“I observed that Bhagavan shunned theoretical explanations and kept turning the questioner to practical considerations of sadhana, of the path to be followed. It was that and only that he was here to teach!” - from My Life and Quest by Arthur Osborne, p. 92
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Bytes of Wisdom From Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
It is related (and the story is no less significant whether historically true or not) that after attaining Enlightenment the Buddha’s first impulse was to abide in the effulgence of Bliss without turning back to convey the incommunicable to mankind. Then he reflected,
“Some there are who are clear sighted and do not need my teachings, and some whose eyes are clouded with dust who will not heed it though given, but between these two there are also some with but little dust in their eyes, who can be helped to see;
And for the sake of these I will go back among mankind and teach.”
(For Those with Little Dust, Selected Writings of Arthur Osborne, p. 85)
This book is dedicated with respectful thanksgiving to Arthur Osborne,
who in his life of discipleship to Sri Ramana Maharshi
sought to bring understanding for those “of little dust”.
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Seeking and Finding the Kingdom of Heaven - Talk #609
Devotee: I feel that I am transplanted into some other land than the Earth.
Sri Bhagavan, while looking into some correspondence, heard it, smiled and said: “This is the Kingdom of Heaven. The Kingdom of Heaven mentioned in the Bible, and this world, are not two different regions. ‘The Kingdom is within you,’ says the Bible. So it is. The realized being sees this as the Kingdom of Heaven whereas the others see it as ‘this world’. The difference lies only in the angles of vision.”
The close disciples of Sri Bhagavan said that he shunned theoretical explanations and kept turning the questioner back to consideration of sadhana, the path to be followed. Furthermore it was said of him “It was sadhana, and sadhana alone, that he came to teach." (My Life and Quest, Arthur Osborne, p. 92)
His efforts in teaching those who came to him can be summed up in guidance toward transforming their lives to abandon the old (ages old) habits, both physically and mentally. Many who found themselves in his presence were satisfied in just hearing “the Kingdom of Heaven is within you”. They would glibly smile with self-confidence and then return to their old ways without even a glimmer of introspection regarding the condition of their minds and hearts.
But some wanted more. And to them Bhagavan gave more, and is still giving much more! He would watch them as they meditated and would notice every detail of their lives, both within and without. To those who sought change Bhagavan was relentless in keeping not a single stone unturned. His success was not just changing their angles of vision; he changed them.
The root definition of the Sanskrit word “sadhana” means the method by which the instrument of transformation is applied. The Saints speak of sadhana being like a chisel carving rough stone into a work of perfection. We should take this simile to heart, and begin our spiritual ‘realization’ from the ground up, in order to secure a strong mind able to grasp the subtle and merge into it. To this end Sri Bhagavan’s teaching is ready and waiting: “Physically the digestive and other organs are kept free from irritation. Therefore food is regulated both in quantity and quality. Non-irritants are eaten, avoiding chillies, excess of salt, onions, wine, opium, etc. Avoid constipation, drowsiness and excitement, and all foods that induce them. Mentally take interest in one thing and fix the mind on it. Let such interest be all-absorbing to the exclusion of everything else. This is dispassion (vairagya) and concentration. God or mantra may be chosen. The mind gains strength to grasp the subtle and merge into it.” Talk #2