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How to turn the mind?
« on: June 15, 2009, 05:35:28 PM »
A visitor wrote some questions in Tamiol and prescribed
them to Bhagavan Ramana.  Bhagavan said: "He wanted
to turn the mind from sense enjoyments and realize that
bliss which is said to be much above sense-enjoyments.
There is only one way, making the mind merge in That
which is not sense-enjoyments.  As you concentrate on
That, the sense attractions will fall of their own accord."

After a pause, Bhagavan added: 'The story of Indra and
Ahalya in Yoga Vasishtam strongly illustrates how, by the
force of the mind merged in one thing, all other things
will cease to affect one.  There, Ahalya, the wife of a
king [not Ahalya, the wife of Sage Gautama], falls in love
with a rake called Indra and they passionately love each
other.  The amtter reaches the king's ears and attains the
magnitude of a great public scandal.  The king then orders
the couple to be put through various cruel tortures, but
neither of them is affected by the tortures.  Their faces
do not even show a twitch of pain but are blissfully smiling
at each other.  The king baffled by all this, asks them what
the secret of their strength and resistance is.  They said:
"What!  Don't you know?  We are looking at each other, and
so engrossed are we with each other, that our mind has no
room in it for any other thoughts.  So far as we are concerned we two alone exist, each for the other, and nothing else exists.  How then can we be affected by other things?  Such is the
power of the merged mind."

(Source: Day by Day, Devaraja Mudaliar, entry dated 29th
March 1946.)

Arunachala Siva.