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| SECTION: III | CHAPTER: 110

If the mind is elsewhere , even if you hear an interesting story , you do not hear anything at all .

Just as an actor is able to portray in himself the character of different personalities , the mind is able to create different states of consciousness like waking and dreaming .

The mind experiences what it itself constructs , the mind is nothing but what has been put together by thought ; knowing this , do as you please

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THE FUTILITY OF SCHOLARSHIP

“All the jnana scriptures that teach the way to redemption proclaim in unison that restraining and stilling the mind is the best means for liberation. This is also emphasized by jnanis. If, after a certain amount of study, one knows this to be the inner purport of the scriptures, one should then direct one’s whole effort towards that [practice]. What is the use of continuously studying more and more scriptures without doing this?” Guru Vachaka Kovai, v. 141

Bhagavan: All the texts say that in order to gain release one should render the mind quiescent; therefore, their conclusive teaching is that the mind should be rendered quiescent; once this has been understood, there is no need for endless reading. In order to quieten the mind one has only to enquire within oneself what one’s self is; how could this search be done in books? [Who am I?, answer 23, from The Collected Works of Sri Ramana Maharshi, p.44.]

Muruganar: Since sravana and manana, after a certain level, become an obstacle for nididhyasana, the sadhaka should be aware of them at this level and reject them there. [Sadakarkuriya Sattana Nerigal, number sixty-three.]

Sravana, manana and nididhyasana comprise the traditional vedantic route to knowledge. Sravana is listening to the Guru’s words and studying them, manana is contemplating them and convincing oneself that they are true, and nididhyasana is the practice that results in the direct experience of what they indicate.

If those whose conduct is unfit even to embark on the spiritual life engage in the study and analysis of vedantic scriptures, they defile those excellent texts, which exist and shine with extremely unblemished purity. GVK, v. 142

Muruganar: The implication is that for those following the path of jnana, great inner purity is essential.

Bhagavan: Since purity of mind is indispensable for any kind of spiritual practice, it possesses an eminence of the highest order. [Padamalai, p.246, v.76]

The knowledge of scriptures should prompt one to reach the Heart, the source of the ego, by relying on the grace of God as the primary support in such a way that the ego ceases to be. If it does not [help in this way] the knowledge borne as a burden by those who behave as if they are the body, the illusory lump of flesh, is nothing but the swinging dewlap of a goat. GVK, v 143

Muruganar: The grace of God is that which springs forth naturally in every being all the time. Since knowledge that does not help one to reach the Heart is totally useless, it has been compared to a goat’s dewlap. Until one reaches the Heart, the ego will not cease. Hence it has been said, “To reach the Heart in such a way [that]…the ego ceases to be’. Any effort to reach the Heart that relies primarily on ego-consciousness will be utterly futile. This is why it has been said, ‘relying on the grace of God as the primary support.’

Bhagavan: Everything that one has learned is total falsehood if it does not become a means for [mind-] consciousness to subside within the Self. [Padamalai, p.303, v.35]

Mental confusion and misery can only end by the revelation of one’s real nature, which results from the mind’s destruction through the practice of some form of sadhana. [Expecting to] end the confusion of mind by mere study is, like a horse’s horn, an impossibility. GVK, v. 144

To the vijnana uyir [the ego-self], which swirls unceasingly in bewilderment like the wind, and which is without stability, the knowledge of arts and sciences if a place bustling with noise. Only the Heart, its source, is the everlasting abode of intense peace. GVK, v. 145

Through your great love of learning you may, with great enthusiasm, learn the jnana scriptures, thinking, ‘These books, which are the basis for attaining the clarity of immaculate jnana, are certainly worth knowing.’ However, when you later attain maturity and attempt to sink into the source, you will definitely have to forget completely the scriptural knowledge which, with great effort, you previously learned and mastered. GVK, v. 147

Muruganar: True Padam, the expanse of consciousness, abides, shining out as pure consciousness, beyond both knowledge and ignorance.
Padam, pure consciousness, demands that everything that has been learned as knowledge has to be completely forgotten as ignorance. [Padamalai, p.35, vv.21,22]

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Bhagavan: Everything that one has learned is total falsehood if it does not become a means for [mind-] consciousness to subside within the Self. [Padamalai, p.303, v.35]

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BHAGAVAN EXPOUNDING DAKSHINAMURTI STOTRA

When T.K. Sundaresa Iyer was a boy of twelve he first visited the Maharshi on the Hill in 1908. That first meeting bonded him to Bhagavan for the remainder of his life and, consequently, he was a witness to many marvelous events in his Guru's presence. Here is one such incident on a holy Sivaratri night in Sri Ramanasramam, as recorded in his book, At the Feet of Bhagavan.

It was Sivaratri Day. The evening worship at the Mother's shrine was over. The devotees had their dinner with Sri Bhagavan, who was now on his seat; the devotees at His feet sitting around him. At 8:00 p.m. one of the sadhus stood up, did pranam (offered obeisance), and with folded hands prayed: "Today is the Sivaratri Day; we should be highly blessed by Sri Bhagavan expounding to us the meaning of the Hymn to Dakshinamurthy (stotra)."

Says Bhagavan: "Yes, sit down." The sadhu sat, and all eagerly looked at Sri Bhagavan; Sri Bhagavan looked at them. Sri Bhagavan sat in his usual pose, no, poise. No words, no movement, and all was stillness! He sat still, and all sat still, waiting. The clock went on striking, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, one, two and three. Sri Bhagavan sat and they sat. Stillness, calmness, motionless-not conscious of the body, of space or time. Thus eight hours passed in Peace, in Silence, in Being, as It is. Thus was the Divine Reality taught through the speech of Silence by Bhagavan Sri Ramana-Dakshinamurthy.

At the stroke of 4:00 a.m. Sri Bhagavan quietly said: "And now have you known the essence of the Dakshinamurthy Hymn?" All the devotees stood and made pranam to the holy form of the Guru in the ecstasy of their Being.

Ramana Maharshi: "Language is only a medium for communicating one's thoughts to another. It is called in only after thoughts arise; other thoughts arise after the 'I'-thought rises; the 'I'-thought is the root of all conversation. When one remains without thinking one understands another by means of the universal language of silence."

Source: Arunachala's Ramana Volume II Book

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Words can bring you only up to their own limit; to go beyond, you must abandon them. Remain as the silent witness only.

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There are always moments when one feels empty and estranged. Such moments are most desirable for it means the soul had cast its moorings and is sailing for distant places. This is detachment—when the old is over and the new has not yet come. If you are afraid, the state may be distressing; but there is really nothing to be afraid of. Remember the instruction: whatever you come across—go beyond.”

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Memory can make you either sad or enlightened. Memory of the ever changing relativity - however good or bad it may be - will bring you bondage. On the other hand, memory of yourself will liberate you. When you regain the memory of "who am I?", all your meekness will disappear. You will walk with high spirits. The whole world is there for you. You will not experience a lack of anything. A genuine bravery will arise in you.

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SHIVARATRI

"Through the destruction of the doltish ego, the triputis that are based on it fade away and end, along with sakala [the waking and dream states]. The pure [suddha] state of daylight that [then] shines forever is Sivaratri [the night of Siva]." v 459

Sadhu Om: Sivarathri is an auspicious night when all jivas including Brahma and Vishnu, worship Lord Siva. The beauty to be noticed here is that such a night is explained to be pure broad daylight. Why? Since no other thing is known there, it is night; and since the pure consciousness shines there, it is bright daylight.


Sakala also implies states in which manifestation occurs. The pure state was explained in the first sentence of Guru Vachaka Kovai verse 265:

"The pure state [suddha-nilai] exists and shines as unceasing pure being in the Heart [ullam] after the other thoughts that rise from oneself [vikshepa] and the Self-forgetfulness [avarana] that is the basis for their rising are fully destroyed."

Sakala , which comprises the waking and dream states, alternates with kevala, sleep. However, the three are actually states of the mind or ego, not of the Self. In sakala, the mind creates the states of waking and dream. Kevala is its state of dormancy in which it remains unaware of itself, the body of the world. When the ego dies, sakala and kevala both disappear, leaving the state of illumination that is referred to in the verse.

The daylight that shines in the night of Siva is a metaphor that indicates waking-sleep, the state in which there is luminous and continuous Self-awareness even in the apparent darkness of physical sleep.

The theme is continued in the next verse where it is explained that once the vasanas that caused the waking and dream states to manifest have been eradicated, the three states of waking, dreaming and deep sleep cease as alternating states of mind. When the mind has died, leaving only the light of the Self, sleep ceases to be a state of unconsciousness in which one is unaware of anything. Though the body will continue to sleep after the mind has died, the jnani will be fully aware of the Self at all times. There will no longer be a daily period of unconsciousness as the mind lies dormant.

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This is the gist of all worship—to be pure and to do good to others. He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva; and if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is but preliminary. He who has served and helped one poor man seeing Shiva in him, without thinking of his caste, or creed, or race, or anything, with him Shiva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples.

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The Transcendental supreme Being is Siva. The manifested, immanent aspect of the Supreme is Sakti. Siva is attributeless. He is Nishkriya . Sakti is with attributes. She creates. Sakti is compared to a rope made up of tricolored threads.

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As long as you seek for something, you will get the shadow of reality and not reality itself.

~ Shunryu Suzuki

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The mind exists in a state of “not enough” and so is always greedy for more. When you are identified with mind, you get bored and restless very easily. Boredom means the mind is hungry for more stimulus, more food for thought, and its hunger is not being satisfied. If you can stay bored and restless and observe what it feels like to be bored and restless, you bring awareness to the feeling and there is suddenly some space and stillness around it. A little at first, but as the sense of inner space grows, the feeling of boredom will begin to diminish in intensity and significance. So even boredom can teach you who you are and who you are not. You discover that a “bored person” is not who you are. Boredom is simply a conditioned energy movement within you. Neither are you an angry, sad, or fearful person. Boredom, anger, sadness, or fear are not “yours”, not personal. They are conditions of the human mind. They come and go. Nothing that comes and goes is you. “I am bored.” Who knows this? “I am angry, sad, afraid.” Who knows this? You are the knowing, not the condition that is known.

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This pure mind shines forever with the radiance of its own perfection. But most people are not aware of it, and think that mind is just the faculty that sees, hears, feels, and knows. Blinded by their own sight, hearing, feeling, and knowing, they don’t perceive the radiance of the source. If they could eliminate all conceptual thinking, this source would appear, like the sun rising.

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To everyone of us there must come a time when the whole universe will be found to have been a dream, when we find the soul is infinitely better than the surroundings. It is only a question of time, and time is nothing in the infinite.

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Stop thinking about anything which is not your true self, for that is degrading and productive of pain, and instead think about your true nature, which is bliss itself and productive of liberation.

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Wake up my mind, wake up from the
oblivion of sleep
The body that came with you will soon
bid you goodbye . . .
Says Nanak, sing the praise of the
Ultimate One
For all else is an ephemeral dream . . .

~ Guru Granth Sahib

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I am the controller of all the actions of a man who trusts Me and merges in Me.

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Sai Baba made eleven assurances to his devotees:

No harm shall befall him, who steps on the soil of Shirdi.
He who comes to my Samadhi, his sorrow and suffering shall cease.
Though I be no more in flesh and blood, I shall ever protect my devotees.
Trust in me and your prayer shall be answered.
Know that my spirit is immortal, know this for yourself.
Show unto me he who has sought refuge and has been turned away.
In whatever faith men worship me, even so do I render to them.
Not in vain is my promise that I shall ever lighten your burden.
Knock, and the door shall open, ask and it shall be granted.
To him who surrenders unto me totally I shall be ever indebted.
Blessed is he who has become one with me.

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Stay by Me and keep quiet. I will do the rest. I will take you to the end

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BHAGAVAN USED TO TELL THIS STORY TO ILLUSTRATE THE LIMITED VALUE OF NIRVIKALPA SAMADHI

A YOGI WAS doing penance (tapas) for a number of years on the banks of the Ganges. When he had attained a high degree of concentration, he believed that to remain in that state for prolonged periods constituted salvation and therefore continued practising it. One day, before going into samadhi (a state of deep concentration), he felt thirsty and asked his disciple to bring some water for drinking from the Ganges; but before the disciple could return with the water, he had gone into samadhi, and he remained in that state for countless years. When he woke up from this experience, the first thing he did was to say, “water! water!”; but there was neither his disciple nor the Ganges in sight.

The first thing which he asked for was water because, before going into deep concentration, the topmost thought in his mind was about water; by concentration, however deep and prolonged it might have been, he had only been able to lull his thoughts temporarily; therefore when he revived consciousness this topmost thought flew up with all the speed and force of a flood breaking through the dykes. If this was the case with regard to a thought which took shape immediately before he sat for meditation, there is no doubt that other thoughts which had taken deeper root earlier would still remain unannihilated. If annihilation of thoughts is salvation, can he be said to have attained salvation?
The moral is that one should not be taken away by the spell of temporary stillness but pursue the enquiry till the last vasana is eradicated.

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When I am silent,
I have thunder hidden inside.

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Total openness, pure sensitivity, unconditional allowing: this is not something you, as a person, can do; it is what you, as pure Awareness, are.

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Awaken; return to yourself. Now no longer asleep, knowing they were only dreams, clear-headed again, treat everything around you as a dream.


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I came to this earth so that I could find my way back to my Beloved.

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