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Ramana maharshi about squirrels and monkeys
« on: February 17, 2010, 02:26:43 PM »
A squirrel came to Bhagavan and he was feeding it with cashew-nut pieces as usual. Turning to me, he said, “Shroff sent some cashew-nuts yesterday and said, ‘They were intended for my dumb friends’.” I said, “Probably Bhagavan would object to our calling these squirrels dumb.” Bhagavan said, “They communicate with me. Sometimes I am in a nap. They come and draw attention to their presence by gently biting my finger tips. Besides, they have a lot of language of their own. There is one great thing about these squirrels. You may place any amount of food before them. They will just eat what they need and leave the rest behind. Not so the rat, for instance. It will take everything it finds and stock it in its hole.”

I remarked, “Possibly it would be said that the squirrel is a less intelligent creature than the rat, because it does not plan or provide for the future but lives in the present.” Bhagavan said, “Yes. Yes. We consider it intelligence to plan and live wretchedly like this. See how many animals and birds live in this world without planning and stocking. Are they all dying?”

Bhagavan then began speaking of monkeys and said,“They too don’t build nests or stock things. They eat what they can find, and go and perch on trees when night falls. They are quite happy. I have known something about their organisation, their kings, laws, regulations. Everything is so perfect and wellorganised. So much intelligence behind it all. I even know that tapas is not unknown to monkeys. A monkey whom we used to call ‘Mottaipaiyan’ was once oppressed and ill-treated by a gang.He went away into the forest for a few days, did tapas, acquired strength and returned. When he came and sat on a bough and shook it, all the rest of the monkeys, who had previously illtreated him and of whom he was previously mortally afraid, were now quaking before him. Yes. I am clear that tapas is well known to monkeys.



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Re: Ramana maharshi about squirrels and monkeys
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2010, 11:10:01 AM »
Once in Pachiamman Kovil, Bhagavan Ramana was telling about "Atma
Vichara" to some monkeys and some monkeys were patiently sittiing in
front of Him and listening to Bhagavan's atma upadesa.  Viswanatha
Swami came to Him and asked Him:  Bhagavan, You are telling about
Atma Vichara to monkeys.  How can they understand?

Bhagavan Ramana smiled at Viswanatha Swami and said:  "Viswanatha!
I am all telling the same Atma Vichara to you all.  Have you understood?"

Kavyakanta who was sitting nearby, fell on the floor, roaring with laughter
and rolled to his heart's content with uncontrollable laughter!

Arunachala Siva.