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Ramana Maharsi likes things which cost very little
« on: March 01, 2010, 02:22:05 PM »
Some rich people brought a silver cup, saucer and spoon and placing them reverentially before him, said, “Bhagavan, please use these when you take any liquid food.” Bhagavan examined the things and passed them on to his attendants. As the attendants were placing them in the bureau in the hall, he objected and said, “Why there? Let them be kept in the office itself.” “They were given for Bhagavan’s use, were they not?” said a devotee. “Yes,” replied Bhagavan, “but those are things used by rich people. What use can they be to us? If required, we have our own cups and spoons. We can use them — why these?” So saying, Bhagavan told his attendant, “Look, from tomorrow we will use our own cups. Take them out.” A devotee asked, “What are those cups,Bhagavan?” “Oh! Those cups are made of coconut shells,smoothed and preserved. They are our cups and spoons. They are our own. If we use them the purpose is served. Please keep the silver articles carefully elsewhere,” said Bhagavan. “Are not those silver articles Bhagavan’s own?” asked the devotee. Bhagavan said with a laugh, “Yes, they are. But tell me, why all this ostentation for us? They are costly. Should we be careless, some one might steal them.So they must be guarded. Is that the job for Swami?

About the same time, a devotee brought a nice walking stick with a silver handle, and presented it to Bhagavan. Turning it this side and that, and examining it, Bhagavan remarked to the devotee, “Good. It is very nice. Please use it carefully.” “But it is not for my use,” he said. “I have brought it thinking that Bhagavan would use it.” “What an idea!” exclaimed Bhagavan. “A nice walking stick with a silver handle should be used only by officials like you. Why for me? Look, I have my own walking stick. That is enough,” concluded Bhagavan.

As a rule, Bhagavan does not use costly things. He likes things which do not cost even a paisa.

Source: Letters from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam Book

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Re: Ramana Maharsi likes things which cost very little
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2010, 02:30:22 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana's alms-bowl was made of coconut shells, or the bottle gourd.  His Vibhuti box was made of palmyra fruits shell.  His walking stick
was a branch of tree in the Hill, nicely polished and made smooth.  He
refused to change His reading glasses, though the power had to be increased.
He never allowed anyone to garland Him.  He never accepted padukas, silver-
wood sandalware.  He never allowed any puja for His legs.  He always took
snacks or coffee only when everyone else was served. 

A week back I saw in TV, one Swami received baskets of flowers poured
on his legs.  Silken shawls were presented to him.  And a flower made head gear for the head!   

O Bhagavan!  How unique are You?

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Ramana Maharsi likes things which cost very little
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2010, 07:14:45 PM »
Do anyone really think Ramana did not take those things because they were costly?
All things were just things to Him.
This is not the reason. Really.


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Re: Ramana Maharsi likes things which cost very little
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2010, 04:21:52 AM »
Dear Subramanian and Amiatall,

The followers of these Swamis often claim their leader has no 'mental' attachment to these things. That they allow these things to happen only because the Swamis want their devotees to be happy. So the more the followers pamper the Swami's feet, the more proof of detachment from the Swami, and more happiness for the devotees. ;D

Rarely does one come across a Krishnamurti who would fall at the person's feet if he saw someone trying to start prostrating to him. And always be the last person to take food.





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Re: Ramana Maharsi likes things which cost very little
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2010, 09:43:45 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana Himself has said:  Whenever one comes to bow before
Him, He bows to them beforehand.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Ramana Maharsi likes things which cost very little
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2010, 06:56:37 PM »
Dear Subramanian and Amiatall,

The followers of these Swamis often claim their leader has no 'mental' attachment to these things. That they allow these things to happen only because the Swamis want their devotees to be happy. So the more the followers pamper the Swami's feet, the more proof of detachment from the Swami, and more happiness for the devotees. ;D

Rarely does one come across a Krishnamurti who would fall at the person's feet if he saw someone trying to start prostrating to him. And always be the last person to take food.



What you describe is just a business nowadays. Swami = profession.

Ramana was not a swami. His concern was not the gift but the heart of the one who gives the gift no matter what the gift was.