Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Even Ramana Maharishi had to deal with a young and well educated but jobless upstart who wanted to take his place!

An extract from Page 84 (pdf page 90) of 'A Sadhu’s Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi', written by Major Chadwick (Sadhu Arunachala),, is given below.

A young man from Mysore sat in front of Bhagavan for months, apparently always in deep meditation. Bhagavan appeared almost antagonistic towards him, so much so, that someone asked him, why? Bhagavan replied that the young man was only meditating for a job as he was out of work, and this proved to be true. The youth was actually offered employment in a local school as he had a degree in science but had by then gone so crazy that he ignored it.

His idea of a job now seemed to be to take the place of Bhagavan himself. It was very dangerous to misuse Bhagavan’s power and a thing which Bhagavan always strongly opposed. This youth finished up by trying to jump onto Bhagavan’s couch and embrace him, calling out, “Father, Father!” and thus hoped to gain power directly.

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Ravi: The book does not say anything further about this young man, so one presumes that the young man went away (or was forced to go away).

It is interesting for me to note that Ramana Maharishi had to deal with at least one young and jobless upstart who was well educated (had a degree in science then, sometime in or before 1950 when Ramana gave up his body) who, as per Major Chadwick, wanted to "take the place of Bhagavan himself".

It has been my experience that a few young persons become pathetic victims to power craze in spiritual ashram setups, having delusions of great spiritual power that they think they possess, but which eventually crash to the ground when they are forced to confront reality. One has to be very wary of young persons in established spiritual setups who view themselves as "chosen" and "specially blessed", as most of the time their claims turn out to be false.

[I thank Major Chadwick/Sadhu Arunachala and his heirs and this book publisher and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above short extract from their book on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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