That's not the case in my experience. Ramana (and Nisargadatta's) technique is clarified by John Sherman. Looking at what it feels like to be you--that puts attention on attention itself. During the actual doing of the technique, the mind does go silent, but I don't think that's the point. As far as I can tell, what happens is that awareness is what we are, and the verb of awareness is to be aware of something (notice, observe, put attention on), and so when the innate function of observation meets innate awareness, the mind can no longer hold up it's derived delusions.ashley72 wrote:Look even in the case of the most famous self enquiry of Ramana Maharshi where the enquirer asks onself "to whom do these thoughts arise?".... "To me"...."Well whom am I?" The idea is to try and stop the thinking & silence the Mind by asking questions it cannot perceive an answer to.
In my view, the desired result is not a silent mind. The desired result is perhaps the recognition that mind's constructions (anxiety for example) are held up recursively. Something like that--I'm not clear on what the physical mechanism is, but I am clear that bringing attention to sense of I-am does unravel the constructions of the mind.
The silencing-of-the-mind thing, in my view, is overplayed in spirtual circles. My mind is perhaps just a bit quieter than it was ten years ago. I have the ability to willfully silence the mind (for a few seconds), to start and stop thoughts, and to think about one distinct thing at a time, and so I can say there is much more space in the mind than previously. I don't believe all my thoughts. I know I am not my thoughts. Insights don't come from thoughts. And so on. But silence of the mind is not my goal.