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Practical Sadhana, Which Way Within - 5
« on: May 13, 2009, 01:28:23 PM »
In 1945, Bhagavan Ramana was again requested to explain whether
breath-control or watching the breath was essential for controlling
the mind.   I [the author] quote from Day by Day with Bhagavan:
(entry dated 1.12.1945].

"In continuation of an old question of his with reference to a certain
passage in Maha Yoga, he [one Mr. Prasad], asked Bhagavan,
whether it was necessary and a condition precedent for a man to
watch his breathing before beginning the mental quest: "Who am I?"

Bhagavan:  "All depends on a man's pakva i.e his aptitude and fitness.
Those who do not have the mental strength,*  to concentrate or
control their mind and direct it on the quest are advised to watch
their breathing, since such watching will naturally and as a matter
of course, lead to cessation of thought and bring the mind under
control.  Breath and mind arise from the same place and when one
of them is controlled, the other is also controlled.  As a matter of act, in the quest method, --- which is more correctly "Whence am I?" and not merely "Who am I?" -- we are not simply trying to eliminate saying that "we are not the body, not the senses, and so on," to
reach what remains as the Ultimate Reality, but we are trying to find
whence the "I" thought or the ego arises within us.  The method contains within it, though implicitly and not expressly the watching
of the breath.  When we watch wherefrom the "I" thought , the root of all thoughts, springs, we arre necessarily watching the source of breth also, at the "I" thought and breath arise from the same source."

[* Another translation of "mental strength" is "preparedness gained
through repeated practice."  The word 'pakva' comes from the root 'pach' which means 'to ripen', 'to be cooked'  Bhagavan Ramana used the derivative "pakvi" which, by implication, means those who have become mature through the "cooking process of sadhana", spiritual practice.]

(Source:  As indicated in Part 1)

Arunachala Siva.