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One book is enough
« on: June 07, 2009, 12:09:22 PM »
We are all reading several books, not yet able to arrive
at the answer.  People read from Sankara to Paul Loke
and Eckhart Tolle, to find answers.  David Godman has
said that for a serious sadhak, Who am I? alone is enough.
But we, the poor mortals want more and more, like Oliver

On 31st December 1945, a gentleman from Punjab, [now
in Pakistan] arrived.  He was a Moslem born with visual
handicap.  He has not only learnt Urdu but also Arabic,
Perisan and English. He knew the whole of Koran by heart.
It seemed that he had heard of Bhagavan Ramana from a
friend, who had also translated for his benefit, "Who am I?"
in Urdu for him.  Thereupon, he decided to have darshan of
Bhagavan and accordingly had come all the way from Punjab,
all alone.  He spent sometime with Bhagavan Ramana.

Somebody suggested to him that he should hear some other
works of Bhagavan.  He replied:

"No. It is not necessary.  That one book is enough!"

(Source: Day by Day.  Devaraja Mudaliar, entry dated
31st December 1945.)

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: One book is enough
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2009, 05:07:38 PM »
Very true.
It all depends on the grade of the aspirant.
A matured aspirant will attain the state after hearing the truth once.

Ordinary mortals like us fall into the trap of outgoing mind and crave for answers from books.



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Re: One book is enough
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2009, 09:22:03 AM »
I think much more than books, Sravana or direct listening to discourses are a sure way to attain knowledge. It is said that Sravana is the most important of all sadhanas and it is the most subtlest and hence the most powerful. Nothing like listening to a jnani's voice explaining subtle truths that can reach the depths of the mind. That way even audio CD's might be more beneficial than books.


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Re: One book is enough
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2009, 11:52:21 AM »
Sravana is good no doubt.  But the audio sravana is not
sravana at all.  The audio will not answer your doubt if you
raise one!  The books help in a few more ways:

1. You can refer to a passage again and again, in case of

2. You can lie down in your bed and read, as and when you

3. You can select a chapter and read in between.

4. You need only your eyes apart from you attention.  No
worry about power supply, which is a great deterrant in

The same is the case with e books also.

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Re: One book is enough
« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2009, 07:14:33 PM »
i think also that it is no problem to read, or to dont read

I do not see a difference between a aspirant who read 100 books and one who never read one (because he cannot read for example....) if both know how to walk the path...what does it matter?

if one feel he need books then please buy them, if one need a living guru please visit...if one does not need anything at all also good..

there is no formular to attain liberation...maybe on mental level there are formulars...but beyond that there is no special path and rules and ways of living...

so read books but dont forget that on absolut level this will not help...but when it makes samsara more confortable why not...medicin and cars are usefull...but not neccessary (if I have illness medicin becomes neccessary for me)...same with books and a spiritual path(If I have doubts about my true nature I should study and practice)...


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Re: One book is enough
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2009, 10:52:52 AM »
Dear matthias and srkudai,

I think reading and the extent of reading is also one's
prarabdha.  Reading is not a pre-requisite for Jnana.
Sankara read formally everything, went to Govinda Bhagavad
Pada and then got further clarifications.  He was of course,
an avatara, and therefore Jnana was already there.  But still
he followed a formal way.  Bhagavan Ramana did not read
much but got Atmajnana and then read a few books as and
when devotees asked for clarifications.  All Sankara Math
pontiffs go through a formal learning of Vedas and Upanishads
for about 8 years.  It varies from Jnani to Jnani.  Attaining
Jnana without a formal reading, is of course, quite rare.

Arunachala Siva.