Let’s face it: most spiritual people, including most spiritual teachers, spend more time talking the talk of spirituality than walking the walk of spirituality (I include myself in this indictment, too). We spend more time preoccupied with questions like these:
What teaching is the best?
Which teachers are enlightened?
Which teaches are not enlightened?
Which teacher has the highest degree of understanding or clarity?
What’s the difference between enlightenment and awakening?
What are the various levels of knowledge or enlightenment or awakening or __?
Is there practice that will help me wake-up faster?
Will this teaching or practice help me get out of debt, make a million dollars, date a hot babe, and live 200 years?
As I’ve said before, and I will repeat again and again, you are never going to know, as in know with your mind, the answer to these questions. As a matter of fact, these questions as well as most spiritual questions, dilemmas, controversies, paradoxes, etc., may in fact have no answer, as in no answer whatsoever. They may be mysteries. Or, more likely, they may be irrelevant and quite likely ridiculous.
You want to know the highest spiritual teaching? You want to reach the “pinnacle” of spirituality? Okay, I’ll tell you how to get there:
Sit down. Shut up. Look inside for who you are.
There. That’s it. Nothing much else to do. I know that you may not have the slightest idea what to do while you are “looking inside for who you are”, but to be honest, that’s okay. Use some of what you’ve read as a pointer, but for the most part, just shut up and LOOK.
Instead of wasting yet another hour or two trolling websites, perusing yet another book, debating your friends over coffee as to whether Ramana really had the answers, do what Ramana always told people to do: go find out who it is that is concerned with all this external stuff.
If everyone involved in spirituality spent a tiny bit more time on what matters most, the vast majority of these questions and concerns would disappear. Really. If you spent just 15 minutes each day looking, you’d be pleasantly surprised in a year how different the world looks to you. Really? Really really.
So close your browser, shut the lid on the damn computer, shut up and look. Who. Are. You?