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Control of Mind Vs. Destruction of Mind - 2
« on: January 20, 2010, 10:04:22 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana continued:-

Sadhaks (seekers) rarely understand the difference between this
temporary stilling of the mind (mano-laya) and permanent destruction of thoguhts (mano-nasa). 

In manolaya, there is temporary subsidence of thought-waves,
and, though this temporary period may even last for a thousand
years, thoughts, which are thus temporarily stilled, rise up as soon
as the mano-laya ceases.  One must, therefore, watch one's
spiritual progress carefully.  One must not allow oneself to be
overtaken by such spells of stillness of thought.  The moment
one experiences this, one must revive consciousness and enquire
within as to who it is who experiences this stillness.  While not
allowing any thoughts to intrude, he must not, at the same time,
be overkaen by this deep sleep (Yoga Nidra) or self-hypnotism.
Though this is a sign of progress towards the goal, yet, it is also
the point where the divergence between the road to salvation and
Yoga nidra takes place.  The easy way, the direct way, the shortest
cut to salvation is the Enquiry Method.  By such enquiry, you will
drive the thought force deeper till it reaches its Source and merges therein and find that you rest there, destroying all thoughts, once and for all.     

This temporary stilling of thought comes automatically in the usual
course of one's practice and it is a clear sign of one's progress, but
the danger of it lies in mistaking it for the final goal of spiritual
practice and being thus deceived.  It is exactly here that a spiritual guide is necessary and he saves a logt of spiritual aspirant's time
and energy which would other wise be fruitlessly wasted.

The writer (Ramanananda Swarnagiri) now realized that it was to
get the important lesson at the right pooint of his progress, that
he was taken, even unknown to himself and against his will, to
Sri Ramana, though the intervention of his superior.  He had
come exactly to the position where the road bifurcates, one side
leading to destruction of thought (salvation) and the other to Yoga Nidra (prolonged deep sleep).  A way-shower or a road signpost
was necessary at this stage and the way shower must necessarily be in the shaper of a personal guru, a realized soul, and perhaps by
sheer acts of merit in his past birth, and no 'known special merit'
of his own in this birth, he was brought before such a realized soul, in the person of Sri Ramana, to obtain the instructions from Him,
failing which he would have been probably groping in the same manner as the sage on the bank of a river, in the story narrated
by Bhagavan.  The following chart will, perhaps, illustrate this:

Salvation (Mukti)                                  Deep Sleep Yoga Nidra
              Moksham                                           Mosam*
          |                                                               |
          |  Destruction of Mind                                  |
          |  Conscious Concentration                           |  Stillness of
          |                                                               |  mind
          |                                                               |  Simple

                            \                                              /
                             \                                            /
                              \                                          /
                                \                                       /
                                 \                                     /
                                         Mano laya

                                 (Various milestones in the path)


                                           Yogic Sadhana         

(* In Tamil = ruination)

(Source:  Crumbs From His Table.  Ramananda Swarnagiri,
              Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.