"The very first step in understanding what this is all about is giving up the concept of an active, volitional 'I' as a separate entity and accepting the passive role of perceiving and functioning as a process." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Monday, April 3, 2017

Not Enough

Sri Ramana Maharshi

I was away at Madras from the 13th and returned last night. This evening at about 6-30, our Framji’s brother’s son, who has been staying here for about a month with his wife and child, came with his party to take leave of Bhagavan, as they intended leaving for Bombay the next morning. Mother and son stood near Bhagavan’s feet, and T. S. R. told Bhagavan that the party had come to take leave. The child about three years old went up to Bhagavan, and stood near him close to the grating. Bhagavan graciously took hold of the boy’s right arm and shook it and let him go. He went back to his mother and, as they were prostrating, said something to her in Gujarati. Bhagavan asked what it was all about. The mother said, “He is saying Bhagavan did not place his hands on his head and bless him.” Bhagavan was surprised at this remark of the child. The mother took advantage of the situation, and told her son to go near Bhagavan. Bhagavan began saying, “I have touched his arm. It is enough.” But the child had come up to him and put his head across the grating. Bhagavan touched his head and remarked, “I thought he would be satisfied with my having touched and fondled him. But he persists and wants this.”

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