Post by Amritha Varshini on Oct 22, 2014 6:59:54 GMT 5.5
SIMPLICITY – An incident from Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi’s Life.
Once a devotee brought a nice walking stick with a silver handle, and presented it to Bhagavan.
Turning it this side and that, and examining it, Bhagavan remarked to the devotee,
“Good. It is very nice. Please use it carefully”.
“But it is not for my use,” he said.
“I have brought it thinking that Bhagavan would use it.”
“What an idea!” exclaimed Bhagavan.
“A nice walking stick with a silver handle should be used only by officials like you. Why for me?”
Look, I have my own walking stick. That is enough,” concluded Bhagavan.
“When that one is worn out, you could use this one, couldn’t you?” asked another devotee.
“Why these costly things for me? If a bit of wood were chiselled, a walking stick could be made out of it in an instant. While I was on the hill, I used to chisel a lot of wood into walking sticks, smooth them and preserve them. Not even a paisa was spent on that account. Several people took away those walking sticks. They were our own. Why all this ostentation for us? Those cheap walking sticks will do for us”.
So saying, Bhagavan gave the sticks back to the devotee.
As a rule, Bhagavan does not use costly things. He likes things which do not cost even a paisa.