Upadesa Saram verse 13

Verse 13: laya vinashane ubhaya rodhane laya gatham punar bhavati no-mrutam

laya vinashane : absorption and destruction
ubhaya rodhane : by the restrain of both [prana and mind]
laya gatam : (the mind ) that has gone to absorption
punar: again
bhavati na: does not come into existence
mritam: having died.

Upadesa Saram Verse 13:
“Absorption or laya, destruction or nasa are the two kinds of mind control. When merely absorbed, it emerges again, but not when it is destroyed.”

Comment:
Subsidence of mind is two kinds. Abeyance (laya) and destruction (nasa).That which is in abeyance will rise but if mind dies it will not rise. The subsidence of mind is gained by breath restraint and in states like sleep, death, swoon, coma is temporary and is thus manolaya or abeyance of the mind. Since happiness is experienced only when the mind subsides and since rising of the mind is misery itself, if we are to enjoy happiness forever it is necessary that the mind is destroyed permanently. Such permanent destruction of the mind which is the true goal of all spiritual disciplines is called manonasa. The reason why breath control cannot bring about manonasa is breath control does not destroy the tendencies.

For making the mind subside permanently there is no adequate means other than self-enquiry. If made to subside by other means, the mind will remain as if subsided but will definitely rise again. Where as in manonasa (destruction of the mind) the “I” thought is pulled into the spiritual heart centre which eventually destroys it so completely that it never rises again. The concept of individual self is destroyed forever, only Self remains.

Ramana Maharshi

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