Thursday, September 01, 2005

Thayumanavar, Ramana and Sadguru

Thayumanavar wrote about the qualifications that are necessary for one who is looking for a qualified Guru. Bhagavan Ramana once cited this verse, and endorsed its contents, in the following dialogue:

Question: When does one get the company of sadhus?
Bhagavan: The opportunity to be in the company of a Sadguru comes effortlessly to those who have performed worship of God, japa, tapas, pilgrimages etc for long periods in their previous births. There is a verse by Thayumanavar that points out the same thing:

For those who, in the prescribed manner,
have embarked upon the [pilgrim] path
of divine images, holy sites and holy tanks,
a Sadguru, too, will come
to speak one unique word,
O Supreme of Supremes!

Only he who has done plenty of nishkamya punyas [austerities performed without any thought of a reward or consequence] in previous births will get abundant faith in the Guru. Having faith in the Guru’s words, such a man will follow the path and reach the goal of liberation.


At September 02, 2005 12:35 AM, Blogger keerthi said...

anna, just one small redirection.

been to ?
post your comments on the recent post.. i was expecting one from you.

At September 02, 2005 4:13 AM, Blogger krishna said...

very true indeed..

lets all try and follow the law of karma..:)

At September 02, 2005 5:08 AM, Blogger Sriram C S said...

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear! :)

At September 02, 2005 8:25 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Keerthi - sorry boss - I didnt check that out..I would do and leave my comments :) - thanks for letting me know :)

At September 02, 2005 8:26 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Krishna - "the law of Karma" has given me a different view of God..I shall post on that soon..

At September 02, 2005 8:27 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

agnibharathi - u are perfectly right :)

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