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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 38
« on: August 06, 2009, 12:21:52 PM »
From the banks of Tungabhadra, Sankara came with his disciples,
including Thotakacharya, to Shrungagri again.  From there, he
further proceeded towards east to Sri Sailam.  Here, he lived in
a cave, in constant contemplation, in brahma-bhavana. He remained
in that state for a long time, when even his breathing became quite
less.  This is called Manonmani mudra.  No thoughts, no mind, only
Peace. There is only ever shining Atma.  Bhagavan Ramana has
sung in Upadesa Saram, the mind is the source for all thoughts.
Thoughts are the mind.  When one enquires this source, one abides
in the Self.

Verse 18:

Thoughts alone make up the mind,
And of all thoughts the "I" thought is the root.
What is called mind is but the notion "I"

                                      - Tr. by Prof. K. Swaminathan.

Sri Ramakrishna also had this state of immense peace, with ceasing
of all thoughts and curling up of the mind, in the gardens of

Sankara composed his Yoga-dharavali in this cave of Sri Sailam.

Keeping the thoughts and the mind in the Heart is the real nyasam.
Sannyasam is samayaka-nysam.  In fact this is the only definition
of Sannyasam in Upanishads, not merely staying away from conjugal
happiness, and begging alms.  When the mind causing the thoughts
and emotions permanently stay in Heart, without any life, it is
Brahma Jnana.  When a Brahma Jnani is in that state, he sheds of
tears of bliss, which the birds will come to drink!

A Brahma Jnani does not want a crowd at all.  He only wants a
few sincere seekers to share his experience.  A Brahma Jnani
who attracts a hundred thousand devotees each day, is not a
Jnani at all.  When Sri Vivekananda became famous after his
Chicago address, hundreds came to see him.  They were all very
mediocre people, who wants self realization in two hours.  (In
fact, I saw one advt. in the Hindu of Wednesday, that someone
gives self realization in two hours and the charges are only minimal!).  So, Swami Vivekananda went to 1000 Island Park, where there
were only about 12 or 15 people, who wanted genuine guidance.

Sankara continued in the state of no-mind Manonamani mudra for
several days.  He came to Shrungagiri again in that same state.

Arunachala Siva.