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silentgreen

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Bhagavan's field of Presence
« on: January 06, 2010, 01:42:05 PM »
Bhagavan bestows grace by his field of Presence.
This is indicated by Bhagavan in several talks:

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Question : Why does not Bhagavan go about and preach the truth to the people at large?
Ramana Maharshi : How do you know I am not doing it ? Does preaching consist in mounting a platform and haranguing the people around ? Preaching is simple communication of knowledge; it can really be done in silence only. What do you think of a man who listens to a sermon for an hour and goes away without having been impressed by it so as to change his life ? Compare him with another, who sits in a holy presence and goes away after some time with his outlook on life totally changed. Which is the better, to preach loudly without effect or to sit silently sending out inner force?

Again, how does speech arise? First there is abstract knowledge. Out of this arises the ego, which in turn gives rise to thought, and thought to the spoken word. So the word is the great-grandson of the original source. If the word can produce an effect, judge for yourself, how much more powerful must be the preaching through silence.


Question : How can silence be so powerful?
Ramana Maharshi :A realized one sends out waves of spiritual influence which draw many people towards him. Yet he may sit in a cave and maintain complete silence. We may listen to lectures upon truth and come away with hardly any grasp of the subject, but to come into contact with a realized one, though he speaks nothing, will give much more grasp of the subject. He never needs to go out among the public. If necessary he can use others as instruments.

The Guru is the bestower of silence who reveals the light of Self-knowledge which shines as the residual reality. Spoken words are of no use whatsoever if the eyes of the Guru meet the eyes of the disciple.
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ramana_maharshi

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Re: Bhagavan's field of Presence
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010, 07:37:18 PM »
yes that is true.

he continued saying,

Again, how does speech arise? First there is abstract knowledge. Out of this arises the ego, which in turn gives rise to thought, and thought to the spoken word. So the word is the great grandson of the original source. If the word can produce an effect, judge for yourself how much more powerful must be the preaching through silence.

Source: from Silence and sat-sanga chapter, Be As You Are: The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, edited by David Godman


Subramanian.R

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Re: Bhagavan's field of Presence
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2010, 11:02:27 AM »
A disciple came to a great Guru.  The former asked latter:  Why not you
teach me the Truth?  The Guru kept quiet.  The disciple sat with great
patience.  One year passed.  Then the disciple asked the guru: Sir,
I asked to you teach me the Truth?  But you are keeping silent.
The Guru answered:  O my beloved disciple, I WAS ONLY DOING THE
SAME FOR THE PAST ONE YEAR!

Arunachala Siva.