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Subramanian.R

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Old Thorns and New Thorns
« on: November 08, 2009, 11:28:09 AM »
Once Bhagavan Ramana was strolling on the Hill along with
a devotee.  The devotee stepped on a thorny bush and a thorn
stuck his sole.  He cried and immediately sat on a rock to
pull out the thorn.  He asked Bhagavan Ramana:  "Swami,
you are walking on the Hill almost daily, and do the thorns
stick to your sole and pain you?  Bhagavan Ramana smiled,
sat near him and showed His sole.  There were atleast 10
thorns with their heads removed and deeply suck into the sole.
Bhagavan Ramana smiled and asked:  "Do you want to pull
the old thorns or the new thorns?"  All have been stamped out
and their bottom portions are deep into His sole!

The old thorns may mean, Sanchita and Prarabdha.  The new
thorns may mean Agami.  All have been stamped out, says
Kunju Swami.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Old Thorns and New Thorns
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 09:53:21 PM »
Actually the devotee was Rangan, a former classmate of Bhagavan.

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Sri Ramana never wore shoes, not even during the hottest months.Rangan, a former classmate, reports, “When Bhagavan and I climbed up to the top of Arunachala, a thorn pricked my foot.Noting that I was lagging behind, Bhagavan removed it. A few yards later a big thorn pricked his foot. When I looked at his foot there were so many unremoved thorns in it. Then I examined the other foot, but the position was not different. ‘Which one will you remove, the new thorn or the old ones?’, he queried. He broke the thorn by pushing his foot to the ground and started walking again.”

Source: Ramana Maharshi: His Life A biography by Gabriele Ebert

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Re: Old Thorns and New Thorns
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2010, 11:03:53 AM »
Once a devotee was walking with Bhagavan on a hot month in the Hill.
He could not bear the heat and he ran for some shade.  Bhagavan told
him to step on His towel which was spread out on the ground.  This
devotee became sun-proof, Ravi Raksha, there after.  Once he was
walking on the streets of Mumbai which was also hot at that time.
His friend was surprised how he could walk on the asphalt-road on
a hot summer, barefooted.  He said:  I have been given Ravi Raksha
by Bhagavan!

Arunachala Siva.