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Henri Cartung and Bhagavan Ramana
« on: April 06, 2009, 01:29:03 PM »
Henri Cartung is one of the two admirers of Bhagavan Ramana,
who had earlier read Rene Guenon, the great French philosopher.
The other one is Arthur Osborne. 

Rene Guenon's various books on Hinduism triggered the minds
of Western devotees of Bhagavan Ramana.  [In fact, he must
have his well deserved place along with Immanuel Kant and
Shopenheur, in the history of philosophy.] 

Henri Cartung was given Rene Guenon's book, Introduction to the study of the Hindu doctrines, by Oliver de Carfort in Lyon, France.
In 1947, on a business voyage to India, he met Raja Rao,
[who was ofcourse, a follower of Swami Atmananda] but Raja Rao
asked him to go the Asramam of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.  He did and the meeting was decisive.  Henri Cartung wrote a number of books and articles on Bhagavan Ramana, for the benefit of French people and he had acknowledged his dual debt to the metaphysician
[Rene Guenon] and the Sage of Arunachala.

On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Bhagavan Ramana in 1979, he published with Editions du Cerf. a work dedicated to the latter.  This book  "owes much Rene Guenon who represented, for him, though what he had been and all that he had written, a permanent Inner Force."  It echoes a significant debate of the synthesis that some have wished to make between the written teaching of Rene Guenon and the oral teaching of Bhagavan Sri
Ramana Maharshi.

"Arthur that which happened to me several years later --- had heard some Europeans make a distinction between the influence that Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi radiated and initiation
such as Rene Guenon had defined.  Thus he posed to the Maharshi
Himself this question:...... Ramana approved the point of view according to which His Presence like His indications are practical
means of spiritual realization (sadhana)  See Arthur Osborne,
"Le regard qui transperce", Mountain Path, vol. 15, no. 1 of 1978.

Rene Guenon wrote to Henri Cartung in 1949: 

"At the Ashram, like Sri Ramana Maharshi Himself, one feels that
everything is really in order from the traditional point of view,
and there is certainly no more or less doubtful element.  Moreover,
it seems that Bhagavan Ramana on His part heard of Rene Guenon.
According to Carl Hurtung, He called him, 'the great sufi.'

Heni Cartung had last visited Sri Ramanasramam, in 1982, along
with his wife, Sylvie.

(Source: Mountain Path, A Book Excerpt, Rene Guenon:- the Reversal
of the Light: Influence of a metaphysician on the French literary and intellectual life.  Issue of July-Sept. 2007)

Arunachala Siva.