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Maharshi's Gospel and Talks - 24
« on: June 23, 2009, 12:01:09 PM »
In Talks No. 344, the conversation was about the teachings
in Vichara Sagara.

Devotee:  Vichara Sagara relates four obstacles to Self

Bhagavan:  Why only four?  There are nine.  Sleep is one
of them.  What is sleep?  It is only obverse of waking.  It
cannot be independent of waking.  Sleep is unalloyed Self.
Do not think you are awake.  Sleep cannot be, nor the three
states either.  Only forgetting the Self you say you dreamt.
Can anything exist in the absence of the Self?  Why do you
leave it out and hold the non-self?  As the mind tends to go
out, turn it inwards then and there.  It goes out owing to the
habit of looking for happiness outside ourself.  But the knowledge that the external objects are not the cause of
happiness will keep it in check.  This is Vairagya or dispassion.
Only after perfect Vairagya, the mind becomes steady.  The
mind is only a mixture of knowledge and ignorance or of
waking and sleep.  It functions in five ways:

1. Kshitpa - active
2. Moodha - dull
3. Vikshipa - distracted
4. Kashaya - latent  &
5. Ekagrya - one pointed.

Of these Kashaya is only the latent tendencies and not the
tendencies themselves such as attachment, reputation etc.,

Arunachala Siva.