Annamalai Swami Final Talks PDF By David Godman

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Annamalai Swami Final Talks

Annamalai Swami: Mind is just a shadow. Attempts to catch it and control it are futile.

They are just shadows chasing shadows. You can’t control or eliminate a shadow by chasing it or by putting a shadow hand on it.

These are just children’s games. Ram Tirtha once told a story about a small boy who ran down the street, trying to catch up with the head of his shadow.

He never managed because no matter how fast he ran, the shadow of his head was always a few feet ahead of him.

His mother, who was watching him and laughing, called out. Put your hand on your head!”

When the boy followed this instruction, the shadow hand caught up with the shadow head. This was enough to satisfy the boy

This kind of advice may be enough to keep children happy, but it won’t produce satisfactory results in the realm of sadhana and meditation.

Don’t chase your shadow thoughts and your shadow mind with mind-control techniques because these techniques are also shadows.

Instead, go back to the source of the shadow-mind and stay there. When you abide in that place, you will be happy, and the desire to go chasing after shadow thoughts will no longer be there.

Bhagavan often told the story of a man who tried to get rid of his shadow by burying it in a pi. This man dug a hole and then stood on the edge of it.

It is such a way that his shadow was cast on the bottom of the hole he had just made. After lining it up in this way, he started throwing soil on the shadow in an attempt to bury it.

Of course, no matter how much soil he put in the hole, the shadow still remained on top of it.

Your mind is ari insubstantial shadow that will follow you around wherever you go.

Consciousness alone exists. That is to say, whatever exists is consciousness alone.

Keep this in mind and don’t allow yourself to regard anything else as being real. If you fail and give even a little reality to the mind, it will become your own false reality.

Once this initial wrong identification – ‘I am the mind, the mind is real’ – has happened, problems and suffering will follow.

Don’t be afraid of the mind. It’s a false tiger, not a real one.

Something that is not real cannot harm you.

Fear and anxiety may come to you if you believe that there is a real tiger in your vicinity.

Someone may be making tiger noises as a joke to make you afraid, but when he reveals himself, all your fears go because you suddenly understand that there never was a tiger outside your imagination.

Question: One can have a temporary experience of the Self, the underlying reality, but then it goes away. Can you offer any guidance on how to stabilise in that state?

Annamalai Swami: A lamp that is lit may blow out if the wind is strong. If you want to see it again, you have to relight it. But Self is not like this.

It is not a flame that can be blown out by the passing winds of thoughts and desires.

It is always bright, always shining, always there. If you are not aware of it, it means that you have put a curtain or a veil in front of it that blocks your view.

Self does not hide itself behind a curtain. You are the one who puts the curtain there by believing in ideas that are not true.

If the curtain parts and then closes again, it means that you are still believing in wrong ideas.

If you have eradicated them completely, they will not reappear.

While these ideas are covering up the Self, you still need to do constant sadhana.

So, going back to your question, the Self does not need to stabilise itself.

It is full and complete in itself.

The mind can be stabilised or destabilised, but not the Self.

AuthorDavid Godman
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