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The Sadguru

The marks of a Sadguru are steady abidance in the Self. Looking at all with an equal eye, unshakable courage at all times,in all places and circumstance.—-Maharishi Ramana.

Comments; Abidence in the Self is the main thing. We cannot explain it very well, because who has found the eternal bliss only that can understand it. We can only say it’s a new dawn in life or words like Nirvana, Liberation. But who is looking at all with an equal eye, his unshakable courage in all places and in all circumstances will help us to understand. When mind emerges in the Self by inwardness then anybody can find self-realization.

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Self-existent bliss.

Devotee; Through Poetry, music, bhajana, the sight of beautiful landscapes, reading the lines of spiritual verses, etc., one experiences sometime a true sense of all unity. Is that feeling of deep blissful quiet the same as the entering into the heart of which Maharishi speaks? Will practice thereof lead to a deeper Samadhi and so ultimately to a full vision of the Real?.

Maharishi Ramana; There is a happiness when agreeable things are presented to the mind.It is the happiness inherent in the self and there is no other happiness. And it is not alien and afar. You are diving into the Self on those occasions which you consider pleasurable; that diving results in Self-existent Bliss.But the association of idea is responsible for foisting that bliss on other things or occurrences while, in fact, that Bliss is within you. On these occasions you are plunging into the Self, through unconsciously. If you do so consciously, with the conviction that comes from the experience that you are identified with the happiness which is verily the Self, one Reality, you call it Realization. I want you to dive consciously into the Self, into the heart.

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Grace .

Grace is constant. Your judgement is variable. Where does the fault lie? ……Maharishi Ramana.

Comments;; As I understand, bliss is our real nature, but we have to work hard on practice of meditation or Simaran which is the same. These methods are helpful for slow down the speed of mind. When by grace of the Guru or God one can achieve this state, then he finds this bliss or Nirvana in one’s heart which was already there. So faith in Guru or God and constant practice is needed.

And some people have done this course in last lives, they does not need work hard. Maharishi told that as a traveller depends for his destination since he started a journey and how much he has travelled that day. Like this what we have done in last lives and what we are doing now. Otherwise, our real nature which is sat-chit-Ananda (bliss) is already there.

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Mind Control.

One should control the mind by restraint of breath. Then it would, like a tethered animal.Cease to stay.—Maharishi Ramana.

Comments; Maharishi used to teach the method of self-inquiry which is Shaksi bhawa (Observation of the mind). But some people are not capable to do this method. For such person’s restraint of breath is helpful. In Buddhism it is called Vippasna, meaning watching the flow of breath. Just do it with regular flow of breath not deep breath. Our mind (thought) and breath comes from the same source of life of self. it will help like a tethered animal.

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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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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.