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It has been suggested that the mind must be destroyed for liberation to occur. Do you have a mind? Sri Ramana used the term manonasha to describe the state of liberation, meaning destroyed mind. How to destroy the mind?

I won’t call it destruction of mind even though it is called manonasha. The problem with the word ‘destruction’ is that it suggests that the mind will never come back. How do I transact with...

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The next question is, do you have a mind? (laughs) I guess you have a mind.

Is that statement meant to trick me into something? (laughs)

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No tricks here. There is an idea that enlightened saints don’t really think, that they have no mind.

There is no human will and effort. Because there is nothing to achieve there are no choices to make. Like the potter, things happen but you are not the doer. The doer and enjoyer is...

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What about vasanas, the tendencies of the mind? Must these be removed before Self-realisation can become permanent? Is it enough to achieve a sattvic (calm and peaceful) state of mind and to know one’s vasanas so that they no longer bind? How to remove the vasanas?

The third prerequisite for the spiritual life, for Self-enquiry is nididhyasanam: meditating on what I know about myself so that my habitual patterns and body identification can be seen as mithya in the light of...

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But we do identify with them.

Yes

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