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Once, several men were crossing the Ganges in a boat. One of them, a pandit,was making a great display of his erudition, saying that he had studied various books—the Vedas, the Vedanta, and the six systems of philosophy. He asked a fellow passenger, "Do you know the Vedanta?" "No,revered sir." "The Samkhya and the Patanjala?" "No, revered sir." "Have you read no philosophy whatsoever?" "No, revered sir."

The pandit was talking in this vain way and the passenger sitting in silence when a great storm arose and the boat was about to sink. The passenger said to the pandit,

"Sir, can you swim?" "No", replied the pandit. The passenger said, "1 don't know Samkhya or the Patanjala, but I can swim."

What will a man gain by knowing many scriptures? The one thing needful is to know how to cross the river of the world. God alone is real, and all else is illusory.

Source: Tales and Parables of Sri Ramakrishna


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Re: Sri RamaKrishna says God alone is real, and all else is illusory
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2010, 02:50:52 PM »
Both Sri Ramakrishna and Bhagavan Ramana did not encourage
much of yoga sadhana.  No doubt, Bharavi Brahmani taught SRK
about Sri Vidya Marga, which is also a modification of Yoga marga,
SRK did not pursue it, since in that Veera Marga, one should
have copulation with a woman, treating her as Devi.  SRK refused
saying that all women were his mothers.

About the yogis, we all know that Bhagavan Ramana did not
approve yogic feats since raja yoga diverts one attention to
siddhis and prevent the practiser in knowing the Atma. 

Once a yogi was, in the absence of a boat to cross Ganga, used
his yogic siddhi and walked on the waters of Ganga and reached
the other shore.  He was describing his feat to one of SRK's
disciples.  The disciple came and told SRK.  SRK laughed and
said:  See, "he has wasted 12 years of his life to learn this feat.
If you pay a quarter anna, a boat man will ferry you across Ganga!"

Once a person who was earlier in the Asramam, went to some
other place and learnt yogic feats.  He brought kumkum and vibhuti,
for the devotees who complained to him of some difficulties and
sought cure.  Once Kunju Swami went to see him.  He was telling
about his "magics" to Kunju Swami and asked him:  "Whether
your Swami can do all these?"

Kunju Swami laughed and said:  "No.  Since my Swami has no
mind or ego, all these feats which are learnt by ego cannot
be exhibited by him."   Everyone in the crowd laughed.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Sri RamaKrishna says God alone is real, and all else is illusory
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2010, 03:23:37 PM »
well said Subramanian garu.

i liked the ganga story and SRK's response.