Seekers And “Seekers” (Surpassing Love And Grace)

The ‘Seekers’ do not seem to have learned the meaning of humility, which is the foremost virtue of a sadhaka. For the mind turned bright by its own purity cannot but rightly assess the difficulties of the task ahead and the relentless fight to be put up in the ups and downs of the long and arduous road. A pure seeker allows no outward appearance to cloud his judgement, but gratefully seeks the help of senior and more experienced sadhakas.

Grapefruit (Surpassing Love And Grace)

. One day, I remember, there was a talk in the darshan hall about the potencies of the avatara-hood, the special incarnation of God, when Sri Bhagavan remarked, without a vestige of self-glorification, that an avatara was only a partial manifestation of Iswara, the Creator, whereas the jnani, the Self-realised man was Brahman Itself.

“What will I do with it?”

From the chapter PART III Diary of the book “Guru Ramana – Memories and Notes” by S. S. Cohen. 5th September 9-40 a.m. A visitor hands the Maharshi a very beautiful walking stick, which seems to be made of the best ebony. Maharshi takes it, turns it on all sides, and carefully examines every part of it, then stretches it back to the giver, who signifies that it is an offering for Bhagavan. Sri Bhagavan replies, “What will I do with it?” and, turning to the disciples, he smilingly says: “In olden days I used to make and give away sticks. Nowadays I am being presented with them. What will I do with them? If I take this stick, it will remain here unused till someone will one day carry it off. Then the presenter will feel sorry. Will it not then be better for him to take it back right now and, seeing it, he will always remember me?”The devotees laughed, and the visitor’s depression turned to elation, which made him exclaim: “Your grace has overwhelmed me; I’ll cherish it all my life, as it has been hallowed by Bhagavan’s...

The Rumour That The Maharshi had Passed Away

From the chapter PART III Diary of the book “Guru Ramana – Memories and Notes” by S. S. Cohen. 28th August From early morning people started flocking from the town to the Ashram, on the rumour that the Maharshi had passed away. Many of them came with tears flowing from their eyes, but became happy on seeing him in good health. In the evening Sri Bhagavan tells everybody and jokes about it: “A man,” he said, “in the morning gave me his namaskar, and then told me of the rumour of my death. I asked him to see for himself” and chuckled. Today, being the Tamil anniversary of his arrival atTiruvannamalai (1896), some enemies of the Ashram played this practical joke. “God, forgive them for they know not what they do,” I thought to...

The Fear of Death

From the chapter PART III Diary of the book “Guru Ramana – Memories and Notes” by S. S. Cohen. 17th August, 1948 10-15 a.m. Mr. Rappold, an American devotee opens his eyes from meditation in which he seems to have been deeply sunk and raises his voice: Rappold. Bhagavan, what should a devotee do at the time of death? Bhagavan. A devotee never dies, rather he is already dead. (Then he stops and waits for a competent translator. Devaraja Mudaliar enters. Bhagavan completes the answer.) What should a devotee do at the time of death? What can he do? Whatever a man thinks in his life-time, so he does in his last moment – the worldly man thinks of his worldly affairs and the devotee of devotion and spiritual matters. But a Jnani having no thoughts of any kind, remains the same. His thoughts, having died long ago, his body also died with them. Therefore for him there is no such thing as death. Again, people fear death because they fear to lose their possessions. When they go to sleep they do not have such fear at all. Although sleep resembles death in leaving all possessions behind, it causes no fear in their hearts because of the knowledge that the next morning they will enter into their possessions once again. The Jnani, having no sense of possession, is entirely free from the fear of death. He remains the same after death as before...