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Subramanian.R

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The Importance of Sravana, Manana etc.,
« on: December 20, 2009, 09:56:57 AM »
Question:

Why is it that the wise say that hearing alone (Sravana) can
create a distorted understanding of any profound Truth?  Why
are we told to first hear, then reflect and assimilate so that
knowledge can become experienced?

Answer:

What we hear must be heard and digested within, and then it
becomes distilled wisdom.  Like the cow eating grass, first in
a hurry and then meditatively sitting in the shade and only then
does she convert it into food, swallow it back again and convert
it into milk.  So how man extracts wisdom out off all talk and
reading is to think deeply about it and then dive deeply within
in meditation.  In that way, he really disgests what he has heard
or read and then it flows into him as an experience and becomes
a storehous of knowledge.

(Source:  From an article titled Practical Instruction, by Sri
Sadasivananda, Mountain Path, April - June 2008)

Arunachala Siva. 

Nagaraj

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Re: The Importance of Sravana, Manana etc.,
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2009, 08:16:19 PM »
Dear I,

I am reminded the replies of Bhagawan to Sri Kavyakanta in context to Sravana and Manana where Bhagawan says

"If one watches whence the notion 'I' arises, the mind is absorbed in that, that is Tapas"
"When you recite a Mantra, watch where the sound is coming from, within you - 'I', When you sing a song or a prayer, watch where it is emanating from?, your heart"

similarly, if 'I' concentrates where from one is hearing (Sravana) and where from one is getting clarity (Thelivu, in tamil) it is all to be found in the 'I' , the Self itself!

Salutations to Sri Ramana
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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: The Importance of Sravana, Manana etc.,
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2009, 01:58:30 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Very much yes.  Thelivu in Tamil, is clarity in mind beyond all
confusion and delusion.  Tirumoolar says:

TheLivu TheLivu Guru meni kaandal

Clarity, Clarity, clarity arose when I saw my Guru.

Guru darshan erases all confusion and delusion.

Arunachala Siva.