Monday, December 29, 2008

Ramana Maharshi on Keeping the Mind Steady

Ramana Maharshi on Keeping the Mind Steady

Question : A group of people came on a visit to Sri Bhagavan. One of them asked: “How can I keep my mind aright?”
Ramana Maharshi : A refractory bull is lured to the stall by means of grass. Similarly the mind must be lured by good thoughts.

Question : But it does not remain steady.
Ramana Maharshi : The bull accustomed to stray takes delight in going astray. However he must be lured with luscious grass to the stall. Even so he will continue to trespass into the neighbour’s fields. He must gradually be made to realise that the same kind of good grass can
be had in his own place.

After a time he will remain in the stall without straying. Later a time will come when, even if driven out of the stall, he will return to the stall without going into the neighbouring fields. So also the mind must be trained to take to right ways. It will gradually grow accustomed to good ways and will not return to wrong ways.

Question : What are the good ways to be shown to the mind?
Ramana Maharshi : Thought of God.

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