We might hope that our acknowledgement of somebody yields an benefit of some kind for us. In this case it isn’t esteem we give, instead it’s a calculating act.
Another intention to give esteem could be that we expect being acknowledged ourselves.
We are, in effect, making clear that we are the ones deserving esteem.
Each time we acknowledge somebody else for a certain reason it can’t be genuine esteem. Since we can also sense what kind of esteem we get, we can be sure that others feel if the esteem we give is genuine or not.
As long as we haven’t integrated esteem in our life as a daily habit we can just enjoy the thought that we create a good feeling in others by giving esteem for free. Giving genuine esteem means that we don’t expect anything in return.
Selfless Self: Talks with Shri Ramakant Maharaj
- Authors: Ramakant Maharaj, Ann Shaw
- Publisher: Selfless Self Press; 2 edition (August 1, 2015)
- Paperback, also available as Hardcover
- 502 pages
Shri Ramakant Maharaj was with his Master Shri Nisargadatta Maharaj from 1962. SELFLESS SELF is a companion to ‘I AM THAT’. This tangibly powerful, life-transforming book addresses the ultimate questions of “Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of existence?” Never before has truth been revealed in such a simple, piercing and Direct Way. Herein is a road map for Self-discovery that will, if followed, take the reader on a route to infinity, eternity and majesty, as yet unknown to the seeker. It is a One way ticket with no way back, unless of course you are happy to enter another dream. This book reveals the story of the reader, the story of Oneness. It is a universal story, a ‘spiritography’, and it is your story. Just read it, and see! All that is needed is acceptance and then, slowly silently, permanently Reality will be awakened. A timeless classic.
Sadguru Ramakant Maharaj is probably the only genuine living jnani in India who is both fluent in English and is a direct disciple of the legendary Nisargadatta Maharaj. I highly recommend this book because it contains all of his teachings; these are very deep, indeed, and perhaps even more direct than Nisargadatta’s teachings, so they are definitely not for everyone. However, if you have had a lifelong yearning for True Knowledge, Maharaj is probably the only living Jnani who can bring your own spiritual search to an end.
You have before you, in the form of this book, a bridge to the Master. And, as the book states over and over, this Master is, and always has been YOU. Where this book differs from any other teaching I have ever been exposed to is that it offers the means to get there. It is not a book for the casual seeker – it will demand from you your own intensity.
Ramakant Maharaj, a student of Nisargadatta Maharaj, reached full realization. This book clarified some things for me, particularly the nature of awareness after the ego is gone. Such awareness is like the sky, vast but not self-aware.