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Occasional meandering on the subject of
atma vichara (self enquiry). 
A straightforward subject increasingly presented in often unnecessarily enigmatic formats. Please follow the links below to read latest posts.

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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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
    Posted Jun 9, 2010, 6:44 AM by M. Wright
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Shut the power off

posted Aug 6, 2010, 8:33 AM by M. Wright

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 would get controlled. This method will be more effective and easy. It is like shutting the power of the engine and thereby stopping the train completely."  

Ego purged of thoughts

posted Jul 21, 2010, 8:36 AM by M. Wright   [ updated Jul 21, 2010, 8:51 AM ]


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 satisfy. Hold the thinker. Only when the thinker is not held do objects appear outside or doubts arise in the mind. 

- from Talk 245

True Imitation, Not Mere Semblance

posted Jul 19, 2010, 7:32 AM by M. Wright   [ updated Jul 19, 2010, 7:39 AM ]


"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)

Sadhana

posted Jul 14, 2010, 10:39 AM by M. Wright


Sadhana is not about "
the journey" it's about abidance.

One Truth

posted Jul 12, 2010, 2:46 AM by M. Wright   [ updated Jul 12, 2010, 2:54 AM ]


"...everything is considered to be either non-existence or existence. But (in reality) no other state remains than the One Truth."
- Bhartrhari VP, 3.3.63

Bhartrhari'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).

We Are Credulous

posted Jun 20, 2010, 3:20 AM by M. Wright

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

Complacency

posted Jun 18, 2010, 9:10 AM by M. Wright


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.

Vichara & Vichara

posted Jun 11, 2010, 2:38 AM by M. Wright

"...when the Self is realized this goes on without any effort and what was the means becomes the goal." - 6/6/46 Day by Day

Paying 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 I-thought arises. Instead of looking outwards, look inwards and see where the I-thought arises. 
- 3/7/46 Day by Day

Whether outwards or inwards, paying attention takes effort. This effort is subjective. It is performed by me. It is a part of 'my' umwelt.

Dr. Srinivasa Rao asked Bhagavan, “When we enquire within ‘who am I?’ what is that?” 
Bhagavan: It is the ego. It is only that which makes the vichara also. The Self has no vichara. That which makes the enquiry is the ego. The ‘I’ about which the enquiry is made is also the ego. As the result of the enquiry the ego ceases to exist and only the Self is found to exist.  
- 21/11/45 Day by Day

When once you have found what you seek, vichara (enquiry) also ceases and you rest in it.
 - Talk 186

Vichara is the process and the goal also. ‘I AM’ is the goal and the final Reality. To hold to it with effort is vichara. When spontaneous and natural it is Realisation. - Talk 390

Thereafter paying attention remains a process. When needed it arises. When it is not needed, vichara (as goal) automatically, without effort, re-asserts. 

Umwelt

posted Jun 9, 2010, 6:26 AM by M. Wright

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.

Aid to Vichara

posted Jun 4, 2010, 1:24 AM by M. Wright

 

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