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Buddha and Bhagavan Ramana
« on: July 27, 2009, 11:50:32 AM »
The difference between Buddha and Bhagavan Ramana is that
Buddha had about 20 years of severe penance in Kasi and Gaya,
and in his 50th year attained Atma Jnana.  Bhagavan Ramana had
practically no penance and even in His silence in the eary years
on the Hill was to avoid unnecessary talking and was not a deliberate

Buddha had no aversion to Vedic dharmas.  He stressed that the
Sangam or brotherhood in a joint sitting of self enquiry with self
denial would confer Self realization.  In fact, the place where he
sat in Bodh Gaya is called 100 Bilwa Jungle and these bhilwa
trees helped him to proceed undisturbed in his penance.

Buddha wanted even the mediocre to attain self realization.  He
did not prescribe any pre-qualifications unlike Hinduism which
placed Chitta Suddhi, the purification of mantras, by worship and
sacrifices as a pre-qualification.  This concession of Buddha made
about 1000 Buddhas to sprout even during his lifetime.  It is
like Bhagavan Ramana having 1000 Ramanas in Tiruvannamalai!

Perhaps this watering down caused many miseries.  The other Buddhas started telling:  One can eat even meat and fish, if offered
as a Bhiksha.  One can eat dead animals too.  One need not take
bath everyday, etc., etc.,  Buddha Charitram says that Buddha
himself got annoyed with all these practices, he crossed over
Ganga and came to Kasi again to stay alone.  On the suburbs of
Kasi, he started teaching Self realization to monkeys and elephants!
One elephant got him coconuts and fruits everyday for eating.
Another picked up a hot stone and dropped it in the pool water
to make it hot so that Buddha could bathe in chill winter. 

Arunachala Siva.