Annamalai Swami was one of Ramana Maharshi’s closest disciples…my regret is that I came to Tiru soon after he died and so missed meeting him in person. A beautiful, humble, pure soul. Read on….thank you for sharing this with us, Ronald!

The Direct Path

Sri Annamalai Swami



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hen I say, “Meditate on the Self” I am asking you to be the Self, not think about it. Be aware of what remains when thoughts stop. Be aware of the consciousness that is the origin of all your thoughts. Be that consciousness. Feel that this is what you really are. If you do this you are meditating on the Self. But if you cannot stabilize in that consciousness because your vasanas are too strong and too active, it is beneficial to hold onto the thought, “I am the Self; I am everything.” If you meditate in this way you will not be cooperating with the vasanas that are blocking your Self-awareness. If you don’t cooperate with them, sooner or later they are bound to leave you. If this method doesn’t appeal to you, then just watch the mind with full attention. Whenever the mind…

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