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Mind in Suri Nagamma's Letters - 4
« on: July 15, 2009, 11:34:12 AM »
Once a questioner asked:

"Swami!  How can Jnanis like you sit quiet without moving?  When
there is strife and turmoil in the world, should they not help in establishing peace?"

Bhagavan replied:  "Yes, they should, but how do you know that Jnanis are not rendering any help?  Their remaining where they are is itself a help to the world.  To all outward appearances they seem to be doing nothing.  Supposing there is a wealthy person.  In his dream he goes about begging, works as a cooly and sweeeps the street.  When he wakes up, he realizes that he is not that sort of person and remains dignified in the thought that he is a wealthy man.  In the same manner, a Jnani may do anything according to his prarabdha
but he remains unattached and maintains a dignified aloofness.  His
Shakti works in many ways but he does not feel happy over the success or failure of his efforts.  That is because he sees the world as full of Brahman and so nothing happens to him to be happy or unhappy.  How can he have feelings of gratification or sorrow when he does not feel that he is in this body, or that he is in this man or that this is the world?  Accordingly it is said:  Drishtim Jnanamayeem kirtva pasyeth Brhamamayam jagath.  When a person gains the outlook of a Jnani that very moment everything appears to be full
of Brahman.  Where then is the room for the feeling 'I am doing?'
They will then realize that everything is going on through the force of some Shakti.  That is all."

(Source: "Letters" entry dated 16th May 1947)

Arunachala Siva.