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Nagaraj

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Re: Bhagavan Ramana Teachings
« Reply #390 on: August 10, 2013, 04:08:04 PM »


   Success and failure are due to prarabdha karma, and not to
willpower or the lack of it. One should try to gain equipoise
of mind under all circumstances. That is willpower.


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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #391 on: August 10, 2013, 04:27:45 PM »


The non-action of the Sage is really unceasing activity.
His characteristic is eternal and intense activity. His stillness
is like the apparent stillness of a very fast-rotating top. Its
extreme speed cannot be followed by the eye and so it appears
to be still. This must be explained, as people generally mistake
the stillness of the Sage for inertness.


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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #392 on: August 10, 2013, 04:33:28 PM »
Talk 287.
A Punjabi gentleman, a doctor by profession, came here with his wife to visit Sri Bhagavan. He was in the hall when Sri Bhagavan came in after lunch; then he asked: “How should I meditate? I do not have peace of mind.”
M.: Peace is our real nature. It need not be attained. Our thoughts must be obliterated.
D.: I have been trying to obliterate them but I am not successful.
M.: The Gita method is the only one for it. Whenever mind strays away bring it back to bear on meditation.
D.: I cannot bring my mind to meditate.
Another devotee: An elephant when free puts its trunk here and there and feels restless. If a length of chain is given to it, the trunk holds it and is no longer restless. Similarly, mind without an aim is restless, with an aim it remains at peace.
D.: No, no, it is all theory. I have read many books. But no use. It is practically impossible to make the mind concentrate.
M.: Concentration is impossible so long as there are predispositions. They obstruct bhakti also.
The interpreter advised the questioner to study Who am I? The doctor was ready with his protestations: “I have read it also. I cannot still make my mind concentrate.”
M.: By practice and dispassion — abhyasa vairagyabhyam.
D.: Vairagya is necessary ...
M.: Abhyasa and vairagya are necessary. Vairagya is the absence of diffused thoughts; abhyasa is concentration on one thought only. The one is the positive and the other the negative aspect of meditation.
D.: I am not able to do so by myself. I am in search of a force to help me.
M.: Yes, what is called Grace. Individually we are incapable because the mind is weak. Grace is necessary. Sadhu seva is meant only for it. There is however nothing new to get. Just as a weak man comes under the control of a stronger one, the weak mind of a man comes under control easily in the presence of the strong-minded sadhus.That which is - is only Grace; there is nothing else.
The questioner said, “I request your blessings for the good of myself”.
Bhagavan said: “Yes - yes.”
He left with his wife.

Talks with Sri Ramana maharshi

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« Reply #393 on: August 10, 2013, 04:40:29 PM »
Sri Ravi,

what a gem, and what a great discovery are these talks. One cannot ask any further questions!

Grace is necessary. Sadhu seva is meant only for it. There is however nothing new to get. Just as a weak man comes under the control of a stronger one, the weak mind of a man comes under control easily in the presence of the strong-minded sadhus.

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #394 on: August 10, 2013, 05:00:57 PM »


   
Avoid desire and aversion. Do not engage the mind much
in the affairs of the world. As far as possible do not get
entangled in the affairs of others. Giving to others is really
giving to oneself. If one knows this truth, would one ever
remain without giving?


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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #395 on: August 10, 2013, 05:01:43 PM »
Nagaraj,
This is one such talk where Sri Bhagavan is not deploying his brahmastram!The interpreter tries to do it and is brushed aside by the Earnest seeker!Sri Bhagavan knows what is best for this devotee and is giving him something that he can concretely hold onto and put in as a practice.Above all he is suggesting Sadhu Sangha as a clear means.The Punjabis revere Sadhus like nobody else possibly.Truly large hearted people.Sri Bhagavan is strenghthening this Good Vasana.
We also get to enjoy the Feast.Truly the essence of spiritual Practice is here.Nothing more is needed.
Namaskar. 

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« Reply #396 on: August 10, 2013, 05:09:04 PM »


If ego rises, all will rise. If the ego merges, all will merge.
The more we are humble, the better it is for us.


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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #397 on: August 10, 2013, 06:09:40 PM »
Sri Ramana Maharshi - Spiritual Instruction - Chapter II:

Is the state of 'being still' a state involving effort or effortless?

It is not an effortless state of indolence. All mundane activities which are ordinarily called effort are performed with the aid of
a portion of the mind and with frequent breaks.  But the act of communion with the Self (atma vyavahara) or remaining still
inwardly is perfect effort, which is performed with the entire mind and without break. 

Maya - delusion or ignorance which cannot be destroyed by any other act is completely destroyed by this perfect effort, which
is called Silence (mouna)

Arunachala Siva.
   

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« Reply #398 on: August 10, 2013, 06:55:36 PM »


   












Realization is the result of the Master’s (Guru’s) grace,
more than teachings, lectures, meditations, etc. They are
only secondary aids, whereas the former is the primary
and essential cause.


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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #399 on: August 10, 2013, 06:57:24 PM »
Sri Bhagavan always discouraged any devotee going Mounam or taking a vow of silence.  During the war, I decided that I
would like to do so, chiefly to protect myself from the jibes of others. I went and asked Bhagavan's permission.  He was not
enthusiastic and told me that it was useless to keep the tongue still but to continue to write messages on bits of paper which
so many so called Mounis continue to do so.  In this way, only the tongue had a rest but the mind continued just as before.

I said I had not intention of doing this but throw away my pencil and paper away.  I felt I had obtained a reluctant consent
as Bhagavan agreed that people were worrying me.  So I made the necessary arrangements, installed a bell from my room
to the kitchen so I should not have to call my servant, and fixed a lucky day to begin.  The night before I was to start, a friend
of mine brought up the subject in the Hall, after the evening meal when only a few of us were present.  Bhagavan immediately
showed His disapproval and said it was unnecessary and in fact not a good thing at all.  I did not talk much anyhow. It was
better to speak only when it was necessary, that it actually did no good to observe silence, that if one did so for 12 years one
became dumb and might obtain some thaumturgic powers, but who wanted them? Speech acted as a safety valve. Naturallyh
after this talk I gave up the idea.

Major Chadwick.

Arunachala Siva.               

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« Reply #400 on: August 10, 2013, 06:58:43 PM »


Just as the prey which has fallen into the jaws of a tiger
has no escape, so those who have come within the ambit
of the Guru’s gracious look will be saved by the Guru and
will not get lost; yet, each one should by his own effort
pursue the path shown by God or Guru and gain release.


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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #401 on: August 10, 2013, 07:06:58 PM »

                                                                                                   





‘No want’ is the greatest bliss.
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« Reply #402 on: August 10, 2013, 07:23:21 PM »
‘All that you see depends on the seer.
     

     













Apart from the seer there is no seen.’

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
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« Reply #403 on: August 10, 2013, 07:48:59 PM »


one must completely forget the fact of being a sinner and
earnestly pursue meditation of Self. He is then sure to succeed.


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Remain quietly in the Self.
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« Reply #404 on: August 10, 2013, 09:01:34 PM »


The entire universe is condensed in the body and the entire
body in the Heart. Thus the Heart is the nucleus of the whole
universe. This world is not other than the mind, the mind is
not other than the Heart; that is the whole truth.


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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta