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Ramana Maharshi About His Brahmasthram (Divine Weapon)
« on: August 31, 2010, 11:45:43 PM »
A boy of about 18 years of age came here on a cycle from some place. After sitting in the hall for a quarter of an hour, he went to Bhagavan and asked, “After crossing Omkar, where to merge?”

With a smile Bhagavan said, “Oh, is that so? Wherefrom did you come now? Where will you go? What is it you want to know? Who really are you? If you first tell me who you are, you can then question me about Omkar.” “I do not know that even,” said the boy. Then Bhagavan said, “You know for certain that you are existent. How are you existent? Where really were you before? What exactly is your body? First find that out. When you know all that, you can ask me questions if you still have any doubts.

Why should we worry where Omkar merges, and after it merges why worry about what comes next, when it ceases to exist? Where do you merge ultimately? How do you come back? If you first find out your state and your movements, we can think of the rest.”

When Bhagavan said all this, the boy could not give any reply and so went away after bowing before Bhagavan.What other brahmasthram (divine weapon) is there against a questioner? If only that weapon is used, the questioner is silenced.

Two or three years back, when a sannyasi boasted about having read all books on religious matters and began asking Bhagavan all sorts of questions, he repeatedly gave the same answer, “Find out who you are.” When the sannyasi persisted in his meaningless questions and arguments, Bhagavan in a firm tone asked him, “You have been asking me so many questions and entering into so many arguments. Why don’t you reply to my questions and then argue? Who you are? First answer my question. Then I will give you a suitable reply. Tell me first who it is that is arguing.” He could not reply, and so went away.

Some time later, I developed this idea and wrote five verses on ‘Divya Asthram’ and showed them to Bhagavan,when he said, “Long ago when Nayana (Ganapati Muni) was here, Kapali also used to be here. If they wanted to ask me anything, they would fold their hands first and say, ‘Swami,Swami, if you will promise not to brandish your brahmasthram,I will ask a question.’ If during conversation the words ‘Who are you?’ escaped my lips, he used to say, ‘So you have fired your brahmasthram. What more can I say?’ They called it brahmasthram and you are calling it ‘Divya Asthram’.” After that, I too started using the word brahmasthram. Really, who is not humbled by that asthram?


Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam VOLUMES I, II & Letters from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam By SURI NAGAMMA Translated by D. S. SASTRI

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Re: Ramana Maharshi About His Brahmasthram (Divine Weapon)
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2010, 09:42:40 AM »

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Dear prasanth,

Very Nice.  Yes. It is Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni who used the word
"Brahmastaram" first.  'Who is asking this question?' or 'Who is the
questioner, Find out!' or 'For whom this doubt or question arises?'
-- like these, Bhagavan Ramana used to ask several devotees.  This
is not merely to silence the questioner.  It is only to make the questioner go within to find out the "I" [ego] which has raised these
often unworthy questions.


Arunachala Siva. 

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2010, 10:11:53 AM »

Dear prasanth,

Muruganar has given in his Guru Vachaka Kovai, about the famous
Brahmastram of Bhagavan Ramana.  He says in Verse 386:

By means of the question, "Who is the one who questions?", all
the questions that one asks, which arise through duality, will die
at their very source.  That question, "Who is the questioner?", becoming the invincible Brahmastram, will obliterate the appearance
of 'otherness' that manifests in the darkness of ignorance.

David Godman adds here that the name originated with Ganapati
Muni and Kapali Sastri.

In Sad Darsana Bhashya Kapali Sastri asks:

Kapali Sastri: Whenever a question is put to you, you say "Know first who it is to whom the doubt occurs", "Does anybody doubt the
doubter?", "Know yourself before you proceed to speak of others", etc., This is a veritable Brahmastra [Supreme Weapon] at your
hands to deal with the questioner.....


Arunachala Siva.