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Happiness and Misery
« on: February 08, 2009, 12:36:05 PM »
On 4th May 1937, a book was being read in which a question occurs
whether the world was created for happiness or misery.  All eyes
turned to Bhagavan Ramana for the answer.

Bhagavan:  Creation is neither good nor bad.  It is as it is.  It is the human mind, which puts all sorts of constrictions on it, as it sees things from its own angle and as it suits its own interests.  A woman is just a woman, but one mind calls her 'mother', another 'sister' and stll another 'aunt' and so on.  Men love women, hate snakes, and are indifferent to the grass and stones on the roadside.  These connections are the causes of all misery in the world.  Creation is like a peepul tree. Birds come to eat its fruit, or take shelter under its branches, men cool themselves in its shade, but some may hang themselves on it.  Yet the tree continues to lead its quiet life, unconcerened with, and unaware of, all uses it is put to.  It is the human mind that creates its own difficulties and then cries for help.  Is God so partial to give peace to one person and sorrow to another?... Whose fault is it? Is it God's or man's?

(Source: Talks, Munagala Venkatramaiah.)

Arunachala Siva.