SMALL and beautiful. Pocket sized but profound, this booklet indeed
packs ‘multum in parvo’-much
in little- incorporating, as it does, ideas of immense use to spiritual
aspirants at every level and of any faith.
The value of this tiny book can be gauged from the fact that Bhagavan Ramana
himself had gone through it and given chapter headings for the benefit of sadhakas headings for the benefit of sadhakas
and that he urged a devotee to read it if he desired Moksha (liberation).
It is hoped that spiritual aspirants will read this booklet of great
merit with due care and derive utmost spiritual benefit by practicing its
pages were written by Sri Bhagavan's devotees in His
sacred presence based on an old Tamil publication which has been commended by
This was first
published by Colombo (Sri Lanka) devotees on the occasion of Bhagavan Sri Ramana's Seventy-first Birthday in January 1950. The
present edition is thoroughly revised by Sri J. Jayaraman
to conform to the Tamil version. We have pleasure in placing this booklet again
in the hands of all earnest seekers of Truth.
happiness and shun misery. It is the same with the other beings also. This
holds good for the common run of mankind. But spiritually evolved persons
adhere to right conduct and patient endurance. Association with such persons
will be lasting whereas association with ordinary people will not be.
then arises: "What is right?" The point is important but the answer
has not been found. Why? Because what is right is determined
by circumstances. However comprehensive the work written on the subject,
there will always be circumstances not envisaged in it. Therefore it becomes
necessary for all to realise that state which will enable them to assess the
conditions and determine what is right.
That state is
one only. There are no multiple states. Although it is single, it is
extraordinary that human beings should rarely (i.e., not readily) experience it.
Nothing, it seems to me, can be more extraordinary than this. That unique state
is very clearly taught in the Upanishads. In this book I have put down the same
truth according to my understanding. I do not claim originality. I have considered
it my duty.
chapters in this book are so closely interrelated that some point which may be
omitted in one chapter may be found in another. Again, a few points which may
not be manifestly clear, will become clear on closer
study. As regards matters which remain unclear still, it becomes one of the
duties of the reader to seek clarification from the sages and the scriptures.
On Eternal Life
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