Atma-Vichara or Self-enquiry
Question: “is it possible for all people to hold on to that path of self-enquiry?”
Answer: Bhagavan: “It is true that it is only possible for mature minds, not for immature ones.
For the latter, repetition of a prayer or holy name under one’s breath (japa), worship of images, breath-control (pranayama), visualising a pillar of light (Jyotishtoma) and similar yogic and spiritual and religious practices have been prescribed. By those practices, people become mature and will then realize the Self through the path of Self-enquiry.
~ Extract from “Letters of Bhagavan” Sri Ramana maharshi.
763. Only to such a mind which has gained the inner strength of one-pointedness, Self-enquiry will be successful. But a weak mind will be like wet wood put into the fire of jnana-vichara.
~ Extract from “Guru vachaka kovai” talks of Sri Ramana maharshi.