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Questions from mind and Questions from Heart
« on: July 16, 2009, 10:45:07 AM »
There were several devotees who asked questions to Bhagavan
Ramana on various matters.  These questions were of two types,
questions from Heart and questions from mind.  The questions
from Heart were about difficulties in self enquiry, whether they
should continue the mantra japa they had taken, whether they
can continue in the bhakti marga, etc.,  Bhagavan Ramana always
answered  them, with great concern and kindness.  But He was
invariably keeping silent in regard to questions from mind, intellectual questions, which had no relevance to self enquiry or any other spiritual path.  For example, the devotees asked about creation
theories, about why Bhagavan was not taking part in freedom
movement, whether Bible is correct in telling that the world was
created in seven days etc.,  Rarely, Bhagavan replied them with
certain basic clarficiations.  Invariably, He kept silent. 

Such intellectual questions will never end.  And they are not
the solutions for Atma Jnana.  They are rhetoric, to show the
devotees' 'knowledge' and pride.  Atma Jnana is attained through

Nochur Venkataraman was telling jocularly.  Once during his
Bhagavatam pravachanam, one listener stood up and asked:
What are the names of the eight wives of Krishna.  Nochur
replied:  They are Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavathi, Sruthakirthi, Nappinnai, [Goda Sri], Kalindi etc., etc., The listener pursued:
"But Vallabhacharya says, Krishna had 16108 wives.  Do you
know their names?"  Nochur replied:  I think I should stop pravachanam of Bhagavatam hereafter!"

What are the roots that clutch?
What branches grow out of this stony rubbish?
Son of man, for you know only a heap of broken images!
Where the Sun beats, dead trees give no shelter,
And crickets no relief!

                                                                  - T.S. Eliot

Arunachala Siva.