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Ramana Maharshi about Simplicity of Life
« on: June 26, 2010, 11:48:58 AM »
If some men of abundant wealth were to give up willingly a few of their luxurious modes of living, millions of pitifully suffering poor could live.

Since the gracious Lord produces the needful food for all creatures only in the needed quantity, if one consumes more than what is needed to sustain life, it is a sin of stealing violently otherís food. Thus should you know.

Sri Muruganar: Although this verse mentions only food, it is applicable to all the necessities of life.

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

Guru Vachaka Kovai is the biggest collection of Bhagavanís 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 about Simplicity of Life
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2010, 12:34:51 PM »

Dear prasanth,

Padamalai also gives in some verses about the desires and proliferation of desires:

Verse 1133:  A heart that has been usurped by the demon of powerful
desires, which are vile attachments, is a home of miseries that will
stream forth like winged white ants from their hole.

Verse 2125:  If everything is perceived as the one consciousness alone, there will not be even the tiniest amount of yearning in your mind.

Bhagavan Ramana says in Talks No. 502:

There is room for kama [desire] so long as there is an object apart from the subject. i.e., duality.  There can be no desire if there is no
object.  The state of no-desire is moksha.  There is no duality in sleep and also no desire.  Whereas there is duality in the waking state and desire is also there.  Because of a duality, a desire arises
for the acquisition of the object.  That is the outgoing mind, which is the basis of duality and of desires.  If one knows that bliss is none other than the Self, the mind becomes inward turned.  If the Self is gained, all the desires are fulfilled.

Verse 2255:  The proliferation of desires in life results from the spread of worldly attachments, which is in turn the devastating
consequence of forgetting one's true nature.

Verse 2360:  By destroying the concepts of the mind, the desires that accumulate in worldly life - a life that is unnatural and born out of delusion - will be destroyed. 

Verse 542:  A mind that is greatly agitated by the winds of desire will find peace for a while, through thinking about God.

Verse 2138:  A mind that runs after pleasures through the five senses, while squashing her Lord in the Heart, is an unchaste woman.

(TR. of verses David Godman)

Arunachala Siva.