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The State of "being Summa" - being still
« on: August 18, 2009, 07:05:23 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana's famous dictum is :  Summa Iru.  Be still
or even just Be.  This is the most difficult state for a person
to abide in.  This state is thoughtless and almost actionless.
This can be achieved only when a person becomes mind-free.

Once a Sadhu who was in that state, was living near a temple.
He did practically nothing, always in thoughtless meditation.
He did not even take any alms.  The temple priest used to give
him, two ladles of rice and a little salt, after pujas to Siva and
offering rice to Siva at noon.  He again used to give him the same
at the late evening when evening pujas were completed in the
temple.  The Sadhu just took the food and lived there.

Once the king visited the temple.  He observed the Sadhu
and was irritated that the Sadhu was a useless citizen doing
no work.  He came to the Sadhu and asked:  What are you doing
here?  The Sadhu replied:  I am doing nothing.  The king was
annoyed and said:  Then why free food two times on a day?
The Sadhu said:  Sir, it is quite difficult to live without doing
nothing in a state of Summa.  You please try it.  The king took
up the challenge and sat near the Sadhu. 

He could not keep quiet even for a few minutes.  He called the
servant and told him:  Please tell my wife that I am here.  Again
after two minuts, he asked another attendant:  Have my horses
in the chariot been fed?  Again, he asked the minister:  Has
today's tax been collected?  He could not keep himself in a state
of summa even for half an hour.  Finally he meekly told the Sadhu:
I agee with you, Sir.  Doing nothing is the most difficult job.
Let me go.

He then told the temple priest:  Give the Sadhu four ladles of rice
and dhal and ghee as an addition, for each session from today!
Please take care of him.

Arunachala Siva.         


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Re: The State of "being Summa" - being still
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2009, 03:32:57 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana says a few things about state of Summa
in Who am I?

Answer to question 25:  Remaining quiet is what is called wisdom-
insight, Jnana Drishti.  To remain quiet is to resolve the mind in
the Self.....

He describes further the mind and thoughts in answer to question

That which rises as 'I' in this body is the mind.  If one enquires
as to where in the body the thought 'I' rises first, one would
discover that it rises in the Heart.....

About making the mind quiescent, He says in answer to the question
No. 12:

Other than enquiry, there are no adequate means.  If through other
means, it is sought to control the mind, the mind will appear to be
controlled, but will again go forth.....

About the thoughts rising like waves of an ocean, He says under
question no. 13:

As the meditation of the Self rises higher and higher, the thoughts
will get destroyed......

If meditation on the Self which is formless is not possible, He gives
the way, under question no. 12:

Through meditation on the forms of God and through repetition
of mantras, the mind becomes one pointed......

He says in answer to question No. 14:

Without yielding to the doubt, is it possible or not?, one should
persistently hold on to the meditation on the Self.....

Again, He rounds up the Self as Silence in answer to question
no. 16:

...... The Self is that where there is aboslutely no I thought.  That
is called Silence......

Arunachala Siva.     


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Re: The State of "being Summa" - being still
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2009, 04:12:13 PM »
Is stillness and inwardly silence are the same?


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Re: The State of "being Summa" - being still
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2009, 07:16:11 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana's Jayanti (His birthday) used to be celebrated
in the Asramam even during His days.  Once there was one such
Jayanti celebrations and I think it was Golden Jubilee Jayanti,
in the year 1940, that is His 60th birthday.  It was an elaborate
function and devotees and other eminent personalities had attended.
A programme comprising of speeches from various persons was
fixed.  The detailed programme chart was shown to Him.  Bhagavan
Ramana, as usual kept silent.  Then the devotee asked Him:  Do
you want these to be changed?  Bhagavan Ramana continued to keep silent.  Then the restless devotee asked Him:  Bhagavan!  You kindly
tell us what You like.  Bhagavan after a pause said:  If you ask me,
I like only to keep summa!  This is the Silence, silence of words,
mind and the mind resolving into the Self, eternally.

Arunachala Siva.   


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Re: The State of "being Summa" - being still
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2009, 07:23:11 PM »
Most of us may be thinking that Bhagavan Ramana was conversing
with people all the time during a day.  In fact, He was silent for
most of the time.  There were pujas, people reading their works/
poetry, there were children dancing, there was even once a concert
for two hours by the famous Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar.  There
was a dance of of Gajananan once.  All that Bhagavan Ramana spoke
in his 54 years of life in Tiruvannamalai, are only in three books
of about 1000 pages.  There were some repetitions between
Devaraja Mudaliar and Suri Nagamma.  That is all He conversed,
giving some allowance for the conversations that were not recorded.

If we try to record all our speeches for 54 years, the records so
written will be in books that fill this whole world!

Arunachala Siva.

Arunachala Siva.