Bhagavan Ramana Teachings:

In a village, there lived ten fools, who always stayed together. Once, they had to cross the river. After swimming over to the

other shore , they suddenly and seriously doubted whether anyone had been drowned in the river,. So, they decided to count

and convince themselves that all the ten were alive. The leader of the fools asked the rest to stand in a row and asked

each one to shout the numbers, like 1,2,3.. When the last man shouted '9", a chill of fear gripped all of them, since they decided

the 'tenth' man was drowned. Each of them came forward and counted the rest and found the number 'nine' alone was arrived

at! All of them started crying aloud, mourning for the loss of the 'tenth man'.

A wayfarer came, and seeing their plight, understood the real error of the counting man omitting himself! He asked them

all to stand in a line and adopted their own method of each one shouting the number. Now, the the tenth man shouted

'Ten'! All the fools rejoiced that the wayfarer was extraordinarily clever and so, could succeed in bring back the' lost' 'tenth

man alive! The 'tenth' man was never lost, as such there was no question of bringing him back to life also! Forgetting to

count oneself who counted, was the only error!

The seeker after the Truth -- 'You' -- is thus, all important to make alive every teaching and every teacher.

V. Ganesan.

Arunachala Siva.