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Subramanian.R

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Lessons from Bhagavan's Life
« on: January 23, 2010, 12:21:06 PM »
K.R.K. Murthy writes in Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean
of Grace, Volume 6:

1. Once there was a discussion about the foodstuffs such as
onions, drumsticks, carrots etc., which orthodox people avoid.
Bhagavan Ramana remarked that they may do good to the body
but not to the mind.  They may purify the blood and benefit the
body but they rouse passions and are not helpful for the purification of the mind, chiddasuddhi.

2.  Giving up certain fruits, nuts or other foodstuff dear to one,
during the pilgrimages to holy places like Kasi, is one of the
practices prevalent among the religious people.  One day Bhagavan
noticed a devotee avoiding a mango on this ground and commented that a better form of 'tyaga' - renunciation would be to accept whatever one happens to get and not to crave for which that
is not available.

3. Once Bhagavan Ramana also told that one may avoid things
that do not agree with one's constitution and take necessary quantities of suitable ones that do him good.  But maintenance of body and health should not occupy much attention as it is not our chief pursuit in life.

4. Bhagavan never used to compromise with equality in serving meals.  He never agreed to accept anything which is not equally
shared by His fellow diners.  He was satisfied only when He was
served in the end, after everyone was served.  Even under exceptional situations, He was not willing to take the food of superior quality unless it was distributed to all. 

5. Bhagavan made people of different tongues in South India quite at home by speaking or writing in their respective languages.  It
requires a great effort to cross the narrow linguistic barriers and shed the unjustifable prejudices against other languages and appreciate good works in them.  Only one who studies one or two languages in addition to his mother tongue and moves and lives with others has ample opportunities of broadening his outlook and also reaching others' hearts.  The initial linguistic affinities do not
last long and after all, people of the same mentality flock togetherm whatever their mother tonuge is.  Bhagavan Ramana is particularly adored because He had taken a lot of pains to master several languages and write His works in the same for the benefit of devotees from various parts.  His glorious example will continue to influence generations of devotees to put forth their best efforts in this direction and to come closer by understanding one another better.

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Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Lessons from Bhagavan's Life
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2010, 09:20:47 PM »
Dear I,

Perhaps, if one has to say in one word as to what was Bhagawan's life all about, we could say -

"SAMATVAM"

That is all. Everything comes In it.

Salutations to Sri Ramana
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta