Author Topic: Ramana Maharshi says not to bother where the deceased people had been reborn  (Read 1495 times)

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A man went and asked him where his deceased sister had been reborn.

The Maharshi requested him not to bother about such things, as they were only manifestations of his ego. The man persisted in saying that it was a quest for knowledge, pure and simple, devoid of the least egoism. The Maharshi asked him, “Was she born first only as your sister?” On being told that she must have had thousands of births before, he asked him if he had ever cared to find out what she had been born as,before she was born as his sister. On his replying that he did not, the Maharshi said, “Do you not see that it is only your egoism which has prompted your questions, and not any desire for knowledge pure and simple?”

To a man who stated that he could not understand the world at all, Sri Ramana replied, “As you are, so is this world.Without understanding yourself, what is the use of trying to understand the world? People waste their energies over all such questions. First, find out the truth behind yourself; then, you will be in a better position to understand the truth behind the world, of which yourself is a part.”

Sources:

1) Golden Jubilee Souvenir
2) An article by Sri. K. Panchpakesa Iyer, in Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace, Volume 6, Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Subramanian.R

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Bhagavan Ramana said that everyone is Atma Swarupam and so
He never indulged in talks about birth, death and rebirth.  He
did not believe in body but in deathless-Atma.  So, whenever questions
of these kind or even about hell and heaven are asked, He always
drove the point in a way in which the devotee concerned could under-
stand.

Arunachala Siva.
 

nobody

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But can't one still pray to Ramana so that He may guide deceased relatives along the right path? One should also pray every day that family members may be guided spiritually, and that they may become fitter to receive His grace. If done in the right way, it may help them.