Q & A-5: How to control the mind?

Mind is intangible. In fact, it does not exist. The surest way of control, is to seek it. Then its activities cease.

Seek the mind. On being sought, it will disappear. The mind is only a bundle of thoughts. The thoughts arise because there is the thinker. The thinker is the ego. The ego, if sought, will vanish automatically. The ego and the mind are the same. The ego is the root-thought from which all other thoughts arise. Dive within. You are now aware that the mind rises from within. So sink within and seek. You need not eliminating the wrong ‘I’. How can ‘I’ eliminate itself? All that you need to do is to find out its origin and abide there. Your efforts can extend only thus far. Then the Beyond will take care of itself. You are helpless there. No effort can reach it.

The individual cannot exist without the Self, but the Self can exist without the individual.

Our analyses are ended, that is, so far as the intellect goes. But they are not enough. Eliminating the ‘not I’ is not enough. The process is only intellectual. Now begins the real inner quest. The ‘I’ thought is the root now to be sought at its source. Find out who it is and abide there. (Conversations with Ramana Maharshi by Paul Brunton – Published by Sri Ramasramam, Tiruvannamalai)


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