Self Realization & Free Will [Set of 4 Books]
The Relationship Between 'I' And 'Me', A Personal Religion of Your Own, The Essence of The Ashtavkra Gita, Does the Human Being Have Free Will?
Author: Ramesh S. Balsekar 
Publication: Zen Publications
Pages: 320
Binding: Paperback
ISBN13: 9789382788836

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Summary of the Book
Following titles are included in this set:

1. The Relationship Between 'I' And 'Me'

You cannot have an ‘ego’ because you are the ego: Consciousness identified with a name and form as a separate entity. The sage responds to his name being called; therefore, the sage has an ego. The ordinary man also responds to his name being called. What is the difference between the ego of the sage and the ego of the ordinary man? That is the core question. The answer is that in the ego of the sage the sense of personal doership has been totally annihilated: he knows that he is only a psychosomatic apparatus through which the Primal Energy functions and brings about whatever is supposed to happen according to the Cosmic Law. The ego of the ordinary man is impregnated with the sense of personal doership. The ego of the sage is totally free from the burden of pride and arrogance for his good actions and guilt and shame for his bad actions, whereas the ego of the ordinary man carries the burden of guilt and shame for his own actions and a heavier burden of hatred for the others for their actions which have hurt him. In the words of Ramana Maharshi, the ego of the sage is like “the remnants of a burnt rope.”

2. A Personal Religion of Your Own

Remain relaxed in Consciousness. In any situation, do whatever you feel you should do without any regrets about the past, without any complaints in the present, without any expectations for the future, and importantly, without blaming and condemning anyone for anything – neither yourself nor the ‘other’. This will enable you to live your life, constantly connected to the Source, and will give you happiness through peace of mind: SUKHA-SHANTI. This will be your personal religion: Sukha-Shanti.

3. The Essence of The Ashtavkra Gita

Ashtavakra Says:
• You are not the body which is composed of the five elements. You are that Consciousness which has provided the inert body with the sentience that makes the senses function I regard to their objects. It is sentience which makes the psychosomatic apparatus work as a unit.
• Anticipating the query from his intelligent disciple, the guru tells him further, “You” are not the physical organism but Consciousness which works not as someone in charge of the operations of the physical organism but merely as the witness of the operations.
• You have wrongly identified yourself as the individual, as the doer of all actions that take place through the physical organism, and
thereby unnecessarily assume the responsibility for the actions which take place, and thus assume the bondage from which you are seeking liberation.
• The witness cannot be the doer, and you are therefore not the doer. With this understanding, you can detach yourself from the wrong
identification with the body. And when you do this, you will automatically assume your true position as the witness and remain relaxed (because there is not the tension of responsibility for the actions) in consciousness, as consciousness.
• The state of being disidentified from the body is the state of witnessing (when the individual “me” is not present). And this state of detached witnessing is indeed the state of liberation. This is what the Self-realized guru means when he says that when you remain relaxed in Consciousness (without identification with the body), the state of liberation is sudden and immediate. The words “remain relaxed in Consciousness” from the very basis of the Ashtavakra teaching.

4. Does the Human Being Have Free Will?

Of course, he does, Otherwise how would the mechanism of daily living operate? In fact, total free will is the very basis of daily living. Whether it was the caveman three thousand years ago or you today, the human being has been free to decide what to do in a given situation. However, is it everyone’s personal experience that what happens thereafter- the result or consequence of that action – has never been in anybody’s control. So where does that leave free will? It free will a tool for self-evolvement? Is it a device for the human being to accept responsibility for his actions? Or is it merely anational boon which is worthless is worthless in daily living? Ramesh S. Balsekar discusses the issue threadbare in his crisp and lucid style and comes up with amazing insights which could forever change the way you perceive your free will.
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