Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sri Aurobindo on Sri Ramana Maharshi


Mrs. K. went to see Maharshi and was seen driving mosquitoes at the time of meditation. She complained to him about mosquito bites. The Maharshi told her that if she couldn't bear mosquito bites she couldn't do yoga. Mrs. K. could not understand the significance of the statement. She wanted spirituality without mosquitoes!
There are reports that those who stay there permanently are not all in agreement with each other.
Do you know that famous story about Maharshi "when being disgusted with the Ashram and the disciples," he was going away into the mountain. He was passing through a narrow path flanked by the hills. He came upon an old woman sitting with her legs across the path. Maharshi begged her to draw her legs but she would not. Then Maharshi in anger passed across her. She then became very angry and said "Why are you so restless? Why can't you sit in one place at Arunachala instead of moving about, go back to your place and worship Shiva there?" Her remarks struck him and he retraced his steps. After going some distance he looked back and found that there was nobody. Suddenly it struck him that it was the Divine Mother herself who wanted him to remain at Arunachala.
Of course it was the Divine Mother who asked him to go back. Maharshi was intended to lead this sort of life. He has nothing to do with what happens around him. He remains calm and detached.

-      Sri Aurobindo
(Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo)


6 comments:

pianomonika said...

During meditation everything must remain outside off, what could stop you to concentrate.
Maharshi saw the woman before him, but at then end it was not real, it was in his mind, he recognized, that he need to have the silence to stay .

pianomonika said...

I understand this talk very well, but I put the question: How is somebody able for meditation, when mosquitoes make the life difficult?
But I think, here is only the example given, that meditation needs silence.

Anita Colas said...

Dear Monika,about the lady and the mosquitoes,what Sri Aurobindo wanted to point out is that, if this person was even disturbed by mosquitoes then she's definately not fit for yoga, because yoga means meditation,concentration and when someone is in real, deep meditation, he or she is not aware of the outside world, nothing can disturb them. If you remember 'The evening talks' we often see the Mother come in, join the conversation, then all of a sudden fall into meditation despite all the sounds around. In meditation one doesn't feel the bodily senses, not even mosquitoes or anything. And about the woman that Ramana Maharshi saw outside, when he wanted to leave the ashram, it was not in his mind, it was the Divine Mother Herself, telling him to go back to the Ashram and continue his work so he obeyed Her orders and returned back.

pianomonika said...

To Anita Colas: Then Ramana Maharshi had an epiphany, seeing the Divine Mother.
He was a Guru, but is it for''normal people'' possible, to fall so deep in meditation, not feeling -and I give here the example of mosquitoes,the pain of the sting?

Anita Colas said...

@Monika: Yes ofcourse he did see the Divine Mother who appeared to him as an old lady. Remember at Fatima or Lourdes the children and the very young Bernadette saw Mother Mary. In the Old Testament Abraham saw three young men in front of his house and knew they were angels. About the mosquitoes, just take our own example, when we are reading a book with deep concentration, even if someone talks to us we do not hear. But I think this lady was really not made for life of meditation, if she had sincerely desired spiritual knowledge, she would have suffered anything to have it, that's why Sri Aurobindo said ironically 'she wanted spirituality without mosquitoes' in french we say 'on ne peut pas avoir le beurre et l'argent du beurre' BOnne soirée.

pianomonika said...

Yes, Anita, your example with reading a book is very good, and of course I know, what you mean.
A deep meditation needs the internal readiness, and the belief to higher spirituality, to consciuosness .