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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on July 06, 2009, 01:56:18 PM

Title: Mind in Day by Day - 17
Post by: Subramanian.R on July 06, 2009, 01:56:18 PM
On 24th July 1946, Mr. Bhargava asked:  What is awareness
and how can one obtain and cultivate it?

Bhagavan:  You are awareness.  Awareness is another name
for you.  Since you are awareness there is no need to attain
it or cultivate it.

and he was wondering how it was an answer to his question.
But Bhagavan came to his help by adding: 

All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other
things, that is of the not-Self.  If one gives up being aware
of them then pure awareness alone remains and that is the

On 11th August 1946, at a visitor's request, Bhagavan explained further about concentration.  He said:

Concentrating one's thoughts solely on the Self will lead to
happiness or bliss.  Drawing in the thoughts, restraining them and preventing them from going outwards is called Vairagya.
Fixing them in the Self  is Sadhana or Abhyasa.  Concentrating
on the Heart is the same as the concentrating on the Self.
The Heart is another name for the Self.

(Source:  Day by Day, Devaraja Mudaliar)

Arunachala Siva.