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Ramana Maharshi gives techniques how to control mind
« on: March 02, 2010, 12:43:47 PM »
22nd January, 1949

At 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon, two pilgrims came and sat in Bhagavan’s presence. It was clear from their attitude that they were thinking of asking something.

After a while,one of them said, “Swami, it is all right if we sit up for meditation with closed eyes but if we keep them open, the outer senses give trouble. What should we do?”

Bhagavan: “What happens even if the eyes are kept open? It is enough if you make the mind sleep just like your sleeping in a house, keeping the windows open.”

Devotee: “Mind should be kept away from worldly affairs. However much we try, we are not able thus to control the mind.”

Bhagavan: “Yes, that is true. That is why it is said that when a child tries to catch its own shadow by running after it, and weeps when unable to do so, the mother comes and prevents him from running. So also, the mind should be prevented from running away.”

Devotee: “By what method can that be prevented?”

Bhagavan: “The mind should be held by hearing and meditating on the sayings of the Vedanta and thereby prevent it from going astray.”

Devotee: “That means, you must give up worldly pleasures and catch hold of Atma Ananda (Bliss of the Self). Is that so?”

Bhagavan: “Ananda (Supreme Bliss) always exists. It is only the worldly things that have to be given up. If they are given up, what remains is only Bliss. That which IS, is the Self. Where is the question of catching that which IS? That is one’s own nature (Swabhava).”

Devotee: “That is all right, Swami. But, however much we try, this mind does not get under control and envelopes the Swarupa so that it is not perceptible to us. What is to be done?”

Bhagavan with a smile placed his little finger over his eye and said, “Look. This little finger covers the eye and prevents the whole world from being seen. In the same way this small mind covers the whole universe and prevents the Brahman from being seen. See how powerful it is!”

Source: Letters from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam Book

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Re: Ramana Maharshi gives techniques how to control mind
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010, 02:08:27 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana told a few things about the mind and thoughts.

1. He said in Who am I? -  Control the mind, not by pranayama, but by
asking for whom this thought occurs?  The answer will be it is for me.
Then ask who am I?   This reply has given on many occasions.

2.  He has also on a few occasions, said one can control the mind, by
keeping one thought in it, instead of a jungle of thoughts.  He said for
this purpose, name of God or even "I" would do.  For one devotee, He
has said:  Do not try to understand mentally the meaning of the name.
I want you only to stick to that name.

3.  On some other occasions, He said that there is no such thing as mind.
How can you control the one, which is not there, in the first place?

Arunachala Siva.