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iishvaraarpita.N necChayaa kR^itam |
cittashoodhaka.N muktisaadhakam||

ईश्वरार्पितँ नेच्छया कृतम्।
चित्तशोधकँ मुक्तिसाधकम्॥

(karma ) - actions
ishvara-arpitam : offered to the Lord.
na ichaya krtam : done without desires.
citta shodakam - purifies the mind
mukti sadhakam - aid in liberation.

"Actions done with the attitude that they are offerings to the Lord, without desires , purify the mind and are a means to liberation."

Having understood that the world is an ever changing, dream like entity, what should we work for ?
It is like a student preparing for an exam, and then he is told that he exam results do not really matter at all.
now what shall he write the exam for ?

To purify the mind.

What is this purifying the mind ? an impurity is what gives us the feeling of incompleteness. We feel incomplete, insufficient in various ways and whatever makes us feel insufficient or incomplete is an impurity. It is important to understand that the aim of spirituality [all these teachings sadhana etc] is not to invoke a sense of incompleteness or bound individual. If a particular encounter with a mahatma makes one feel incomplete and empty within, that is either not a proper encounter or that is not a mahatma at all. We should not be like those frogs that pull each other down. We need to tell ourselves and everyone else : We are of nature Pure Bliss, how can we be suffering / bound. and this is really the starting point of Spirituality, where we are not ready to accept bondage but are investigating into it to see that it is a myth !

True purification of mind is to recognize that the states of mind are not going to affect us ! And this has to take place at the level of the mind alone, because the Self does not need sadhana, neither does the body. so lets be clear that only mind needs this understanding and the understanding should lead us to be untouched by the states of mind.

This particular verse of Bhagavan brings in Ishvarah , And the two most significant words here are "non-desiring" and "ishvara-arpana or offering to ishvara".

Ishvara is another name for Being or Presence or Silence [they all mean the same]. If we observe mindfully, all this is Presence. The plants, the birds, stones, mountains, rivers ... they are all merely Presence. Being. And suppose we clap our hands. It arises from that "Being" and resolves in that "Being". A bird flying in the sky, it as if arises from that Being and resolves in that. It is like a prayer. A prayer arises from Being and leaves us with being. When we chant OM , at the end of it we are resolved in Self - Silence.  That is why its a prayer. it Leaves us in silence ... infact we are ever in that Presence alone , and yet , at times we might require the aid of a sound to resolve in Silence, because we are lost in the mental chatter. Thus, When Ribhu Gita says "Svayam eva Svayam Pashye", See yourself by yourself ... someone may say look within, someone else may say look outside ... but the point of the matter is ... its not where one looks , but what one looks that matters. As Presence its both inside and outside. infact there is no inside or outside if we speak from the standpoint of presence and so , its not where one looks that matters but whether we are one with the Presence or not that matters.

So when the verse says "let your actions be offerings to that Presence, without any desire", when its without desire, every action is an offering to the presence. there is no desires, then those actions are really not actions anymore ... every movement is an expression of inner fulfillment and hence pointer to the Self. This is simply just being.

But if we cannot do it, it would become a practice to again and again direct our attention away from the result to the Presence ... this is Karma yoga. We do this again and again until one resolves completely and it becomes natural. And we do this with wisdom or understanding that there is no point in trying to achieve a lot of success here , this is after all dream like. We cannot do this through will power. We need wisdom that the world is dream like and we use that to again and again knock off the result driven mindset and start reveling in the Presence through each action. This karma yoga with wisdom leads to just being eventually.

The actions are also aids this way to resolve in the presence. Because in and through all actions , we see action-less-ness. This is the beauty.
Please see how we have already touched upon Self Inquiry in this verse. Self and Ishvara are just two names for the same thing. When one says offer your actions to Self ... what does that mean ? One cannot do anything for God. One does something and via it if one were to recognize one's own Fulfilled Nature, that is an offering for God. When the limited "I" is resolved, what ever action aids one do it, that very action becomes an offering to God. And thus, through an action when one resolves the limited "I" that is discovery of God !

Why can one not simply sit ? Why should one perform an action at all ?
This can be an interesting question to ponder. the best answer is try not doing anything. If the mind settles down , naturally reveling in the Presence, then there is no need to perform an action. Then there is not even a need to do self inquiry.

But what if one simply falls asleep ? :) Please see. that means tamasic qualities are very strong. one is getting bound by them,
so one needs to do something. get up and act ... but as one acts , one acts in the Presence ... God ... Self ... use the action as an aid to get out of the tamasic tendency and then knocking off the desire through wisdom that this is all a dream, perform the work in the present moment ... reveling as the Presence/Being. Do we see the point ?

what if one gets agitated and cannot keep his or her feet from moving at all ? Move them ... move them leaving the idea that i am moving , and see through those very movements the motionless presence !

Do we see the advice ? Its such a strong and clear advice  - so direct and clear. And its very interesting that this very advice is already touching upon self inquiry.

Not only is Self Inquiry taught in various vedantic texts [Ribhu gita: svayam eva svayam pashyet. lot of other references, even vijnana bhairava tantra talks about it ...] and not an invention of Bhagavan Ramana ... Self Inquiry is the natural culmination of all sadhanas. We will see this more and more as we proceed with the text.


Dear Kishorelr,

What is needed is not intellectual maturity, but keen observation of life as it is. And as such there is no question of escaping "just be" ! Every moment of spiritual practice should be reveling in one's being. your may now ask "what if one is not doing this". Suppose i am not able to simply be ... its imperative that i see what is happening really. why am i running after the world ? the cause has to be seen.
People who read a lot of shastras have the tendency to simply jump up and say "what is there to see here, we know that this is because of vasanas" ... that will not work. because they only have this information, they have not really seen the vasanas as to how they are deceiving.

Even as a scientist would sit in his lab and observe ... so too we need to observe our body and mind... we have this wonderful mobile laboratory. and as we observe we see how the body is not different from mind at all. we observe that body is only a series of sensations, palpitations. And we also see how vasanas are working through us. infact this body is not very different from mind and we can see that we are really storing "Tension" in our shoulders etc. Observe ...

and then we discover the working of vasanas and also how they cannot really touch us ! this is the beauty. In fact we discover that there is no "I" that may be affected by all these processes.

A spiritual aspirant is someone who observes life and events. First of all , sees dispassionately ... clearing the veil of wrong ideas.

Suppose i go to a guru and am impressed with his long beard or flowing white dress or perhaps logic ...

I should first of all be able to see that i am impressed with these ... crystal clear ... How ? I should be able to observe myself.

what we need is not really a lot of reasoning, but the calmness and stillness to see things as they are.
these can be developed.


Dear Friends,
Who am I? The sthūla dēha [the gross physical body], which is [composed] of sapta dhātus [the seven constituents, namely chyle, blood, flesh, fat, marrow, bone and semen], is not 'I'.

When we say "inquire who am i" , one has to really see, who is this "I".
Does the sthula deha say "I" ?
Please see.
if we may think of this "I" as a voice, or a sound ... can we see where is it arising from ?

This body is composed on the 5 elements, but do the 5 elements really have any sense of I ?

when i ask this, the first tendency is to say "no"... please see that this is not inquiry.
that would be reasoning.

To inquire is to "see" if  the 5 elements have a sense of "I". How do I see ? just as I would see if a sound is arising from a particular direction. one just looks at the 5 elements and sees, is this saying "I" ?

suppose 5 friends are there and one of them is clapping the hands. how do i know who is doing ? i pay attention. i put my ear to it and see ... look at each direction and see, is this the place from whence the sound is coming ?

This is what Bhagavan meant when he said "attend to the sense of I" ... observe , pay attention and see ... is it coming from the hands ? from the various body parts ? where is it coming from ?

The five jnānēndriyas [sense organs], namely the ears, skin, eyes, tongue and nose, which individually [and respectively] know the five viṣayas [sense domains or types of sense perception], namely sound, touch [texture and other qualities perceived by touch], form [shape, colour and other qualities perceived by sight], taste and smell, are also not 'I'.

We do not merely say this. we do not reason this logically. we see... see how none of these seem to say "I" .
the body just has some sensations... it does not say "good sensation" or "bad sensation" even. like a machine it has its own ways with respect to sensations. brign a sweet and it salivates. pinch and the hand withdraws ... but behind all this... where is "I" ? who is incharge of all these ?

when we see a nice rain, it is just raining or is someone standing over the clouds and "Pouring Rain" ?

we need to simply see , attentively observe... there is no i any where here.

The five karmēndriyas [organs of action], namely the voice, feet [or legs], hands [or arms], anus and genitals, which [respectively] do the five actions, namely speaking, walking, giving, defecation and [sexual] enjoyment, are also not 'I'. The panca vāyus [the five 'winds',  vital airs or metabolic forces], beginning with prāṇa [breath], which perform the five [metabolic] functions, beginning with respiration, are also not 'I'

We see how the breathing is also not even voluntary ! Thank god it is not. and things are merely happening here. This body is more or less like a breathing statue ... Ribhu gita calls it Kunapam, a dead body ! Really thats how it is!!

Let us next move to the mind ...

[To Be Continued ...]

          There are two different powers we can utilize during our sadhana:
1. Wisdom power
2. Will power.

Suppose i sit down to do something as simple as "nama japa" or lord.
I can apply my will power and again and again bring back the mind as it sways here and there.
or I can re-educate my mind saying "what is there in this world which is no more than a figment of imagination , lets rather utilize our left over time effectively by chanting the lord's name"
When this understanding stabilizes, the mind automatically settles down on the nama.

Usually, I think, will power does not do a very good job in settling the mind. We need to understand in a "deep way" and it is this understanding that guides us to liberated living. There is a proper reason for this. This mind of ours is like an instrument, we have taught it for a long time that sense pleasures make us fulfilled, this body is me etc. so now suddenly when we tell it the opposite, the suggestion would not stand. its like telling a child to study when his mind is on movies. one needs to re-educate the mind to see things in proper light. This insight is gained by constantly applying onself to observation. observing things as they are -- this gives us a vision. instead of merely saying everything is dying, i see things as constantly dying... these words are typed .... :) ... motion is to be seen continuously and one needs to see how things are quickly moving into the past. this leads to insight that all this is really like a dream.

unfortunately using sheer will power will not work. There is a famous quote from Yoga Vasishta that says :

उपविश्योपविश्यैकचित्तकेन मुहुर्मुहुः।
न शक्यते मनो जेतुँ विन युक्तिम्-अनिन्दिताम्॥ [Laghu yoga vasishta 28.126]
By repeatedly bringing the mind back to One-pointedness, it cannot be conquered unless one is equipped with faultless reasoning [ insight gained through proper sravana-manana]

अङ्कुशेन विना मत्तो यथा दुष्टमतङ्गजः।
विजेतुँ शक्यते नैव तथ युकत्याविना मनः॥ [Laghu Yoga vasishta 28.127]

The mind cannot be brought under control without the application of reasoning [and insight] even as a vicious elephant in rut cannot be controlled without using the hook.

The point to be appreciated here is : yukti is not mere reasoning , its really about the vision or insight : its the insight gained through connecting the dots , the sruti or vision provided by guru has to be internalized through this process of connecting the dots and really looking at the world in that way.
Thus one gains insight ... wisdom.
it is this wisdom that allows the mind to settle down and also vanish altogether , if i may be allowed to use that phrase.

Now coming to Holding onto the Self.
We are so habituated to hearing "Holding onto objects" , that we forget that Self cannot be held onto ... one has to resolve in Self. One cannot hold onto Self, one just lets go hold on other objects and simply resolves in the Self. This is what Bhagavan meant by Holding onto Self really. And even here, we need to appreciate that this is via understanding and not via brute force or effort.
When i say understanding, its wisdom and not mere information.

The case is similar to Self Surrender also. When Bhagavan says surrender to god, its not to mean that i have something that is mine that can be offered to god. We say "Tan man dhan sab thera , sab kuch hai tera", when everything is God's what can i offer to God ? Well, just recognition that everything is God is indeed true surrender. We have, as if, falsely taken ownership of various things. for example, this body is mine ... what is really "mine" about this body ? it is a conglomeration of various elements, elements that are in constant motion... in fact there is no object like a body .. constantly atoms / molecules moving out and in of it ... its only a dynamic entity ... like a river. what is there that can be called "mine" ?
this body is really like a river ... its said that no one can wash one's feet in the same river twice, because its constantly changing ... the same holds for this body ... and can we call it mine ? when this recognition is there and we see God's presence here and now ... that is surrender. its only a surrender of false ideas.

similarly holding onto Self is not really holding onto Self as an object but to let go off the hold on "I" ... and resolve in that Self.
its indeed absolutely relaxed being. And the method to do this is not "will power", but "insight" gained through proper and mindful observation. insight gained through the observation of the ways of the world. How things are all in constant flux and there is really no "me" anywhere around. This insight itself is the Truth.


Dear Atmavichar,
        :) Very nice. I  really like the way Thich Nhat Hanh lives the teaching.

In one conversation Swami Tattvavidananda Saraswati ji said that the biggest mistake we have done is to alienate Gautama Buddha from our tradition and our heritage.

He reads Thich Nhat Hanh's "Old Path White Clouds" often and uses it as a meditation and he once told me "This teaching is almost the same as Sankara. There is not much differnce"


General topics / Sri Adi Shankaracharya's Jaagrata Jaagrata
« on: December 15, 2017, 12:07:54 PM »
This is a simple poem which is supposedly by Sri Adi shankracharya. We can make see the Truth of these verses as we journey through our lives. Every moment, every instant, we can really see how True this teaching is.

There are several such works attributed to Sri Adi Shankaracharya which may not have been actually by Sri Adi Shankaracharya himself. May be some of these were by another acharya of the shankara parampara. However in this context the content of the verses is more important than the person who wrote them.

Elsewhere I heard a story related to this song. There used to be a watchman. In olden days the watchman used to roam around singing "Jaagrata! " to mean "Be Alert/Mindful" to everyone. That was the job of the watchman , besides ofcourse the obvious task of taking care of the security. Once this watchman had to go on a vacation and so he asked his son to do the job. The next day morning the king himself came down to the watchman's house to meet his son. The watchman felt really frightened that his son might have done something wrong --- but actually he comes to learn that the king was impressed by his son's style of singing "Jaagrata ! Jaagrata!" , his son sang these slokas and evoked a sense of Truth in the people of the kingdom. These verses are really useful for contemplation as I see them.


Verse 1:

माता नास्ति पिता नास्ति नास्ति बन्धुः सहोदरः।
अर्थँ नास्ति गृहँ नास्ति तस्मात् जाग्रत जाग्रत॥

There is no mother, no father, no relationships nor any siblings.
No money or house. Therefore be alert, Wake up!

Mother, Father, relations and siblings are really sojourners in this journey of ours.
When the time of death draws near, we leave these all and move away.
We cannot carry a single object from here.
Thus, lets value the time we stay together.
when we are together, and we know its a short time we are together ... lets love each other.
love every experience we chance upon, because these experiences are not going to last.
and at the same time , lets first experience these moments because we seem to be almost
sleep walkign through life unmindful of most of the things. Lost in our ambitions, desires,
feelings, attachments etc, we miss "This Moment" where life really is. Attachment is an attempt
to stop things from moving and in this eagerness to stop things from moving, we miss the Present
and things move anyways.

Vedanta is about : being Relaxed and at the same time being Alert -- but not sleeping
Vedanta is about: being Loving and yet seeing the world as only a dream -- love without attachment.


Verse 2

जन्म दुःखँ जरा दुःखँ जाया दुःखँ पुनः पुनः।
सँसारसागरँ दुःखँ तस्मात् जाग्रत जाग्रत॥

Birth is sorrow, aging is sorrow, spouse is sorrow !
Samsara itself is sorrow, therefore remain awake! be alert!

Sorrow is when we try to stop things from moving. We tend to get into conflict with what is, because
we think this is going to be a long stay. But the reality is, things are constantly moving.
when i look at myself as being born and aging , and do not like this whole process of aging etc
then there is a conflict. when I look at a woman as "my spouse" and try to control or possess there is
conflict, because its against the nature of things. one cannot make a dream changeless.
its movement cannot be stopped.
things change
things will not be as we plan.
instead of getting into conflict, how about experiencing them as they are ?
This is a transformation. Spouse is not sorrow ... but when i try to hold onto someone as "me and mine"
that causes sorrow. expectations, attachments, aversions ... these make life into a hell.

In this short sojourn, lets not take things to seriously ... lets do what is needed and move on with love,
friendliness and joy. These experiences, which we call samsara are transient and going to change.
Lets bring in acceptance and love -- thus make this journey more joyful.

Verse 3:

कामक्ष्च क्रोधक्ष्च लोभक्ष्च देहे तिष्ठन्ति तस्कराः।
ज्ञनरत्नापहाराय तस्मात् जाग्रत जाग्रत॥

Kama (desires), Krodha (Anger), Lobha (Greed) are like thieves in this body who steal the jewel called "Jnana" [Self Knowledge]. Therefore be alert! Be Awake!

Desires etc are thieves  because they rob us of the present moment. We miss this moment and keep seeking something else. we miss these experiences of life and God is "Here, Now", not in the dead past nor in the future that never is!
We might have knowledge that all this is a dream and yet we often fall into the trap of these thieves and suffer.

verse 4:

आशाया बध्यते जन्तुः कर्मणा बहुचिन्तया।
आयु क्षीणँ न जानाति तस्मात् जाग्रत जाग्रत॥

We are [The animal -humans are also addressed as animals here]  bound by Expectations: various activities and excess thinking. so much so that we do not recognize the ebbing away of life. Therefore be awake! Be Awake!

:) Acceptance is the solution to expectations. Self Knowledge allows for acceptance.

verse 5:

सम्पदः स्वप्नसँकाशाः यौवनँ कुसुमोपम्।
विधुच्चन्चचँल आयुषँ तस्मात् जाग्रत जाग्रत॥

All possessions are like what are seen in a dream, youthfulness is only for a short time , like a flower's lifetime. Life passes away like a lightening therefore be alert!

Life passes away like a lightening, and this journey is over.
and we suddenly realize towards the end of life that we have not truely lived
and perhaps we do not even "Truely Die"
So now is the time to live our understanding, now is the time to become more and more mindful.


Verse 6:

 क्षणँ वित्तँ क्षणँ चित्तँ क्षणँ जीवितमावयोः।
यमस्य करूणा नास्ति तस्मात् जाग्रत जाग्रत॥

Money, memory and life are all momentary.
Lord Yama, the lord of death, does not show any mercy. Therefore be awake!!

Yama has no karuna, meaning he does not wait even a moment ... when our time is up, we do not get a choice.
Thus, when the time is still available, lets live a life of liberation and love rather than a life of strife and struggle.

verse 7:

यावत् कालँ भवेत् कर्म तावत् तिष्ठन्ति जन्तवः।
तस्मिन् क्षीणे विन्श्यन्ति तत्र का परिदेवना॥

As long as their karma lasts so long we see the animal here, the moment the karma is over, the animal is gone. what is there to brood over this ?

verse 8:

ऋणानुबन्धरूपेण पशुपत्निसुतादयः।
ऋणक्षये क्षयँ यान्ति तत्र का परिदेवना॥

as per the debts of prarabdha karma, relations are developed in this world. animals, wife or children, they are all forms of debts of previous life. when the debts exhaust temselves, all these pass away, what is there to brood over this ?

What is there to brood over these , tatra ka paridevana ? Brooding or expressing sorrow over these is really an attempt to stop
the dream from changing .. it will change none-the-less and we need to inculcate the habit of seeing all this as a dream
nothing shall remain.
it shall pass away !


Verse 9:

पक्वानि तरूपर्णानि पतन्ति क्रमशो यथा।
तथैव जन्तवः काले तत्र का परिदेवना॥

As Even the ripe leaves of a tree drop one after the other
even this animal shall drop off, what is there to brood over this ?

verse 10:

एक वृक्षसमारूढा नानाजाति विहङ्गमाः।
प्रभते क्रमशो यान्ति तत्र का परिदेवना॥

Assembled on the same tree, birds of differed feathers.
as it dawns, they all leave one by one, what is there to brood over this ?

All stages are thus. This forum is also like this. Our house is thus. Our family is like those birds that have come together.
every group , every coming together is of this very nature.

verse 11:

इदँ काष्ठँ इदम् काष्ठँ नध्यँ वहतिसँगतः।
सँयोगाक्ष्च वियोगाक्ष्च का तत्र परिदेवना॥

This and that corpse are flowing together in a river.
They remain together for some time and then separate, what is there to brood over this?

This body is a corpse ... it does not fear aging or death, neither does the Awareness within ..
its but a few thoughts that create a fear in a fictitious entity ... a notion of I
dropping this one remains absolutely calm and relaxed,
neither the body nor the awarenss have any problem.

thus , in fact : who is there to brood over ?


Thich Nhat Hahn On Mediation


To meditate means to pay full attention to something. It doesn't mean to run away from life. Instead it?s an opportunity to look deeply into ourselves and into the situation we're in.


Meditation has two aspects. The first is stopping (shamatha in Sanskrit). We run throughout our whole life, chasing after some idea of happiness. Stopping means to stop our running, our forgetfulness, and our being caught in the past or the future. We come home to the present moment where life is available. The present moment contains every moment. Here we can touch our ancestors, our children, and their children, even if they haven't been born yet. We calm our body and emotions through the practice of mindful breathing, mindful walking, and mindful sitting. Shamatha is also the practice of concentrating, so we can live deeply each moment of our life and touch the deepest level of our being.


If we can't rest, it's because we haven't stopped running. We began running a long time ago. We continue to run, even in our sleep. We think that happiness and well-being aren't possible in the present. If you can stop and establish yourself in the here and the now, you will see that there are many elements of happiness available in this moment, more than enough for you to be happy. Even if there are a few things in the present that you dislike, there are still plenty of positive conditions for your happiness. When you walk in the garden, you may see that a tree is dying and so you feel sad and aren't able to enjoy the rest of the garden that is still beautiful. If you look again, you can see that the garden is still beautiful, and you can enjoy it.


The second aspect of meditation is looking deeply (vipashyana in Sanskrit) in order to see the true nature of things. Understanding is a great gift. Your daily life conducted in mindfulness is also a great gift; this too is the practice of meditation. Mindfulness carries within it concentration and understanding.

Dear Beloved Abstract ,
        :P what do u mean Alients taught him ... He taught Aliens ...

Dear Ravi ji,
         Thank you for the links, ill listen to them later in the evening today :)

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 14, 2017, 05:33:11 PM »
Yes Ravi ji,
    I heard his talks on Aksharamanimalai. i cannot understanding tamil, so have heard the english lectures.
even my father was deeply impressed listening to his lectures
it has definitely changed me a lot.


General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 14, 2017, 04:55:17 PM »
Dear Ravi ji,

Nice joke.

In telugu umberella is called "Godugu" .

Most of our disagreements are definitely vocabulary differences , i have no doubts about that.

that said, there is really no need to take these discussions or disagreements too seriously. I treat my day to day life as a long dream, these discussions are even less real if at all. When there is sincerity , even if there are a few wrong ideas, those will soon dissolve in the presence of God. infact some times different views may help people at different stages of life as well.

I have heard the story of Bilvamangala. He was so attracted to a prostitute that once when there was a storm and very heavy rains he could not but meet the prostitute. so he went in dark night and along the way he found a boat to cross a small lake/pond and then he reached there to and caught hold of a rope hanging from her balcony to reach her, since she could not hear the door knock.
the bewildered lady asked "how did you reach here"
and he explained the whole story. when they went here to see they saw a python hanging from the balcony , it was not a rope. and then they saw a dead body for the boat. she simply said "even a little bit of this kind of attraction for God would have liberated you"
and that one comment changed his life for ever.

yes all that attachment was unreal ... but even all these statements are unreal... ultimately what matters is somehow one wades  their way through all this and dissolves in the Self to live in bliss ever after.




Dear davidwidmann,
There are two different lifestyles. A lifestyle does not make one wise, be wise and choose your lifestyle.

there is a saying : sukha tyagi, krishna bhogi, nrpa janaka raghavau ... sukha maharshi was a great saint and a lived like a total renunciate. he did not even wear dress. Krishna was also a jnani of highest order but he was involved in all kinds of activities. he was amidst all types of pleasures and yet never touched by any of them - as if ready to drop all of that nay moment without a sigh. Janaka and rama were kings. they handled kingdoms and yet were at total ease.

We are too eager to change our lifestyle, but its not the lifestyle that makes one a saint ... not today nor was it earlier.

Ramana, after liberation , allowed his prarabdha karma to take its course. He did not try to do anything about it ... Spontaneously he left. there was no doubt whether to do this or that. that is not for everyone. and its not going to arunachala that makes ramana special... having resolved himself in Arunachala, one can choose what ever lifestyle they find comfortable to be with -as long as its dharmic.


Dear Anil ji,

, for I am not interested in such totally worthless discussion with someone who is bent upon forcing his misguided ideas and concepts on others

Or is it that you are finding a "Confrontation" of your "Standard Accepted Ideas" too bothersome ? Too troubling ?

I am not forcing you sir, how can i force. i asked questions :)

I have another question: Why should a diversity of view not be allowed in this thread ?


Dear Anil ji,

What a sheer wastage of time you have forced upon me!

I am not forcing it upon you Anil ji. That too in an online forum :) you need not answer.

I have not extracted from Atmavichar's post, i have selected another statement from final talks and asked lets see holistic fashion what these two can mean.

and more importantly :
I wonder whether this sort argumentation is your only sadhana

:) again : Anil ji, did i even once speak about you and your sadhana ? :) talking about people when discussing ideas is not correct.
we are not discussing u vs me.
we are discussing some ideas and seeing them ...


Dear Anil ji,

nashta-manasa is not Bhagavan's invention. Its there in viveka chudamani, some old upanishads even.

And you said : "there is no other adequate means other than this Self-enquiry to do away with the ghost called ego-mind."

I completely agree to this. But .... i would rephrase it as :
"A method that does away with ego-mind is called Self Inquiry" ... that is the definition itself.
and so ... if nashta manasa is known before Bhagavan, that method should have also known before bhagavan , isnt it ? :)

and it should have been told atleast ?  Otherwise there is no adequate means to it !!

I reemphasize : It is not uniqueness of teaching that makes Ramana Special ... it is the illustration of living it that makes him special :)
I already pointed out Vijnana Bhairava verses that say exactly self inquiry.
i can give many more quotes like that ... i find them every where in the scriptures actually ... in the nidhidhyasana works ... esp : yoga vasishta, tripura rahasya, ribhu gita, ashtavakra gita etc.

Ramana's teaching need not be different or unique ... the way he lived it is absolute wonder ! Perhaps even Sankara would not have illustrated as much through simple living alone [without even speaking] as Ramana did.
That is where the greatness lies.


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