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Spiritual Stories As Told by Ramana Maharshi

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Preface The mind seeks to define the infinite. In doing so it has used its own resources to bring down Supreme Truth in a simple and yet potent language. Scattered throughout the religious scriptures of India, parables and stories abound, weaving a colourful thread around the most profound spiritual truths of mankind. Handed down from parent to child these religious treasures of India remain a relevant force today. Sivaprakasam Pillai, one of the earliest devotees to recognise the spi...

Preface

The mind seeks to define the infinite. In doing so it has used its own resources to bring down Supreme Truth in a simple and yet potent language. Scattered throughout the religious scriptures of India, parables and stories abound, weaving a colourful thread around the most profound spiritual truths of mankind. Handed down from parent to child these religious treasures of India remain a relevant force today.

Sivaprakasam Pillai, one of the earliest devotees to recognise the spiritual greatness of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, commented "Sri Ramana Bhagavan has attained the state of Brahman without knowing the word Brahman." For it was not until years later, that books were brought to Sri Bhagavan by devotees, describing the very state he himself had intuitively experienced. With his pure and retentive memory, he retained the essence of all these books at a glance, and brought forth at a moment's notice, the perfect story or parable suitable to the occasion. In Sri Ramana's own words the beauty and wisdom contained in such stories are made ever more beautiful and the essence made even clearer.

Sri Bhagavan would not only tell the story but would act out the part to the delight of his devotees. If the story was particularly moving, tears would flow freely from his eyes. "Such was the attraction of these stories", Kunju Swami related, "that when we heard Sri Bhagavan beginning a story, even if we had heard it numerous times before, we would literally stop whatever we were doing and run to his side to hear it again" S. S. Cohen in Guru Ramana Relates, "Bhagavan Was reciting from memory a poem of a Vaishnava Saint, in which occurred the words, 'Fold me in Thy Embrace, O Lord', whereupon the arms of Bhagavan joined in a circle round the vacant air in from of him, while his eyes shone with devotional fervour and his voice shook with stifled sobs which did not escape our notice. It was fascinating to see him acting the parts he related, and being in such exhilarated moods as these." On another occasion while Bhagavan was reading and explaining a story about Tara Vilasam his eyes became full of tears and his voice became tremulous. It looked as if the whole drama was being enacted in his presence. Noticing this Suri Nagamma remarked, "Bhagavan appears to have been transformed into Tara herself." Pulling himself together the master said with a smile, "What to do? I identity. Myself with whosoever is before me, I have no separate identity. I am universal."

At the suggestion of Mrs. Lucia Osborne, we have included the incidents, which inspired Sri Bhagavan to relate the story. A few stories have been added, along with a glossary of Sanskrit and Tamil words. Special thanks must be made to Sri S. Tyagarajan who with great care went over the entire manuscript with Sri Kunju Swamigal. Sri Kunju Swamigal's unfailing enthusiasm and keen interest helped us greatly.

With deepest salutations this little work is offered to Sri Bhagavan, whose guidance, grace and love has prompted this collection of stories. We pray for the grace and blessings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana. May his words inspire us to turn within.

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While scripture can be potent medicine for the disease of samsara, spiritual stories are like delicious sweets giving us a direct and effortless taste of sublime spiritual truths.

Ramana Maharshi was a master chef who provided a divine feast for his devotees. Timeless parables and epic tales came alive with his gracious words and inimitable dramatizations.

"Such was the attraction of these stories," said Kunju Swami, "that when we heard Sri Bhagavan beginning a story. Even if we had heard it numerous times before, we would literally stop whatever we were doing and run to his side to hear it again.

May the seeker find both inspiration and guidance, entertainment and enlightenment in these classic stories as retold by our beloved Sadguru.

 

CONTENTS
PREFACE iii
FOREWORD v
CONTENTS VII
VARIOUS STORIES & TALES  
Self-Surrender 3
The Jnani and the Siddha 6
Twentyfour Gurus 8
Enter the Heart 9
Buddha 10
The Sadhu and the Three Stones 12
Initiation 15
Peace is the Sole Criterion 16
The Garlic Plant 17
'I' and You 19
Earnestness or Faith (Sraddha) 21
In the World but not of the World 22
Total Abidance 25
Quiet Piety 26
Unknown Tenth Man 27
God Works for his devotee 29
Each Reflects His Own Nature 29
The Master's Payment 30
The Fault Lies in Exposure 30
Brahmachari's Touch 31
The King and His Ministers 32
The Greatness of Japa 34
Silent Eloquence 36
Headship of a Mutt 37
Bhakta Ekanath 40
The Immature Pot 42
Tapo Bhrashta 45
Togi's Penance 46
Brahmin's Curse 47
Kabir 49
Kamal, Son of Saint Kabir 50
Mutual Curse 53
The Lord Himself Comes 55
Deliverance of a thorn Bush 57
BRAHMA, VISHNU, SIVA  
Silence is the True Upadesa 63
Dakshinamurti 65
Brahma's Pride 67
Sweet of Speech 69
Parvati's Test 70
Going round the Self 71
Ardhanareeswara 73
PERIAPURANAM  
The Fire of Devotion 81
Mother's Blessings 85
The Lord is Within Me 87
Pilgrimage to Sri Arunachala 89
Sambandhar and Appar 94
Saint Appar 97
There is Nothing Without 100
With the Moon in His Crown 101
Swami is Everywhere 104
Sundaramurthi's Bond of Servitude 106
Manikkavachakar 111
How the Tiruvachakam was Written 116
YOGA VASISHTAM  
Brahma, the Creator 121
The Charm of Self-realisation 123
Alms for a King 126
Universal Equality 127
One Pointedness 129
The Siddhas' Lesson 130
GLOSSARY 131
Important Events in Sri Bhagavan's Life 137

 

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Item Code: IDI518 Author: Ramana Maharshi Cover: Paperback Edition: 2010 Publisher: Sri Ramanasramam Tiruvannamalai ISBN: 978818801835 Size: 8.4" X 5.4 Pages: 147 (B & W Illus: 4) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 174 gms
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