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One word is enough if you are ready
« on: March 11, 2009, 10:47:56 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana always said: Summa Iru , Be still.  This one sentence was enough for many devotees, who did not ask any
questions to Him.  More and more words and gospel would become
necessary only when one is not ready to catch the glimpse.  Saint
Arunagiri Natha says:  "O Muruga, I was praying to You with all
sorts of poems.  One day, You said: 'Summa Iru', then I understood
all the meanings of life and god."  Saint Manikkavachagar says:
"What penance did I do?  You told me 'Sivaya Namah,'  I started
shoving off my body and mind and the life."

Once Arthur Osborne met Louis Hertz.  Hertz was a Dutch and he was also in the concentration camp and had suffered.  He was a man of
quick wits and contemplation.  One day, he was telling Osborne:

" When I was younger, I read the Bible, but of course, I don't
believe it now."

Osborne questioned:  "Well -er- Mr. Hertz, what exactly in the Bible
do you not believe?"

"All of it."

In view of such a brash reply, Osborne was not disposed to explaint to him at any great length, much less to enter into an argument. After two days, Hertz came to Osborne again and announced that he wanted to know the Truth.

Osborne said:

" I will tell you one truth.  Infinity minus x is a contradiction in terms, because the exlcusion of x the first term ceases to be infinite.

"Yes, I see that."

"Very well then, think of Infinity as God and x as yourself.  Now go and think it over and come back tomorrow and tell me what you make of it."

When Hertz came back next day, he said Osborne that there had been no need to think it over again.  Before even he had gone back to his dormitory, it had flashed on his heart that it was true.

Just as he had been ripe for understanding, and therefore a single explanation had been enough.  He could thereafter never read Guenon, but he read and re-read the Tao Te Ching.

(Source:  The life and the quest. Arthur Osborne.)

Arunachala Siva.         


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Re: One word is enough if you are ready
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2009, 08:49:11 AM »
Being still is to be like a river, just moving upon bumps and rocks and not do anything about these bumps and rocks! finally it will reach the ocean of bliss.

and I feel this instruction is not for the mind, the body or external objects, for they are all not yours. We can never still things which are not really ours. I feel this instruction is for the one who sees(river) the mind(Bumps), body(Rocks) or external objects(Filth)!

The river keeps moving in spite of rocks, bumps and filth. It does not stay put in the rocks of bumps... hence The I is only experiencing those bumps and rocks and moves on. those bumps and rocks are left behind as it moves. the filth gets dissolved soon and disappear when it reaches the ocean.

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta


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Re: One word is enough if you are ready
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2009, 10:10:43 AM »
Dear Nagaraj, srkudai,

Arthur Osborne tells one imagery, perhaps Bhagavan Ramana must
have told him.  One travels in a aeroplane, at a very great height and
looks down through binoculors.  He is looking the course, of Ganga.
Ganga looks like a long white line, curved and straight.  But this
Ganga has got eddies and whirlpools, some are bathing in Kasi,
some are throwing the corpses into it, some are chanting Gayatri
mantra standing neck deep in Ganga, some places have got
ferocious sharks and crocodiles.  For the 'seer' from the aircraft
the Ganga is still a long white strip!

Arunachala Siva.