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Subramanian.R

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Bhagavan and Sri Ramakrishna
« on: January 21, 2010, 03:56:12 PM »
Mr. K. Subrahmanyam writes:-

Bhagavan is among the most severely intellectual of our sages.
And yet He warns us that the idea of the Absolute is only to use
the words of Sri Ramakrishna, the correlative of the relative.  It is
still a category of thought, whereas the final realization is the
annihilation of the mind and all the categories.  How shall that
which shines with borrowed light, illumine the Source of brightness?

Yet, there is an austerity about Bhagavan's teaching.  He ever dwells in "the white radiance of eternity" and will not tint the light
to suit our weak eyes.  The utmost, He will do is to rebuke those who jeer at the effects that result from the limitations of our vision.
Once He declared that thre was not difference between His teaching
and that of Sri Ramakrishna, that there could be none.  And yet,
we may not be wrong in believing that there is a difference between them, not in what they have taught, but in the manner of teaching it.  From every point in the orbit of spiritual life, Sri Ramakrishna
has beaten a path to the central illumination.  Whereas Bhagavan
rarely moves out of the centre.  We need both these kinds of Teachers, those who assure us that we can advance even from where
we are, and point to the nearby path that leads us from our various places and those who warn us that we must advance and point to the distant goal to which we must all journey, if we to experience Reality.  They both set the same goal and the both recognize the gradations of the spiritiual ascent.  Bhagavan has not denied the values of relative life, but he is concerned only to tell us whence these values derive their validity, to assert the colourlessness of the light from which issue all colours. 

(K. Subrahmanyam was the in-charge-of Ramana Kendra, Hyderabad.)

(Source:  Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace,
Volume 6. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.         

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Re: Bhagavan and Sri Ramakrishna
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2010, 11:14:30 AM »
Dear srkudai,

I do not remember whether Bhagavan Ramana had said that He
was Sri Ramakrishna.  But one incident, I remember.  When someone
brought a rose garland for Bhagavan, He refused to wear it (as it was
His practice throughout His 54 years of life in T'malai.) but told the
attendant to place it around Sri Ramakrishna's photograph on the
Old Hall*.  Then He smiled at the devotee who brought the garland
and the devotee perhaps understood "the unity".

This photograph has been shifted to Dining Hall now.  This is famous
photograph of SRK, where he holds one hand as a lotus and raises
the other hand towards Heavens.

Arunachala Siva.