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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.

Source: TALKS WITH SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI Book


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Dear prasanth,

Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman used to say in a humorous manner:
(The idea is from Sri Sankara's Probodha Suddhakaram)

God has kept all the five senses turned outwards.  Ears, nostrils,
eyes, mouth [tongue] and skin -- all are outward looking.  Only
the mind is within.  Very much there is also the Heart.  But the
mind prefers to jump out only.  It does not want to stay in the Heart. It is like a pot with five holes and a lamp inside.  Outside the pot are there - a picture, a nice-smelling jasmine garland, a delicious sweet, a veena with good strings and a beautiful girl.
The light of the lamp falls only on these.  The lamp's light does
not say within.  What to do?  Can one close all the holes of the pot?  That is what Jnanis do.  We are finding it difficult to do that. 

Arunachala Siva.       

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Subramanian Garu,

Verse 5 in Dakshinamurthy Stotram goes like this

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Nanachidhra ghato dhara sthitha maha,
Deepa prabha bhaswaram,
Jnanam yasya thu chakshuradhi karana,
Dwara bahi spandathe,
Jaanameethi tham eva baandham anubathi,
Yethath samastham jagat,
Thasmai sri guru murthaye nama idham,
Sree dakshinamurthaye., 5

Like the light emanating from a lamp,
Kept in a pot(kunda) with many holes,
Goes out in all directions,
Similarly In the person in whom the wisdom goes out
Through the openings of ear, eye , mouth and thought,
And when that person realizes that ‘I know myself”,
This whole universe shines after Him alone,
Who shines in the consciousness as the knower.
Salutation to the God facing the south,
Who is the greatest teacher.

Our body prevents us from seeing the truth(the light from outside) that we are the Brahman and lets out light though the sensory organs and makes us deceive ourselves by feeling that we are happy.


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Dear prasanth,

You are correct.  Sri Dakshinamurty Stotram also says that simile.
While discoursing on Sri D.S., Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman also
quoted this Probodha Suddhakaram, where different objects to suit
each type of senses, like veena, jasmine garland, a mouth watering
sweet, a beautiful girl etc., are given.  I do not know readily this
sloka.

Arunachala Siva. 

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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.

Its like a Sugar patient trying to give up having sweetmeats. Even after knowing that eating sweets is not good, one has to put in sufficient effort and develop will to stop eating sweets.

In this manner we are all diabetic to 'I' and we can only give it up with Shradha and Saburi - with Patience and faith only.

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

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Siksastaka  is believed to be the only verses left personally written by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.