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vasanas and samskaras
« on: April 18, 2011, 08:37:59 AM »
The conversation turned on vasanas. Sri Bhagavan said that good tendencies and bad ones (suvasana and kuvasana) are concomitant - the one cannot exist without the other. May be that one class predominates. Good tendencies (suvasana) are cultivated and they must also be finally destroyed by Jnana.
A young prodigy was mentioned. Sri Bhagavan remarked that latent impressions of previous births (purvajanmasamskara) were strong in him.
Devotee.: How does it manifest as the ability to cite well-known saints? Is it vasana in the form of seed only?
Maharshi.: Yes. Predisposition (samskara) is acquired knowledge and kept in stock. It manifests under favourable circumstances. One with strong samskara understands the thing when presented to him much quicker than another with no samskara or weak samskara.
D.: Does it hold good with inventors also?
M.: “There is nothing new under the sun.” What we call inventions or discoveries are merely rediscoveries by competent men with strong samskara in the directions under consideration.
D.: Is it so with Newton, Einstein, etc.?
M.: Yes. Certainly. But the samskaras, however strong, will not manifest unless in a calm and still mind. It is within the experience of everyone that his attempts to rake up his memory fail, where as something flashes in the mind when he is calm and quiet. Mental quiet is necessary even for remembrance of forgotten things. The so-called genius is one who worked hard in his past births and acquired knowledge and kept it in store as samskaras. He now concentrates his mind until it merges in the subject. In that stillness the submerged ideas flash out. That requires favourable conditions also.


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Re: vasanas and samskaras
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2011, 03:44:24 PM »

Dear Ramanaduli,

Yes.  There are good vasanas and bad vasanas.  But both should be
cleaned up through self inquiry or self surrender.  These vasanas are
attached to the ego.  When the ego is nullified, vasanas also go away. Some simple things in life are not vasanas.  Once during His last years, Sri Bhagavan wanted chilli powder and oil for idlis. But doctors have said no for such things. Sri Bhagavan said however: Let me also fulfill this vasana and be done with it. He took chilli powder and oil once and from next day, He did not ask for them!

Arunchala Siva.