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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on January 20, 2010, 09:39:21 AM

Title: Control of Mind Vs. Destruction of Mind
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 20, 2010, 09:39:21 AM
Sri Ramanananda Swarnagiri says in his Crumbs from His Table:-

Devotee:  When I am engaged in enquiry as to the Source from
which the "I" springs, I strive at a stage of stillness of mind,
beyond which I find myself unable to proceed further.  I have no
thought of any kind, and there is an emptiness, a blankness.  A
mild light pervades and I find that it is myself, bodiless.  I have
neither cognition nor vision of body and form.  The experience lasts nearly half an hour and is pleasing.  Would I be correct in concluding that all that was necessary to secure eternal happiness (i.e freedom or salvation or whatever one calls it) was to continue the practice
till this experience could be maintained for hours, days and months

Bhagavan:  This does not mean salvation.  Such a condition is termed "manolaya" or temporary stillness of thought.  Manolaya
means concentration, temporarily arresting the movement of thoughts, old and new, rush in as usual and even though this
temporary lulling of mind should not a thousand years, it will
never lead to total destruction of thought, which is what is called
salvation or liberation, from birth and death.  The practiser must
therefore be ever on the alert and enquire within as to who has this
experience, and who realizes its pleasantness.  Failing this enquiry, he will go into a long trance of deep sleep (Yoga Nidra).  Due to
the absence of a proper guide at this stage of spiritual practice,
many have been deluded and fallen a prey to false sense of salvation and only a few have, either by the merit of good acts in their previous births, or by extereme grace, have been enabled to reach the goal of safety.

(Here Bhagavan tells the story of a Yogi, who was feeling thirsty and asked his disciple to bring a cup of drinking water.  Suddenly he went into that trance of mano-laya and several years passed.  When he woke up from this trance, the first question he asked was: Where is my cup of water?)

The first thing which he asked for was water, because, before going to deep concentration, the topmost layer of thought in his mind was water, and by concentration, however deep and prolonged it might have been, he had only been able to TEMPORARILY LULL HIS THOUGHTS, and when, therefore, he revoked consciousness, this topmost thought flew up with all the speed and force of a flood, breaking through the dykes.  If this is the case, with regard to a thought which took shape immediately before he sat for meditation, there is no doubt that thoughts which have taken deeper roots earlier will still remain unannihilated.  If annihilation of thoughts is salvation, can he be said to have attained salvation?

(to be continued.)

(Source:  Crumbs from His Table, Sri Ramananda Swarnagiri, Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.) 

Arunachala Siva.