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Problems in Reflection
« on: May 11, 2009, 12:10:56 PM »
The problems in reflection (enquiry) are described by Swami
Sadasivananda, in his article on Practical Sadhana, vide Mountain
Path, Oct-Dec 2008.

Question:  I know Bhagavan Ramana has said:  "The obstacles
that hinder realization are habits of the mind [vasanas], and the
aids to realizations are the teachings of the scriptures of the
realized souls.  (Talks No. 13)

What is difficult to grasp, and therefore needs clarfication are
the methods of carrying out the teachings, especially, in regard
to Bhagavan Ramana's system.

Reflection [enquiry] is said to be one of the most effective and
advanced techniques of spiritual attainment, for it leads to Self-
realization.  Reflection in Sanskrit is Vichara, also sometimes called
Manana.  Its foundation is based upon the quality of intellect.

When the intellect is pure and subtle, one begins to reflect upon
"Who am I?", what is the nature of this world, and what is my goal
in this life and how am I going to attain it.  These are all the questions pertaining to an inward movement of the mind.  But when the intellect is externalized, it becomes tainted through attachment to material

This attachment in time, will contaminate the intellect, resulting not
in questions vital to man's inner search, but rather in ones external
with acquiring wealth, sensual pleasures, name and fame, and then
equal time is spent warding off troubles that might jeopardize their
anger when the desire is thwarted and from anger proceeds delusin
and forgetfulness.

(Source: As indicated above)

Arunachala Siva.