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The World, the Mind and the Self
« on: October 05, 2009, 12:50:40 PM »
Sri Dakshinamurty Stotram starts with a verse, with the first
word as "Viswam" that is the world.

Sri Sankara then moves on to Bhijam, the Seed within, which
is Mind.  It is the mind which sees the world, like a magical
show and you soon find that all that the world gives you are not
permanent.  The riches may come and go. The learning may come and go away.  The body may come and go.  Nothing is lasting. 
Nothing confers you the Bliss.  The Self is bliss.  But for this,
one has to withdraw this Bhijam, the Mind from the world to
his own Heart.  Then the nature of the mind, buddhi, ego,
all will have to be enquired into.  Here comes the Guru, who helps you in the Path.  The Guru gives his Krupa, Grace and makes the progress fast and steady.  Then, with total faith and conviction in Guru's words, one has to make his own efforts to realize the Self.
That Guru is Sri Dakshinamurthy. 

Sri Dakshinamurty is not a person.  It is the Presence, Sannidhyam
in Sanskrit.  One should not go immediately to Siva temple and
offer yellow flowers to Sri Dakshinamurty and come back, thinking
that he is the God to give you bliss.  Dakshina  + Murty is
merely a south facing God, but he is also Dakshina + Amurty..  The Self, that is formless, which is indicated by Guru.  The Guru
takes you from the form of world to formless Self through your
enquiry and your untiring efforts.  His Grace is ofcourse ever
avaiable if you look at him, towards North.  He is there in
the North, the Spiritual North Pole, facing South.  South in
Hindu theology means Yama, the god of death.  From south,
the Guru calls you to come to him.  There is no fear of death,
when you totally surrender to Guru.  Guru confers deathlessness,
the immortality.   Nachiketas also went to Yama to get only
deathlessness, in Katha Upanishad.

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: The World, the Mind and the Self
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2009, 11:10:07 PM »
I am finding this very helpful having just started on the path to self inquiry and after a life time of looking outside for happiness