Is spiritual understanding something apart from
daily living? Not according to Ramesh S Balsekar's teaching. He says,
‘Spiritual understanding brings with it a wonderful sense of harmony, a
lack of tension and a sense of freedom in daily living.’
All there is, is Consciousness. If that is understood completely,
deeply, intuitively, then you need read no further. Put the book down
and go on joyously with the rest of your life. ... Embodied herein is
not the Truth, the Truth cannot be held between the covers of a book.
What we have here are pointers, sign posts, guides; each in a slightly
different language describing, perhaps, slightly different routes, but
all meant to indicate the same destination ... Right Here, Right Now.""
These words introduce transcriptions of conversations with Ramesh
Balsekar. For those who seek.
Passage from the book:
That is correct. Karma means action. Karma means causality. It has
nothing to do with the individual doer, the individual entity because
there is no individual entity as the doer.
Q: Are you saying that the whole theory that people who do good works
come back to a good rebirth and those who do bad things come back to a
lower birth is false?
What you are saying is karma is based on people who do good deeds.
What I am saying is good deeds can only happen, just as bad deeds also
happen. Whose? Good deeds happen through particular body mind mechanisms
and bad deeds happen through certain body-mind organisms. Both good
deeds and bad deeds together form the functioning of Totality at that
moment. It is only the human being who says, “good deeds, bad deeds.”
All are deeds performed, in this life and living by Consciousness,
through body-mind organisms according to their natural characteristics.
A psychopath has not chosen to be a psychopath. Who has created the
psychopath? He is part of the creation of the Totality of manifestation.
There is a lovely poem by Omar Khayam. He speaks of an imperfect pot
saying, “People reject me because I am odd shaped. Did the hand of the
potter shake when he made me?” Did the psychopath choose to be a
psychopath? Did the saint choose to be a saint?
About the Author:
Ramesh S. Balsekar is a disciple of the late Sri Nisargadatta
Maharaj, a renowned Advaita master. From early childhood, Balsekar was
drawn to Advaita, a nondual teaching, particularly the teachings of
Ramana Maharshi and Wei Wu Wei. Ramesh has written over 20 books, and
discusses the Indian philosophy of Advaita daily in Bombay, with
visitors from around the world. The basic concept is that "all there is,
is Consciousness"; all actions are happenings, the functioning of the
Primal Energy, and not the doing by anyone. Ramesh frames the concepts
in the context of daily living, speaking from his experience as a bank
president and a family man.
"Ramesh has written more than a dozen books. Each one is worth
reading. In talking to fans of Ramesh, I have found that very often a
single book resonates most strongly for a given individual. For some it
has been Sin and Guilt, for others A Duet of one, and for other
individuals it has been one of the other titles. For me, it was
Consciousness Speaks that somehow opened my mind and heart to the full
appreciation of this wonderful teacher. The brief introduction by Wayne
Liquorman sets the tone for the book. In fact, I believe that reading
the eight-page introduction is worth the entire price of the book, and
in this seed is contained the wholeness of the teaching. Although Ramesh
is a brilliant and skillful writer, I believe he is at his best when
teaching and responding to questions from seekers. This book uses the
question and answer format and that is why I believe it is his most
effective book, and certainly it has been his most popular book at our
bookstore. When my sons became interested in Ramesh, it was this book
that I provided for them to read first.
The book is very
comprehensive, covering all subjects, including mind, intellect,
emotions, biology, creation, etc. All the answers are straightforward
and simple. Ramesh pulls no punches and allows the knowledge to flow
through him, as the title of the book suggests. This is a book to be
cherished and read over and over again." - Len Oppenheim