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Baby Monkeys and Kittens and Bhagavan's Grace
« on: November 07, 2008, 11:13:42 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana has always stressed that each seeker should
make his own effort and should not expect the God to lift him up
to Self realization.  The god and guru should protect the seekers
through their grace but shall not confer liberatton without any
efforts on the latter's part.  This is clear in Who am I? He advocated
only the path of baby monkeys, which hold tightly their mothers,
and not the path of kittens who expect the mother-cats to hold with a
bite and take them to places.

However many devotees have expressed their helplessness and
sought Bhagavan Ramana's intervention.  Bhagavan also said that
the Grace is flowing ever, but each one should bring a 'fit' vessel
to take it.  There are many instances of "miracles" of Bhagavan Ramana,
even though He assiduously disowned His authoriship, on such happenings, and this was mainly because He did not want His
devotees to be lazy without any efforts on their own part. Nevertheless, the Power of the Presence is always there.

One Ragahva Iyengar, who was a great Tamil scholar, and who was
also Diwan of former Travancore State, is a great Ramana devotee.
He has composed verse-appreciation for Murugnar's works like
Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.  This gentleman always felt that he was
helpless and Bhagavan Ramana should only hlep him.  When asked
about it, Bhagavan said:  "He has written like that....."  and did not
say further.

One poem of Raghava Iyengar reads like this-

Even if mother is there, and there is abundant milk in her breasts,
The child lying on the floor, is not able to reach her and have the
But the mother takes the child on her lap and breast feeds it.
You are here, and there is abundant Grace too with you,
I am not able to feed on the Grace, If you do not take pity on me,
And breast feed me, I shall go thin, and there will be a curse on you,
  O my Father!

(* The Poem starts calling Bhagavan Ramana as Mother and ends
with a call as Father!)

Sri Ramalinga Swamigal also sings like this:

When even a mother forgives the child's mistake and loves her,
Then have you not got the right to forgive the mistakes of this lowly
dog, O my Lord!

(Source:  Thaauyum Niyee, Thanthaiyum Niyee, Tamil. Devaraja
Mudaliar, Sri Ramansramam.  Translation of verses, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.