By Arthur Osborne

"The phrases of this sage nonetheless flame out in my reminiscence like beacon lighting. "I pluck golden fruit from infrequent conferences with clever males" wrote trans-Atlantic Emerson in his diary, and it truly is yes that I plucked complete basketfuls in the course of my talks with this guy. our greatest philosophers of Europe couldn't carry a candle to him..." Such used to be the compliment by way of Paul Brunton,who turned one of many ardent devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi. one other such,Arthur Osborne,decided to quiet down at Tiruvannamalai,where the Ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi is located.He has written numerous books approximately his religious stories. This ebook recounts the phrases of the good Sage. "There is one flak of the mountain the place the ascent is sheer,with no friendly groves to relaxation in at the way,where to atone for this,the course is direct and crest already obvious from the plains under and through the ascent.This is the direct direction taught through Bhagavan." learn on and luxuriate in the publication.

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It is also a premonition of its own impending sacrifice. The premonition of expansion explains the many who are called and the queer company they are; the need for contraction explains the few that are chosen. The combination of the two processes explains the nervous tension that is often set up when, instead of complementary, they become opposing forces. It is no play-acting and no easy task. There will be no success until the ego is prepared to surrender and go to its own sacrifice, but on the way it may pass the trees I referred to, dangling with tempting but unearned fruits.

I took advantage of this correspondence to tell him of the disappointment I had experienced from the contrast of the present reality of Siam with his idealized picture of the East, and it was partly as a result of my representation that he, or Martin Lings for him, explained in the English translation of Orient et Occident that eastern countries of today do not correspond with his description of the traditional East. Such an explanation was, however, inadequate; the books should have been revised throughout to make it clear that it was not the East as it is that was being described but an ideal.

Therefore our modern civilization, far from being the highest achievement of mankind, is an aberration foredoomed to destruction by its very nature, while our modern sciences consist of such knowledge as traditional civilizations would not have thought worthwhile accumulating, since they have no spiritual basis and do not further the spiritual development of those who acquire them. All this he expounds with brilliant lucidity, vast erudition, and unshakable conviction that he was right and scathing contempt for all who disagreed.

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