Author Topic: Ramana Maharshi answers to question Why do few children die so young?  (Read 1981 times)


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18-9-45 Afternoon

A group of Bengalis have come. One of them has recently lost a child. He put the question to Bhagavan, "Why did that child die so young? Is it his karma or our karma that we should have this grief?"

Bhagavan: The prarabdha which the child had to work out in this life was over and so it passed away. So we may call it the child's karma. So far as you are concerned, it is open to you not to grieve over it, but to remain calm and unaffected by it, being convinced that the child was not yours but always only God's, that God gave and God took away. And in this connection Bhagavan took out the Yoga Vasishta in English to refer to the story of Punya and Pavana. Strange to say, when he casually opened the book, it actually opened at the story he had in mind. And from the book he asked me to read out the portion where Punya advises his brother Pavana not to grieve foolishly over the death of their parents, pointing out that Pavana had had innumerable births in the past, in each one of which he had a number of relations and that exactly as he is not mourning for the death of all those relations now, he should not now mourn for the death of their father either.

The visitor asked, "When a person dies while yet a child and another lives long, which of them is the greater sinner?"

B: I cannot say.

I told the visitor that the data he had given could not by themselves enable anyone to judge which was the greater sinner.

Visitor: If a person lives long, he has greater chances of perfecting steps to reach realisation.

B: The person dying young may soon be reborn and have in that life better chances of striving towards realisation than the other person living long in this life.

A visitor asked, "When it is said that we must renounce all activities, is it meant that we should reduce our activities as much as possible?"

B: By giving up activities is meant giving up attachment to activities or the fruits thereof, giving up the notion `I am the doer'. The activities for going through which this body has come, will have to be gone through. There is no question of giving up such activities, whatever one may or may not like.

Source: Day By Day With Bhagavan


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Dear prasanth,

Nice post.  Amongst His devotees' children,  Bhagavan Ramana
knew well that some of them had come to Him, only as a final
darshan before deliverance.  The three children of Mahalakshmi
Amma, one of the greatest devotees of Bhagavan, are the fine
examples.  Mahalakshmi Amma and her husband brought their
first child.  The couple asked Bhagavan Ramana to give annaprasanam.  Bhagavan Ramana initially refused. But He was
compelled to give a spoon of milk and cooked rice.  Bhagavan
Ramana finally gave it and the child passed away soon.  The second
child, again Mahalakshmi Amma brought it to Bhagavan.  Bhagavan
knew what was in store for the child.  He was asked to apply
vibhuti on the child's forehead.  He did it and the child passed away
soon.  This had also happened to the third child too.  But Mahalakshmi Amma never lost her faith in Bhagavan.  After her
husband passed away, she wore an attire of a widow's dress, head
shaven, wearing only rudraksha mala and spatika mani.  She used
to tell the beads and spent a few days each time when she had come from Andhra.  Finally she passed away.

This also happened in the case of Indira, the daughter of G.V.
Subbaramaiah.  The child was chosen and taught Deham,,Koham, Noham, Soham, as if by a nimittam, an inexplainable incident.
The child repeated the mantra.  In a few months, she had a fever
with infection, and passed away.  GVS built a Samadhi for her at
the backyard of the house.       

I shall rob you off your wealth,
And children, relatives and health,
I shall rob you off everything,
So that you can attain Me.

   - Srimad Bhagavatam.       

Arunachala Siva.