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24th October, 1947

A few days before, on the 11th or 12th,while Bhagavan was seated in the Jubilee Hall, an army of monkeys came clamouring for fruit. Krishnaswami, the attendant, tried to drive them away by shouting, whereupon Bhagavan said, “Remember, the 15th of August is an Independence day for them as well. You must give them a feast on that day instead of driving them away.”

On the 14th, while some of the Asramites were busy making arrangements for the hoisting of the flag, the army of monkeys came again and again. One of the servants tried to drive them away. Seeing this, Bhagavan said with a laugh, “Do not drive them away, please. They too have attained independence, have they not? You must give them Bengal-gram, lentils and parched rice and feast them. Is it proper to drive them away?”“But tomorrow is the Independence Day, Bhagavan,” said the servant, “not today.” Bhagavan laughed, “So that’s it, is it? But when you are making arrangements for the celebrations, should they not make their own arrangements? That is why they are busy, don’t you see?”

You know what happens with the monkeys on other occasions? One of the attendants will be sitting with a basket to receive the fruit offered to Bhagavan by devotees. Off and on the attendant sits with closed eyes being drowsy or listening to the radio. Waiting for a suitable opportunity,some of the monkeys come and snatch away the fruit. When the people in the hall try to scare them away,

Bhagavan would say, “When these attendants are immersed in deep meditation (dhyana samadhi), the monkeys come and see to the work of the attendants. Someone has to look after the work! The attendants put the fruit into the basket, the monkeys put the fruit into their stomachs; that is all the difference. While people forget themselves while listening to the music over the radio the monkeys busy themselves in enjoying the sweet juice of the fruit. That is good, isn’t it!” If the monkeys come while no attendants are there, Bhagavan says, as soon as one returns to duty, “See, not one of you was here and so the monkeys have been looking after your work. They are actually helping you. So you can take some rest. When I was on the hill, they were my constant companions. You now drive them away, but in those days, theirs was the empire.”

Sometimes these great monkey-warriors knock the fruit out of the hands of newcomers, while on their way to Bhagavan, and at times even snatch away the fruit which people keep by their side after having had it given back to them as prasadam by Bhagavan’s attendants.

Noticing these things Bhagavan would say, “They take their share of the fruit, why be angry with them? There is the concentrated look, the ‘lakshya drishti’.

Somehow they find out where the fruit is kept and in the twinkling of an eye, all of them come and take away their share. Their attention is always on the fruit. That is why, in Vedantic parlance, the monkey’s look is given as an illustration of the concentrated look, lakshya drishti.The moment the Guru makes a sign with his eye, the disciple should understand; otherwise the disciple cannot achieve his aim.


Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam VOLUMES I, II & Letters from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam By SURI NAGAMMA Translated by D. S. SASTRI
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Re: Ramana Maharshi About The Monkey’s Look In Vedantic Parlance
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2010, 08:51:05 AM »

"Lakshya Dhrishti" = Gazing only towards the Goal is the Vedantic
term, and Sri Sankara also uses this in some of his works.  The
goal of the monkeys is only to attain the fruits or nuts.  They do
not care about the means at all.

It is the usual practice for me to carry a plastic bag containing nuts,
since this could be taken both by peacocks and monkeys.  Once
by mistake, I did carry this plastic bag as it is, without covering
it over with another cloth bag.  As I climbed the steps towards the
open ground, near the book shop, monkeys came swiftly from no
where, and plucked away the bag from me.  They took the bag,
opened it from all sides and consumed the nuts.  Their lakshyam
was fulfilled.  My lakshyam to give the nuts equally to peacocks
and monkeys failed!

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Ramana Maharshi About The Monkey’s Look In Vedantic Parlance
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2010, 12:10:19 PM »
HaHaHa

nice comedy incident sir.
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