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Subramanian.R

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The art of Self Enquiry
« on: November 12, 2008, 09:34:27 AM »
I received a book from a friend, a few weeks back under the title,
The art of Self Enquiry.

He says in that book:

The Evolution is in the field of the limited only.  The whole creation
is in the domain of imagination only.  Any imagination is limited,
so the creation is also limited.  When there is limitation there is
duality.  When there is duality, there is always a conflict.  When there
is duality, thought arises.  Thought arises from memory and memory
is always limited.  So the action and observation of thought is always
limited and incomplete, leaving some residue of non-understanding.
With the limited observation of thought, there is conflict, misery.

When thought understands all this, it stops trying to correct the
psychological problems of relationship, with others.  When thought
subsides, there is still mind with the pure spark of the ego.  The still
mind is filled with reflected consciousness only, that is, passive
awareness.  Reflected consciousness in the still mind has the capacity
to identiy its source, that is Pure Consciousness, and becomes one with
its Source, just as an image made of salt when thrown into the sea,
immediately dissolves in the sea.  Then, the pure spark of the ego
posits itself in Pure Consciousness and we act from that conscious
centre, which is called the spiritual heart.  ....  Searching this source
of the mind is true enquiry.

This woderful little book, sent by my friend, who is also the author of this and many other books, is none other than our friend in the Forum, Dr. P.V.S. Suryanarayana Rao, who is known as DRPVSSRAJU. 
Thanks, doctor!

Arunachala Siva.       

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Re: The art of Self Enquiry
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2008, 10:17:22 PM »
Dear Subramaniyan ji

Thanks for posting this book otherwise we would not know. Dr. Raju ji. one thing I cannot understand. How we can limited imagination. To my understanding, the imagination comes from the mind. There is no limit for mind. It cannot stop unless there is self realisation. The only bad quality of the mind is, it cannot imagine the same thing because it does not like it. It we ask to produce the same scene there may be forgetfulness,so it will rebel then argue that is mind. that point it becomes ego. The mind needs some objects and indriyas. After seeing,touching,hearing,smelling or tasting through the indriyas, from the mind what comes it is called thoughts. It goes to brain cells. The brain cell cannot do mind's work. There all activites are printed like memories.  So at first thought does not come from memory.Thoughts creat the memory.
(now there is no conflict ,just I want to know). Otherwise, rest points are all capsuled in one dose. If the above said is wrong, please explain.

Everything is an art. There is Art of living,Art of Dying. Art of self enquiry. Bhagavan showed Art of Being.

Ramanaduli

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Re: The art of Self Enquiry
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2008, 10:23:53 AM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

The mind and its activity, viz., imagination is not unlimited.  It is
very much limited, in terms of time and space.

Time:  You cannot imagine anything in deep sleep.  Hence it is limited
in time.

Space:  After seeing pictures of moon's surface after moon landing
took place in 1969, one can imagine the moon.  But how can you
imagine Andremada Galaxy, from which light is yet to come to earth!
Earth is 3 billion years old.  The light from Andremada Galaxy has not
come in spite of lapse of 3 million years.  How far that galaxy should
be?  Can you imagine its surface, size, structure etc.,?

Hence mind and imagination are limited in time and space.

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: The art of Self Enquiry
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2008, 10:41:06 AM »
Dear Subramanian,
                         Excellent and rational explanation.
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Re: The art of Self Enquiry
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2008, 07:04:02 PM »
Dear Subramaniyan ji

Thanks for giving the explanation of limited mind. It shows my mind nicely. I took this way, like, sitting in Us. my mind thinks chennai, Thruvannamali etc. etc. and unnecessary it imagines so many things. So as it travel without any visa I thought mind can go everywhere. But it is true so far we are alive we have the mind, not only that, people becomes mad due to many reasons, in that instance there is no mind, so  we can call it, mind is limited. Few people can imagine but not everyone.


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Re: The art of Self Enquiry
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2008, 09:31:41 AM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

No mind situation is excellent and is fit for Self Realization.  But
madness of people in the world is due to fractured mind.  Mind
is still there, but it is fractured and it is all the more worse!

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: The art of Self Enquiry
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2008, 01:37:56 PM »
Dear Srk Udai,
                   What you have mentioned is the definition of a split mind,schizophrenic mind.I feel distraction is a state of mind which attends to
some other thing instead of attending to "what is" in the present moment.A mind in distraction always misses the present and is occupied either in
attending to dead past or projecting the future which is yet to be, basing on the  memory which is past.Self is available to the mind without distraction(Ekagrata,a mind which attends to the situation in the present only)
but the whole humanity is in a state of distraction in it's various forms, so missing the self which is available in the present.Attending to the present
is real self-enquiry(sada apramada).The main causes of distraction of the mind is our innate tendencies.Unless they are spent out distractive state of mind will always
be there.During deliberate meditation mind strays because of these tendencies and even if we bring it back temporarily it will again stray from the present
because of the influence of tendencies.So spending up of tendencies is real spiritual discipline.If we do not give energy to the tendencies usually
they become weak and tenuous until finally they lose their power to dictate our way of life and hold us.At this point spontaneous meditation happens and meditator is absent.
Spontaneous meditation is a verb without the contamination of the noun i.e false "I" or ego.Here Pure consciousness flowers unasked.Here onwards
no effort is required and journey runs smoothly without any hurdles because the main hurdle of ego is gone in the deluge of awareness and bliss of Pure conscious being.
pvssnraju