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The Essential Teachings --- As Taught by Annamalai Swami
« on: July 14, 2009, 07:44:28 PM »
Let the mind go wherever it wants to go.
 You don't have to pay any attention to all its wanderings.
 Just be the Self and don't concern yourself with the
 activities of the mind. If you take this attitude , the
 activities and wanderings of the mind will become less
 and less.

 The mind only wanders around all day because you identify
 with it and pay attention to all its activities.
 If you could establish yourself as consciousness alone,
 thoughts would no longer have any power to distract you.
 When you have no interests in thoughts they fade away
 as soon as they appear. Instead of attaching themselves
 to other thoughts, which then spin off countless other
 thoughts and ideas , they just appear for a second or two
 and then vanish. One's vasanas* make thoughts arise.
 Once they have arisen , they will repeat theselves in
 regular chains and patterns again and again.

 If you have any desires or attachments, thoughts about them
 will be constantly appearing in the mind. You cannot fight
 them because they thrive on the attention you give them .
 If you try to repress them , you can only do it by giving
 them attention. And that means identifying with the mind.
 This method never works. You can only stop the flow of
 thoughts by refusing to have any interest in it.

 If you remain in the source , the Self, you can easily catch
 each thought as it rises. If you don't catch the thoughts
 as they rise , they sprout , become plants and , if you still
 neglect them, they grow into great trees. Usually ,
 the inattentive sadhaka** only catches his thoughts at
 the tree stage.

 If you can be continuously aware of each thought as it
 rises , and if you can be so indifferent to it that it
 doesn't sprout or flourish , you are well on the way
 to escaping from the entanglements of the mind.

well, i was lazy to write this. found it on the web and pasted it here. its from living by the words of Ramana. This is the Essential Teaching.