Author Topic: Ramana Maharshi says to to get at the very bottom from which thought springs  (Read 1543 times)


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D: I have not yet learnt to control my mind so I intend to seek ekantavasam (life in solitude) in North India and want Sri Bhagavan’s grace.

B: You have come all the way to Tiruvannamalai for ekantavasam, and that in the immediate presence and vicinity of Ramana Bhagavan, yet you do not appear to have obtained that mental quiet; you now want to go elsewhere and from there you will desire to go to some other place. At this rate there will be no end to your travels. You do not realize that it is your mind that drives you in this manner. Control that first and you will be happy wherever you are. I do not know if you have read Swami Vivekananda’s lectures.

It is my impression that he has somewhere told the story of a man trying to bury his shadow and finding that over every sod of earth he put in the grave he had dug for it, it only appeared again, so that it could never be buried. Such is the case of a person who tries to bury his thoughts. One must therefore attempt to get at the very bottom from which thought springs and root out thought, mind and desire.

D: When I spent an hour or two on the hill yonder,I sometimes found even better peace than here, which suggests that a solitary place is after all more conducive to mind-control.

B: True, but if you had stayed there for an hour longer,you would have found that place too not giving you the calm of which you speak. Control the mind and even Hell will be Heaven to you. All other talk of solitude, living in a forest etc., is mere prattle.



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Dear prasanth,

Yes.  Bhagavan Ramana also says this in His Gospel:

Just as water in the pot reflects the enormous sun within the narrow limits of the pot, even so the vasanas or latent tendencies of the
mind of the individual, acting as the reflecting medium, catch the
all-pervading, infinite light of consciousness arising from the Heart
and present in the form of a reflection, the phenomenon called the
mind.  Seeing only this reflection, the Ajnani is deluded into the belief that he is a finite being, the Jiva.

If the mind becomes introverted through enquiry into the Source
of aham-vritti [the I thought], the vasanas become extinct, and in the absence of the reflecting medium the phenomenon of reflection, the mind, also disappears being absorbed into the light of the one
reality, the Heart.

This is the sum and substance of all that an aspirant needs to know.  What is imperatively required of him, is an earnest and one pointed enquiry into the Source of aham vritti.

Arunachala Siva.