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Title: Ramana Maharshi about his Sadhana
Post by: ramana_maharshi on April 17, 2010, 11:39:08 AM
I know no such period ( or purgatory or sadhana). I never performed any pranayama or japa.I knew no mantras.I have never done any sadhana.I did not even know what sadhana was.I have no idea of mediation or comtemplation.Only long afterwards I came to know what sadhana was and how many different kinds of it there were.It is only if there was any object or anything different from me that I could think of it.Only if there was a goal to attain,I should have made sadhana to attain that goal.

There was nothing which I wanted to obtain.Even when i came to hear of such things later I was never attracted to them.Even now my mind refuses to pay attention to them.

Sadhana Implies an object to be gained and the means of gaining it.What is there to be gained which we donot already possess? In meditation,concentration and contemplation,what we have to do is only not to think of anything but to be still.

This natural state is given many names - moksha,jnana,atma etc.. and these give rise to many controversies.

Source: Arunachala's Ramana Volume I
Title: Re: Ramana Maharshi about his Sadhana
Post by: Subramanian.R on April 17, 2010, 12:08:30 PM
Muruganar says:

Sadhanai inri samadhi saadhittavan...

Without any Sadhana, He attained the natural state.

The same was the case with many of His ardent devotees too.

Some one asked Muruganar during later years:

"Swami, have you done any Sadhana?"

Muruganar says:

How can I?  What was the need?  He (Bhagavan) never allowed
me even to close my eyes.  He has devoured me so swiftly.....

He also later wrote:

Sadhanai inri Samadhi saadhippavan....

One who confers natural state to (seekers) without any Sadhana

Arunachala Siva.