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Maharshi's Gospel and Talks - 17
« on: June 22, 2009, 12:51:27 PM »
Talk No. 222 reads as under:

Dr. Popatlal Lohara, a visitor had studied several books
including Upadesa Saram and visited several saints, sadhus
and yogis, probably 1500 as he puts their number.  A sadhu
in Triambak has told him that he has still some debts to pay
which, if done, will enable him to have realization.  His only
debt, as he conceived was the marriage of his son.  It has
since been performed and he now feels himself free from
karmic indebtedness.   He therefore seeks Bhagavan Ramana's
guidance for freedom from "mental unhappiness" which persists in spite of his not being indebted.

Bhagavan:  What text of Upadesa Saram, did you read?

Devotee:  The Sanskrit text.

Bhagavan:  It contains the answers to your question.

Devotee:  My mind cannot be made steady by any amount
of effort.  I have been trying it since 1918, [now it was 1936].

Bhagavan quoted from Upadesa Saram, "Merging the mind
into the Heart certainly comprises meritorious duty [karma],
devotion [bhakti], yoga and supreme wisdom [jnana]."  That
is the whole truth in nutshell.   

Devotee:  That does not satisfy my search for happiness.
I am unable to keep my mind steady.

Bhagavan Ramana then quoted again from the same book:
"Continuous search for what mind is, results in its disappearance.  That is the straight path."

Devotee:  How to search the mind then?

Bhagavan:  The mind is only a bundle of thoughts.   The
thoughts have their root in 'I thought'.  "Whoever investigates
the 'I thought' for him, the ego perishes.  This is the true
investigation," Bhagavan further quoted.  The true 'I'
is then found shining itself.

Devotee:  This 'I thought' rises from me.  But I do not know
the Self.

Bhagavan: All these are only mental concepts. You are now
identifying with a wrong 'I', which is the 'I thought'....
Search for the source of I thought should be made..... This requires effort.

Arunachala Siva.