22nd September, 1936
Conversing with R. Seshagiri Rao, a visitor, Maharshi remarked that a Self-Realised sage (Atma Jnani ) alone can be a good Karma yogi. "After the sense of doership has gone let us see what happens. Sri Sankara advised inaction. But did he not write commentaries and take part in disputation? Do not trouble about doing action or otherwise. Know Thyself. Then let us see whose action it is. Whose is it? Let action complete itself. So long as there is the doer he must reap the fruits of his action. If he does not think himself the doer there is no action for him. He is an ascetic who has renounced worldly life (sanyasin)."
D.: How did the ego arise?
Maharshi: It is not necessary to know it. Know the present. Not knowing that, why do you worry about other times?
Maharshi said in reply to a question: "Is the world within you or without you? Does it exist apart from you? Does the world come and tell you `I exist'?"
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