Teaching Story - Finding what was never lost
by Life Positive
A lady had a precious necklace around her neck. Once in her excitement, she forgot it and thought that the necklace was lost. She became anxious and looked for it in her home but could not find it. She asked friends and neighbours if they knew anything about the necklace. They did not. At last a kind friend of hers told her to feel the necklace around her neck. She found that it had all along been there and she was ecstatic. When others asked her later if she found the necklace which was lost, she said, 'Yes, I have found it.' She felt that she had recovered a lost jewel.
Now, did she lose it at all? It was all along around her neck. But judge her feelings. She was as happy as if she had recovered a lost jewel. Similarly with us, we imagine that we will realise that Self some time, whereas we are never anything but the Self.
-From Be As You Are: Teachings from Ramana Maharshi by David Godman
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