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Bhagavan Ramana and Mounam
« on: April 21, 2009, 04:45:25 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana wrote:  "The fates of all souls are ordained by
God in accordance with their past deeds.  Whatever is destined
not to happen, will never happen however hard one may try. 
What has to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it.
This is certain.  The best course, therefore, is for one to abide in
Mounam."  This was His first teaching, wrung out of his rock-like
silence to His grieving mother Azhagammal who first met Him
on the rocks of Pavazhakundru, by the slopes of Arunachala.

Bhagavan Himself lived what He taught, by abiding in mounam in
its deepest sense all His life, in utter abandonment to divine Providence and complete effacement of self will.  These words
not only codify a life of surrender to a Higher Power in devotion,
but carry the germ of Atma Vichara that came to be the hallmark
of Bhagavan Ramana's teachings.

Mounam is the bedrock of all mental activity and every thought is
but a wave-like perturbation in the ocean bed of Silence, which
is the very nature of the Self.  As each thought wave sallies forth
from within instead of getting carried away helplessly with the surging onslaught of thought-flow, we are asked to enquire 'to
whom does this occur?'  When this query is persistently held onto
and posed in front of every thought, the mind is stunned and balked in its tracks and thus cajoled to subside in its source.

With the consistent practice of thus turning it inward, the mind
develops the strength to abide in its natural state of thought free
Self Awareness. (Who am I? Qns. 10 and 11)

This is the true state of Mounam, where the mind regains its pristine
purity and tranquillity and Self-abidance becomes effortless. (Spiritual Instruction.)

The word 'Mounam' derives from the root 'man' which means 'to
reflect proundly,' 'to contemplate', 'to know' and thus broadly indicates the 'saintly/ascetic disposition of a contemplative, reticent
recluse'.  Sage Ashtavakra describes an enligtened 'Mouni' picturesquely as, "The bliss of atma belongs only to that master idler, who finds it a great affliction to exert himself even in the matter
of winking his eyelids and not to anybody else, (who swerves from
Self abidance with the slightest sense of doership notion."
(Ashtavakra Gita v.16.4)

(Source: Mountain Path, October-December 2008.)

Arunachala Siva.