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Ramana Maharshi about Vedas And Universe
« on: February 19, 2010, 01:26:41 PM »
D: Not only does Western empirical science* consider the world real, but, the Vedas etc., give elaborate cosmological descriptions of the world and its origin. Why should they do so if the world is unreal?

M: The essential purpose of the Vedas etc., is to teach you the nature of the imperishable Atman, and to declare with authority “Thou art That”.

D: I accept. But why should they give cosmological descriptions spun out at great length, unless they consider the world real?

M: Adopt in practice what you accept in theory, and leave the rest. The sastras have to guide every type of seeker after Truth, and all are not of the same mental make-up. What you cannot accept treat as artha vada or auxiliary argument.

D - Devotee
M - Maharshi

Source: Maharshi’s Gospel book


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Re: Ramana Maharshi about Vedas And Universe
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2010, 11:17:12 AM »
Dear prasanth,

The universe and creation theory is like the story of the three children of a barren woman, who flew in the
sky with the rainbow as their vehicle, and drank the cool waters in a mirage.  This story is told by mother,
to make the child eat its food.  The purpose is that the child should eat food, and that is all.  Vedas
are like our Mother, and she gives such stories to make us, her children to eat the food.  The food is
self knowledge.  As children, we have to listen to the stories to eat food.  If a child is an intelligent child,
then the child will immediately ask the mother, "how can three children be born for a barren mother?",
stops the stories and simply eat food!

Arunachala Siva.