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« Reply #570 on: July 09, 2012, 10:31:16 AM »
Inasmuch as you say that you are ignorant, you are wise, and it makes your way easier for the removal of ignorance. Is he a mad man who says that he is mad?

The control of desire and meditation are interdependent. They must go hand in hand. Abhyasa (practice) and vairagya dispassion) bring about the result. Vairagya is to restrain the mind from projecting outwards and abhyasa is to keep it turned inward. There is a constant struggle within between control and meditation. Meditation will eventually be successful.

If you seek God with your whole heart, then you may be assured that the Grace of God is also seeking you.

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« Reply #571 on: July 09, 2012, 02:10:19 PM »
Dear prasanth,

Sri Bhagavan says in Pancharatnam, karuna poorna sudhabdhe... Arunachala and Sri Bhagavan - both are ocean of Grace.
Only thing is that we should seek that Grace.

Once Devaraja Mudaliar asked Sri Bhagavan: Bhagavan! You have been telling about the Grace.  But I am not able to feel It.
Sri  Bhagavan smiled said: Oye, Grace is ever flowing.  But you (ego) do not come in the way!

Once our ego is subdued, we can feel the flow of Grace. It is a perennial flow.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #572 on: July 10, 2012, 11:20:45 AM »
yes well said subramain garu.


Q: Is concentration one of the sadhanas (spiritual practices)?

M: Concentration is not thinking of one thing only. Rather, it is the putting off of all other thoughts, which obstruct the vision of our true nature. All our efforts are only directed towards lifting the veil of ignorance. Now it appears difficult to quell the thoughts, but in the regenerated state, it will be found more difficult to activate them! Why should we think of these things? There is the Self alone. Thoughts can function only if there are objects -- but there are no objects, so how can thoughts arise at all? Habit makes us believe that it is difficult to cease thinking. If this error were discovered, one would not be so foolish as to exert oneself unnecessarily.

Q: But the mind slips away from our control.

M: That may be so. Do not think of it. When you recollect, bring it back and turn it inward. That is enough. No one succeeds without effort. Mind control is not one's birthright. The successful few owe their success to their perseverance.

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« Reply #573 on: July 11, 2012, 10:57:36 AM »
Concentration

Q: I find concentration difficult.

M: Go on practicing. Your concentration must come as easily as the breath. Fix yourself on one thing and try to hold onto it. All will come right.

Meditation is sticking to one thought. That single thought keeps away other thoughts. The dissipated mind is a sign of its weakness. By constant meditation it gains strength, i.e. it gives up its weakness for stray thoughts.

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« Reply #574 on: July 11, 2012, 03:56:14 PM »
Dear prasanth,

Meditation on a single though to ward off other thoughts is definitely good for beginners. Although the term 'mediation'
is conventionally used for Self Inquiry, it is not meditation as the dictionary defines it. Meditation requires an object,
something to meditate on, whereas in inquiry there is only the subject. You are not looking for anything new, anything
outside yourself, but simply concentrating on being, on your self, on pure 'I am' of you. It is not thinking but suspending
thoughts while remaining consciousness.

However, Sri Bhagavan recommended the conventional meditation of a single thought or a deity, to ward off all thoughts.
He never discouraged any mantra japa or meditating on the Flame in front of one. The second one was practiced by
VaLLalAr Ramalinga Swamigal.

Arunachala Siva.   
     

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« Reply #575 on: July 12, 2012, 12:59:02 AM »
The mind

When attention is directed towards objects and intellect, the mind is aware only of these things. That is our present state. But when we attend to the Self within, we become conscious of It alone. It is therefore all a matter of attention. Our mind has been attending to external things for so long, that the latter have enslaved it and drag it hither and thither.

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« Reply #576 on: July 12, 2012, 09:03:13 AM »
Our attention can stay on outside objects but attending to the self it stays only few seconds.
Because it became the habit for the mind to go outside easily through five organs.


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« Reply #577 on: July 12, 2012, 10:57:23 AM »
well said ramanaduli garu.

hence we need constant practice and determination.

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« Reply #578 on: July 13, 2012, 01:59:24 AM »
If the mind wanders, we must at once realize we are not the body and inquire, "Who am I?" and the mind must be brought back to realize the Self. Thus all evils are destroyed and happiness is realized.

Absence of mental activity is solitude.

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« Reply #579 on: July 16, 2012, 10:56:40 AM »
Q: The mind is fickle and wandering. How can I control it?

M: If you at once direct your attention to the question, "Who is the individual to whom this fickleness occurs?" the tossing of the mind to and fro will stop.

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« Reply #580 on: July 17, 2012, 02:11:24 AM »
Q: What particular steps would be helpful for control of the mind?

M: That depends on the circumstances of each individual. Bhakti (devotion), karma (action), Jnana (Knowledge of Self), and yoga are all one. You cannot love God without knowing Him, nor know Him without loving Him. Love manifests in everything you do, and that is karma. The adoption of the right mental attitude (yoga) is the necessary preliminary before you can know or love God in the proper way.

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« Reply #581 on: July 18, 2012, 11:18:55 AM »
Q: I have no peace of mind.

M: Peace is our real nature. It need not be attained. Our thoughts must be obliterated. The method prescribed in the Gita is the one to do it. Whenever the mind strays, bring it back to bear on meditation.

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« Reply #582 on: July 19, 2012, 11:47:10 AM »
Q: I cannot bring my mind to meditate.

M: When an elephant is free, it moves its trunk around and looks restless, but if it is given a chain to hold, its trunk stays still. Similarly, without an aim, the mind is restless. If an aim is fixed, it is restful. Concentration is impossible as long as there are samskaras (mental tendencies). Bhakti (devotion) is also obstructed. Practice and dispassion are necessary. Dispassion is the absence of diffused thoughts, and practice is concentration on one thought only. Firm perseverance is also necessary. The one is positive and the other is a negative aspect of meditation.

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« Reply #583 on: July 20, 2012, 02:14:38 AM »
Q: I cannot bring my mind to meditate. (cont'd)

M: Yes, our minds are weak. The help called 'grace' is necessary -- a guru is for this only. In the presence of a strong-minded soul (guru) a weak mind comes under control more easily. That which is, is grace. There is nothing else.

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« Reply #584 on: July 23, 2012, 10:33:43 AM »
Q: But how can I control the thoughts?

M: The wavering of the mind is because of its weakness due to dissipation of its energy in the shape of thoughts. When we can get the mind to stick to one thought, the energy is conserved and the mind becomes stronger. Strength of mind is gained by practice, as the Gita points out. At first, the mind reverts to the search only at long intervals; with continued practice it reverts at shorter intervals until finally it does not wander at all. It is then that the dormant shakti (energy) manifests and the mind resolves itself into the life-current.