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Nagaraj

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To have a near glimpse of the Brahman
« on: June 03, 2009, 08:34:34 AM »
Its an innate desire of every spiritual aspirant to see, feel what the Brahman is, here is one nice way by which on can feel, perceive the Brahman or the Consciousness.

Lay down flat, breath in and out for sometimes, begin to watch your breath, normilise your body. now breath in a long breath and then slowly breath out and stay in that state without breathing as long as you are comfortable. now look within, stay flat, don't move an inch, no matter whatever discomfort you feel, remember that all the disscomfiture is not yours but your body's. You can perceive your heart beats. stay motionless. keep observing within.

Now, apart from the heart beat, (whatever else is there is the Real YOU) there will be some other thing that is alive and sharp, it's you, this is Consciouness. You are this, you are not your body, not your heart, not your legs, hands, and all other organs. Not even your eyes, if you observe, you will be looking within NOT throught your eyes, you are looking withing through your conscioussness, you don't need those pair of eyes here.

This is just a peek into the eternal Consciousness. You will see that you are totally different from your body and all other perceiving objects.

Sri Ramana
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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: To have a near glimpse of the Brahman
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2009, 05:04:34 PM »
Close your eye - that is Brahman that is inside you

Open your eye - that is Brahman that is outside you

You are a part from Brahman and you merge to Brahman ' as long as atma stays in a person he is experiencing Brahman.

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Re: To have a near glimpse of the Brahman
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2009, 05:15:51 PM »
Dear karthikeyan,

Most of us, Ramana devotees, get that glimpse for a trice.
To stay permanently in the Self, as Bhagavan Ramana did
when He was just 16 years, in Madurai, we need that great
Guru's help, the Sun, the Son of Siva.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: To have a near glimpse of the Brahman
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2009, 05:16:56 PM »
Good technique. I think this is what happens during Pranayama and Shavasana also during Yoga practices. Once we learn to listen to our own breathing and gradually take control of it (or become conscious of it), our mind also queitens down and we begin to see ourself for what we really are. So Hatha yoga coupled with the "Who Am I" enquiry does  benefit us by speeding us to the truth.
Some saints, like Sri Ramana & Sri Ramakrishna, totally ignored health of their bodies and concentrated only on enquiry and bhakti kind of worships. Whereas some others such as Swami Sivananda, Yogananda Paramahamsa and some new age Gurus emphasize on doing Hatha yoga practises to help the body support our sadhana. It could be different for different people, but why this opposite approach? Didn't in olden yugas like Satya and Tretha, people lived healthily and wealthily(!) for long and attain moksha? Why this "starve the body" kind of approach in an age when we already have lots of problems? Both Sankara and Vivekananda left their bodies in their thirties, imagine what they could have done if only they had lived long (many more people could have been benefited).  Just my thoughts.

Mohan


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Re: To have a near glimpse of the Brahman
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2009, 08:16:34 PM »
Dear Mohan,

I feel we can't say people in earlier yugas "Starved", but you see, the body requires its fuel in the form of food and water, but how much is required is something which needs to be thought about. Sri Ramana Maharshi had just handful of food in the afternoon and thats it, he just had a cup of coffee in the evening and thats all. His intake was only minimal, the  body just requires that much. Because of his realisation, he knew how much is enough. Another point is that most of us, definitely eat more than required and its mostly impelled by our tongue, we eat for taste more than for body.

But we don't have answers for several mysteries, like why Shankara, Vivekananda lived only 30 - 40 years. Elders say that once they finish their reason for their coming down here, they depart. But we don't know. Mysteries are best left as mysteries! Where as saints like Chandrashekhara Saraswathi of Kanchi Math lived for 100 years, I have heard of many siddhars living in Tiruvannamalai who are more than 100+ years....

Elders have said Sadhana has been changing from ages  to ages. In Kali Yuga, Very tough and vigorous Tapas during Treta Yoga, Sacrifice and Yajnas during Dwapara Yuga and simply Nama Smarana during Kalli Yuga....

For example, definitely whatever Dharma prevailed some 400 years back, same quality of Dharma would have deteriorated 200 years back and we can't say same Dharma prevails now as it was some 200 years back... similarly, we cant say today's Dharma to prevail some 100 years afterwards.

Really in such complicated life as today's who could have understood the Brahma Tattva of Vedanta and of Shankara in age of Commerce, Computers and only money.... If not for Sri Ramana Maharshi advent on Earth, Vedanta would have diminished drastically. Ramana Maharshi's inflluence is far wide than it is grasped. Even people of other maths and saints in North India and others even if they don't know who Ramana Maharshi is, they still talk and teach their students about this "I" which Ramana Preached. He simplified the Brahma Jnanam just by 3 simple Statements - "Who am I"

Glory be to Ramana. What Ramana has done will stand like a thousand fold pillar for many Yugas to come. He will and is the SUN for aspirants at all times all Yugas.

Nagaraj
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: To have a near glimpse of the Brahman
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2009, 08:22:30 PM »
One more way that flashed to me today to have a glimpse of Brahman is this - In night or in day, just cover all the windows with really dark curtain so that not a dot of light comes in. Let there be absolute silence. not even fan running. Just sit still in darkness. what can we see? abosolutely nothing. Blank, Darkness. we cant even see our own body, we cant see our own self we cant see anything.

Now see who is seeing, your body also cant be seen, but somebody is seeing. even thoughts reduce, it does not jump like monkey.

This when you observe is "I" consciousness, it is even something behind your thoughts for it can see even thoughts.

Nagaraj
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: To have a near glimpse of the Brahman
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2009, 01:59:25 PM »
Dear Nagaraj and others,

Yes.  In the earlier centuries, even amidst plenty, people
took only very little food just to keep the mind away from
sleep due to over-eating.  When the mind is alert, it would
be helpful to do Sadhana. 

Even Jnani lived a particular number of years according
to their will.  Prarabdha had no say in that matter with
regard to them.  Tiru Jnana Sambandhar lived only 16 years.
Ramana lived for 70 years.  Sankara lived 32 years and so
was Manikkavachagar.  Kanchi Chandraskehara Saraswati
lived for 100 years.

Arunachala Siva.