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For a big temple-chariot to go along the streets and safely reach its destination, not only the strong linchpins but also the obstructing blocks, which prevent it from dashing into anything by running to the sides of the streets, are indispensable.

Sri Muruganar and Sadhu Om: In the whole of this verse, only an example [upamana] is given and the ‘exampled’ [upameya] is left to the reader to infer. It should be understood as follows: ‘Similarly,for an aspirant to successfully complete his tapas or sadhana, not only a blemishless character and mode of life but also the obstacles that come through prarabdha are indispensable. Hence, an aspirant should accept obstacles patiently, viewing them as being due to Grace’.

For instance, the harsh words, “Why all these for one who is like this?”, uttered by the elder brother of young Venkataraman,when patiently accepted, brought forth one great Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi to the world. Not only by unintentional words like these, but even by the intentional troubles caused by wicked people, will great good result in the life of an aspirant.

Source: GURU VACHAKA KOVAI The Light of Supreme Truth or THE COLLECTION OF GURU’S SAYINGS translated from original Tamil By Sadhu Om and Michael James

Guru Vachaka Kovai is the biggest collection of Bhagavan’s spoken teachings that was thoroughly checked and revised by him during his lifetime. As such it has a unique place in the Ramana literature.
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Re: Ramana Maharshi Says Aspirant Should Accept Obstacles Patiently
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010, 01:06:21 PM »

Once during the monsoon time, it was not raining heavily but the
atmosphere was damp in the Hill, with the result there were
thousands of mosquitoes biting Bhagavan Ramana and a few devotees
who were with Him.  So they decided that they would all go to
Tirupati for a change, along with Bhagavan!  They were getting
ready and they requested Bhagavan to come with them.  Bhagavan
Ramana, not knowing their plans fully asked:  Where? Where to go?
Then they said about the mosquito bites and a trip to Tirupati for
some days would do good.  Bhagavan Ramana then said:  "O mosquito bites!  So you want to leave this place?  Where are mosquitoes? Where are the bites?  I do not know such thing.  You all go.  I shall stay back!"   

The devotees who were with Him felt ashamed.  They all stayed
back and 'put up with the obstacles'.  Bhagavan Ramana says in
some other place:  "A sincere seeker, if he buckles to the obstacles,
there will not be any progress in Sadhana."

Arunachala Siva.