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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on September 06, 2009, 01:17:28 PM

Title: Sri Arunachala Pancharatnam - 22
Post by: Subramanian.R on September 06, 2009, 01:17:28 PM
The fourth verse deals with Rajayoga marga and also about dhyana,
or meditational practice.

Tyatkvaa vishayam bahyam
ruddhapraanena ruddhamanasaa'ntastvaam
dhyaayan pashyati yogi
didhitimarunachala tvayi mahiyam te.

O Arunachala, leaving the outer sensory objects, with the mind
controlled by the regulation of life breath, contemplating on You
within, the yogin beholds in You the Light.  This is your vast field.

By saying 'he sees the light, it is meant that the vision of light
takes place in the heart of one yoked to inner concentration ministered by purified inner instruments.   This Light is within.
The Light is not of the external world.  It lights up the meaning 
of 'I' in the 'I am' constantly throbbing in the Heart which is the
form of Arunachala, the Supreme Self.

While Kapali Sastri says like this, Lakshmana Sarma, WHO, in his
paraphrased verse for the fourth verse says, slightly differently.

Lakshmana Sarma says:

Giving up the external objects and quelling the mind BY FORCE - by
stilling of the breath - and ever meditating on You, the Yogi, with
his mind merged in Your glory, sees the Light (of Consciousness)
and is very happy for the TIME BEING.  But, getting out (of this State)
with the mind and its vasanas, he returns to relative world.

Of course, Bhagavan Ramana, while explaining the Pranayama,
says in Who am I?, -- that the mind after the breath is exhaled,
would move here and there due to Vasanas.  That is Bhagavan
Ramana's only view on the raja yoga marga.  However, here Bhagavan Ramana explains the Raja yoga marga and does not say
about the outgoing mind running about with vasanas.  He merely
does justice to the raja yoga marga.  Lakshmana Sarma outwalked
Ramana's way and said something that is not in the original verse.
He says that the breath is controlled "by force", and the yogi is happy
only for the "time being."  Even though it is true from Who am I?
point of view, it is not in the verse 4 of Sri Arunachala Pancharatnam.

A Raja Yogi, no doubt, controls the mind by force in the beginning of
his practice.  But over a period of time, this becomes natural and
he sees the light.  Only when the mind goes out, it becomes dual.
Otherwise he sees the nondual consciousness as Light within.

Bhagavan Ramana did not distinguish between a typical Raja Yoga
and the meditation within, with controlled breath.  In Rajayoga, the
yogi goes through among other chakras, through Anahata, which is
the heart.  But in Bhagavan Ramana's self enquiry, it is the Heart,
on the right side of the mid chest.  This is the only centre in self
enquiry.  Even this is only for seekers.  After realization, it becomes everywhere, internal and external.

Arunachala Siva.