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« Reply #780 on: October 13, 2014, 01:43:32 PM »
She:  How to practice meditation?

Maharshi: Keep off thoughts.

She: How to reconcile work with meditation?

Maharshi: Who is the worker?  Let him who works ask  the question.  You are always the Self.  You are not the mind.
It is the mind which raises these questions. Work proceeds, always in the presence of the Self only. Work is no hindrance
to realization.  It is the mistaken identity of the worker that troubles one. Get rid of the false identity.

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« Reply #781 on: October 14, 2014, 01:45:13 PM »
A man asked the Maharshi to say something to him.  When asked what he wanted to know, he said, that he knew nothing
and wanted to hear something from the Maharshi. 

Maharshi: You know that you know nothing.  Find out that Knowledge and that is liberation, mukti.

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« Reply #782 on: October 15, 2014, 10:16:16 AM »
Maharshi:  The Self being always the Self, why should only a dhira be illumined?  Does dhira mean a man of courage?
No.  dhih means intellect;  rah means watch, protection. So dhira is the one who always keeps the mind inward bent without
letting it lose.

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« Reply #783 on: October 16, 2014, 01:37:46 PM »
Sri Bhagavan continued..

Dhyana means fight. As soon as you begin meditation,  other thoughts will crowd together, gather force and try to sink
the single thought to which you try to hold.  The good thought must gradually gain strength by repeated practice.
After it has grown strong, the other thoughts will be put to flight.  This is the battle royal always taking place in meditation.

One wants to rid oneself of misery. It requires peace of mind, which means absence of perturbation owing to all kinds of
thoughts.  Peace of mind is brought about by Dhyana alone. 

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« Reply #784 on: October 17, 2014, 02:12:28 PM »
Devotee:  When I read Sri Bhagavan's works, I find that investigation is said to be the one method for Realization.

Maharshi: Yess, that is Vichara.

Devotee: How is that to be done?

Maharshi: The questioner must admit the existence of his Self. 'I AM' is the Realization.  To pursue the clue till Realization
is Vichara. Vichara and Realization are the same.

Devotee: It is elusive. What shall I meditate upon?

Maharshi: Meditation requires an object to meditate upon, whereas there is only the subject without the object in Vichara.
Meditation differs from Vichara in this way.

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« Reply #785 on: October 18, 2014, 09:42:16 AM »

Devotee: Is concentration of mind one of the sadhanas?

Maharshi:  Concentration is not thinking one thing.  It is, on the other hand, putting off all other thoughts which obstruct
the vision of our true nature.  All our efforts are only directed to lifting the veil of ignorance. Now it appears difficult to quell
the thoughts. In the regenerate state, it will be found more difficult to call in thoughts. For are there things to think of?
There is only the Self.  Thoughts can function only if there are objects. But there are no objects. How can thoughts arise
after all?

The habit makes us believe that it is difficult to cease thinking.  If the error is found out, one would not be fool enough
to exert oneself unnecessarily by way of thinking.

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« Reply #786 on: October 19, 2014, 09:16:11 AM »
Devotee:  It is said that the Guru can make his disciple realize the Self by transmitting some of his own powers to him.
Is it true?

Maharshi:  Yes. The Guru does not bring about Self Realization.  He simply removes the obstacles to it.  The Self is
always realized.

Devotee: Is there absolute necessity of a Guru for Self Realization?

Maharshi: So long  as you seek Self Realization, the Guru is necessary.  Guru is the Self. Take Guru to be the Real Self
and your self as the individual self.  The disappearance of this sense of  duality is removal of ignorance.  So long as duality
persists in you, the Guru is necessary.  Because you identify yourself with the body you think the Guru to some body.
You are not the body nor is the Guru.  You are the Self and so is the Guru.  This knowledge is gained by what you call
Self Realization.

Devotee: How can one know whether a particular individual is competent to be a Guru?

Maharshi: By the peace of mind found in his presence and by the sense of respect you feel for him.

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« Reply #787 on: October 20, 2014, 01:25:11 PM »
Maharshi:   ... all lokas, even the Brahma Loka, do not release one from rebirth.  Vide the Bhagavad Gita, 'Reaching ME,
there is no rebirth...All others are in bondage.'  What is birth?  It is birth of ego.  Once born you reach something; if
you reach it, you will return also.

Therefore, leave all the verbiage!  Be as you are. See who you are and remain as Self, free from birth, going, coming and
returning.

Devotee: True.  However, often this truth is heard, still it eludes us and we forget it.

Maharshi: Quite so. Reminders are often necessary.


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« Reply #788 on: October 21, 2014, 12:49:50 PM »
Maharshi:  The mind is by nature restless. Begin by liberating it from its restlessness; give it peace; make it free from distractions;
train it to look inwards; make this a habit.  This is done by ignoring the external world and removing the obstacles to peace
of mind.

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« Reply #789 on: October 22, 2014, 12:37:38 PM »
'Does not one find some kind of peace while in meditation?  That is the sign of progress. That peace will be deeper and more
prolonged with continued practice.' 'Effort is necessary up to the state of Realization.

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« Reply #790 on: October 23, 2014, 01:11:47 PM »
Reality is simply the loss of ego. Destroy the ego by seeking its identity.  Because the ego is no entity it will automatically
vanish and Reality will shine forth by itself. This is the direct method. Whereas all other methods are done, only retaining
the ego.  In those paths, there arise so many doubts and the eternal question remains to be tackled finally.

But in this method the final question is the only one and it is raised from the very beginning.

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« Reply #791 on: October 24, 2014, 01:45:41 PM »
Maharshi:

When psychology ends, there philosophy begins.  This is experience.  The mind is born. We see it. Even without the
mind we exist. There is every one's experience to prove it. (in deep sleep state)

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« Reply #792 on: October 25, 2014, 01:12:16 PM »
Devotee: Is the study of science,  psychology, physiology, philosophy etc., helpful?

Maharshi  : Very little.  Some knowledge is needed for Yoga and it may be found in books. But practical application is the
thing needed, and personal example, personal touch and personal instructions are the most helpful aids.

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« Reply #793 on: October 26, 2014, 12:21:26 PM »
Devotee: What are the obstacles to remaining steady in unbroken Bliss?  How can they be overcome?

Maharshi: The obstacles are:

1. Ignorance which is forgetfulness of one's pure Being.

2. Doubt which consists in wondering if even the experience was the Real or of the unreal.

3. Error which consists in the 'I am the body' idea, and thinking that the world is real.

These are overcome by hearing the truth reflection on it, and concentration.

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« Reply #794 on: October 27, 2014, 12:28:07 PM »
Devotee:  On inquiry into the origin if thoughts, there is a perception of 'I'.  But it does not satisfy me.

Maharshi: Quite right.  The perception of 'I' is associated with a form, may be the body.  There should be nothing associated with
the pure Self.  The Self is un-associated, pure Reality, in whose light, the body, the ego, etc., shine.  On stilling all thoughts
the pure Consciousness remains over.

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Arunachala Siva.