Develop Our Divinity
Satguru Sri Ramana Devi helps people from all walks of life to develop their innate divinity. Sri Ramana teaches that we all have divinity within us, we are all connected and all one with the supreme consciousness that we call God. Our divinity is the part of us that is not the things that we think, feel, believe or do – these are all transient things. Our divinity is the part of us that is an aspect of God. It is our inner self, our true nature. It is a quiet, still place inside where only peace, truth and bliss exist. Our divinity dwells in our hearts and is always there in every moment for us to turn to and realise. The more that we live from our divinity, and act from this place of love, kindness and compassion, the more we see divinity reflected back to us in the world around us. Sri Ramana helps people to develop their divinity by giving them an experience of their true nature. This experience of the divine within us fuels us and pushes us forward to create more and more experiences of divinity within our lives. Experiencing the divine, even for a single moment, is transformational and affects an individual’s entire life.
Sri Ramana seeks to reduce unkindness, in individuals and society. Our inner divinity is our true nature, but so often we are unaware of this and act in ways which do not reflect this. We only have to look at society around us to see how lost and far removed people can become from their inner self. When we are unaware of our inner self we can be unkind, to ourselves and to others.
Unkindness starts with how we are with ourselves – not loving ourselves, being mean or critical to ourselves. When we are unkind to ourselves this automatically affects how we are with others. When we recognise the divinity within ourselves and see this in others, we naturally want to be kinder.
Cultivate Love, Compassion and Service in our Hearts and Minds
Sri Ramana helps people to cultivate love, compassion and service in their hearts and minds. These are qualities of our divine nature. Cultivating these qualities means that our whole being is in line with our divine nature. Sri Ramana gives people an experience of love and of loving the divine. This experience of love helps us to see God in everything around us, to recognise the divinity in
everything. Once we recognise the wholeness and oneness of all that exists, we naturally feel more compassionate. We recognise that we are all connected, and we all affect each other. We begin to see ourselves in others, and others in ourselves. The more aware we become of our true nature the more we feel another’s pain as our own, and the more that we want more than anything to help – to see joy and happiness reflected back to us in another’s face. The compassion that we feel makes us want to serve our fellow beings – to serve God through serving the God in fellow beings.
Divine Senses can Blossom in Both Individuals and Communities
Once we have developed our divinity, acknowledged and reduced our level of cruelty towards fellowbeings and cultivated love, compassion and service in our hearts and minds, our divine senses can blossom. Just like we have physical senses – sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing, we also have divine qualities. These are our qualities of openness, love, kindness and honesty. Just as our five senses help us to connect with the world around us on a physical level, our divine senses help us to connect to the world around us on a divine level. As we share these divine qualities with others, we are sharing our inner self, our true nature. Sri Ramana helps individuals and whole communities to develop their divine senses. This promotes a far more harmonious and tolerant way of life for all.
Sri Ramana’s Advaita Vedanta Philosophy
Sri Ramana teaches that Brahman (GOD) is the only reality, and that everything that exists is Brahman. God is the only reality and the true nature of all beings. Advaita Vedanta is an aspect of Hindu philosophy which focuses on the relationship between your Atman and Brahman. Advaita Vedanta is based upon the wisdom of the ancient Hindu texts, notably the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Brahma Sutras. Traditionally there are three schools of Vedanta, which are based upon differing interpretations of these texts. The ancient scriptures describe the inner self (Atman) as being identical in nature to the formless God (Brahman). In the same way that a droplet of water is identical in essence to the vast ocean, though the ocean is far greater, the inner self is identical in nature to Brahman. If the water droplet was merged into the ocean, you would not be able to tell it apart as a separate individual, it is one with the entire ocean. In the same way when the inner self merges with Brahman, it becomes one with God. We need to acknowledge the divinity within us.
Sri Ramana teaches that one needs both knowledge and devotion to realise the Self. We need knowledge of our true self, that we are one with God. We need to question, explore and understand divine truths with our minds. We need knowledge to realise that God is ultimately in all that exists and is the only truth. But,
knowledge alone can only take us so far. We need God’s grace to actually realise this truth – our minds can never understand the reality of God, God is experienced in our hearts.