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Title: Fool's Gold - Editorial - Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2016:
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 25, 2016, 11:04:03 AM
Fool's Gold: any yellow metal, esp. pyrite or chalcopyrite; fig. something deceptively attractive,
profitable, etc., in appearance.


Suddenly, out of a daydream we may see a possibility that seems too good to be true.  Usually it is.
We must learn not to be taken in by glitter and we must recognize the true glow of gold.  Even though
superficially glitter sparkles and casts a deceptive lure, it actually has nothing to offer. Some people
sadly seek the glamour of superficiality without recognizing what it is they are seeking.  In fact, it is
fool's gold. We are so lucky to be in touch with Bhagavan Ramana who embodies the depth and worth
of true light.

Our foolishness lies in the false logic that we can get something for nothing.  It is not like that at all.
Bhagavan said that we are neck deep in Grace and it all depends on the size of our vessel.  If we bring
a pot to Him, we cannot receive more than that.  If we bring a cauldron we accept the the appropriate
amount.  In other words, we get what we put into it with interest!  Bhagavan is no miser or fussy
accountant;  He is beneficent beyond our wildest dreams.  The problem is we cling to our petty dreams
and ambitions as if these pretty pebbles are all we have or want.  The question is how to let go of our
small mindedness?

Deep down in our hearts we know that it is only by our own instruments of body, heart, mind, and labor
that we can obtain real gold.  We know nothing is free in this world and we learn from bitter experience
that anyone who tells otherwise is deluded.   


Arunachala Siva.           
Title: Re: Fool's Gold - Editorial - Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2016:
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 26, 2016, 11:37:45 AM
Bhagavan was asked by Swami Yogananda:

'How is the spiritual  up lift of the people to be effected?  What are the instructions to be given to them?

Maharshi: They differ according to the temperaments of the individuals and according to the spiritual
ripeness of their minds.  There cannot be any instruction en masse.

Devotee: Why does God permit suffering in the world?  Should  He not with His omnipotence do away
with it at one stroke and ordain the universal realization of God?

Maharshi:  Suffering is the way for Realization of God.

Devotee: Should He not ordain differently?

Maharshi: It is the way.  (Talks # 107)

This is not a sweet panacea that Bhagavan counsels.  Every winter in recent years at Tiruvannamalai,
we see the examples of new temples springing up to cater for those who are willing to give a coin as
they stand before a shrine in the hope of being heard. Witness a plethora of would be gurus who hawk
their credentials, knowing that there is a steady influx of visitors who came, attracted by the fame of
Arunachala and Bhagavan.  Casting their nets to earn a name, power, and a fortune, they present
attractive face and possibly a sincere, though inept, with to help others. The subtle allure of wanting
to be worshipped is as powerful as the allure of Gold. It is fool's Gold in another form.


Arunachala Siva.               
Title: Re: Fool's Gold - Editorial - Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2016:
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 27, 2016, 02:19:58 PM
Bhagavan did not deliberately take upon Himself to help others for He saw no one separate from Himself.
It was His very presence that spontaneously healed and enlightened.  Automatically the pervasive sense
of delight around Him made everything translucent. He had no calculated desire to shine but like the sun
it was His nature to do so.  It was seen by those with the discrimination to recognize truth as opposed
to fantasy.   Aside from mature souls, children saw it best of all.

It is question of sincerity:  we get what we deserve.  No more, no less as the law of karma is exact. Yet
before we throw up our arms in misery we should recollect that Isvara grants us that prarabdha karma
which is necessary for our spiritual development.  Always there is light if we but open our minds and hearts.
(Upadesa Saram v.1).

Some people are lucky in that they instinctively recognize the true from the false and they walk the path
led on by shining light at the end.  Others may have to endure cruel disillusionment before they are
confident they are on the right path. We come to realize that Bhagavan is right:  The pain and suffering
are necessary part of the process of attaining one's goal.  We are given all that is necessary to fulfill
our lives.  We would do well to remember in the midst of our despair those who reached the other side           
and looked back, and saw that their suffering was as nothing compared to the blessings.  They  lament
nothing for they saw it all was necessary.


Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Fool's Gold - Editorial - Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2016:
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 28, 2016, 10:38:52 AM
We recognize the difference in worth between someone who has been through the fire of personal
tragedy and the unreliable person occupied with irrelevancies. The person who realizes that everything
contributes to our growth has no regrets and accepts even the disasters and crushing disappointments
as a blessing.  Once we comprehend that suffering has a meaning, we have taken the first significant
step towards liberation.

On the path, we are confronted with stark choices at various important junctions in our lives, which we
know will have dramatic and lasting consequences. These flash points are the fires that can burn away
the illusions we hold.  Who we become depends on our commitment to the truth (Satyam) and acceptance
of the cost.

Sometimes we work in the dark and can never quite anticipate the consequences.  There is a grey
area of uncertainty as we weigh the pros and cons.  What is the criterion that gives us the necessary
perspective as to what the right decision is?  And if we do make the 'wrong' choice then how do we
rectify the situation when our illusions collapse?  Our aching desire to find someone to guide us can
cause us to gloss over and once we have committed ourselves it is even harder to admit that we
have made a mistake.


Arunachala Siva.   
Title: Re: Fool's Gold - Editorial - Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2016:
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 29, 2016, 09:37:07 AM
The outstanding illustration of the spiritual dilemma for us devotees is the crisis which faced the
young Venkataraman in Madurai after the enlightenment that catapulted Him beyond the fear of death
and into the realm of immortality.  All sense of doership evaporated and He remained effortlessly quiet
and still in the depth of this new profound state of permanent illumination.  When confronted by His
brother on His seeming laziness, 'Venkataraman recognized the validity of the remark and, with that
ruthless acceptance of truth, (or justice, which is applied truth) that characterized Him, He rose to His
feet to leave the house there and then and go forth, renouncing everything.  This decision took Him to
Tiruvannamalai and the Holy Hill, Arunachala,  (Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self Knowledge).

We should be careful not to assume that we too are like Ramana Maharshi and can leave all normal
security behind at a stroke as if we are mumukshus (ripe souls burning for liberation).  It either
happens or it does not and no direct appeal to Bhagavan for permission can force it to happen.  More
often than not, it is an incremental change that occurs until one day it becomes obvious what the next step is.


Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Fool's Gold - Editorial - Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2016:
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 01, 2016, 10:43:28 AM
It is the clear experience of many devotees that Bhagavan will not interfere.  His blessings are there in
abundance but each of us has our individual prarabdha (fate).  We are all unique and we each have our
own vasanas (tendencies) to overcome and transform.  We cannot abnegate responsibility.

The major moments of truth that decisively alter our lives come in different guises but the primary argument
is this:  Will my decision help or hinder my journey towards what I know in my heart of hearts is the truth?
Will my response free me or will it bind?  Am I blinded by the glamour of an enticement?   Am I fooling
myself by timidly accepting something for the sake of peace or perhaps, am I violently reacting because
all that I laboriously believed in and built up, is now found to be unsatisfactory and I cannot accept the

There is no end to the variety of challenges, and unless we exercise discrimination, confusion in the form
of physical and mental pain will arise until we wake up.  We may find ourselves in a whirlpool of conflicting
emotions and thoughts because we have been fooled by the glamour of a promise, the deceit of a false
impression or, more likely, the gullibility of wishing it were true, because it is so appealing. We must listen
to that still, small voice in us that some may call conscience;  others may call it our sense of integrity.
If it is damaged we know we are on the wrong path.


Arunachala Siva.         
Title: Re: Fool's Gold - Editorial - Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2016:
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 02, 2016, 11:50:38 AM
Like the magician's trick, the glitter of fool's gold often distracts one from seeing the truth.
Although it does not sparkle with the depth of true light, it distracts one from seeing the value of
what is really there.  We ask how then can we not be deceived by fool's gold?  We wish to be happy
so how can we avoid all the pain and suffering that seems to be our prarabdha?  Like the thirsty
person lost in a desert we succumb to the mirage of water simmering on the horizon.  We think that
this time it will be water because we want it to be true.

We have five so called bodies or kosas. The physical (annamaya), the vital (pranamaya), mental (manomaya),
consciousness (vijnanamaya) and bliss (anandamaya) that require cultivation, but for the purposes of
this editorial we can say there are three 'bodies', we need to to feed, and maintain: the stomach, the mind
and the heart. If we give all three the right food, that is sattvic food, we could say that half the battle is
won.  Whatever we focus our minds, hearts and stomachs on will give us instant feedback.  We all know
that if we get greasy, rancid food our stomachs will immediately tell us that us that we made a mistake.
Similarly we should be more perceptive when tempted by feast food that offers instant satisfaction.
It may give pleasure but the nutritional value is minimal. So too, with the thoughts or emotions.
Depression is a result of wrong thinking.                 

It is one of the certainties of this world that we do to others, is done to us.  What we eat, we  become;
what we think, we become; what we feel, we become.  We do have a choice and with this freedom,
if we exercise discrimination and dispassion, the way will become clear, for no one in their right mind
wishes themselves harm.


Arunachala Siva.