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One day, one of the devotees came to Bhagavan and said in an excited whisper, "Look, Bhagavan! Just look at that man!"

Everyone turned to look. We saw a gentleman who was asleep, swaying back and forth. The gentleman who had approached Bhagavan complained, "I have been watching him for the past few days. He always sleeps in Bhagavan's presence."

Bhagavan looked at the devotee and said, "That man is doing what he came here to do. But what about you? Did you come here just to check on people, and see who is awake and who is asleep? Why don't you mind your own business?"

Seeing the overzealous devotee rebuked like this, all the others burst out laughing.

Bhagavan did not like it at all when people complained about others. He used to say that as long as a person concentrated on the work he was engaged in, he would not even notice what others were doing. One can find the time to criticize others only when one's attention wandered from the work at hand.

Source: From Cherished Memories by T.R. Kanakammal
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Re: Ramana Maharshi says It is better we mind Our Own Business
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2010, 08:42:04 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana always used to say:  "Vantha velaiyai Paar.
Attend to the work for which you have come!"  He never advised
to distract one's mind towards someone else's doing or saying.

Once a Western lady came to see Bhagavan Ramana.  She was
a sincere seeker and in the early years, she could not sit as
Indians do in padmasana or artha-padmasana.  So she went
and with the support of the wall in the Old Hall, stretched her
legs and sat.  One attendant came and told her not to show disrespect, by stretching her legs and he literally forced her to
sit as Indians do.  Bhagavan noticed this and He also squatted
on the sofa folding His legs.  The attendant and the devotees
told Him:  "Bhagavan!  Already there is problem in your knees
and legs.  Kindly do not fold your legs.  Please stretch your legs
as you normally do."

Bhagavan Ramana said:  "If she has to be told to do like that,
(when she had some other difficulty in squatting), I should
also follow the rules!"

On persuasion, He agreed to stretch His legs, and also told the
attendant to inform the Western lady also to stretch her legs,
since she was not used to squatting.

Arunachala Siva.