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The boat may remain in water, but if water enters the boat it will bring great catastrophe. [Likewise] a man may live in the world, but if the world enters [the mind of] the man the whole life will be miserable.

Sri Muruganar: It is not the world itself but only the attachment towards the world which constitutes samsara-bandha [the bondage of mundane existence]. Attachment is caused by the mind, and not by what is outside. No harm will befall one by one’s merely living in the world; but all miseries come into existence only because of one’s desire to enjoy the world.

Source: GURU VACHAKA KOVAI The Light of Supreme Truth or THE COLLECTION OF GURU’S SAYINGS translated from original Tamil By Sadhu Om and Michael James

Guru Vachaka Kovai is the biggest collection of Bhagavan’s spoken teachings that was thoroughly checked and revised by him during his lifetime. As such it has a unique place in the Ramana literature.


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Dear prasanth,

Muruganar also says these ideas in his Padamalai:

Verse 895:  The Jivas' habit of wandering and struggling on many
paths and attaining liberation arises from the delusion of bondage.

Verse 548:  If bondage and liberation are creations of the mind,
all the experiences and states manifested through 'suttarivu' are
likewise concepts.

Verse 2205:  The origin of the concepts of bondage and liberation
is in the ego, the deception that is the cause of the pairs of opposites [dwandha buddhi].

Verse 475:  The ego alone is bondage, and one's own swarupam,
free of the contagion of the ego, is liberation.

Verse 2877:  There is no greater deception than [believing that]
liberation, which is ever present as one's own nature, will be attained at some later stage.   

Verse 2292:  In relationships with the world, any attitude other than
indifference [udaseena] will only lead to suffering.

Talks No. 653 reads as under:- (part)

Question:  We are told to practice indifference [udaseena] which is
possible only if the world is unreal?

Bhagavan:  Yes. "Oudasinyam abhipsitam".  Indifference is advised.
But what is it?  It is absence of love and hatred.  When you realize
the Self on which the these phenomena pass, will you love or hate
them?  That is the meaning of indifference.

Arunachala Siva.