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The Practice of Self Enquiry - 2
« on: January 01, 2009, 03:54:08 PM »
There may ups and downs in Sadhana.  These are due to the constant
flux of three gunas, sattva, rajas and tamas.  The seeker is advised
to make the best use of his time when sattva-guna is in the ascendant.
As time passes, depending upon the sincerity of the seeker, the sattva
guna will begin to preponderate. When distractions seem particularly
powerful, it might help to rehearse the principles of nitya-anitya-viveka,
Reality-unreality discrimination, inwardly in the mind.

During Meditational Enquiry, the seeker may have a variety of experiences,
like shedding tears, horripilation, photisms, twitching, numbness, heating
of the body, pain in body parts, titillation, rapture, visions of strange
scenes, persons and gods, weakness, drowsiness, sounds, a void, fear etc.,

During the day, we go through many which require little or no attention
from us. e.g -- waking, bathing, eating food, waiting for someone, going
to sleep, etc., Such occasions may be conveniently used for enquiry thereby
raising the number of hours of daily practice substantially.  The Concurrent
Enquiry may be attempted only after making some headway with Meditational Enquiry. 

When a foothold has been gained in Concurrent Enquiry in the above
manner, the practice can be extended to other periods wherein the
mind is actively engaged -- reading, writing, talking, shopping, cooking
etc., It may at first seen impossible to combine enquiry with such
activities, but Bhagavan Ramana assures us to the contrary.

Concurrent Enquriy ensures the commitment of the total personality
of the seeker to his goal of Self Realization.  It thereby greatly enhances
the efficacy of the Meditational Enquiry, which forms the inner core of

When the seeker senses that he is making some progress, he must
be extremely vigilant against becoming overconfident.  Else, his ego
can revert to its old ways, causing great setbacks to his sadhana.
Reading spiritual books, Sat Sangh, surrender to the Guru within
can be relied upon for support  when enquiry is seriously threatened
or hampered by maya, delusion.   When eventually, the sadhaka finds
himself able to contact the 'I consciousness' with some ease, he sees
new possibilities for mind control.   The seeker realizes that the purpose
of all action is only to return to the mind, at the end of action, to its
state of repose in itself and that he could as well accomplish this by not
allowing the mind to go after action in the first place.  The fruit of action
as well as action itself, then ceases to be of consequence, and the distraction ceases.  Karma Yoga thus gets sublimated in Self Enquiry.

As the enquiry progresses further, the seeker finds himself identified
with the 'I consciousness' almost throughout the waking state. From
this invariant centre, which is his waking ego, he witnesses the body
and worldly phenomena as if they are pictures projected on the 'screen'
of their ego. With further deepening of enquiry, the ego itself and all
that is sees appear as a mere projection on the screen of the Absolute
Self,* even as the ego goes thorugh its cycle of waking, dream and deep
sleep states.

(* Day by Day with Bhagavan, Devaraja Mudaliar. Entry of 17.10.1946.)

Thus Upadesa Saram combines the essence of discrimination, dispassion,
devotion, enquiry and Self knowledge. Its habitual recitation helps the
mind to stray turned to Self Enquiry, and provide all round protection
against the onslaughtss of maya.  With sadhana conducted under its
aegis, the mind is enabled to rise to the thereshold of cosmic-consciousness, and qualify for eventual trancendence.  Beyond, there
is only Light, and no seeking!

(Source: Mountain Path. April June 2008)

Arunachala Siva.     


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Re: The Practice of Self Enquiry - 2
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2009, 06:34:49 PM »
Practice of self-enquiry:-

Bringing the quality of awareness in action prepares the mind for self-enquiry.

Self-Enquiry is holding on to awareness of being that "you already are".

Focussing attention on the source of thought and to remain there is self-enquiry.

When the mind strays you bring it back -thats all.

Enquiry is not through thought but paying attention to the source of it.

When we do like this ,"I" thought becomes an object to our watchfulness.

Each time when you observe this "I" thought,you break your identity with this false "I",

you disconnect from the false "I" as being part of you.If you observe something then it is not you.

As you peel from identity with the false "I" like this,you will find yourself spontaneously abiding

in a tranquil centre(Real "I"),just abide in that "I am"At this point there is no "I" thought,no feeling of "I"

as an object previously sensed.Just be there,after sometime mind will take over,that is natural,

do not be frustrated.With practice you will find much easier to abide in this state of "I am" and for

longer periods.There should be no effort,no hurry.

You have the mental image within your mind which represents yourself,this is false "I".It is always

hiden there at the bottom of everthing you do.Let that false "I" reveal itself in passive awareness.

In the revealing of false "I",there is the withering of it.The false "I" i.e "I" thought arises from the

heart centre,raises to brain,identifies with the body as "I-am-the-body".It creates an illusion that

there is an individual self (concept of jiva) which inhabits the body and which controls all thoughts

and actions.The "I" thought accomplishes this by identifying itself with all the thoughts and perceptions

that go on in the mind and body.

The idea that one is an individual person is generated and sustained by "I" thought and it's habit of

constantly attaching itself to all the thoughts that arise.Self-Enquiry reverses this process by depriving

the "I" thought of all the thoughts and perceptions that it normally identifies with.

If one can break the connection between the "I" thought and all the thoughts it identifies with

then the "I" thought itself will subside and finally disappear.This can be done by holding on to

"I" thought i.e the inner feeling of "I" or "I am" and excluding all other thoughts.

This can be done by "who am i" or "whence am i" investigation.If one can keep attention on the inner

feeling of "I",then the "I" thought will start to subside into the heart centre.When one is free of all

thoughts except "I" thought,the power of self pulls the "I" thought back into the heart centre and

eventually destroys it so completely that it never rises again.This is the moment of self realisation.

When this happens the conept of individual self is destroyed forever and consciousness is freed

from the illusion of being bound and only Pure consciousness remains.

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