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Vasanas and our pursuit in Self abidance - 2
« on: March 04, 2009, 10:33:13 AM »
Murugnar says in verse 36 of GVK:

You worldly minded man, you, who do not accept as true the fair and reasonable teachings of the supreeme jnana that are declared by jnanis!  If you thoroughly examine the world, this vision misperceived by a jaundiced eye, this bloating out of a great delusion, it is merely a deception caused by Vasanas.

Vasanas are mental habits and tendencies.  They are the desires and aversions that impel one to behave in a particular way.  In common with other advaita teachers, Bhagavan Ramana taught that one's Vasanas not only determine one's behaviour, they actually create and sustain the illusion of the world taking one's attention away from the Self and on to the external objects that one wants to enjoy or avoid. These buried latent habits of the mind withdraw into the Heart at the moment of physical death, but they are not extinguished there. Their unexhausted momentum will cause them to take a new form, a new body, a new incarnation through which they can continue to thrive! Vasanas are therefore the fuel that drive samsara, the continuous cycle of birth and death.

{We were discussing earlier about new born babies dying within hours or babies born blind, or dogs and animals.  All these carry these Vasanas, the unexhausted momentum of the previous birth(s) }

(Source: GVK. English Trans. David Godman and Ors.)

Arunachala Siva.