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How can a Brahma Jnani function in the world at all?
« on: January 26, 2010, 11:04:25 AM »
S. Kannikeswarier writes:-

One day, when Bhagavan was looking into the affairs of the temple building, I approached Him and asked the following question.

"How can action which is subdued in a state of Mukti emerge
and continue to function?"  Bhagavan favoured me with the
following reply:

"The all pervading infinite Self brings about the actions and they are
done thrrough the means of indriya karanas.  The person's ahamkara or the littels self is doing nothing.  It is also incapable of doing anything. When an author is writing with a pen, he is so much
absorbed in his idea that he forgets that he is writing with the pen
with his own hand.  Nor is he aware of his body.  Once he consciousness dawns that he is the person that is writing it, that it
is hand and his pen that writes it, the flow of his ideas is arrested.
He comes down from the all-absorbing world of idea and becomes aware of his pen, his hand and his body and he is not able to write any further.  The pen, the hand etc., are separate inanimate objects and the Atma Sakti alone is capable of giving life to them and make them work.  Although the indriya karanas are there, yet the time when they are absorbed in the Atma Sakti, he will not write. 

"Therefore, the happiness and sorrow which are the results of actions do not affect the indriya karanas or the Atma, the witness and Karta (doer) of all actions.  If a man were to see his reflection in the boiling water, the heat does not affect his face, nor does it harm in any way his reflection in the boiling water.  So also the results of one's own actions do not affect the Atman or the ahakmkara, "the little self".  It is a myth or maya (delusion).
A man bitten by a snake in a dream, does not on awakening attempt to cure himself.  The tiresomeness of the sukshma saria (subtle body) due to over work in dream world, is not at all felt on his awakening from the dream. 

If one, in his own imagination, weaves that he was round the world in a minute, his physical body does not get tired.  We, the embodiment of Atma have no sufferings.  All things appear on account of myth. The lightning produced on account of the clash of clouds in the sky do not affect the Space.  If we, therefore, realize that we are partand parcel of the big Atmic force, there is no reason why we should falter and get confused in our lives.

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

Arunachala Siva.