Vichara is often confused with meditation. Meditation however requires subject and object whereas vichara eliminates the obsession with object completely. [Follow the links for more...]

Vichara 101 (How to do Atma Vichara, i.e. Ramana Maharshi's Self enquiry) - Atma Vichara - Instructions for the practice of Self-enquiry - All one needs to know, to begin, and end, is contained at this link. It really is the easiest thing once one overcomes the redundant information and misinformation which now beleaguers the subject . - "A South Indian Sage [Ramana Maharshi] advised, "Pursue the enquiry “Who am I?” relentlessly! Seek out the root of your personality! Find out wherefrom the I-thought arises! Turn the mind within. With practice, the current of thoughts will slow down and an unerring intuition will be felt. Yield to that intuition, let your thinking stop, and it will pull you to the goal. 

 (Atma) Vichara Blog - meanders, observations, translations from Sanskrit and quotations on the subject of Atma Vichara from the perspective of one who has lived with and studied the subject for more than 40 years.

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  • Shut the power off From N.N.Rajan's diary,After a brief discussion between Major Chadwick and Bhagavan on the necessity of periodic action to ensure that the body remains healthy, there was a ten-minute silence. Then a devotee asked, "It is stated that one should dive into oneself with a keen one-pointed mind controlling speech and breath. Is it necessary to control the breath also?" Bhagavan replied, "If all thoughts are controlled, automatically the breath is also controlled. By intense and sustained practice it will become habitual. Controlling the breath through various yogic exercises is like putting brakes to the train when the entire engine is working. But by watching the source of the mind with full concentration, the thoughts ...
    Posted Aug 6, 2010, 8:35 AM by M. Wright
  • Ego purged of thoughts Ramana Maharshi said, "The mind must be cut off, root and branch. See who the thinker is, who the seeker is. Abide as the thinker, the seeker. All thoughts will disappear." D.: Then there will be the ego - the thinker. Ramana Maharshi : That ego is pure Ego purged of thoughts. It is the same as the Self. So long as false identification persists doubts will persist, questions will arise, there will be no end of them. Doubts will cease only when the non-self is put an end to. That will result in realisation of the Self. There will remain no other there to doubt or ask. All these doubts should be solved within oneself. No amount of words will ...
    Posted Jul 21, 2010, 8:51 AM by M. Wright
  • True Imitation, Not Mere Semblance "True imitation requires that you not merely can see what another is doing, not simply that you see how the means lead to an end, but also that you translate others' actions into your own actions." (Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know: What Dogs Think and Know, 2009; p.184)
    Posted Jul 19, 2010, 7:39 AM by M. Wright
  • Sadhana Sadhana is not about "the journey" it's about abidance.
    Posted Jul 14, 2010, 10:41 AM by M. Wright
  • One Truth "...everything is considered to be either non-existence or existence. But (in reality) no other state remains than the One Truth."- Bhartrhari VP, 3.3.63Bhartrhari's self-evident affirmation leaves the representative, opposite terms bhāva (existence) and abhāva (non-existence) redundant. Neither one can exist independently of the other, and each is used as reference in order to describe the other. Similarly, with regard to identity (ekatva) and difference (nānātva).
    Posted Jul 12, 2010, 2:54 AM by M. Wright
  • We Are Credulous Question: How to get rid of credulousness? The visitor’s problem was that he starts with some ideal recommended to him, but when others come and recommend other ideals, he feels inclined to believe them and give up his old ideals.Bhagavan: Yes. Yes. Our whole trouble is that we are credulous. We believe in everything except the reality. We must give up all our false beliefs, and that is the only thing we have to do. Then the reality will shine by itself.-Ramana Maharshi in Day By Day, 12-4-46, afternoon
    Posted Jun 20, 2010, 3:21 AM by M. Wright
  • Complacency Self complacency runs counter to the aims of vichara and yet many who take to vichara with great enthusiasm unwittingly become bogged down in it.
    Posted Jun 18, 2010, 9:18 AM by M. Wright
  • Vichara & Vichara "...when the Self is realized this goes on without any effort and what was the means becomes the goal." - 6/6/46 Day by DayPaying attention is a process. A process which implies a frame of mind. We learn about and develop the ability to pay attention as we grow up. The practice of vichara is utilising this ability to pay attention in order to achieve a particular frame of mind. This is a temporary frame of mind during which "I" am paying attention. I am doing vichara. This frame of mind, this practice of vichara, is a part of one's own umwelt, one's individual world. Paying attention takes effort. "...you must concentrate to see where the ...
    Posted Jun 11, 2010, 3:33 AM by M. Wright
  • Umwelt While the practice of vichara is part of your umwelt, its consummate reality can never be so. As long as vichara is regarded as umwelt, so long must it remain so.
    Posted Jun 9, 2010, 6:44 AM by M. Wright
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