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Ramana Maharshi => General topics => Topic started by: S.Subramanian on November 15, 2009, 03:11:01 PM

Title: Major obstacle in the spiritual path.
Post by: S.Subramanian on November 15, 2009, 03:11:01 PM
Carelessness in restraining the vasanas (latent tendencies) is a major obstacle in the spiritual path.  Though meditation keeps the vasanas under check, we have to be very careful in our activities to guard against them. Senses always try to drag us down. Quite often we yield to temptations and try to come with excuses.  We must be honest to ourselves and acknowledge our weakness.  This doesn’t mean we should think we are weak but we should recognize that we are weak. The whole purpose of spiritual enquiry is not to attain the truth but to give up the false. 
Title: Re: Major obstacle in the spiritual path.
Post by: Subramanian.R on November 16, 2009, 02:10:27 PM
Dear S. Subramanian,

Absolutely correct.  The whole purpose is to remove the unwanted
falsity and the Truth shall reveal itself.  This process is called
Chidda Suddhi.  Again, as you said, the latent tendencies may
rise at anytime and ruin us.  I am given to anger very easily in
life. But in normal times, there is no sense of anger in me.  But
it rises its hood in no time and harm others and harm me too.
A slight provaction is all that is wanted to push your hypertension
by twenty points!  Bhagavan Ramana says: It is like the serpent
inside the ant hill.  It does not come out.  But you have to catch
it when it just comes out, before harming the children playing
around the ant hill.  That is the exact moment, when one should
ask: For whom this anger is? 

Once a devotee was asking Bhagavan Ramana, as to how to control
the anger.  Bhagavan Ramana explained this.  But they could not
understand.  Soon both went into the kitchen to prepare some
evening dinner.  There was a small fight.  One said:  Do you
know who I am?  Another retorted:  Do you know who I am?
Bhagavan Ramana entered the kitchen just then!  Both became
very ashamed.  Bhagavan said:  See, see, this is the moment in
which you should catch this anger and crush its neck.  In the
Old Hall, when you were asking this question, there was no anger
in you.  So you did not understand.  Now you realize.

Arunachala Siva.       
Title: Re: Major obstacle in the spiritual path.
Post by: silentgreen on November 16, 2009, 07:04:26 PM
Nice points.
Checking the desires can also result in love for God if the devotee thinks:
"Oh! God, for you I have checked the vasanas...and because of you I have checked the vasanas.".

If grace of God dawns, vasanas will start fading away.
Title: Re: Major obstacle in the spiritual path.
Post by: S.Subramanian on November 17, 2009, 10:56:16 PM
Dear Subramanian R.,
   Anger is a great impediment. We are easily hurt when someone wrongs us.  A few years ago I happened to be furious with my builder. My mind was so perturbed I could not meditate for months.  Now I realize that no one can cheat me unless I allow myself to be cheated.  My own ignorance or carelessness is to be blamed.  Acceptance is an essential characteristic of a spiritual seeker.