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Your Head in the Tiger's Mouth Paperback – 30 Jan 2008
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Ramesh Balsekar is an awakened sage whose long life has been devoted to Ramana Maharshi and whose final Guru was Nisargadatta Maharaj. He perfectly reflects both as and West-born and raised in Bombay, India, thinking and speaking in English, student of Sanskrit and translator of the Bhagavad Gita, intimately familiar with the Taoist and Chan classics as well as the new paradigm (Consciousness is all there is) which has emerged from quantum mechanics. Poignantly clear and precise and delightfully humorous, his teaching makes life simple.
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Ramesh's Consciousness Speaks is excellent, I really enjoy it. This Tiger was published some 5 years later and, I confess, I found the layout in the first book better but this later book is still fine.
Also, this book is much more devotional than Consciousness Speaks. There are gushing letters from devotees from around the world. These letters read very well indeed and I enjoyed them. There is even a chapter pointing out the advaita passages from the Bhagavad Gita.
The funny thing about Ramesh is that people accused him of being a conman but he clearly says himself that he isn't in the state of Nisargadatta Maharaj or Ramana Maharshi.
To me, Ramesh comes across as a super intelligent man. Now if he was pulling the wool over the eyes, he would say 'I am Parabrahman' or he would say 'I see the dream whilst you dream', like Nisargadatta said or he will refer to himself as satchitananda like Ramana Maharshi did.
Nisargadatta Maharaj and Ramana Maharshi are full of profound utterances that you would expect from one who's ego is gone, gone beyond, beyond gone, SVAHA, SVAHA Gone! Gone! Gone! Beyond even the Beyond, into full enlightenment!
In I Am That, Nisargadatta sounds like the Buddha or Jesus. He sounds like the One. I'm aware that Maurice Frydman wrote that classic and when you read it you are hearing the voice from the upanishads, the voice from the gospel of Thomas, the voice from the Source.
Now if Ramesh Balsekar was the charlatan people say he is, then he could easily say profound things or he could just be silent. But he doesn't. I find he's a great intellect and his explanation on determinism is better than Sam Harris. His books are very academic and this gives us a clue. Ramesh clings onto determinism for dear life and he keep saying 'all is consciousness' when confronted with a hard ball, and he hasn't the fidelity of Nisargadatta Maharaj nor has be the poetic and mystical drive of a Maurice Frydman or Ramana Maharshi.
So overall his books are definitely worth checking out. Ramesh was in the inner circle of Nisargadatta Maharaj and I don't think he's a conman. It is just that the Westerners wanted him the be a jnani.
The principal message in this book, "Your Head In The Tigers Mouth", is no different from what is available in "Consciousness Speaks". I felt that the talks recorded in this book are not that 'impressive', primarily because some of the questions/questioners were vague, and some of the questioners had no special purpose (which could be shared by other seekers) except to argue (at least as I view). The editorial work is not good, as I see conversations mixed up, as different people are speaking at the same time. Atleast let me say that the editorial setting in "Consciousness Speaks" was better. So, to that extent, a reader does not get much benefit. The Scene on Upanishads was silly. I wish Sri Ramesh spoke of his Understanding of the Upanashadic statements in the context of his message, than some other "Seeker" explaining what Upanishads meant to convey as he understood. I feel the explanations given by the 'Seeker' were incomplete and unsatisfactory and I did not find any help.
I feel, the translations of the Abhangas are biased, and do not provide accurate translations. The translations are colored by "Ramesh's terminology", in the new zeal of Sri Ramesh's teaching, though the actual words and thoughts do not necessarily mean that. So, the simplicity and spontaneity of the Abhangas is lost. The mysticism and devotion which provokes a "seeker" to 'discover That' is lost, in these verbose translations.
On two/three occations in this book the messages are totally contradictory to Sri Ramesh's present teaching in 2003 (when I personally attended his talks), surprisingly; rather the concepts in these two occassions were totally contradictory to Sri Ramesh's explanation/concepts as of 2003. See below:
Ramesh: Yes, I know. That is why I say involvement happens all the time because the ego has been conditioned - not for fifty or sixty years that Muralidharan has been living, but for thousands of years. The ego has been conditioned to react to the natural reaction of the brain and gets involved. That is what the ego does, you see ? So the ego does what it is supposed to do. It has been conditioned for thousands of years. ....
Estrella: But, I don't understand. If I die - finished ! How can the ego exist in another world ?
Ramesh: Whether you call it ego, I don't know. All I am saying, if it is God's will that there should be a connection between a being with a body and a being without a body, why should God not create that connection ? ......
Ramesh: That's right. So, it's all conceptual. My basic question is only one thing: if Philippe is supposed to do good deeds so that Philippe will have a good next life, then in the next life will there be a Philippe ? (everyone laughing) Or will there be a "Robert" ? And Robert wouldn't care a damm for Philippe just as Philippe now knows nothing about his previous life. So, Philippe cannot have a new life. In a new life there will be a new ego. ....
All I want to convey is that the message is confusing in this book. Sure, it is good to listen to the words of a realised master. I personally benefited a lot by listening and reading Sri Ramesh's concepts. But be watchful of the pitfalls as listed above and also the wrong message "Who cares ? !!" seems to convey. I developed this opinion after reading the letters of his devotees which are printed at the end of the book. They seem to apply this "Who cares ?!!" approach to their phenominal life, inspite of Sri Ramesh's warning in the book that it is meant to question/express a state or approach in "seeking". So, be watchful !!
Because of such reasons, I preferred "Consciousness Speaks" as a better presentation of Sri Ramesh's message to the seeker. "Sin and Guilt - Monstrosity of Mind", seems to be the best presentation as it is not in the form of dialogues, and presents the concepts directly.