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Udhasinam or Indifference:
« on: December 01, 2012, 05:04:28 PM »
Some members who attended the Teacher's Guild Meeting in the town, came on a visit to the Hall. One of them asked Sri Bhagavan:

I seem to be wandering away in a forest because I do not find the way.

Maharshi: This idea of being in a forest must go. It is such ideas which are the root of the trouble

Devotee: But I do not find the way.

Maharshi: Where is the forest and where is the way unless they are in you? You are as you are and yet you speak of a forest and ways.

Devotee: But I am obliged to move in a society.

Maharshi: Society is also an idea to that of the forest.

Devotee: I leave my home and go and mix in society.

Maharshi: Who does it?

Devotee: The body moves and does all.

Maharshi: Quite so. Now that you identify yourself with the body you feel the trouble. The trouble is in your mind. You think
that you are the body or that you are the mind. But there are occasions when you are free from both. For example in deep
slumber, you create a body and a world in your dream. That represents your mental activities. In your waking state you think
that you are the body and then the idea of forest and the rest arise.

Now, consider the situation.  You are an unchanging and continuous being who remains in all these  states which are constantly
changing and therefore transient. But you are always there. It follows that these fleeting objects are mere phenomena which appear
on your being like pictures which move across a screen. The screen does not move when the picture moves. Similarly you do not
move from where you are even when the body leaves the home and mixes in society.

Your body, your society, the forest, and the ways are all in you. You are not in them. You are the body also but not this body only.
If you remain as your pure Self, the body and its movements need not affect you at all.

Arunachala Siva.