In this four session course with Jeff Carreira you will explore the spiritual teachings of one of the greatest Hindu saints of the twentieth century.
Ramana Maharshi experienced a powerful awakening as a young teen in India. After his awakening he had no interest in anything except the reality of the True Self. He left home and traveled to a town known as Tiruvannamalai where he lived in various ashrams until he established one of his own to live out the remainder of his days.
During the course of his life Ramana became one of the most revered spiritual realizers of modern day India. Thousands of people visited him in Tiruvannamalai where he taught a simple and extremely direct practice of Self-inquiry. Many who came to him were led into a profound discovery of the unity of being that is the ultimate source of consciousness.
Ramana’s profound teachings have spread widely throughout the world in the years since his death and yet often in an oversimplified and sometimes misleading form.
In this short program you will work with Ramana’s practice of Self-inquiry and learn about his understanding of the nature of consciousness and the path of awakening.
Session 1: On The Practice of Self Absorption
In this session you will discover Ramana Maharshi’s profound and powerful instructions for the practice of Self Inquiry. This simple practice of continually placing your attention on the source of its own awareness leads to the discovery of the One Self that we all are.
Session 2: On Awakening through States of Consciousness
In this session you explore the traditional understanding of the three normal states of waking consciousness, dreaming consciousness, and deep dreamless sleep, that we all experience everyday, and the miracle of Tuyria, the ever-present awareness that is always aware through all of the other states.
Session 3: On Our Relationship to the World
In this session we explore how it is possible for us to follow Ramana Maharshi’s guidance for living in the world. All we need to do, according to this great sage, is keep our inner gaze constantly transfixed on the one True Self, and the rest of life will unfold perfectly and spontaneously from that.
Session 4: On the Unity of Love and Wisdom
In the final session of the course we explore why in the end the path of wisdom and the path of love are recognized to be one and the same.Wisdom gives us tremendous powers of insights and discrimination. Love gives us deep open-hearted sensitivity. Together they create an extraordinary human life.
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