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Question: We know that the pleasures of this world are useless and even painful, yet we long for them. What is the way of ending that longing?

Bhagavan: Think of god and attachments will gradually drop from you. If you wait till all desires disappear to start your devotion and prayer, you will have to wait a very very long time indeed.

- ?Guru Ramana?, S.S Cohen


Q: Bhagavan often told devotees to 'Be still'. Did he mean ?Be mentally still'?

AS: Bhagavan's famous instruction ?summa iru' [be still] is often misunderstood. It does not mean that you should be physically still; it means that you should always abide in the Self.

If there is too much physical stillness, tamoguna [a state of mental torpor] arises and predominates. In that state you will feel very sleepy and mentally dull. Rajoguna [a state of excessive mental activity], on the other hand, produces emotions and a mind which is restless.

In sattva guna [a state of mental quietness and clarity] there is stillness and harmony. If mental activity is necessary while one is in sattva guna it takes place. But for the rest of the time there is stillness. When tamoguna and rajoguna predominate, the Self cannot be felt. If sattvaguna predominates one experiences bliss, clarity and an absence of wandering thoughts. That is the stillness that Bhagavan was prescribing.

Living by the Words of Bhagavan, p. 273

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 05, 2016, 10:12:34 PM »
OK Ravi .No Probs .I will check with them when I visit there next time .

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 05, 2016, 09:37:21 PM »
Dear Sri Ravi

Would like to know whether Sri Ramakrishna Mutt has published "Sandhya Vandanam Bhashya " by Sri Anna in English .I have the Tamil version and that was bought many years ago and would like to know whether the English version is also available .

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 04, 2016, 01:18:21 PM »
Yes Sri Ravi

The one published by RK Mutt ( Sri Anna's ) is a very good one for anytime reference ( in fact all books by Sri Anna are very good for study and reference ) .There is also one Published by Sringeri Mutt with Jagadguru Sri Sri Abhinava Vidya Teertah's explanations on Sandhya Vandanam . That is also a good one .

The following Old Book on Sandhya Vandanam published in 1898 is also available for free download as PDF
The Sandhyavandanam of Rig, Yagus and Sama Vedins by B.V. Kamesvara Iyer
Published in 1898

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