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Buddha and Ramana
« on: April 12, 2009, 05:29:23 PM »
It is reported that Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, was once asked
why the Lord Buddha refused to answer questions about the after
life, and that He replied:  "Perhaps he was more concerned with
the real work of guiding men to Self-Realization, than with satisfying
useless curiosity."  It has not been sufficiently remarked how close
the teaching of this Vedic Sage born in modern times is to that of the
Blessed One.  And there could be no better proof that it was pure
essence of Hindu spirituality that the Buddha reaffirmed, leaving aside
only the accidentals.

Bhagavan Ramana also refused to satisfy men's curiosity and constantly insisted that it was not theoretical understanding that
was needed but only enlightenment.  When asked: "What shall I
be when I die,"  He answered:  "Why do you want to know what
you will be when you die before you know what you are now? First
find out what you are now."  By which He meant:  "Seek the deathless,
formless Truth of Nirvana, which alone is behind the appearance of
this life or any other life."  When asked about the nature of God,
He replied: "Why do you want to know what God is before you know
what you are? First find out  what you are."  Nay more, He has even
been heard to Iswara."  By which He meant, "There is no God apart
from the Self which alone is, just as there is no you apart from the Self."

True, He often spoke of God, but that was a concession to ignorance,
for so long as the conception of the individual self as a real and separate being continues, the conception of God as Creator, Master
and Lover of that individual self must also continue.  But for those
who were willing to understand, He always came back to the final
truth that there is only the Self.  Therefore He said:  "There is no God apart from the Self, for if there were He would be a Self-less God,
which would be absurd."  He also insisted that you have no being
apart from the self.  The conclusion is obvious, howest frightening.

(Source:  Be Still, it is the Wind that speaks.  Arthur Osborne.)

Arunachala Siva.