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Electronic Ramana - Editorial in Mountain Path, Jayanti 2013.
« on: January 20, 2013, 04:53:14 PM »

Yes, the Internet is a wonderful device, that gives us instant access to the latest new and knowledge. At the tap of a key, we can
gain information that previously took hours, days or years to locate. Yes, it enriches and helps us understand each other and widens
our range of perception. Yes, it can assist us to become better human beings. No, it is not the answer to the fundamental problem as
to who we are. At best it is a marvelous tool, at worst it is toy that we can waste our time and fill our mind with chaos.

We are on the verge of a major leap in the development of humanity, which concomitantly makes it crucial that we should not
confuse technological advancement with self-understanding. Let us not forget that the Bhagavad Gita was written on parchment
with home made ink. We are in conflict with science as we know it today with its materialist ideology that believes in the name
of progress, the human being is also a device which is being refined and adapted to new conditions. But we are more than a machine.

As followers of Sri Ramana we believe that within the core of our being there is an immortal Spirit whose journey on this earth has
meaning both on personal level and on the grand scale of the universe. We believe in unity. The Spirit that animates this instrument
is perfect in itself and our passage through life is meant to make us conscious of the I AM which hums throughout all existence. All our
communication with others, all our thoughts and feelings are a manifestation of this I AM.

Whether we are aware of it or not we are all in search of meaning. Like any institution today the Asramam has a website that makes
Sri Bhagavan's teaching and commentaries on them available. We can read and download much that is of assistance but it would be a mistake to think that we now have the definite answer. The quest requires more from us than words.

Though so much is available it does not necessarily follow that it is all true. On a more familiar plane we face the question of whether
what we hear or read of the knowledge that Sri Bhagavan imparted to us is what was meant by the original source. In general, the further away in time or place the original source, the more likely the knowledge received is corrupted in some way, be it gross or subtle.
We face this challenge with Bhagavan's teachings now that the impact of this original source is fading. Though we have the original
writings translated into many languages, we are also weighed down with the accumulation of second hand commentaries. More and
more books or comments or blogs are written by those who supposedly know what Sri Bhagavan meant. So do and some don't. It is up to us now to know the difference. To employ an old adage,  "All that glitters is not gold."


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Re: Electronic Ramana - Editorial in Mountain Path, Jayanti 2013.
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2013, 01:27:41 PM »
ELECTRONIC RAMANA:

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This leads us to another task. Spiritual literature is a vast field and much that was secret or had to find it now readily available.
The ease of access has resulted in information overload. What is information and how are we to gauge if it is vital or will it just
muddle our minds with irrelevancies?  Like too much food, too much information can warp our judgment and make our minds dull
or confused.

The Internet offers us an entirely new approach to knowledge. Previously knowledge was exclusive but today the world of facts
and figures is potentially at our finger tips. The way  we approach information has now also changed. The Internet accelerates our
learning process. We have a powerful tool and really the question is how to use it wisely. Our attitude has to change. We now do not
need to store up information but rather navigate the vast terrain. We should maintain clarity. There is a law called Occam's Razor
which states that among competing propositions, the one which makes the fewest assumptions should be selected. Or more bluntly,
do not cloud our perception with that which is unnecessary. Sri Bhagavan, after all, taught mainly in silence.

We can be free from the restrictions of a material world when we enter the digital domain, yet on another level we have begun to
devalue knowledge by making it an easily accessible commodity. In general, we do not value that which comes effortlessly. We may have massive amounts of information, movies, music, photos, available on our computers do we really treasure them the same way as
we did our first book given as a gift or bought with hard earned labor?

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Re: Electronic Ramana - Editorial in Mountain Path, Jayanti 2013.
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2013, 01:32:43 PM »
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There is a story. 'A Sufi went to the court of a certain king. The scholars who surrounded the throne said, 'Your Majesty, this man
must not be allowed to speak until he has satisfied us that he knows in detail the classical books and commentaries, because
otherwise he might harbor thoughts which could be harmful to the kingdom.'

But the Sufi could not recite any classics, and his manner of speaking was foreign to the scholars, who called him a charlatan and had
turned him away.

Six months later, the Sufi appeared again and presented himself to the master of ceremonies.

'You are not allowed into the court as a learned man, Sufi,' said the master, 'since you have failed the test.'

'But I am not here as a learned man,' said the Sufi. 'I come as one who brings a present for His Majesty.' He indicated a horse which
was following him.

When he was admitted into the royal presence, the Sufi said, ' I have dared to bring this horse to Your Majesty because it has
characteristics which I think worthy of a sovereign's attention.'

'And what are those?' said the king.

'Cause any volume of classics to be brought,' said the Sufi.

As soon as the book was produced and put before the horse, it started to turn over the leaves with its hooves. From time to time
it paused, looked at the Sufi and neighed.

'Good heavens!' said the king. 'The horse is reading the book and remarking upon the passages from it.'

'Is this not more wonderful than the capacities of the scholars, who, after all, are human beings, and better equipped than a horse
to read books?' asked the Sufi.

'Yes, indeed', said the king. 'But I must know how this wonder came about.'

'If I tell you, Your Majesty may be tempted to dismiss all scholars from positions of importance,' said the Sufi.

'Even at that risk, tell me,' said the King.

'Well, I trained the horse for six months by putting some oats between the pages of books,' said the Sufi, 'and that was his
incentive  --- to earn a little for each piece that he knew. He supplied the neighing part himself.

'But that is just the way that scholars are themselves trained,' said the king, 'so that we can do without them.'

And that is just the story behind the happy tale of Sufistan, the history of the future. You may have heard it, the time and place
where real scholars were able to come into being because the horse-like ones and their way of training their successors and sycophants were put to flight by the mind who became a Sufi.

(Shah, Idris, The Dermis Probe, New York, Dutton and Co. 1971)/

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Re: Electronic Ramana - Editorial in Mountain Path, Jayanti 2013.
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2013, 12:54:01 PM »
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We are reaching the technological point, where we no longer need to laboriously seek the tools necessary for spiritual growth.
They are ours for the asking: we just need to know where to look. It is an acquired skill like any other and it brings with it the
danger that we will become fascinated by the cornucopia on offer that we forget our original purpose and become lost in a maze
that confuses rather than illuminates. Who has not surfaced dazed and tried after hours of trawling the Internet? Our knowledge
may be greater, but are we wiser? It does not necessarily follow that the more information we gather the more we understand
the subject.

We are in a similar position in respect to Sri Bhagavan's teachings. We will never know everything there is to know. The more we
go in depth, the deeper we discover the well of wisdom. On the other hand, if we stick to the conventional wisdom without serious
consideration and reflection, we will go no further than superficial understanding. We will accumulate facts and statements of
supposed wisdom. We may mouth the 'self evident truths' but it will be hollow mimicry.

It does not matter how many temples we visit, how many gurus we ask, how many rounds of japa we do, we continue to seek
understanding of Jnana which cannot be quantified as if it were a material item. We are concerned with transformation not
accumulation.  True transformation is like blinding lightning which instantly illuminates the dark. To say it is ours like any other
possessions, is the like fool who tries to catch the lightning in his hands.

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Re: Electronic Ramana - Editorial in Mountain Path, Jayanti 2013.
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2013, 10:18:32 AM »

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In like manner, capturing Jnana as if it were a bit of information is impossible because here we are discussing an entirely
different dimension of reality where time and space are not quantifiable.  Jnana is not consistent or predictable constant
available for taking. Each moment is new and though there are similarities with other moments, each is unique. In the same
way, we cannot quantify Jnana because it does not follow the rules or laws of our waking universe. It does not resemble
any other moment. How then are we to grasp that which cannot be anticipated or compared?

What we should be looking for in facts and opinions, is not accumulation to satisfy our curiosity. Rather we should look between
the lines and search for the jumps in the logic or argument and ask why? The Internet will not do it for us. The Internet will
satiate us with impressions, half leads, thoughts that have neither beginning nor end. They lead us on. It feeds us signals
but it takes intelligence (vijnana) to turn them into meaningful information. We could say that information is not a goal, but a signpost.

Some may think the world of cyberspace is comforting because we can control it. This is a delusion. It dictates us what we see
and experience. We should use the tool with discrimination for information is now surprisingly cheap. It does not provide the answer
to our problems but it does offer clues. There is no instant enlightenment. There is no easy way out. Ultimately there is a limit to the
amount of information one requires one step at a time to attain wisdom, beyond that we become victims of a greedy mind. Lord
Siva has five aspects, creation, sustenance, dissolution, grace and veiling. Veiling or  forgetting is an important and necessary
aspect of life. Without it we cannot breathe. We cannot appreciate each unique moment if we are in a thrall of cluttered mind.

concluded.

Arunachala Siva.