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In the same way, mind is just a self-inflicted area of darkness in which the light of the Self has been deliberately shut out. When you see this remark, which is quoted in the wonderful book Annamalai Swami: Final Talks , you have two choices.
He means literally, or almost literally, that the mind is an area of darkness from which the light of the Self has been excluded. That fact is this: When you think, you get lost in thoughts and lose consciousness. Most people stay in this lost-in-thoughts state nearly all the time while they are awake. In order to notice that you are usually unconscious, you have to notice a moment when you are conscious.
The true state of affairs then becomes evident by contrast. I think you will notice almost immediately that when you leave the lost-in-thoughts state and become conscious, it feels like the lights just went on. When the light of consciousness appears, we suddenly know that we know. We become conscious that we are conscious. In the same way, when the lights go on in a dark room, there is a sudden feeling that now I can see. This feeling is very similar in both cases. As you notice yourself moving between the two states, lost-in-thought and consciousness, you will see that we lose consciousness when we think.
The act of thinking — more precisely, the act of letting our attention get absorbed in thought — is what makes us lose consciousness. The act of thinking plunges us into darkness. You will see this for yourself — see it like a tangible thing — if you notice yourself move from consciousness to lost-in-thought and back.
You will feel a state of illumination when you are conscious and you will see that the illumination vanishes when you allow your attention to get absorbed in thought.
By the way, I very highly recommend the book from which this quote is taken, Annamalai Swami: Final Talks. The edition published by AHAM fits easily in a purse or pocket, even a shirt pocket, so you can carry it everywhere and read a sentence or two when you want inspiration in order to do sadhana.
A free PDF of the book can be downloaded here. I ordered the Annamalai Swami book on your recommendation, and it did not disappoint. Thank you! I may consider one of their North Carolina retreats. Remain all the time steadfast in the Heart, in the Transcendental Absolute. God knows the past, present and future. He will determine the future for you and accomplish the work. What is to be done will be done, at the proper time.
I was surprised to see this book mentioned. It is excellent. It is very cheap on AHAM — buy many and hand them out. Also thank you for mentioning this bookmark quote, Beau. This quote has slowly opened him to the idea there is more to spirituality then just Christ.
Yay, Mykola. I had a somewhat similar experience showing that quote to my quite Catholic mother-in-law. Thank you, thank you, thank you, so much gratitude for this book, if there were only 3 books i could have for the rest of this incarnation, it is Final Talks of Annamalai Swami, the Ashtavakra Gita and the Avadhuta Gita. Ashtavakra Gita on Realization. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Annamalai Swami once said: In the same way, mind is just a self-inflicted area of darkness in which the light of the Self has been deliberately shut out.
Please take as much time as you want to think about it, dear reader. I think the second choice is correct. The statement is plain and matter-of-fact. This is what Annamalai Swami meant when he said: In the same way, mind is just a self-inflicted area of darkness in which the light of the Self has been deliberately shut out.
I hope this article strengthens your resolve to use that power. I love that little book. Thank you. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. It is Always Now. Ramana Maharshi 2. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.
Annamalai Swami Final Talks
Annamalai Swami 1
Annamalai Swami was a direct disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi, the great South Indian sage who lived at the foot of the holy mountain Arunachala for more than half a century. In response, Annamalai Swami began to talk about his experiences, his practices, and the methods that had worked for him. Most visitors were deeply impressed both by the quality of his teachings and by the aura of peace and authority that emanated from him. They represent the essence of his life long devotion to his Guru and his teachings. Introduction Annamalai Swami came to Bhagavan in and spent nearly all of the following ten years serving him, initially as his attendant, and subsequently as the supervisor of all the building projects that Sri Ramanasramam undertook during this period.
In the same way, mind is just a self-inflicted area of darkness in which the light of the Self has been deliberately shut out. When you see this remark, which is quoted in the wonderful book Annamalai Swami: Final Talks , you have two choices. He means literally, or almost literally, that the mind is an area of darkness from which the light of the Self has been excluded. That fact is this: When you think, you get lost in thoughts and lose consciousness. Most people stay in this lost-in-thoughts state nearly all the time while they are awake.
It contains transcripts of talks that Annamalai Swami held with seekers during the last six months of his life. His advice about how to practice Self-enquiry is unusually valuable because he worked hard at the practice himself; because he succeeded; and because he explains what to do very plainly and clearly. Question: I want to ask Swamiji about his own experience. Was his own experience a single event, an explosion of knowledge?
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