[Advaita-l] An anecdote
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Tue Feb 27 19:48:30 EST 2018
Every scripture says that it is necessary
to make the mind subside.
Therefore, after knowing that mindrestraint
(mano-nigraha) alone is the
intention of the scriptures, what is the
benefit in reading the scriptures again
and again? For making the mind
subside, it is necessary to investigate
who one is. Therefore, instead of
investigating and knowing who is
oneself, who exists within the five
sheaths (pancha-kosas), liking to
know oneself through scriptures is
only futile. All the scriptures that have
been read will at one time end up
having to be forgotten.
On Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 12:03 AM, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Thank you for sharing this.
> On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 10:11 PM, sreenivasa murthy via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> > Dear friends.An incident in Sri Bhagavan Ramana's life.
> > Quote:
> > It was in 1940 that one day, oneof the devotees sitting in the hall
> > raised the topic regarding the utility ofreading books on religion and
> > philosophy,.
> > In reply Sri Bhagavan said:
> > “You wake up in the morning and look into themirror and the mirror shows
> > you that you have a growth and that you have to getrid of it. You may go
> > on looking into any number of mirrors; every mirrorwill tell you the
> > but no mirror can ever shave you. You have to shaveyourself. Instead of
> > wasting time looking into mirror after mirror it is bestto start shaving
> > after having looked into the first mirror and known the truth.So also all
> > the books will tell you the same truth perhaps in slightlydifferent ways.
> > Instead of wasting time reading book after book why not realizefor
> > what was obvious from the very first book”.
> > [Mountain Path; January,1972]
> > Justas it is fruitless for one to scrutanize the garbage which is to
> > becollectively thrown away, so it is fruitless for one who is to know
> > himself , to count the number and scrutinize theproperties of the tattvas
> > Whichare veiling oneself, instead of collectively casting all of them
> > aside.
> > [ Who Am I?]
> > Unquote.
> > The readers / mumukshus can draw their own conclusions.With respectful
> > namaskarsSreenivasa Murthy
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