By Deepa D Nair
Ramana Maharshi connected the search for ‘who am I?’ with two concepts: self-realisation and self-surrender. ‘Self’ can be defined in two ways: the True Self and egoic self. When awake, we see the world; in normal sleep we see dreams; and in deep sleep, there is hardly any disturbance. Still, as we wake up the next morning, we can easily recognise the period of deep sleep we experienced and the dreams we had.
So, what is me? Am I all the experience during these three different phases, or the underlying witness who observed all the events in these phases? What remains unchanged in all this is the True Self.
So, the True Self is Sat, which is a state of fearlessness and of the nature of continuous existence. It is also ‘Chit’, pure awareness, consciousness. Being aware helps us create moments of ‘Anand’, unaffected by ego, judgments, and thoughts. Understanding the characteristics of the True Self – Sat, Chit and Ananda – helps create golden moments. Each golden moment is the best that one can give to oneself, because it imparts bliss to life.
Supreme Creator is the unique force that has created this entire universe in the best possible way, to suit the needs of everything that has been created. He is the embodiment of supreme love. Unconditional giving without any expectation is true love. ‘Love is God’ goes the famous saying of the Gospel. This force of creation is ever-existent, extremely aware of its creation and always in bliss, even in a disaster. The True Self, which is a small creator, is a speck of the larger creative force – God. Thus, Tat Tvam Asi, you are that. This mahavakya helps in understanding the concept of self-surrender.
Whom would we love to surrender to? To the one who is fearless, ever-present, creative, blissful and capable of supreme love. Thus, only self-surrender is the way. It also calls for taking more responsibility on the self. Each golden moment should be laden with responsibilities towards the Self and to the universe, opening an internal revolution that can exceed the pace of physical evolution.
The measure of our true potential is the extent to which we realise ourselves and surrender to the will of the universe. It depends on the number of golden moments we can create in a lifetime. Each golden moment is full of fearlessness, awareness and extreme bliss. True love starts with the creation of peace with oneself. Only when we are at peace can we generate golden moments for ourselves and the universe.
The writer is secretary, Social Welfare and Social Education, Government of Tripura
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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