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Subramanian.R

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Is Concentration necessary?
« on: March 29, 2010, 07:41:56 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana has always stressed that one needs only Sraddha,
faith with conviction, for self enquiry and realization.  Here is a
conversation:

Devotee:  Why do we need to concentrate? 

Bhagavan:  Concentration, meditation and all spiritual practices are
not performed with the object of realizing the Self, because the
Self is ever-present, but of realizing the non-existence of ignorance.  Everyman admits his own existence, and does not need a mirror to
prove it for him.  Existence is Awareness, which is the negation of
ignorance.  Then why does a man suffer?  Because he imagines
himself other than what he in reality is, e.g. the body, this, that
and the other - "I am Gopal, son of Parasuram, father of Natesan" etc., etc., In reality, he is the intelligent I-am alone, stripped of qualities and superimpositions, of names and forms.  Does he see his body and all these qualities, shapes and colours in dreamless sleep?  Yet, he does not deny that he is then himself existing even without a body.  He must hold on to that existence, that alone even when he is in the waking state.  The man of wisdom simply is.
"I-am-that-I-am" sums up the whole Truth.  The method is summed up by - "Be still and know that I am God."  What does stillness mean?  Cessation of thinking which is the universe of forms, colours, qualities, time, space, all concepts and precepts whatsoever.

(Source:  A Practical Guide to know youself - A.R. Natarajan.)

Arunachala Siva.