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Social Service and a Jnani
« on: June 09, 2009, 02:07:53 PM »
On the same day, another visitor who said that he was
from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, asked Bhagavan: "But we
see pain in the world.  A man is hungry.  It is a physical
reality.  It is very real to him.  Are we call it a dream and
remain unmoved by his pain?"

Bhagavan: "From the point of view of Jnana or the reality,
the pain you speak of is certainly a dream, as is the world
of which the pain is an infinitesimal part.  In the dream
also you will yourself feel hunger.  You see others suffering
from hunger.  You feed yourself and, moved by pity, feed
the others that you find suffering from hunger.  So long as
the dream lasted, all those pains were quite as real as you
now think the pain you see in the world to be.  It was only
when you woke up that you observed that the pain in the
dream was unreal.  You might have eaten to the full and gone
to sleep.  You dream that you work hard and long in the
hot sun all day, are tired and hungry and want to eat a lot.
Then you get up and find your stomach is full and you have
not stirred out of your bed.  But all this is not to say that
while you are in the dream you can act as if the pain you
feel there is not real.  The hunger in the dream has to be
assuaged by the food in that dream.  The fellow beings you
found in the dream so hungry had to be provided with food
THE DREAM AND THE WAKING STATE.  Till you reach the state
of Jnana and thus wake out of this Maya, you must do
social service by relieving the suffering whenever you see it.
But even then, you must do it, as we are told, without
Ahamkara without the sense of "I am the doer", but feeling,
"I am the Lord's tool."

T.P. Ramachandra Iyer, in this connection told about the
story of Abraham Lincoln. He helped a pig to come out of
the ditch and in the process had himself and his clothes
dirtied.  When he was questioned why he took so much
trouble, he had replied: 'I did it to put an end not so much
to the pig's trouble, but as to my own pain in seeing the
poor thing struggle to get out of the ditch."

Bhagavan smiled.  After this, Lokammal began singing
a Tamil song of Chengottai Avudai Amma.  Bhagavan
said: "Mother used to sing this very song often.  This
repeats the very same thing we have been talking about

[Chengottai Avudai Amma was an illiterate and was
perhaps a child-hood widow.  She used to sing extempore
songs connecting simple things of life and pure advaita.
This lady is quite popular in southern districts of Tamil Nadu.  I have, a long time back, mentioned about her songs.  These
have been published recently by someone.  I shall pick out
that book and give a few translations, a little later, if Bhagavan Ramana Wills.]

(Source: From Day by Day of Devaraja Mudaliar.)

Arunachala Siva.