[Advaita-l] Sri Ramana Maharshi - A revolutionary?

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Tue Dec 25 22:56:41 CST 2012

Hari Om, Karthik ji,

Although the huge number of followers of Ramana Maharshi think that
Bhagavan taught self-inquiry alone to the exclusion of everything else, I
personally think that that is not correct. To that effect, I would like to
quote from Talks, a question that Paramahamsa Yogananda (of "Autobiography
of a Yogi" fame) asked Bhagavan and his reply thereto:


(29th November, 1935. Talk 107)
Later the Yogi (Swami Yogananda) asked: How is the spiritual uplift of the
people to be effected? What are the instructions to be given them?

*M.*: They differ according to the temperaments of the individuals and
according to the spiritual ripeness of their minds. There cannot be any
instruction en masse.


More clearer words, there couldn't be!


--Praveen R. Bhat
/* Through what should one know That owing to which all this is known!
[Br.Up. 4.5.15] */

On Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM, Karthik Subramanian <
karthikvathula at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Namaste,
> I would like to have some clarity on the above subject. The thoughts and
> views presented by Sri Ramana Maharshi were not essentially told previously
> in the way completely presented by him (at least in documented
> memory/history), although there were advocates of Dahara Vidya. Although I
> am not too sure, and many of these maybe just hearsay, there seem to have
> been instances where Maharshi questioned (at least indirectly) or gave
> different views to the prevailing/commonly accepted shastraic
> interpretations. I have gone through archives of mails in this group
> related to this, but did not find much clarification in them. Is the
> Self-Enquiry method appropriate for all; does it not require a fair amount
> chitta shuddhi obtained through vihita karmas, in the same way that one
> approaches jnana marga. I have not seen Maharshi speaking much about
> performance of vihita karma, rather it veers back to the point of observing
> who is performing them. But will this
>  observation bear fruit directly, without performance of the vihita karmas.
> What do the Acharyas of the Sankarite institutions opine on Sri Ramana
> Maharshi's teachings. I read someplace that the Sringeri Jagadguru HH Sri
> Bharathi Tirtha Mahaswami saying that the marga for jnana prapti being
> taught and followed for ages by the Acharyas of Advaita sampradaya,
> especially Sri Shankara Bhagavadpadacharya, was most appropriate for all to
> follow. I may not be able to trace back to the origins of this advice of
> Acharyal.
> Regards,
> Karthik
> PS: I am not looking forward to comments such as quoting the appearance of
> Sringeri Mutt's name in an ashtottara version of Sri Ramana Maharshi, and
> saying that this was enough proof of accepting the Ramana way by the Mutt.
> On the other hand, I have had the good opportunity of meeting the
> descendants of Sri Ramana Maharshi and got the information that the only
> accepted Ashtottara version is the one in vogue, being followed by the
> ashram, composed by Sri Viswanatha Swami.
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