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2 Types of Devotees
« on: May 09, 2012, 07:56:17 PM »
MASTER: "There are two classes of devotees. One class has the nature of the kitten. The kitten depends completely on its mother. It accepts whatever its mother does for it. The kitten only cries, 'Mew, mew!' It doesn't know what to do or where to go. Sometimes the mother puts the kitten near the heart, sometimes on the bed. Devotees of this class give God the power of attorney and thus become free of all worry. The Sikhs said to me that God was kind. I said to them: 'How is that? He is our Father and our Mother. Shouldn't parents bring up their children after begetting them?Do you mean to say that the neighbours will look after them?' Devotees of this class have an unwavering conviction that God is our Mother and our Father.

"There is another class of devotees. They have the nature of the young monkey. The young monkey clings to its mother with might and main. The devotees who behave like the young monkey have a slight idea of being the doer. They feel: 'we must go to the sacred places; we must practise japa and austerity; we must perform worship with sixteen articles as prescribed by the sastras. Only then shall we be able to realize God.' Such is their attitude.

"The aspirants of both classes are devotees of God. The farther you advance, the more you will realize that God alone has become everything. He alone does everything. He alone is the Guru and He alone is the Ishta. He alone gives us knowledge and devotion. "The farther you advance, the more you will see that there are other things even beyond the sandal-wood forest-mines of silver and gold and precious gems. Therefore go forward.

Prostrations to Bhagavan

Prostrations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta


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Re: 2 Types of Devotees
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2012, 08:11:50 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Monkey type is one where the baby monkey should hold fast to the belly of mother monkey. In case it leaves its hands,
it has to fall down and mother monkey does not pick it up again. In other words, it means one should have to make one's
own efforts to attain the goal, even though Guru's grace is ever there. Sri Bhagavan explains it discreetly in His answer to
Question No. 20 of Sivaprakasam Pillai, in Who am I? Sri Bhagavan says - Rama to know that he is Rama, does he require
a mirror?

However Muruganar describes both the monkey and cat methods in Guru Vachaka Kovai.

Verse 696:

Those who have gained in this birth the Jnana Siddhi that frees them from bondage, through the faultless way of kitten -
that is solely through the power of God's Grace, without any personal effort, like a baby monkey, practiced in their previous
births servitude to God by holding on to Him with effort.

After practicing devotion like that of a baby monkey through a great many lives, in the end, when his egoism is greatly reduced,
he practices devotion like the kitten.  (Sri Ramana Paravidyopanishad.)

Arunachala Siva.