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The concept of Love and a Jnani
« on: February 15, 2009, 11:33:36 AM »
Mr. Thomas, Professor of Sanskrit in Oxford, came to see Bhagavan
Ramana, after attending the Oriental Conference, in Trivandrum.
This was on 26th December 1937.  After mentioning several translations of Bhagavad Gita, in English, Thomas wanted Bhagavan suggest one.  Bhagavan mentioned F.T. Brook's translation.  Then, he asked what Bhagavan Ramana thought of castes.

Bhagavan: The castes relate to bodies and not to the Self.  The Self is Bliss. To realize Bliss, one realizes the Self.  No need to worry oneself about castes,etc.,

Thomas then asked:  Love implies duality.  How can the Self be an object of love? 

Bhagavan: Love is not different from the Self.  Love of object is of an inferior order and cannot endure. Whereas, the Self is Love. In other words, God is Love.

Devotee:  It is also the Christian idea.  Does Bhagavan advocate advaita?

Bhagavan: Dvaita and Advaita are all relative terms.  They are based on the sense of duality.  The Self is as it is.  There is neither dvaita nor advaita.  I AM THAT I AM.  Simple Being is the Self.

The Professor was thankful.  He hoped to appreciate Bhagavan's writings better after having seen Him and conversed with Him.

(Source: Talks, Munagala Venkatramaiah.)