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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: ramana_maharshi on February 16, 2010, 01:02:51 PM

Title: Ramana Maharshi says,It was sincerity that was required, not brilliance
Post by: ramana_maharshi on February 16, 2010, 01:02:51 PM
Learning was not condemned in itself, just as material wealth and psychic powers were not; only, with all three alike, the desire for them and preoccupation with them were condemned as blinding a man and distracting him from the true goal. As is stated about psychic powers in an ancient text already quoted, they are like ropes to tether a beast. It was sincerity that was required, not brilliance; understanding, not theory; humility, not mental pride. Particularly when songs were sung in the hall one would see this,noticing the perfunctory interest Sri Bhagavan might show to some celebrity and the radiance of his Grace showered on one who sang with true devotion even if with little skill.

Source: RAMANA MAHARSHI AND THE PATH OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE