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Vasanas and pursuit in Self Abidance - 12
« on: March 05, 2009, 12:33:58 PM »
David Godman as a supplement to Verse 394 of GVK gives the following words of Bhagavan Ramana:

Destruction of mind alone is tapas.  This alone is one's duty. One who is doing his work will not pay attention to anyone else's work.
One should never give room for swerving from the thought of the
Self.  However many duties one may have, at all other times not meant for performing duties, one must perform only self enquiry.
While standing, sitting and taking food, one can do vichara, can
one not?  If the mind happens to forget the enquiry, it should try not to lose hold of the enquiry again.

Some questioner asked Bhagavan:

Why is it sometimes I find concentration on the Self so easy and at other times hopelessly difficult?

Bhagavan:  Because of Vasanas.  But really it is easy, since we are the Self.  All we have to do is to remember that.  We keep on forgetting it, and thus we think we are the body, or the ego.  If the will and desire to remember the Self are stong enough, they will eventually overcome Vasanas.  There must be a great battle going on inwardly all the time until the Self is realized.  The battle is symbolically spoken of in scriptural writings as the fight between God and Satan. (Conscious Immortality. p. 57.)

(Source: Guru Vachaka Kovai, Muruganar. Tr. by David Godman and others.)

Arunachala Siva.