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The thieves called the five senses
« on: September 24, 2009, 11:40:13 AM »
We daily experience that the five thieves called our five senses,
rent our mind and take away our peace.  But over practice,
one can keep the five thieves at bay.  Once we understand that
Arunachala is within mind, the five thieves cannot rob our peace.
This we should practise at least at the time of puja, meditation

Bhagavan Ramana gives this idea in the verses 11 and 12 of
Sri Arunachala Akshara Manamalai:

Verse 11:  When these five robbers, the five senses, enter my
mind, are You not present there at home to keep them out,
Oh! Arunachala!

Verse 12:  You are the one without a second, the sole, real
being, Oh! Arunachala!  Who can hide you or hide from you
and come in here? If strangers come in, it is with your knowledge.
All this is but your connivance.
                                              - Tr. K. Swaminathan.

Once Ekanatha was doing Sri Dattatreya Puja at home.  He was
constantly engaged without his five senses jumping out in the
Puja.  He heard only the mantra that he is reciting and the form
that he is doing Puja with.  It took about 2 hours.  In these two
hours, one neighbour was shouting at the gate of his house.
Noise, lot of noise.  All angry words and abuses.  Ekanatha did
not hear them.  He heard them only as sound of sound of his
mantra japa.  He came out and gave a cup of milk to the neighbour.  The neighbour was astonished.  Ekanatha told him:
All this time you raised the sound of Brahman, sabdha-brahman.
This cup of milk is only to show my thanks to you!

Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: The thieves called the five senses
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2009, 01:49:35 PM »
Regarding the five thieves, a couple of biblical texts come to mind:

 "Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine." (Samuel 17:40)  [this is David approaching the giant, Goliath, whom he slays by striking the giant in the forehead with one of the stones]

   Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true." (John 4:18) [the "woman at the well" story  -- it should be noted that "husband" translates "baal" which means "lord" or "master". Although it means "husband" as the woman understands it, it would seem that Jesus is playing on words saying in effect that she has been a slave to her senses and even now has no Master]

The Ekanatha story is lovely and I thought right away about a documentary I saw a couple of weeks ago, "Muslim Mysticism" I think the title was, in any case it was, of course, about Sufism.  The program was rather superficial, but one story story struck me, I give a short version from memory:

"One of the Prophet's wives was worried because he had not come to her and it was her night.  She found him in the mosque, praying.  She calls him but he is so deep in prayer he does not notice her.  She grabs him by his toe  and finally gets his attention.  "

Who's there?" he asks. 

"Ahisa (sp?), Mohammed's wife", she replies.

"Who is Mohammed?" he replies.

There's a glory in the morning because the earth turns 'round, and a promise in the evening, when the sun goes down.


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Re: The thieves called the five senses
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2009, 12:02:16 PM »
Dear Chuck Cliff,

Yes. Five thieves are ever ready to rob us.  But if I depend
on Bhagavan, He takes care of me.  No one can try to rob
Bhagavan or Christ for that matter.  Many people have tried
this trick on Bhagavan as well as Christ.

Once spies came and said to him (Christ) and said:  Teacher,
we know that you teach the truth about what God wants people
to do.  And you treat everyone with the same respect, no matter
who they are.

Tell us, should we pay taxes to the Emperor or not?

Jesus knew that they were trying to trick him.  So, he told them:
'Show me a coin.'  They showed.  Then he asked:  Whose picture and name are on it?'

'The Emperor's'. they answered.

Then he told them: "Give the Emperor what belongs to him.
Give God what belongs to God"

                - Luke 20; 20-25
                - also, in Matthew 22.15-22 and Mark 12.13-17.

Let the five thieves be there.  But we have got a more powerul guard with us.  The guard will take care of us and our job is
to pay our devotion and respects to him and sleep peacefully!

Arunachala Siva.