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Fascination for the body, name etc.,
« on: October 02, 2009, 12:35:54 PM »
One day, a devotee came to Bhagavan Ramana and told Him:
"Bhagavan!  Your birth date and my birth date and the same!"
The devotee was pleased with similarity.  Bhagavan Ramana
smiled and told him: "Oye! Why speak of similarity of birth dates?
You and I are ever the same!" Sarvam Brahma mayam in their

This fascination for the similar birth dates, names. etc., is an
exposition of deha-abhinama, or fascination of the body.  Many
young couples after Indian Independence, named their children
as Gandhi, Nehru etc.,  (I have a class-mate by name Hitler!)
In today's India, children are named after cinema stars.  Young
kids want to wear the costumes like cinema stars and want to
have their hair-style as cinema stars.  Many college students
keep seductive photographs of cine actresses in their books.

This fascination for the body and body related subjects are
the first hurdles in one's spiritual progress.  Brahmins used
to have their gothras, lineage after various sages.  This is
to remember their forefathers or their teachings and definitely
not a fancy after their bodies.  No one knows how they looked

Arunachala Siva.