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Mind in Day by Day - 11
« on: June 29, 2009, 02:34:49 PM »
On 18th July 1946, one Mr. S.P. Dayal asked:

I have been doing Sadhana for nearly 20 years and I can
see no progress.  What should I do?

Bhagavan:  I may be able to say anything, if I know what
the Sadhana is.

Visitor:  From about 5 'O clock every morning I concentrate
on the thought that the Self alone is real and all else unreal.
Although, I have been doing this for about 20 years, I cannot
concentrate for more than two or three minutes without my
thoughts wandering.

Bhagavan:  There is no other way to succeed than to draw
the mind back every time it turns outwards and fix it in the
Self.  There is no need for meditation or mantra or japa or
dhyana or anything of the sort, because these are not our
real nature.  All that is needed is to give up thinking of
objects other than the Self.  Meditation is not so much thinking
of the Self as giving up of the not-Self.  When you give up
thinking outward objects and prevent your mind from going
outwards and turn it inward and fix it in the Self.  The Self
alone will remain. 

Visitor:  What should I do to overcome the pull of these
thoughts and desires?  How should I regulate my life so as
to attain control over my thoughts?

Bhagavan:  The more you get fixed in the Self, the more
other thoughts will drop off by themselves.  The mind
is nothing but a bundle of thoughts and the I-thought
is the root of all of them.  When you see who this 'I' is
and whence it proceeds all thoughts get merged in the Self.
Regulation of life, such as getting up at a fixed hour, bathing,. doing mantra, japa, etc., observing ritual, all this is for
people who do not feel drawn to Self enquiry or are not
capable of it.  But those who can practise this method, all
rules and discipline are not quite unnecessary.

Arunachala Siva.