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Problems and solutions

The more you get fixed in the Self, the more the thoughts will drop themselves—–Regulation of life, such as getting up at an appointed hour, bathing, doing mantra, japa, observing the ritual, all is for a person who does not feel Dawn to self-inquiry or is not capable of it. But for those who can practice this method, all and discipline are unnecessary.—Maharishi Ramana.

Comment; When your self-inquiry practice goes deeper and deeper, your thoughts automatically will drop themselves. Other methods are not necessary for a person who has achieved the experience of bliss.

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Peace and happiness.

A question to Maharishi Ramana; How can I get peace?

Answer; Peace is your natural state. it is the mind that obstructs the natural peace. Your Vichara ( thoughts) has been made only in the mind. Investigate what the mind is,and it will disappear. There is not such thing as mind apart from thoughts. When you will do the observation of the mind in a proper way you will find no mind there. When you probe to see what is it,you find there is really no such thing as mind. When the mind has thus vanished ,you realize eternal peace.

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A question to maharishi.

Date 19 January 1936.

Question to Maharishi Ramana; Is it enough to look inward to the mind or concentrate on the thought,” I am that” Ahem Brhmasmi?

Maharishi Ramana; The main thing is the inwardness of the mind. In Buddhism, the flow of ‘I’ ness is called Nirvana. When we said that this Bhawa comes from the main source ‘self’. Nobody needs to concentrate on’ I am that’ Ahem Brhmasmi.Only we have to destroy the ‘ego’ . This is itself liberation. This can be done by watching the ‘I’ thought’s origin.In our mind ‘I’ thought is the mother thought.After ‘I’ thought other thoughts comes like ‘my’ and ‘me’. If this will not dissolve the Saddhka will not be able to find Shunneta and will go to sleep.

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Consciousness

There is consciousness alone with quietness in the mind. This is exactly the state to be aimed at. The word ‘diving’ is only appropriate if one has to turn the mind within in order avoid being distracted by outgoing tendencies of the mind. But when deep quietness prevails without obstructing the consciousness, where is need to dive.—Maharishi Ramana.

Comments; This is real meditation or Samadhi, which state is our destination. We need practice if worldly thoughts are there . But if bliss or silence is there and one feels eternal peace without any disturbance then there is no need of practicing more.

Saint Ravidas gave some examples in Guruvani; blossoming comes for fruits, and when fruits comes then there is not blooming. We shake buttermilk for butter and when we got butter then there is no need to shake. So like this when our heart finds permanent silence, then there is no need to do practice.

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Dhammapada

Dhammapada

For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: Hatred ceases by love— this is an old rule.

Even though a speech be a thousand (words), but made up of senseless words, one word of sense is better, which if a man hears, he becomes silent. —-Dhammapada.

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Grace

Your very desire for grace is due to the grace that is already working with you,—-Maharishi Ramana.

Comments; It is very clear that if we are eager to grace by mediation, worship or by devotion it means that something is working there. Some force like a magnet is working. It does not matter we can not understand something what it is? But we can feel it, we can live with it. Our desire for grace is due to the grace that is already working with us.

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Problems and solutions

We should not sleep too much or go without it altogether.But sleep only moderately. To prevent too much sleep, we must try and have no thought. We must eat only sattvic food and that too in moderate measure and not indulge in too much physical activity. —–Maharishi Ramana.

Comments; As Maharishi advised us for practice of mediation, we should not go to too much sleep and do not awake too much. In awakening state we have more thoughts. If you will go to sound sleep for six, seven hours your thoughts will get destroyed and in the morning it will be easy to meditate. We must do more meditation to prevent our thoughts. We must eat light food. My experience is, As I am doing for so many years. In the morning after six, seven hours sleep, I go to the bath and after that practice some exercise as yoga or dance with music for one hour and then I sit in meditation for two three hours. At this time I take tea or coffee . And in my activities I carry on my practice of observation of the mind. Before going to sleep, I also sit for two hours and carry on that thread of bliss which I feels most time. After finding this you will never want anything .It is your fulfilment. Beauty is inside not outside.

You should not do more work or do not leave the work. Some people think that we should not work which is wrong, but work should be done in limit. As I found without work you cannot concentrate, while working your mind cannot work more. But by too too much work you will lose your goal , so work should be limited.

Buddha gave us middle way, meaning not go to extremes, not too much work not too much rest, not eat too much not do more fasting, not sleep too much not awake too much. This is the middle way.

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Silence

The highest form of grace is silence. It is also the highest spiritual instruction.All other modes of instruction are derived from silence and are therefore secondary. Silence is the primary form. If the guru is silent the seeker’s mind gets purified by itself. —Maharishi Ramana.

Comments; It is very clear that in silence we come to know our reality or self. According my experience when our mind has no objects it becomes self only, and we can enjoy self-realization.

Self realization is not a new thing which we have to buy from anywhere, it is always there, but we have to empty our minds by mediation or devotion. There is a gap between two thoughts. If we can make space between two thoughts you will be able to find bliss there. But no any word can explain it. After writing upnishidas Rishes said nati! nati! Meaning we described what we can but it is not a matter of language.

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Problems and soltions

Do no regret Tamas, but when sattva comes into play, hold on to it and make the best of it. —-Maharishi Ramana.

Comments; These are Vadantic vocabulary when the mind is cool and happy that stage is called sattva and when we feels laziness or sleepy that stage is called tamasa .When we are in tamasa we cannot succeed in meditation we should not regret this time and let it go but when sattva ( calm and happy ) stage comes it is better for meditation.

As I did my whole life after some exercise like walking or yoga it will be a good time for meditation. Music and dance also very good before observation. I mostly do dance with music for 45 minutes and then sit in meditation for a long time. It gives me the best result from the experience of bliss.

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Mind control

It is one question by the devotee and the answer had given by the Maharishi Ramana in 1936.

Devotee; How can I control the mind?

Maharishi Ramana; There is no need to control the mind if the self is realized. The self shines forth when the mind vanishes. In the realized man the mind may be active or inactive, the self alone exists. From, the mind, the body and the world are not separate from the self; and they can not remain apart from the self. Can they be other than the self? When aware of the self why should one worry about these shadows? How do they affect the self.

Comments; Problem is that here question had asked by a devotee who had not yet realized the self and Maharishi Ramana had an experience of Samadhi. Who has experience of bliss? In this case I will suggest we should work hard on meditation. And when anybody finds this experience of this the world, the mind, the body will be like a shadow. Everything will be heaven for him, including body mind also. Practice of observation will lead to self and if we find this experience, we will work more and more because we can not find calmness, peace like this. Our goal of life is to find this eternal peace. That is why our real search is for peace. This is our real nature. When river merges in the ocean, then it will satisfy otherwise it will carry on its journey. Like this we cannot satisfy without eternal peace.