The Highest State

Ramana Maharshi

Ramana Maharshi

The two lady visitors were visiting the Saint known as Sri Ramana Maharshi.

The younger one asked: “Is the experience of the Highest State same to all? Or is there any difference?”

Maharshi (M): The Highest State is the same and the experience is also the same.

Devotee (D): But I find some difference in the interpretations put on the Highest Truth.

M: The interpretations are made with the mind. The minds are different and so the interpretations are different.

D: I mean to ask if the seers express themselves differently?

M: The expressions may differ according to the nature of the seekers. They are meant to guide the seekers.

D: One Seer speaks in the terms of Christianity, another in those of Islam, a third of Buddhism, etc. Is that due to their upbringing?

M: Whatever may be their upbringing, their experience is the same. But the modes of expression differ according to circumstances.

Credit: Talk 595, 16th December, 1938. Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi.

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