[Advaita-l] Advaita-l Digest, Vol 52, Issue 4

viswanathan n vishy39 at hotmail.com
Wed Aug 8 00:54:55 CDT 2007

Namaste Shri Lakshminarayana

You have raised very very important question and  lets l try to find the way 
out instead of
indulging in mere intelectual discussions over some or other scriptures.

As mr. Mustafa said in his mail why we all forgotten about simple way self 
enquiry of Shri Ramana
and instead of dry discussions why not we share our experiences/ questions 
of this self enquiry and get further clarifications?

I suugest you to go thru Ashtavakra Geeta ...Its ultimate ,very simple and 
stright forward way of understanding the truth and reaching the goal.....

Few lines of AG ..........
If only you will remain resting in consciousness, seeing yourself as 
distinct from the body, then even now you will become happy, peaceful and 
free from bonds.

You do not belong to the brahmin or warrior or any other caste, you are not 
at any stage, nor are you anything that the eye can see. You are unattached 
and formless, the witness of everything - now be happy.

Righteousness and unrighteousness, pleasure and pain are purely of the mind 
and are no concern of yours. You are neither the doer nor the reaper of the 
consequences; you are always free.

You are the one witness of everything, and are always totally free. The 
cause of bondage is that one sees the witness as something other than this.

Since you have been bitten by that black snake of self-opinion - thinking 
foolishly that ‘I am the doer,’ now drink the nectar in the fact that “I am 
not the doer”, and now be happy.

Burn down the forest of ignorance with the fire of understanding. Know ‘I am 
the one pure awareness.’ With such ashes now be happy, free from distress.

That in which all this appears is but imagined like the snake in a rope; 
that joy, supreme knowledge and awareness is what you are; now be happy.

If one thinks of oneself as free, one is free, and if one thinks of oneself 
as bound, one is bound. Here this saying ‘Thinking makes it so’ is true.

Your real nature is one perfect, free, and actionless consciousness, the 
all-pervading witness - unattached to anything, desireless, at peace. It is 
illusion that you seem to be involved in any other matter.

Meditate on yourself as motionless awareness, free from any dualism, giving 
up the mistaken idea that you are just a derivative consciousness; anything 
external or internal is false."

     Proper understanding, self enquiry and meditation  are the right 
mixture and  one neednt bother  much about  rituals . One need neither to 
renounce or indulge in anything or anyone. if one can live desireless/ 
fearless life that is the real sanyas . These simple things would help to 
drop the ego  " I" , you neednt even drop it would disspapear.

I tried to express  little undersatnding/ experience of mine

Thanks and regards

( is this too not mere identity given by some one else?....)

>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>From: Lakshminarayana <narayana_kl_71 at yahoo.com>
>Namaste to all,
>I apologize for asking a personal question, but I want to know how the
>honorable members of this list practice advaita in their day to day lives.
>I am sure many members here put karma kANDa into practice by means of
>daily rituals etc., but my interest is confined to how the honorable
>members practice the jNAna kANDa. Do you practice meditation? yoga?
>contemplation? Do you try to depersonalize yourself? Do you try to see
>everything as brahman?  Do you keep reminding yourself that jagat is
>mithya? I am especially interested in knowing how learned members like Sri
>Vidyasankar, Sri Jaldhar, Sri Sadananda, Sri Bhaskar, Sri Anand practice
>advaita. Sorry if I did not include other names, but I don't know many
>members in this list. Of course, other members are also welcome to share
>their methods of practice. (Hopefully, I am not sounding rude by asking
>such an open question).
>The reason why I am asking this is because I want to find a suitable and
>consistent method to practice advaita (jNAna-yoga). Sometime back, when I
>actually tried to practice advaita by trying to depersonalize myself and
>thinking the world as mithya, I went into such a state of apathy that my
>mother thought there was something seriously wrong with me. I did not know
>how to handle the situation without reverting back to this world. How, for
>instance, should such situations be tackled? I really want to know the
>experiences of others so that I might learn something from them. Thanks a

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