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Constancy and Ardency
« on: May 11, 2009, 01:42:09 PM »
Further from the article on Practical Sadhana, Oct Nov 2008, of MP:

Here Bhagavan Ramana is stressing the graded practice of concentration that ultimately produces a one-pointed intellect.
Every learned devotee of Bhagavan knows that this takes time
because of the very fact that it is not theory.  For God is not a
theory, and thus it takes effort to think of Him with concentration
at least equal to the effort we put forth in forgetting Him.

Though we forget God with apparent ease, the devotion required
to attract the grace of remembrance of Him develops slowly, and
deepens only with our ardent perseverence in concentration,
meditation and prayer.

Bhagavan Ramana affirmed this by saying:

"If bhakti is sufficiently developed, vairagya [dispassion for objects of the senses] and concentration follows as a matter of course.
If devotion to an Ideal is also lacking, the seeker may resort to Japa or Pranayam, to arrest the restlessness of the mind.  All these
practices specifically aim at stopping the vritti, the ceaseless
modification, the wanderings of the mind, so that the latter may be
nailed to itself and may eventually cognize its own native state.
Mental diffusiveness resembles a mixture of gold dust and sand, earth, ashes, and dirt of all sorts.  Dharana, concentration, and
meditation, dhyana, are the sieve, which sift the gold dust from
others.  They churn the nadis, nerves, along which consciousness
flows to the whole body and tracks them down to their Source,
the Heart.  The ebbs and flows of the consciousness, which constant
pratice renders increasingly perceptible to the meditator, gradually
loosen the consciousness  from the body and end by end by separating them in samadhi, so that the sadhaka is enabled to
perceive the consciousness alone and pure.  This is the Self, God
the  Absolute.  [Reflections on Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, S.S.
Cohen, Notes on $ 27 ].

Our constancy in sadhana involves both a persistent development
of focus and a deepening of devotion.  The Lord is attracted not by
the thoughts of the mind, but rather by the movement of our heart.
We are reminded that we also have a skillful part to play in this act
of grace when Bhagavan said:

"Grace is always there, it is only you who have to make yourself
receptive to it."  [ Be Still, It is the Wind that sings, by Arthur
Osborne, p.74. Ed. 2000.]

(Source:  As indicated above)

Arunachala Siva.