledge, whereby the jiva (person) appears as mere notion within and as awareness. This is liberation from the person. Desires are non binding and one acts without a sense of doer-ship.

        ps. thank you for the spelling\word correction on my blog! (;

  2. Are we not saying the same thing – in essence? Realization/actualization is one step beyond ‘enlightenment’ as I understand, which last is the same as what you take ‘realization’ to be. Realization/actualization may take much longer (as Francis Lucille holds): to ‘make it real or actual’, effective, permanent (sahaja samadhi or the ‘natural state’).. Enlightenment takes place in the mind, but realization, also happening in the mind (since it is an experience, anubhava), is beyond its power. The mind – it is said – is transformed by it, and ceases to be mind – there is only the Self, or Consciousness, conscious of Itself. This is the extent of my understanding (different teachers may say different things – or use different words).

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