By Ramananan Saraswathi

Powerful distillations of the Advaita point of view, thought of via many the crown jewel of the Upanishadic culture.

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How can the mind be made still? : Only by Sankhya. Sankhya is the process of enquiry coupled with knowledge. The realised sages declare that the mind has its root in non-enquiry and perishes by an informed enquiry. : Please explain this process. , hearing, reasoning, meditation and Blissful Peace, as mentioned in the scriptures. Only this can make the mind still. 31-32. There is also an alternative. It is said to be yoga. : What is yoga? : Meditation on Pure Being free from qualities. : Where is this alternative mentioned and how?

Turning the mind one pointedly to this Brahman, without taking to enquiry by reflection (manana) always meditating on the non-dual Self of Being-Knowledge-Bliss, attributeless and undifferentiated, is called yoga. By its practice the mind becomes tranquil and can gradually go to samadhi. In samadhi it will experience the Supreme Bliss. 129-130. : Has any other said so before? : Yes. , the Bliss of Liberation. The mind of the yogi who always practises yoga, will be steady like a flame protected from the breeze and without movement will pass into samadhi.

To remain fixed in the perfect knowledge of the equality of all and making no distinction of any kind, never to be aware of anything but Brahman, and always to be experiencing the Bliss of the nondual Self. Though Vedanta is read and well understood, if dispassion is not practised, the desire for pleasures will not fade away. There is no dislike for pleasing things and the desire for them cannot leave the person. , the ego or the ‘false-I’ in the obnoxious body, the sense of possession represented by ‘I’ or ‘mine’ of things agreeable to the body, the pairs of opposites like pleasure and pain, and false values, will not disappear.

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