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Nagaraj

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Do not kill the snake
« on: August 09, 2010, 07:09:27 PM »
One morning in December, 1945, Chinnaswami and others saw a snake crawling near Bhagavan's hall. People started shouting outside, "What kind of a snake is it? Beat it! Beat it! When Bhagavan heard the sound of beating of the snake he cried out, "Who is beating it?" Apparently this remonstration of Bhagavan was lost in the noise of the crowd, and the snake was killed. When Bhagavan came to know this he said, "If these persons are beaten like that, then they will know what it means to be beaten."

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Re: Do not kill the snake
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2010, 10:12:06 AM »


Bhagavan Ramana never approved the animals in the Hill to be
killed.  As Muruganar says Bhagavan Ramana possessed in abundance the powerful vigor of undivided mauna such that even wild animals will not rouse themselves in anger and attack Him.

Rarely some animals which failed to find favor with anyone were returned to the donors.  A baby tiger belonged to this category.
A devotee from North India brought it to Bhagavan.  Even though
it was small, it was already rather ferocious.  It got angry with
everyone except Bhagavan Ramana who tried to go near it.  Bhagavan put it on His knee and had a photo taken but no one
else could control it.  After one week, when it became clear that
the tiger was not going to settle down, Bhagavan told the owner
to take it away.  (Living by the Words of Sri Bhagavan, David
Godman)

Bhagavan Ramana even took it as an injury to the trees,  when some visitors threw stones on the mango trees to get mangoes due to which, the bunches of leaves fell down in plenty from the trees.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Do not kill the snake
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2010, 10:15:28 AM »


Bhagavan has said in Talk No. 79:-

Question:  The animals seem to conform to their own natural
laws in spite of their environment and changes.  Whereas man
flouts social law and is not bound by any definite system.  He
seems to be degenerating whereas animals are steady.  Is it not so?

Bhagavan:  [After remaining silent for some time], The Upanishads
and scriptures say that human beings are only animals unless they
are realized beings.  Possibly there are worse also.

 

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Do not kill the snake
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2010, 10:23:02 AM »

One more idea expressed by Muruganar in this connection, in
Guru Vachaka Kovai:-

Verse 1132:  The many lowly species, such as four legged animals, birds, and so on, live through minds that are constantly agitated
by sankalpas [thoughts and intentions].  He alone truly lives whose mind, shining with the light of Jnana, lives not through any thought, but only through mere being.

Muruganar further comments here:

The implication is that the life of mauna in which the mind is dead is alone truly living as a human being.  A person, having obtained this rare and glorious human birth, shou8ld, through that birth,
attain and experience the bliss of peace.  If he spends his time
living with an agitated min, this is no better than living the most debased life of an animal.

(Translation of the verse: David Godman)


Arunachala Siva.