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Characteristics of a Jnani
« on: June 05, 2009, 12:20:40 PM »
One Rishikesananda of Sri Ramakrishna Mission,visited
Bhagavan Ramana on 21st November 1945.  He was asking
about characteristics of a Jnani.  Bhagavan said that they
are all described in books, such as the Bhagavad Gita, but
we must bear in mind that the Jnani's state being one which
transcends the mind, cannot be described with the help merely
of the mind and that all description therefore must be defective.
Only silence can correctly describe their state or characteristics.
But silence is more effective than speech. From silence came
thought, from thought the ego and from the ego, the speech.
So if the speech is effective, how much moe effective must its
original source be.

Bhagavan then narrated the story of Tattvaraya.  He had
composed a 'bharani' [a kind of poetic composition in Tamil]
in honour of his Guru, Swarupananda.  He convened an
assembly of poets to hear the work and assess its value.
The great pandits who came said:  'Bharani' is sung only
in honour of a king who had killed a thousand elephants in
the battle, and how can an ascetic be compared to a king
of such valour?  Tattvaraya then took the pandits to his Guru,
Swarupananda, and told the guru about the purpose of their
visit. The Guru sat silent and all the others also remained
in mouna.  The whole day passed and then the night and like
that several days and nights without a word.  After some days, the Guru moved his mind a bit and thereupon the assembly
regained their thought activity!  Then they all declared:
"Conquering a thousand elephants is nothing beside the Guru's power of silence to conquer the rutting elephants of all our egos put together.  So certainly he deserved a bharani upon his honour and glory.  The pandits prostrated to Swarupananda
and left with contentment.

(Source: Day by Day entry of 21.11.1945.  Also Talks
entry dated 1.10.1936.)

Arunachala Siva.