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Buddha and Ramana - 3
« on: April 13, 2009, 12:20:41 PM »
The story of Bhagavan Ramana is of the most simple.  Born in a
poor Brahmin family of South India, He went to a mission school
and learnt a little English.  And at the age of 17, He passed from
darkeness to Enlightenment as simply as any adoloscent passes
from boyhood to manhood.  Lying upon His bed,  He suddenly pondered: Who am I? I am not this changing body, nor am I these
passing thoughts.  What then am I?  If this body dies shall I still be?
And He tried to experience death, to imagine His body dead and carried it to the burning ghat. He lay stiff and held His breath to
intensify the experience. There was a momentary intense fear of
death, and then the death was dead. He was no more the ego, He
had awakened into Enlightenment of the Deathless Self.  Theory, He learnt later, and said:  "Yes, that is it," just as a woman to whom a
child had been born might read about childbirth afterwards!

He left His family and went to the sacred Hill of Arunachala and there
He remained for 54 years, until on April 14, 1950, He left His body
He had worn.  Arrived at Arunachala, He remained immersed in the
Effulgence of Pure Bliss, not conscious of His body, not needing it, not speaking or moving and scarcely eating, so that to onlookers, it appeared to the most intense tapas.

It was neither mind nor body, that dragged Him back to an acceptance of worldly conditions, but pure compassion.  Devotees
gathered round Him, sought to bask in His Grace, craved for His
guidance.  Once again, as in the time of the Tathagata, He saw that men were bewildered and needed guidance, and out of compassion, He lived out His long life among us, to all the conditions of human pain and sickness.

(Source: Be Still, It is the Wind that sings.  Arthur Osborne.)

Arunachala Siva.