Grandfathers and sannyaasa

Gummuluru Murthy gmurthy at MORGAN.UCS.MUN.CA
Thu Nov 21 06:58:39 CST 1996

On Thu, 21 Nov 1996, Rushikesh K. Joshi wrote:

> Now we may say, O Maharshi, finally you left us even after saying that you
> were not going anywhere. But in the core of our heart we know
> that Maharshi's 'I' is different from what we understand as our 'I'.
> And thus Ramana's simple spontaneous reply to cries, 'I am not going anywhere'
> comes to us now as a statement packed with full Knowledge.
> "I am not going anywhere. Where could I go" !!
> What a wonderful reply !!
> It seems tears rolled down from his eyes during the last moments.
> Any answer for why tears in Maharshi's eyes ?
> And don't you forget to remember what Maharshi is !

Shri Ramana is a knowledgeable person. He has recognized that Brahman
and I are one and the same. Once that recognition is made, the Self can
discard the body. But in Shri Ramana's case, for the good of the world,
the physical body is kept as an attachment to the Self.

The body of Shri Ramana, attached to the Self, went through the various
physical ailments, surgeries, and expressed the human responses like any
other human body. The difference is that Shri Ramana did not have any
attachment to the body, and the body is a third person.

When Shri Ramana answered "Where can I go ?", it is the Self answering.
When the eyes shed tears, it is the body's response.

I think the response is quite natural.

> Om Shanti: !
> - Joshi

Gummuluru Murthy
Adau ante ca yan nAsti vartamAnepi tat tathA !
                                GaudapAda in Mandukya kArika
What did not exist at the beginning and what is not going to exist at the
 end is as good as non-existent even in the present.

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