Author Topic: Ramana M.: Why the mind cannot be turned inward in spite of repeated attempts  (Read 1568 times)


  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3557
    • View Profile
20th June, 1936

Talk 213.

Mr. B. C. Das asked why the mind cannot be turned inward in spite of repeated attempts.

M.: It is done by practice and dispassion and that succeeds only gradually.The mind, having been so long a cow accustomed to graze stealthily on others’ estates, is not easily confined to her stall. However much her keeper tempts her with luscious grass and fine fodder, she refuses the first time; then she takes a bit; but her innate tendency to stray away asserts itself; and she slips away; on being repeatedly tempted by the owner, she accustoms herself to the stall; finally even if let loose she would not stray away. Similarly with the mind. If once it finds its inner happiness it will not wander outward.



  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 47994
    • View Profile
To withdraw the mind inwards, beings require the purification of
mind.  That is why, it is said, first look outwards, does not matter,
but see the god, see the scriptures, see the good things in life,
see the rising sun etc.,  This chidda shuddhi, enables the mind
to turn inwards.

Arunachala Siva.