Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Aurobindo






Courtesy: "LIFE" Magazine, May 30, 1949

Ramana Maharshi - Initiation in Mantras is must

Question : Can anyone get any benefit by repeating sacred syllables [mantras] picked up casually?
Ramana Maharshi: No. He must be competent and initiated in such mantras. This is illustrated by the story of the king and his minister. A king visited his premier in his residence. There he was told that the premier was engaged in repetition of sacred syllables. The king waited for him, and on meeting him, asked what the mantra was. The premier said that it was the holiest of all, gayatri. The king desired to be initiated by the premier but the premier confessed his inability to initiate him.
Therefore the king learned it from someone else, and, meeting the minister later, he repeated the gayatri and wanted to know if it was right. The minister said that the mantra was correct, but it was not proper for him to say it. When pressed for an explanation, the minister called to a page close by and ordered him to take hold of the king. The order was not obeyed. The order was often repeated, and still not obeyed. The king flew into a rage and ordered the same man to hold the minister, and it was immediately done. The minister laughed and said that the incident was the explanation required by the king. `How?' asked the king. The minister replied, `The order was the same and the executor also, but the authority was different. When I ordered, the effect was nil, whereas, when you ordered, there was immediate effect. Similarly with mantras.


Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi rare video

Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi rare video


pianomonika said...

The power of religion in India is something unimagenable elsewhere in the contemporary world ,but there is no point in logical dispute about religions.A man must believe , or he does not believe.
Both, Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Aurobindo were so great spiritually men.

Anita Colas said...

"Who am I?" is the question Sri Ramana Maharshi asked himself and came to the conclusion "I am not this physical body, nor am I the five organs of sense perception; I am not the five organs of external activity, nor am I the five vital forces(respiration, digestion and assimilation, circulation of blood, perspiration and excretion). Neither am I that unconscious state of nescience which retains merely the subtle vasanas (latencies of the mind), while being free from the functional activity of the sense-organs and the mind, and being inaware of the existence of the objects of sense-perception. Therefore, summarily rejectiong all the above mentioned physical adjuncts, and their functions, saying "I am not this: no, nor am I this, nor this" that which then remains separate and alone by itself, that pur Awareness is what I am.This awareness is by its very nature Sat-Chit-Ananda (Being-Consciousness-Bliss). Sri Aurobindo also said that we should often ask ourselves this question "Who am I" in this manner we can persevere more and more in the practice of self-enquiry and the mind aquires increasing strength and power.