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ULLadu Narpadu - 200
« on: June 17, 2010, 10:49:38 AM »

Michael James continues his detailed comments on Verse 29 of
ULLadu Narpadu:

Thus in His own case, Bhagavan Ramana not only withdrew His
attention from his body, as it were a lifeless corpse, but also laid
His body down as if it were a corpse that had been laid out in preparation for its cremation.  This does not however mean, that we
should necessarily lie down when we practice self attentiveness.
We certainly can practice self attentiveness while lying down, but in practice we may often find it is usually easier for us to remain alert
and thereby to avoid drowsing off into sleep or a dream in the lying

However, the posture of our body really does not matter. Our
sole aim during the moments of intense practice is to penetrate
deep within our being and we must entirely disregard our body. Hence we should not concern ourself in the least with its posture
or any other such trivial matter.

So long as our attention is fixed only on our ourself and on nothing
else, it does not matter what posture our body may be in, or whether it happens to be active or inactive.  In fact, we may often
find it easier to be self attentive, while our body is engaged in some mechanical activity such as walking, which does not require
any significant attention than when we are sitting or lying down with our eyes closed, because as soon as we close our eyes to
meditate upon our attentiveness, and hence we may quickly forget
why we have closed our eyes instead begin of anything except our own Being. 

Whether we are sitting, lying, walking or engaged in any other
physical activity, we should attempt as frequently and as intensely
as circumstances permit, to focus our attention keenly on our Being,
or at least to maintain a certain degree of of self attentiveness.
Therefore, all questions about bodily posture are missing the whole
poont of the art of self attentive being, which is that we should
concentrate our entire attention upon our being, and thereby ignore our body and all other things.

Arunchala Siva.