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Japa and Prarabdha
« on: November 13, 2009, 11:48:21 AM »
On 2nd June 1946, a brahmin, who had already met Bhagavan
Ramana, in Virupakshi Cave, came and sat in the Hall.

Question:  Even though people commit theft, adultery and take
alcholic drinks and so on, can their sins be wiped out by doing
Japa with various mantras, or will sins stick to them?

Bhagavan:  If the feeling 'I am doing Japa' is not there, the
sins committed by a man will not stick to him.  If the feeling
"I am doing the Japa" is there, why should not the sin arising
from bad habits stick on?

Question:  Will not this Punya (results of virtuous acts) extinguish
the Papam (result of sinful acts)?

Bhagavan:  For him who has realized the Self, there is no
Iccha Prarabdha.  The other two, Aniccha and Pareccha remain.
Whatever he does (A self realized person) does is for others
only.  If there are things to be done by him for others, he does
them, but results do not affect him.  Whatever are the actions
that such people do, there is no Punya and no Papa attached
to them.  But they do only what is proper according to the
accepted standard of the world, -- nothing else.

Bhagavan Ramana has said this in one of His poems.

(Source:  Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace,
Volume 5, Sri Ramansramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Japa and Prarabdha
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2009, 04:23:38 PM »
Dear srkudai,

Yes.  Bhagavan Ramana recommended Japa (as devotion) to
many, stating that devotion is mother of Jnana.  Annamalai
Swami was asked to meditate Siva, Siva.  So also was Muruganar.
If one could do away with the doership, which means I am meditating, then such devotion becomes complete Self Surrender.

Arunachala Siva.