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The Sound of a Different Drum - 1
« on: May 14, 2009, 12:34:09 PM »
By any of those curious squirks of history, there is a connection
between the ancient philosophy of India and a group of American
citizens of the mid 19th century, who came to be known as
Boston Brahmins!  Among this distinguished clan were two individuals who more than any otherss resonated to the call of
India and wrote exceptional works that made a deep impact
on the generations that followed.  These were Ralph Waldo
Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.  Particularly the latter's work
WALDEN is still read today for its common sense and wonderful
descriptions of nature.  He wrote this masterpiece, staying as
a guest to Emerson, during his short life of 43 years.  Thoreau's
short article On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, inspired Mahatma
Gandhi and later Martin Luther King.

People, particularly Westerners who had felt that one must 'do
something', often asked Bhagavan Ramana, what He was doing
to 'help' the world.  Bhagavan always smiled and asked: "Who is there, other than oneself in this dream world?"  If the questioner could not grasp this statement, He would come down to their level and say in effect:  "How do you know I am not helping?"
Bhagavan Ramana's very Presence was sufficient to influence 
anyone in he world, whose mind and heart is open, to a higher
realm of understanding.  Spiritual truths are not inhibited
by time and space as anyone who has come into contact with Bhagavan Ramana's grace today knows. 

Bhagavan may have been a historical figure but it would be foolish to think that it all ended in April 1950, when His physical body died.  If anything, His influence has only grown with the
passing years and particularly in the last two decades, when His face and words are so readily available in innumerable books and on the world wide web.

There was the special charisma which Bhagavan naturally displayed for how many stories have we read or heard about
someone who was utterly transformed by one piercing look from His eyes!  [ Balakrishna Menon, later Swami Chinmayananda
had said that His one piercing look was enough to 'understand'
everything, and all his six years of spiritual training in Uttara Kasi later, were only repetitions!].

For many when they first read something by Bhagavan Ramana, are struck by the truthfulness of the statements.  They are self evident and resonate deep in the heart far away from the crowded world of explanations, in which our normal mind indulges.

With Thoreau, there is a similar timbre in his descriptions of nature and observations about human nature. These simple
words, by a man who was admired by a small circle of contemporaries who were nonetheless puzzled by his lack of seeming purpose, have come down to us today as treasures which we reflect on and which nourish us.

(Source: Editorial, Mountain Path, July-Sep 2008)

Arunachala Siva.