going about with a swollen head

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Giridhari Lal was a resident of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry in the 1940s.

In response to Giridhari Lal’s question to Ramana Maharshi, “When the kali yuga, which consists of so many thousand years, would end?” Bhagavan said: “I don’t consider time real. So I take no interest in such matters. We know nothing about the past or the yugas which were in the past. Nor do we know about the future. But we know the present exists. Let us know about it first. Then doubts will cease. Time and space always change, but there is something which is eternal and changeless. For example, the world and time, past or future, nothing exists for us in sleep. But we exist. Let us try to find out that which is changeless and which always exists. How will it benefit us to know that the kali yuga started in such and such year and that it would end so many years from now?”

Regarding the devotee’s query as to why the puranas (ancient Hindu myths and legends) give the exact duration of each yuga, Bhagavan replied: “The immensity of the periods of time assigned to each yuga may be a mere device to draw man’s attention to the fact that even if he lived up to hundred years, his life is such a trifling, insignificant fraction of a yuga. Therefore, he should take a proper view of his humble place in the entire scheme and not go about with a swollen head, deeming himself as of great importance. Instead of saying, What is man’s life compared to eternity? They have taught him to consider how short his span is.”

source (PDF file: FACE TO FACE WITH SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI)

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Encounter with Ramana

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The following is an excerpt from a wonderful book called “Face to Face with Sri Ramana Maharshi” by David Godman. Many who came to Ramana’s Ashram in Tiruvannamali, in the south of India for a short visit or for longer wrote later of their impressions and experiences.

Sanjiva Rao, B.A., who belonged to the pre-Independence Indian Educational Service was one of these. These are his inspiring reminiscences of his encounter with Ramana:

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi is a strange figure – one of the strangest and yet one of the most fascinating and striking personalities of all times. As a matter of fact he belongs not to any age, but to all ages, not to time but to eternity.

The Maharshi has renounced as valueless all that the modern world values most. He has no use for money; he is no respecter of rank and position. His detachment is as complete as it is perfect. Nothing seems to possess the power to disturb his super-poise, his marvelous tranquility and peace. Continue reading

serene encounter with reality

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Meditation is not evasion.

It is a serene encounter with reality –

Thich Nhat Hanh

 Repose

Unruffled Calmness

Serene Joy

Blissful Peace

The surroundings cause no fluctuations.

The physical world is an integral part of Reality.

Be the real Self of man, the timeless and spaceless Being

out of whom both mind and body

derive their existence and maintain their existence.

source p. 53, 54

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