Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi – Giridhari Lal

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Giridhari Lal was a resident of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry in the 1940s.

Day by Day with Bhagavan by Devaraja Mudaliar (no. 35) has the following entry dated March 18, 1946:

In response to Giridhari Lal’s question, “When the kali yuga, which consists of so many thousand years, would end?” Bhagavan said: I don’t consider time real. So I take no interest in such matters. We know nothing about the past or the yugas which were in the past. Nor do we know about the future. But we know the present exists. Let us know about it first. Then doubts will cease. Time and space always change, but there is something which is eternal and changeless. For example, the world and time, past or future, nothing exists for us in sleep. But we exist. Let us try to find out that which is changeless and which always exists. How will it benefit us to know that the kali yuga started in such and such year and that it would end so many years from now?

Regarding the devotee’s query as to why the puranas give the exact duration of each yuga, Bhagavan replied: The immensity of the periods of time assigned to each yuga may be a mere device to draw man’s attention to the fact that even if he lived upto hundred years, his life is such a trifling, insignificant fraction of a yuga. Therefore, he should take a proper view of his humble place in the entire scheme and not go about with a swollen head, deeming himself as of great importance. Instead of saying, What is man’s life compared to eternity? They have taught him to consider how short his span is.

Extracts from his poem:

Sri Maharshi – The Alchemist

What Maharshi knew at seventeen, we don’t know at seventy. Why? Ah! We lack the fire; our hearts are cold and our heads are hard. Alas! What shall we do?

Go to Maharshi? Yea; He’ll lend us fire, warm our hearts – now cold -And turn the stones in us into Gold.

That is Maharshi, the Alchemist.

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