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Fit for "Waking"

LoGet fit for competing well enough, and get fit for dropping concerns for nearly everything at regular intervals (rest, vacation, regular meditation), and so on.

Ramana Maharsi, born Venkataraman Iyer (1879-1950), had an awakening as a youth, soon left his home and then lived the rest of his life on the Arunachala hill. In time he attracted devotees, and was available all day to visitors. (Wikipedia, "Ramana Maharshi")

Ramana taught:

  • At first effort is needed. (Osborne 1971:138]
  • Some theoretical knowledge is needed, but practical application is what is needed. (cf. Osborne 1971:13]
  • Abide in the natural heart-centre as the inherent Reality dwells in its natural heart-centre. (Osborne 1971:14]
  • The Enlightened . . . his attention is turned to the Self. (Osborne 1971:19]
  • God is not separate from the cosmos. (cf. Osborne 1971:46]
  • The heart, not the head, is the true seat of Consciousness. (Osborne 1971:34-35]
  • Concentrate on the heart-centre. (cf. Osborne 1971:34-35]
  • Let a man discover his Self. (cf. Osborne 1971:52]
  • The Self is eternal grace. (cf. Osborne 1971:75]
  • The Guru is an embodiment of Divine Grace. (cf. Osborne 1971:94]
  • The mind is the root or the matrix of thoughts. (cf. Osborne 1971:119]
  • Keep out all other thoughts. (cf. Osborne 1971:168]
  • Any posture can be best, possibly sukhasana (the easy sitting-posture). (cf. Osborne 1971:134]
  • The four margas [paths of yoga], Karma [work], Bhakti [love, devotion], Yoga ["methods"] and Jnana [insight and wisdom] are not exclusive of one another. (Osborne 1971:183]
  • To know the Self is to be the Self . . . is thanmaya nishta (abiding as That). (Osborne 1969:85)
  • The true answer will come of itself. (Osborne 1969:12)
  • The Truth is the Treasure in the Heart. (Osborne 1969:77)

Minding one's full and much relaxed breath may work very well after time.

LoThose who are drawn to contemplate a lot, were hardly meant to compete like brutes and animals in a circus

What many could lack in the start, is to put themselves fitly and methodically into a good, regular drill (of sessions). It could be good for you.

LoPractical handling from cogent thinking, and a clear mind at the back of that again.

Words in books have value through their meanings. The philosopher Zhuang-zi:

When the men of old died, they took with them the things that could not be handed down. So what you are reading must be nothing but the chaff and dregs of the men of old. [Co 153]

One may slowly wonder what is the value of that handed down view of a writer of old also.

Gist

IN SUM

  1. Do not be eager for anything during meditation, try not to expect anything in particular from a session, just focus on correct practice. Drop most concerns at regular intervals to preserve your mental balance and peace of mind if you can.
  2. To get and keep your own turf, basically, you have to shoo intervening animals or disturbing agents. Contemplation and much else may be done in between handling other issues of living, preferably regularly on an even keel. Self-preservation may require bulwarking, including that sort of tact.
  3. There is value accrued from reading, and more value accrued from decent, skilful handling on top of it.

IN NUCEIt could give some help not to try to expect to practice a lot, all correctly and regularly as a clock, and stick to good reading and handling along with deep meditation too.

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How to Meditate

Current interest in meditation has inspired many modern teachers to simplify the ancient techniques, so that meditation has become accessible to people who may not wish to get involved in a religious tradition, but who wish to improve the quality of their lives and relationships.

Take care of this:

  • Keep the body must comfortable and still, preferably, to be calm, yet alert, for up to fifteen minutes or longer at the time.
  • Focused the awareness gently, as in main methods. One may, for example, focus gently on a fit mantra (sound) to benefit from.
  • Stick to the training: and gently resume the proper focus after it has drifted or been distracted, back into focus. Let the sittings be regular too.
  • When you can sit cross-legged and balanced with ease, try it. A fit posture may be slowly attained, for example after three years of very gentle stretchings that fit. The great attainment of a good, relaxed sitting pose depend on how stiff or cramped you were in the first place.
  • Whatever place you choose to sit in regularly, it should be comfortably warm, the air not much stuffed, and free from drafts.
  • Traditional times for meditation are dawn and dusk and at all times otherwise . . . Feel free to try before you start your day and before you finish it, what seems to work best for you.
  • Regularity can prevent falling away from simple sittings.

Words from the Brahma Purana

The body is the means of acquiring virtue, wealth, love and liberation, so an intelligent man should maintain his body with great care. (Brahma Purana, Chap. 120, v. 45)

The achievement of virtue, wealth and love and the rare acquisition of liberation becomes possible due to the truth of men. Hence one shall never forsake truth. (Ibid. v. 54)

Truth is the supreme Brahman in the world . . . one shall never forsake Truth. (Ibid. v. 55)

If you interiorise your mind you can delve deeply

You can't afford being stupid. Revert to living well. If not well, then all right. If not all right, try to -. Do not believe much as told by others that profit from that belief; stay sane instead. Rationality can be maintained or developed. Take some hints: [Link]. If sound decency has not been adhered to, try to revert to it and avoid tempting snares and plots, and plenty of beer too.

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Sound meditation tips, Literature  

Osborne, Arthur, ed. The Collected Works of Ramana Maharsi. New ed. London: Rider, 1969.

Osborne, Arthur ed. The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharsi in His Own Words. New ed. London: Rider, 1971.

Shastri, J. L., ed. Brahma Purana: Part 3. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1986.

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