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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on July 07, 2009, 08:25:32 PM

Title: Musings over Death - 2
Post by: Subramanian.R on July 07, 2009, 08:25:32 PM
However great one may be, one cannot avoid death.  Death
is the only certainty in one's life, till he attains the Self.

There was one great mathematician in the ancient days in
India.  He had a daughter by name Ratna.  This mathematician
was also an exponent in astrology.  To his shock, he found
that his daughter, Ratna, would become a widow if she gets
married.  He tormented his brain so much with this prospect
and finally chose a time, a particular minute, in which Ratna
should be married off, so that she would not become a widow.

The exact time was chosen.  In those days, there were no
clocks.  There were only hour-glasses, where water or sand
was used with which the time was calculated.  The bride
and bride groom were ready and everything was ready to
tie the sacred thread around the bride's neck at the appointed
time of great good.  Meantime, while coming to the wedding
dais, Ratna looked into the hourglass and a pearl from her nose
ring fell into the hour glass, thus blocking fall of sand or water
from the upper half to the lower half!  Accordingly, time was
'delayed' a bit.  Marriage was performed.  The father-mathematician was very happy that he had conquered death
of his son-in-law. 

Within a week, the son in law died.  Ratna became a widow!

This mathematician-father is Arya Bhatta, the famous astrologer
of ancient times!  His name is even today used for Indian
satellites.  This man wrote a detailed treatise on astrology
and time calculations and his famous book is called Ratna
Mukta Vali,  The Book of Ratna's Pearl!  He ended this treatise,
by a statement or verse, stating that all this [what he wrote]
might or might not happen, only with Mrutyanjaya's Grace.
Mrutyanjaya is Siva, who conquered death.  He is the Deathless, the master of death, who kicked Yama, the god of death, when
the latter came to take away his devotee Markandeya.

Marana bhayam mikkuLa am makkaL araNaga...... Verse 2
of Sad Darsanam.

Arunachala Siva. 

Title: Re: Musings over Death - 2
Post by: soham3 on July 07, 2009, 10:10:39 PM
Satya Sai Baba is also mrityunjaya because he has also conquered death. As for Yama, he was powerless against saint Kabir also.
Title: Re: Musings over Death - 2
Post by: soham3 on July 07, 2009, 10:47:05 PM
There is a story where Bhaskara's daughter Lilavati gpt widowed because in her curiosity she went near the device set up by her father and a pearl from her nose fell into the cup.
Title: Re: Musings over Death - 2
Post by: Subramanian.R on July 08, 2009, 10:19:15 AM
Dear soham3,

Yes.  There are similar stories about Aryabhatta and Bhaskara.
Both are great mathematicians-astrologers. Ratna and Lilavati,
both looked at the hour-glass and the pearl from their nose
rings fell into the hourglass and thus "delayed" the exact
time.  You are correct.

Aryabhatta's book is Ratna Mukta Vali and Bhasakara's
book is Lilavati.  Both their names have been given to
Indian satellites.

Arunachala Siva.