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MANBLUNDER
April 09, 2013 02:07 PM

Internal exploration means looking for the Self within. Self is omnipresent and He is also present within. What you have to do is concentrate on your heart chakra or ajna chakra. Knowledge means spiritual knowledge, which is different from academic knowledge. Spiritual knowledge is explained through various articles in my site. You can read "Guruji Speaks". I have discussed a lot of things in that series. When mind is purified, it calms down. When the mind is without any disturbance, close your ears with your fingers and look for the sound within. You can listen to the sound of OM. You may not be able to listen to this sound immediately. But with practice, you can surely listen to this sound. You can also observer how it is being synced with your breath.

Anonymous
April 09, 2013 01:59 PM

Ravi, please explain about internal exploration? The Supreme Self can be realized only through knowledge. What knowledge? How do I learn to keep my mind under control?Your mind should be trained in such a way - listen to the sound of OM inside. Does this mean I should be chanting "OM"? for how long? daily? Thank You!

MANBLUNDER
April 09, 2013 01:58 PM

It is through mind, we can realize Brahman. Mind uses sensory organs to get afflicted. Mind is powerful than the sensory organs, provided you are able to exercise control over the mind. Instead, if the mind controls you, sensory organs become powerful. Therefore, which is powerful depends upon individuals. Of course, intellect is powerful than the mind. If mind is in doubt, it looks upon intellect for clarification. This is like a junior officer seeking clarifications and directions from a senior officer. There is no question of soul being powerful or not powerful. Soul is the cause; without soul you cannot exist. But, it only remains as a witness to all your actions. It never makes you to perform any actions. It is your karma that decides your actions. How can maayaa become powerful than soul? Maayaa is the power of soul to cause illusion in your mind. Brahman and soul are the same. When Brahman is “bound in a body”, for the purpose of our understanding, we call Brahman as soul. Only through a purified mind, you can only realize Brahman and you cannot manifest Him. His manifested form is the universe. First you have to purify your mind, which is full of impressions of our various acts. Mind can be cleansed only if you focus your entire concentration on Brahman. I am explaining this in detail in the series Brahma Sūtra.

Anonymous
April 09, 2013 01:39 PM

Ravi, I need some help. Mind is powerful than the senses. Intellect is powerful than mind. Soul is powerful than the intellect. Maya or illusion is powerful than the soul. But the Brahman or the Supreme Self is all powerful. God can be realized as the Brahman in the form of light only within if the mind is clear or inactive to look within with the help of knowledge. To realize the Brahman is the capacity to manifest with the help of knowledge. You can manifest only if you have sufficient practice. How can I practice manifestation of the Brahman? Thanks!!

MANBLUNDER
April 09, 2013 01:21 PM

When Paramcharya is your God and Guru, surely he will protect you. You can without any hesitation recite Śrī Vidyā Gaṇapati Vāñcha kalpalatā mantra. But it is better you are initiated into at least Bālā mantra. The best option to you is to get this mantra from Kanchi mutt. In case this is not possible, please send a mail to me at ravi@manblunder.com.

MANBLUNDER
April 09, 2013 01:00 PM

Māyā can be removed only through knowledge. We can attain perfect knowledge only through a purified mind. As long as we are attracted to the material world,mind will continue to get afflicted. That is why I have taken up Brahma Sūtra for discussion. Every commentary on Brahma Sūtra is highly complicated and I am trying my level best to simplify and publish them, as I understand these aphorisms. There is no point in reading a scholarly article without understanding it.

Anonymous
April 09, 2013 12:47 PM

sir this is the first time Iam reading your blog and it is brilliant .As a woman I would like to know if we can practice all this. I have no guru but to me my God Guru everything is Paramacharya. Every step I take I feel is guided by Him even reading your blog. Sir I would like you to give me mantras for spiritual benefits.I would also like to know if I can recite the Vancha Kalpalata mantra not for material benefits but for a huge problem or rather a hurdle we are facing from a property of ours.Lot of people have told me about Vancha ganapathy homam to solve this problem but when I read your blog I do want to say the mantras my self first and then be guided by Divine providence . Please do guide me thank you sir

Anonymous
April 09, 2013 12:38 PM

Ravi, how do we remove the "Veil of Maya"? - integrate speech into mind- mind into intellect- intellect into soul - soul into the Brahman Meditation??

MANBLUNDER
April 09, 2013 12:36 PM

The answer would be both yes and no. Typically speaking there is no difference between Brahman and soul; both are same. If you read Brahma Sutra, you will understand. I will explain this in more detail in today's article, which will be posted during course of this day.

Anonymous
April 09, 2013 12:18 PM

Ravi, thank you for making this so clear: The fact is within the soul Brahman resides. There is a cave in the centre of our heart chakra. Inside this cave there is soul. Inside this soul there is Brahman.

MANBLUNDER
April 08, 2013 04:30 PM

I started using IAST format much later.Will try to provide IAST format of Rudram soon.

Anonymous
April 08, 2013 04:25 PM

Ravi, where is the IAST format of the Rudram, thank you!

Anonymous
April 08, 2013 04:16 PM

Ravi, this makes sense now to me as to why I was so much into Shiva then move on to Shakthi when all I want to do is go back to Shiva.

MANBLUNDER
April 08, 2013 01:12 PM

Mahiṣamardinī is correct. Mahiṣa is the name of a demon and mardin means destroyer. Because Mahiṣa was killed by Her, She is known as Mahiṣamardinī. Asura means demon. When it is Mahiṣāsuramardinī it means Mahiṣa + asura + mardinī or destroyer of demon by name Mahiṣa. Asura is only to indicate that he is a demon.

Anonymous
April 08, 2013 12:54 PM

Dear Ravi, In verses 14 , it is mahiṣamardinī or mahiṣāsuramardini?Hope in the near future, you will be able to provide us with an English meaning of each verses.