Question : When I reach the thoughtless stage
in my sadhana I enjoy a certain pleasure, but
sometimes I also experience a vague fear which
I cannot properly describe.
Ramana Maharshi : You may experience anything,
but you should never rest content with that.
Whether you feel pleasure or fear, ask yourself
who feels the pleasure or the fear and so carry
on the sadhana until pleasure and fear are both
transcended, till all duality ceases and till
the reality alone remains.
There is nothing wrong in such things happening
or being experienced, but you must never stop at
that. For instance, you must never rest content
with the pleasure of laya (temporary abeyance of
the mind) experienced when thought is quelled, you
must press on until all duality ceases.
Question : How does one get rid of fear ?
Ramana Maharshi :What is fear ? It is only a thought.
If there is anything besides the Self there is
reason to fear. Who sees things separate from the
Self ? First the ego arises and sees objects as
external. If the ego does not rise, the Self alone
exists and there is nothing external. For anything
external to oneself implies the existence of the
seer within. Seeking it there will eliminate doubt
and fear. Not only fear, all other thoughts centered
round the ego will disappear along with it.
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