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Different temperaments
« on: October 05, 2009, 09:11:51 AM »
Different temperaments

One day a master sat in front of his students on a weighing scale and started doing japa and meditation. After sometime he became absorbed in joyous ecstasy and started saying “I feel lighter, lighter …” along with some mantras. This continued for sometime after which the master came down to the normal plane.

He asked one of his students: “What did you like most?”
The student replied: “When you were saying lighter, lighter  ...” I was looking at the balance to see whether your weight was really changing.
The master said, “Good observation. You better be a scientist.”

He asked the second student: “What did you like most?”
The student replied: “I was noting down all the mantras you were uttering. I want to get the same joyous absorption like you. So I want to try them out.”
The master said, “Good observation. You better pursue sadhana.”
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Re: Different temperaments
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2009, 12:31:30 PM »
Dear silentgreen,

Excellent.  There is one sentence, I think it was used by J.D.
Salinger in one of his novels:  The unbearable lightness of Being!
The Being is the lightest and it is the heaviest also.  Siddhas,
Yogis with supra-normal powers, are said to have 8 such powers.
One is feeling the lightest and the other is feeling the heaviest.
But a person in pursuit of Jnana, should not be attracted by any
of these powers which are also Maya's games. He must
only seek the Being.

Bhagavan Ramana says that all these Siddhis are also dreams.
They do not give you any benefit.  Nor do they last long.

You also made a beautiful point on the perceptions of different
disciples.  One is scientific and the other is seeing within, spiritual.  Science and Spirituality cannot go together. 

Once a speaker was giving a discourse on Srimad Bhagavatam.
He was telling that Krishna in all, had 8 wives.  One listener
stood up and asked "What are there names?"  Are the names
important?  What is the purport behind this figure 8?  They
are 8 powers, supra-normal powers.  That is all the symbolism.  One who wants the names of 8 wives of Krishna is interested
only in details.  All details are only for science.  An inward-looking person in pursuit of the Self would never bother about details.

Sri Dakshinamurty Stotram of Sri Sankara also covers this powers, in one of its stanzas.

Arunachala Siva.