I recall n incident form the Life Sri Ramana Maharishi.
When Paul Brunton, Maharishi’s Biographer requested Ramana to take him as His Disciple.
Ramana Maharishi replied,
“Who is Guru and who is Sishya, every one has to seek one’s own Salvation’
Height of Advaita.
At the Paramaarthika, Transcendental Level, there is no Identity except being One, even this I am not sure whether a part can identify itself a part of the Whole.
The World of Names and Forms are Real and Illusory, All at the same time, depends on one’s respective and stand point.
Watch a child start expressing its likes and dislikes, especially of people.
It expresses spontaneously without being able to rationalize.
It forgets them as soon as people are out of sight.
It lives in the present, no associations, consciously.
Otherwise the Child is Full of Happiness or Bliss.
Its smile conveys its Blissful State,especially when it is asleep.
This is Ananda, unsullied by Impressions.
This is Nirvana. The Original State.
न मृत्युर्न शङ्का न मे जातिभेदः
पिता नैव मे नैव माता न जन्मः ।
न बन्धुर्न मित्रं गुरुर्नैव शिष्यं
चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥५॥
Na Mrtyur-Na Shangkaa Na Me Jaati-Bhedah
Pitaa Naiva Me Naiva Maataa Na Janmah |
Na Bandhurna Mitram Gurur-Na-Iva Shissyam
Cid-Aananda-Ruupah Shivo[a-A]ham Shivo[a-A]ham ||5||
5.1: Neither am I bound by Death and its Fear, nor by the rules of Caste and its Distinctions,
5.2: Neither do I have Father and Mother, nor do I have Birth,
5.3: Neither do I have Relations nor Friends, neither Spiritual Teacher nor Disciple,
5.4: I am the Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness; I am Shiva, I am Shiva,
The Ever Pure Blissful Consciousness.
- Who Is Lord Siva, Nirvana Shatakam (ramanan50.wordpress.com)