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From: HaraohatiR Skrintha (srik_at_iiap.ernet.in)
Date: Thu Aug 09 2001 - 12:49:28 PDT

Hi,

I think members would find the following interesting.

Sri Rama Jayam,
Srik.

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Questioner: At one place the Lord declares in the Bhagavad Gita, "All
universe is my manifestation. There is nothing other than myself".
Elsewhere in a whole chapter he goes on saying, "I am the moon among
stars, I am the king among men" etc. How can we reconcile the two
statements?

Bhagavan Ramana: The latter is only in answer to Arjuna's query: "How can
I reach you through constant meditation? Where can I recognise you?".
Arjuna's question makes it clear that he cannot at once realise the truth
of the first statement. So the Lord enumerates the manifestations of
divine glory for Arjuna to meditate upon. In fact all teachings of the
scriptures is not enunciation of the absolute truth. It has to be suited
to the stage of the aspirant and must satisfy his present need.

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>From the section: "GOD" (page 22-23) in the book, "Ramana Maharshi Answers
100 Questions," compiled and edited by A.R. Natarajan.  Published by
Ramana Maharshi Centre for Learning, Bangalore, India.

source: www.aham.com


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