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srkudai

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What is distraction?
« on: July 08, 2010, 12:34:38 PM »
Distraction is , I am doing something but i want to do something else.
in other words it is i am doing this, while the mind is running for something else.
We notice this when we sit down for japa.
we sit down with japa, the mind is supposed to be on the mantra.
but mind runs everywhere.
The aim of japa is to bring back the mind to the mantra each time it gets distracted.
This practice helps us build the ability to bring the mind back onto the currect task.
that is it helps us to not get carried away by distractions.

The practice is useful for anyone whether spiritual or otherwise, who wants to concentrate upon something.


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Re: What is distraction?
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2010, 12:43:57 PM »

Dear srkudai,

Yes. Bhagavan Ramana says in Who am I?:  Moorthi dhyanam,
Mantra japam, ahara-niyamam - all these are to help of control
of mind and avoid distraction.  While the first two directly help,
Bhagavan's famous dictum is - One thought to ward off all the other
thoughts -, the latter one is physiologically help the mind to be
be in Sattvic guna.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: What is distraction?
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2010, 09:35:33 AM »
"Becoming is distraction from Self".
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Re: What is distraction?
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2010, 10:18:23 AM »

Dear Dr. Raju,

Yes.  Being is the Self.  It is Sat-Chit-Anandam.  Even here, the
three characters are merely one and the same, like water is tripartite
because of its coldness, fluidity and transparency.  Or fire is tripartite
because of its light, heat and redness.  [Kaivalya Navaneetam, 2.134
and 2.135/].

To do some thing other than Being, to try to evolve oneself as something different from the Self, the act of running round for the goal that is never there, is "becoming" and is a distraction.

Arunachala Siva.