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Maharshi's Gospel and Talks - 33
« on: June 24, 2009, 02:33:06 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana explained the following under Talk No.485:

"Again people often ask how the mind is controlled.  I say
to them, 'Show me the mind and then you will know what
to do.'  The fact is the mind is only a bundle of thoughts.
How can you extinguish it by the thought of doing so or
by a desire?  Your thoughts and desires are part and parcel
of the mind.  The mind is fattened by new thoughts rising
up.  Therefore it is foolish to attempt to kill the mind by means
of the mind.  The only way of doing it is to find its source
and hold on to it.  The mind will then fade away of its own
accord. Yoga teaches Chitta Vritti Nirodha [control of activities
of the mind].  But I say Atma Vichara [Self-investigation].
This is the practical way.  Chitta Vritti Nirodha is brought about
in sleep, swoon or by starvation.  As soon as the cause is
withdrawn there is recrudescence of thoughts.  Of what
use is it then?  In the state of stupor there is peace and no
misery.  But the misery recurs when the stupor is removed.
So Nirodha is useless and cannot be of lasting benefit.  How
then can the benefit be made lasting.  It is by finding the cause of misery.  Misery is due to objects.  If they are not there,
there will be no contingent of thoughts and so misery is wiped off.  'How will objects cease to be?' is the next question.  The Srutis and the sages say that the objects are only mental
creations.  They have no substantive being.  Investigate the
matter and ascertain the truth of the statement."

Arunachala Siva.