Calm is Greater Than Joy describes how the man of understanding lives is life without the sense of separation (without seeing the manifestation as the face of an enemy).
The Sage is in perfect harmony with whatever happens in the manifestation. He is able to use his working mind because the ‘me’ mind, the thinking mind, has merged into the heart.
Here four renowned Master describe how they are able to live in Samsara (in the eye of the Storm ) in total peace without isolating themselves.
Their calm is quite contagious because the mind in them has stopped creating problems; they have no issues either with God or with the society they live in.
The four Sages who have contributed to this book
had nothing in common except the wisdom of the Self.
Maharshi had a direct experience of Being without the
body. There was no need for any thinking about the
Maharaj had a quantum leap of faith when heard
his Guru for the first time. Because of not much reading,
his heart was open and the mind-intellect empty of
Ramesh was very much a man of the world who had
a firm conviction that everything was predetermined. He
could have met Ramana Maharshi personally, but he was
destined to meet Maharaj and serve him. In spite of his
devotion to his Guru, his mantra was 'investigation' into
how spiritual concepts help the man on the street in his
Wayne most humbly admits he was lucky to have
resonance with his Guru and there was no preparation
(spiritual reading or doing) whatsoever.
This book represents a conceptual movement from
the traditional teachings of Maharshi to a completely
modern representation by Wayne according to the need
of the present generation.
I used to sell books at my Guru's house as my service
to Him. Before selling He would give me a few tips about
The three books we would 'hard-sell' were,
Peace And Harmony In Daily Living, my favourite
book. Ramesh called it the complete book.
A Personal Religion of Your Own, which helped my
grown-up children a lot.
Pursue 'Happiness' And Get Enlightened, after which
my wife gave me the much-awaited permission to pursue
my own selfish happiness.
I have taken generous portions from these books
and also from the following books: Pointers From
Nisargadatta Maharaj, The Ultimate Understanding,
Guru Pournima, Net Of Jewels, Maharshi's Gospel and
Talks With Ramana Maharshi.
I am not sure Ramesh would agree with me, but I would
go so far as to say a lot of Ramesh's "negative" approach
served as a counterbalance to the "positive" approach
of Ramana. When people came to Ramesh after having
studied Ramana's teachings, he lifted their burden of
believing that Ramana's teachings were an absolute
The statements that Ramana made, when talking
about the Self, the characteristics of the Self, discovering
the Self, reuniting with the Self, and all of those "positive"
statements, are readily misinterpreted as descriptors of
some thing. There were many people who had had that
kind of indoctrination prior to coming to Ramesh. If the
student was to move forward, that false understanding had
to be stripped away. One of the ways to strip that away,
was to counterbalance it with a neti-neti, a not this and
not that approach.
So curiously, after Ramesh did that for fifteen years
or so, he then switched to a positive approach. His latest
books are much more about a positive form of self-inquiry,
such as to pick one of the events out of your day that you
feel was your doing, and to look at it to see whether it
was, in fact, your doing - a deconstructing of personal
authorship. You should have heard the screams of the
people in the talks when he first rolled this out. They were
moaning, "How can you say this? How can you tell people
to do this after you have been saying that there is nothing
to do and no-one to do it for all these years?"
THE seeking of freedom from so-called human bondage
is based on a complete misconception. The misconception
lies in the fact that the ego misconceives as his own reaction
what is essentially a natural biological reaction in the
human sensory system. The reaction in the sensory system
to an outside event, which is certainly not in the control
of the ego concerned, is an entirely natural or biological
reaction as much to an outside event as to heat or cold
The ego mistakes this biological reaction for his OWn
reaction: anger or fear arises as a biological reaction and
the ego transforms it into his anger or his fear, and want;
to change it. The ego, in other words, reacts to a biological
reaction, and therein lies the bondage: wanting not to be
angry, wanting not to be afraid, wanting always to be calm
and collected, wanting always to be a brave man. This is
truly the human bondage, from which freedom is sought
The freedom that is sought really consists in not being
dependent on any tendency, inclination or circumstance
What does this freedom truly mean in day-to-day living?
We could say in general terms that it means a state of mind,
an awareness, which is not dependent on any knowledge
(information) or any stimulus, or any conformity to any
code of conduct. Freedom consists in being able to accept
What-Is in the moment. In other words, it means peace,
serenity, tranquility - perhaps 'love'.
**Book's Contents and Sample Pages**
Brahma Sutras (79)
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