Sri Ramana always said, the ultimate Truth is so simple, it is nothing more than being in one’s own natural original state. However, it is a great wonder that to teach such a simple truth a number of religions should be necessary and that so many disputes should arise. Years after the passing of this great sage, his simple no-nonsense teachings remain as popular as ever. Here is one snippet from a friend on Face Book:
Three Anglo-Indian lady-doctors came from Bangalore to visit Sri Ramana. One of them had recently lost her husband in an air crash. She asked Sri Ramana:
Is there rebirth?
Sri Ramana: Do you know what birth is?
She answered: Yes, I know that I exist now but I want to know if I’ll exist in the future.
Sri Ramana, Past! – Present! – Future!
The lady asked: yes today is the result of yesterday, the past, and tomorrow, the future, will be the result of today, the Present. Am I right?
Sri. Ramana, There is neither past nor future. There is only the present. yesterday was the present to you when you experienced it and tomorrow will be also the present when you experience it. Therefore experience takes place only in the present moment. Nothing exists beyond that experience…
She further quizzed Ramana on that point. Are then past and future mere imagination?
Sri Ramana, Yes, even the present is mere imagination for the sense of time is purely mental. Space is similarly mental, therefore birth and rebirth, which take place in time and space cannot be other than imagination.
Source: Guru Ramana Memories and Notes by S.S. Cohen.