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Ajaan Maha Boowa and Bhagavan's Self enquiry - 6
« on: April 24, 2009, 11:30:25 AM »
Reinhard Jung continues....

From our own readings of Bhagavan's writings and talks, it is
clear to us that he equated the ego with the identification with
the body and true liberation with the vanquishing of the "I am
the body" idea:

"What is natural to the state of Self Realization forms the disciplinary
course in the other state.  "I am the body" idea will become extinct
only on Self Realization.  With its extinction, the Vasanas become
extinct and all virtues will remain ever."  (Talks No. 491)

One of the main distractions to equanimity of mind is sexual attraction.  As a monk Ajaan Maha Boowa realized that:

"Body contemplation is the best antidote for sexual attraction.
Successful body practice is measured by a reduction in the mind's
sexual desires.

[Again Saint Arunagiri Natha says:  "Whenever I see women with
large breasts, let me immediately think how these breasts would
look when they get old.  They will look like drooping bulges.  The
women's hair would be white and cottony, their teeth would have
fallen apart, the lotus like face would be like a crumbled dry flower,
their... would be only a pouch for urination..." ]

With the cultivation of clarity, mind rejects that to which it previously clung forcefully. 

Only the mind, and nothing else, paints pictures of beauty and ugliness. So the 'asubha' images that the meditator has been
foucssing on as spearate and external objects, are absorbed into
the mind, where they ,merge with the revulsion created by the mind.  Both are, in fact, one and the same thing.  When this realization occurs, the mind lets go of external images, lets go of the external
forms, and in doing so lets go of the sexual attraction.

The brain, for instance, is a lump of matter.  The brain is merely an instrument that human consciousness uses.  When the Citta enters into a deep state of calm and concentration, the conscious awareness that is normally diffused throughout the body simultaneously converges from all areas of the body into one external point at
the MIDDLE OF THE CHEST. The knowing quality manifests itself prominently at that point.  It does not emanate from the brain.
Step by step, beginning with the initial stages of Samadhi practice,
progress in meditation is experienced in the HEART -- and only in
the HEART.  This is where the truth lies.

When it comes to understanding the true nature of all phenomena,
the brain is not a factor. -- it is not useful at all.  The Citta's radiant
qualities are experienced at the HEART.  They emanate conspicuously
from that point.

This is a beautiful statement which could have originated from
Bhagavan Ramana Himself!  It is a shining proof that the genuine
spiritual practice transcends mere doctrine and reveals the universal laws.

(Source: As indicated in Part 1)

Arunachala Siva.