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« Reply #540 on: June 13, 2012, 11:34:23 AM »
Q: Should I meditate with the eyes open or closed?(cont'd)

M: The point is that the mind must be introverted and kept active in its pursuit. Sometimes when the eyes are closed, latent thoughts rush forth with great vigor. It may also be difficult to introvert the mind with the eyes open, as that requires strength of mind. When the mind takes in objects it is contaminated. The main factor is to resist all other thoughts and keep the mind on its own pursuit, without taking in external impressions or thinking of other matters.

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« Reply #541 on: June 13, 2012, 12:43:18 PM »
Dear prasanth,

Yes.  This is precisely what Sri Bhagavan told Annamalai Swami.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #542 on: June 14, 2012, 01:28:34 AM »
Q: What if one meditates incessantly without any action?

M: Try it and see! Your predispositions will not let you do it. Dhyana (meditation) comes only progressively with the gradual weakening of vasanas (inherent tendencies) by the guru's grace.

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« Reply #543 on: June 15, 2012, 11:18:39 AM »
Q: Which posture is best?

M: Any posture, possibly sukha asana (comfortable or half-lotus posture). But posture is immaterial for the jnana (Self-knowledge) path. Posture really means steadfast location in the Self. It is internal.

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« Reply #544 on: June 18, 2012, 11:28:09 AM »
Q: Which posture is best? (cont'd)

There are different postures according to the different grades. The best posture is to be in the Self. All these questions of posture and hatha yoga arise only to those who have body-consciousness and think, "I am the body." However, the yogis say, "Adopt that posture in which meditation is easiest for you." But you may not necessarily have to adopt a yoga posture at all. If you find sitting in a chair or walking easier for you to practice meditation, then these are the right postures for you. Hatha yoga is for beginners. Find the Self and remain in it, and you will not be concerned about postures.

The best posture is to plant the guru firmly in your Heart.

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« Reply #545 on: June 19, 2012, 01:44:24 AM »
Q: What time is most suitable for meditation?

M: What is time? It is only an idea. However you think of it, so it will appear. If you call it time, it is time. If you call it existence it is existence, and so on. Time is immaterial for the jnana path (path of Knowledge), though certain times are good for beginners.

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« Reply #546 on: June 20, 2012, 01:55:02 AM »
Q: Is meditation analytical or synthetical?

M: Analysis and synthesis are in the region of intellect. The Self transcends the intellect.

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« Reply #547 on: June 20, 2012, 02:19:10 PM »
Dear prasanth,

Sri Bhagavan says in Talks No. 344:

The mind is only a mixture of knowledge and ignorance or the sleep and waking. It functions are as five fold.

1. kshipta - active

2. moodha - dull

3. vikshitpa - distracted

4.  kashaya - latent

5. ekagrya - one pointed.

The question of the devotee whether the meditation is analytical  or synthetical, comes under vikshitpa.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #548 on: June 21, 2012, 11:17:27 AM »
well said subramanian garu. Anyways gita gives beautiful explanation regarding 3 gunas (satva,rajo,tamo).

Ch14 Text 5

Material nature consists of the three modes--goodness, passion and ignorance. When the living entity comes in contact with nature, he becomes conditioned by these modes.


Q: When is mouna (silence) necessary?

M: It is only an aid to realization. Once realization is complete, it can be cast aside as it will be of no further use. Realization is itself mouna. Speech is regarded by mounis (those who maintains silence) as a waste of the energy, which they are directing inwards towards the Self.

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« Reply #549 on: June 21, 2012, 11:34:44 AM »
Dear prasanth,

Yes. Atma Jnanam is itself mounam, Silence and Sri Bhagavan says this in Atma Vidya Kirtanam, Verse 2.

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« Reply #550 on: June 22, 2012, 11:28:27 AM »
Q: When is mouna (silence) necessary? (Cont'd)

One method of securing the temporary cessation of mental activities (manolaya) is by association with sages. They are adepts in samadhi (absorption in Self) and it has become easy, natural and perpetual with them. Those moving closely with them and in sympathetic contact gradually absorb the samadhi habit from them.

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« Reply #551 on: June 22, 2012, 10:00:15 PM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Mouni = one who does not find anyone other than himself to talk to

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

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« Reply #552 on: June 25, 2012, 01:41:48 AM »
A yogi used to sit as steady as a rock, with eyes closed, for a couple hours at a time. The Maharshi spoke to him.

M: Do you really want to learn meditation? Mere posture is not enough, what matters is where your mind is! So learn from that young man over there. (He pointed to a young graduate who had been unemployed for nearly a year, and was now haunting the Ashram constantly). He sits there with eyes closed too, but his whole mind is centered on obtaining employment. He prays continually in the silence to me, to give him a job. But where can I give people jobs?

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« Reply #553 on: June 26, 2012, 11:20:19 AM »
One day a group of musicians came to play for the Maharshi. The instruments included flute, violin and harmonium. Afterwards there was a discussion about the various instruments and which was the most pleasing. The Maharshi said that he himself listened to nothing but the harmonium as its steady, monotonous, one-pointed rhythm helped to keep one centered in the Self.

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« Reply #554 on: June 27, 2012, 01:50:12 AM »
Q: What is the significance of the spot between the eyebrows?

M: It is a reminder not to see with our eyes. The mind functions both as light and objects; if divested of objects the light alone will remain.

Q: But must we know that there is such light?

M: Sight or cognition pertains to the present state because there is light. Light is the essential requisite for sight. It is plain in our daily life. Among the lights, the sunlight is the most important. Hence they speak of the glory of millions of suns.