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The Nature of the mind - 2
« on: June 17, 2009, 11:04:57 AM »
Question:  It is said that the Self is beyond the mind and yet
the realization is with the mind.  The mind cannot think it.
It cannot be thought of by the mind and the mind alone can
realize it.  How are these contradictions to be reconciled?

Bhagavan:  Atman is realised with the Mruta Mind [dead
mind].  That is, devoid of all thoughts and turned inward.
Then the mind sees its own source and becomes That [Self].
It is not as the subject perceiving an object.  When the room
is dark, a lamp is necessary to illumine and eyes to cognize
the objects.  But when the sun has risen, there is no need
of a lamp to see objects.  To see sun, no lamp is necessary.
It is enough if you turn your eyes towards the self-luminous
sun.  Similarly with the mind.  To see the objects reflected
light of the mind is necessary.  To see the Heart, it is enough
that the mind is turned towards it.  The mind loses itself and
the Heart shines forth.

                                                          - Talks

Bhagavan:  The real 'I' in which the activity of thinking
and forgetting has perished, alone is pure liberation.  It is
devoid of 'pramada' [forgetfulness of the Self], which is the
cause of birth and death.

                                   - Guru Vachaka Kovai Verses 722 & 731

Arunachala Siva.