Questions asked to Baghavan on various occasions by those who came to visit him in his ashram.
Question: "What is Illusion?"
Baghavan's answer (Ramana Maharisi): For whom is illusion? Find out and then the illusion will disappear.
In general, people want to know about the illusion and do not examine for whom it appears in this way. It's crazy. The illusion is outside of us and represents the unknown. But the seeker is considered to be known and is found inside. Find out who is immediate and close instead of trying to find out what is distant and unknown.
Question: "Is work an obstruction in the way of self-realization?"
Baghavan's answer: No. For a realized being, being only in the Self is the only Reality, and the actions are only phenomenal, they do not affect the Self. Even when he acts he does not feel that he is an intermediary (of the self). His actions are only involuntary and he remains a witness of them without any attachment.
There is no end to this action. Even someone who (still) practices the way of Wisdom (Jnana) can practice it while working. This can be difficult in the early stages, but after some time, the practice will become more effective, and work will no longer be considered an obstacle in meditation.
Question: What is practice?
Baghavan's answer: The constant search for the "I", the source of the ego. Find out who I am? The truly pure I is reality, Absolute Existence – Absolute Consciousness – Absolute Bliss. When this fact is forgotten, all the sufferings rise to the surface, when this fact is maintained in the consciousness, the suffering does not affect the person.
Question: What is the most appropriate time to meditate?
Baghavan's answer: What is time?
Question: Please, tell me what it is!
Baghavan's answer: Tim is just an idea. There's only Reality. Or what you think it is, it looks just like that. If you call it time, it's time. If you call it existence, it's existence and so on. After you call it time, you divide it into days and nights, months, years, hours, minutes, etc. Time is immaterial to the Way of Knowledge. But a few rules and a little discipline are good for beginners.
One Ceylonez asks: What is the first step towards self-realization? Please help me understand. It is of no use to me to read in books.
Someone else: This man's question is also ours, please answer us!
Baghavan's answer: Just like that! If the Self were to be found in the books it would have already been realized. What wonder could be greater than that of looking for the Self in the books, and of being able to find it there?
Of course, the books have given readers the reason to ask this question and look for the Self.