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Ramana Maharshi says Solitude is for mind and not for body
« on: March 03, 2010, 01:07:37 PM »
The Yogi who has subdued his mind and body and who is free from desire and bereft of possessions, living in seclusion all by himself, should constantly engage his mind in meditation. -- Gita, VI: 10

“That means a Yogi must remain steadily in the secret place called Atman, realise that there is none other but his Self, and keep his mind in the Atman without his mind being deflected to any other matter. ‘Viviktadesasevitvam’ also means the same thing.

Unflinching devotion to Me through exclusive attachment of the mind, living in secluded and sacred places, absence of pleasure in the company of men. Gita, XIII: 10

“It means one has to remain in a state where nothing else but one’s own Self is existent, without attachment to the outer world and with exclusive devotion to the Self; living in a place without thoughts, and unattached to worldly matters.”Hence solitude refers to the mind and not to the body. If men are here, animals are there. Will they not be noisy and disturb peace? An American, by name Haig, used to live in our Palakothu.* About ten years ago, he went away to the Himalayas for the same reason. Recently we received a letter from him, saying he is coming back and that he will stay here alone till his death. Many people are like this. They go away saying they do not get peace here. They wander from place to place and come back here again.”

Source: Letters from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam Book

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Re: Ramana Maharshi says Solitude is for mind and not for body
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2010, 02:41:37 PM »
There was a German, who meditated on the Hill, and he used to plug
his ears, with honey-comb wax.  Even Bofors gun shooting noise cannot
be heard with this application.

Arunachala Siva.