- The Gita’s Message for Self-transformation
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This particularly inspired version of the Self Inquiry Series was recorded in Toronto, Canada in This series is available as an online download or on a USB flashdrive.
After you place your order, you will be contacted by e-mail and asked for your preference. Then you will either be sent a download link though e-mail or a USB flashdrive through regular mail. Derived from these texts are introductory texts prakarana granthas which were written with th..
The Gita’s Message for Self-transformation
When the devotee has freed his mind of all thoughts except the 'I'-thought, the power of the Self pulls the 'I'-thought back into the Heart-centre and eventually destroys it so completely that it never rises again. This is the moment of Self-realization. When this happens, the mind and the indvidual self both of which Sri Ramama equated with the 'I'-thought are destroyed forever. Only the Atman or the Self then remains. The key sentence in David Godman's description, quoted in the previous section, is this one: The word inquiry leads many people to think, wrongly, that the technique has more to do with asking questions than with focusing attention.
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Since the technique does involve questions, the misunderstanding is natural. One of these questions, "Who Am I?
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He meant to suggest that self-inquiry reveals the answer to this question, not that a seeker should ask the question over and over. Self-inquiry also involves a second question, "To whom does this thought arise? Ramana Maharshi summed up his technique as follows: Ramana Maharshi often said that yoga and self-enquiry are two methods of controlling the mind, which he compared to an agitated bull. Yoga attempts to drive the bull with a stick, while self-enquiry coaxes it with green grass.
See, for example, Self-Enquiry , Question Two important technical terms are used with self-inquiry: I-thought and heart center. Neither is wholly original with Ramana Maharshi. The term I-thought is the false notion that the mind rather than the Self is the seer or doer.
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We refer to it in this article as the feeling of me because, well, that's what it feels like. The term goes back at least as far as S a n kara, the founder of Advaita Ved a nta. He used several Sanskrit expressions for this idea: According to S a n kara, "awareness of one's own A tman [i. The second technical term, heart center , is a translation of the Sanskrit hridayam.
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According to Ramana Maharshi, this is where the Self is located. The I-thought rises from this location and, at the end of the process of self-inquiry, sinks back into it, causing self-realization. This idea goes back to the earliest Upani s ads, where Brahman is found in the "cave of the heart".
Ramana Maharshi sometimes described the heart center as an actual object located in the right side of the chest, but at other times he said this was an oversimplification for people who couldn't understand the truth. L Poonja , Ramana Maharshi told him: A Quotation About Self-Inquiry. The message of Sri Ramana is to turn the mind within to see our true nature; and then we will see everything to be full of spirit.
In his life, Bhagavan exemplified his realization and manifested immense compassion for all beings. Bhagavan related to plants, trees, birds, animals, and people as sacred and treated everyone who came within his orbit with the utmost respect and love. Just look at that man! We saw a gentleman who was asleep in the meditation hall, swaying back and forth.
But what about you?
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Did you come here just to check on people, and see who is awake and who is asleep and who is meditating? Bhagavan did not like it at all when people complained about others. He used to say that as long as a person concentrated on the work he was engaged in, he would not even notice what others were doing.
From Cherished Memories by T. Kanakammal This story is both funny and instructive.