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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on February 06, 2009, 10:30:41 AM

Title: Upasana and Self enquiry
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 06, 2009, 10:30:41 AM
On 6th July 1935, a high officer asked:

If juniors are promoted over oneself, the mind is perturbed.  Will
the enquiry, "Who am I?" help the man to soothe the mind under
such circumstances?

Bhagavan: Yes. Quite so. The enquiry, "Who am I?" turns the mind
inward and makes it calm.

Devotee:  I have faith in murti dhyana, worship of form.  Will it
help me to gain Jnana?

Bhagavan:  Surely it will.  Upasana helps concentration of mind.  Then the mind is free from other thoughts and is fullo of the meditated form.  The mind becomes It.-- and thus quite pure. Then, think who is the worshipper. The answer is "I", i.e. the Self. So the Self is gained ultimately.

The present difficulty is that the man thinks that he is the doer. But it is a mistake.  It is the Higher Power which does everything and he
is only a tool. If he accepts that position, he is free from troubles, otherwise, he courts them.

(Source: Talks, Munagala Venkatramiah.)

Arunachala Siva.