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Eka Chintana and Mano Laya
« on: June 11, 2009, 11:20:48 AM »
Devaraja Mudaliar writes in his entry of 24th Jan 1946.

Gokul Bhai read out the Gujarati "Ramana Gita", Chapter XI
and then the Gujarati Upadesa Saram.  In this context,
P.C. Desai asked Bhagavan:  "In Verse 14, they have
translated the second line of Sanskrit verse as "If the
mind is continuously fixed on meditation of the Self, etc.,
Is that all right, seeing that neither 'continously' nor 'Self'
is found in the original?

Bhagavan:  Eka Chintana involves continuous thought. If
no other thought is to come, the one thought has to be
continuous.  What is meant by the verse is as follows:
The previous verses have said that for controlling the mind,
breath control or pranayama may be helpful. This verse says
that the mind so brought under control or the state of "laya"
should not be allowed to be in mere "laya" or state like sleep
[or stupor], but that it should be directed towards Eka
Chintana or one thought whether that one thought is of
the Self, the Ishta Devata or a mantra.  What one thought
is, will depend on each man's "pakva" or fitness.  The
verse leaves it as one thought.

(Source: As indicated above)

Arunachala Siva.