Sri Annamalai Swamigal asked Sri Bhagavan,
"How should one act without forgetting God at all times?"
Bhagavan did not reply. After some time, a few children came to Sri Bhagavan and played a Kummi song.
They sang, "Let us churn the curd, without forgetting Sri Krishna!"
Sri Bhagavan looked at the disciple and asked with a benign smile on his face, "Have you understood now?"
What is the use of trying to meditate assuming that there is a mind (which in fact is non-existent) and that one should control it?
If we do our assigned duties with this determined resolve - "I am not this body and mind, the ever-present Self am I," then meditation will come searching for us.
"You have been bitten by the deadly black cobra of ego, O son, drink the nectar of faith "I am not doer" and attain bliss!" - Ashtavakra Gita
1. He alone is a true man who performs without desire, all activities that come of their own accord, never letting go of Self-abidance.
2. He who does not think that he is the doer is superior the one who thinks that he
has given up everything.
3. A sanyasi who carries the notion 'I am a sannyasi (renunciate) is not a sannyasi. A grihastha (householder) who does not carry the notion - 'I am a grihastha' is indeed a sannyasi.
4. Each one perceives himself everywhere; World and God are mere reflections of one's own state of mind.
5. To enquire "Who am I?" is the eradication of all sorrow the attainment of supreme bliss.
6. Is there not a medicine to escape from the miseries of the world? - To this question of mine, Sri Bhagavan responded: Abiding in the Self continuously without letting go is the medicine.
7. Mouna (silence) is an unceasing speech. To be still is to be forever active. Mouna is the means for supreme attainment
11. Desire alone is Maya (illusory appearance of the phenomenal world). Dispassion indeed is Divine.
I am pure consciousness and whole. Remaining firmly aware thus, what does it matter however much one thinks or whatever one does? Like the dream that vanishes on waking from sleep, all is unreal. I am the very form of bliss
-- Kaivalya Navaneeetham (Chapter 2, Verse 173)
16. To my question as to how the same happiness experienced in meditation can also be found in activity,
Sri Bhagavan replied, "Happiness and misery are akin to one's mind. Happiness is our inherent nature. To think "I am the body" or "I am the mind" while ignoring the Self is misery. What to do? The thought "I am the body" has gathered strength over many births. If this is eradicated, what remains is happiness
18. On Solitude
Bhagavan: How does it matter where one is? The mind should forever abide in the Self. Other than this, there is no such thing as a solitary place outside. Wherever one stays with thoughts, such a place is already crowded. One does not need to meditate always with eyes shut, it is enough to shut the mind. There is no world outside the mind.
Those who tread the righteous path will not make such plans. Why?
Before we are ushered into this world, God has already ordained the course of our lives.
19. One day, a group of people came for Sri Bhagavan's darshan and departed after praying, "O Bhagavan! grant us Bhakti (devotion) and Moksha (Liberation)."
Later Bhagavan told us, "Everyone indeed wants to attain moksha, but when I say 'Give yourself unto me' they are unwilling to comply. Then how will moksha be attained?"
I understood that Bhagavan's words were meant for us.
20. You desire that the world should proclaim you as a Great one
The Iswara who resides in you alone confers bondage or freedom
What avails it if others know it or not
Be devoted to the Lotus feet of God, oh, mind,
Then Iswara would raise you to be acknowledged and admired by the world.
-- Vairagya Satakam