where from does the “I-thought” arise?

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Talk 25

Q: Who am I? How is it to be found?

Ramana:  Ask yourself the question. The body (annamaya kosa) and its functions are not ‘I’. Going deeper, the mind (manomaya kosa) and its functions are not ‘I’.

The next step takes on to the question. “Where from do these thoughts arise?” The thoughts are spontaneous, superficial or analytical. They operate in intellect. Then, who is aware of them? Continue reading

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perfect peace is Bliss

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Ramana:

Talk 28.

Q: What is the interrelation between regulation of thought and regulation of breath?

Ramana: Thought (intellectual) and respiration, circulation, etc. (vegetative) activities are both different aspects of the same – the individual life. Both depend upon (or metaphorically ‘reside’ or ‘inhere’ in) life. Personality and other ideas spring from it like the vital activity. Continue reading

what is mind?

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Talks with Ramana:

Talk 25

Q: What is this mind?

R: Mind is one form of manifestation of life. A block of wood or a subtle machine is not called mind. The vital force manifests as life-activity and also as the conscious phenomena known as the mind.

Q: What is the relation between mind and object? Is the mind contacting something different from it, viz., the world?

R: The world is ‘sensed’ in the waking and the dream states or is the object of perception and thought, both being mental activities. If there were no such activities as waking and dreaming thought, there would be no ‘perception’ or inference of a ‘world’. In sleep there is no such activity and ‘objects and world’ do not exist for us in sleep.

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predominantly feeling

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Ramana:

Q: How long can the mind stay or be kept in the Heart?

Ramana: The period extends by practice.

Q: What happens at the end of the period?

R: The mind returns to the present normal state. Unity in the Heart
is replaced by variety of phenomena perceived. This is called the
outgoing mind. The heart-going mind is called the resting mind.

Q: Is all this process merely intellectual or does it exhibit feeling
predominantly?

R: The latter.

source: Ramana Talks Complete, PDF 38/704

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