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Self-Enquiry
By Ramana Maharshi

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QUESTION 19


Disciple:
Although I have listened to the explanation of the characteristics of enquiry in such great detail, my mind has not gained even a little peace. What is the reason for this?

Master: The reason is the absence of strength or one-pointedness of the mind.

 

QUESTION 20


Disciple:
What is the reason for the absence of mental strength?

Master: The means that make one qualified for enquiry are meditation, yoga, etc. One should gain proficiency in these through graded practice, and thus secure a stream of mental modes that is natural and helpful. When the mind that has in this manner become ripe, listens to the present enquiry, it will at once realize its true nature which is the Self, and remain in perfect peace, without deviating from that state. To a mind which has not become ripe, immediate realization and peace are hard to gain through listening to enquiry. Yet, if one practices the means for mind-control for some time, peace of mind can be obtained eventually.

 

QUESTION 21


Disciple:
Of the means for mind-control, which is the most important?

Master: Breath-control is the means for mind-control.

 

QUESTION 22


Disciple:
How is breath to be controlled?

Master: Breath can be controlled either by absolute retention of breath (kevala-kumbhaka) or by regulation of breath (pranayama).


Copyright Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai, India.

 

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