Sittting on the summit of Arunachala back in 2005 it came to me that I, as Conscious Being, had not moved even so much as a fraction of a millimetre. Only my body had travelled thousands of miles from England to sit on India’s holy mountain.
And it came to me that the awakening I was blessed with could just as easily have happened without my body leaving home. In truth, in reality, there is no need for our bodies to go anywhere at all for the awakening to the truth of who and what we are to become the living reality of our lives.
This principle of our unmoving Beingness could have been why Ramana Maharshi never went anywhere after he arrived at what was to be his mountain home. As far as I’m aware, as a young man he travelled to Arunachala and never left it.
Travel, it seems, only broadens our experience of the world. It does not bring about enlightenment, ie knowing who and what we truly are as the silence of our mutual One Heart, no matter how exotic seeming the places we travel to may be.
Shopping in Waitrose supermarket this morning, that same awareness came to me. There was observing of the Leo body moving around, walking, talking, seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, smelling – while I, as Consciousness, remained completely unmoving, simply aware of all that was moving, including all the other human bodies doing their weekend shopping.
The only difference between my experience and that of the other shoppers would seem to be that pretty much everyone else appears to imagine themselves to be the bodies that are doing the shopping. They think their bodies are who and what they are.
And this imaginary identification with our bodies appears to be the root cause of human suffering.
Fortunately, Ramana blessed us with the gift of Self-inquiry, his legacy to humanity. Through inquiry into the truth of our experience, all the thought structures we have believed ourselves to be, and which caused us to feel limited and separate, will naturally release.
And when thoughts release, especially the thought “I am my body”, we become free to be the person we would most love to be and live the lives we would most love to live.
UNMOVING SILENT STILLNESS
From the unmoving silent stillness of Being emerges the endlessly changing worlds of form, which are never separate from, and always are, the oceanic Consciousness of Being Itself.
We could think of the world of forms – the animal, vegetable and mineral realms – as like the waves on an ocean. Although each wave has it’s own unique expression it is never separate from the ocean that gave birth to it; and therefore is never separate from the other waves.
This is equally true for humans. Next time you are in a supermarket, take a look around at your fellow shoppers and wonder … could it be that there is only one Being doing all the shopping …?