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The Dream State and the Real State
« on: February 03, 2009, 09:59:45 AM »
Once, a devotee asked what He feels about the people in the Hall,
their questions, His answers etc., Was it all a dream or a Real State
for Bhagavan Ramana?

Bhagavan Ramana the said the following story:

Rama and Lakshmana were wandering in the forest in search of Sita. Rama was grief stricken.  Just then Siva and Parvati happened to pass close by. Siva saluted Rama and passed on. Parvati was surprised and asked Siva to explain, why He, the Lord of the Universe, being worshipped by all, should stop to salute Rama, an ordinary human being, who having missed his consort was grief stricken and moving in anguish in the wilderness and looking helpless. Siva then said: Rama is simply 'acting' as a human being
would under the circumstances.  He is nevertheless the incarnation of Vishnu and deserves to be saluted and I did so.  Yet you may test him if you choose."

Parvati considered the matter, took the shape of Sita and appeared in front of Rama, as he was crying out the name of Sita in great anguish.  He looked at Parvati appearing as Sita, smiled and asked, "Why, Parvati, are you here? Where is Siva?  Why have you taken the shape of Sita?"

Parvati felt abashed and explained how she went there to test him and sought him explanation for Siva saluting him.  Rama replied:
"We are all  only aspects of Siva, worshipping Him at sight and remembering Him out of sight!"
We are such stuff as dreams are made on,
And our little life is rounded with a sleep!

(Source: Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace, Volume No. 3. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.