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Ramana Maharshi & Krishnamurti

Mar 09, 2006 09:48 AM
by carlosaveline cardoso aveline


Ramana Maharshi, Advaita Vedanta and J. Krishnamurti


Dear Krishtar,

The Advaita Vedanta has a clear notion of the seven principles as taught by H. P. Blavatsky (and therefore is much better than the narrow views of Mr. Krishnamurti). This can be seen at Swami Vivekananda’s book “Quatro Yogas de Auto-Realizaçăo”, Ed. Pensamento, SP, Brazil, p. 18.

J. Krishnamurti hasn’t even a clear notion about higher or true Self and its dynamic equation with the outer personality.

Ramana Maharshi is, to my view, a profound Jnana Yogi, and HPB defined her written works as very much Jnana Yoga., too.

There are various levels of Jnana Yoga and HPB worked at a more reasoned, or manasic, level. Yet Ramana was not only silence. Numerous disciples of his had questions and answers put on paper and transformed in books. Ramana wrote and translated classical texts. Arthur Osborne published his “Collected Works” in one volume. Ramana’s Jnana Yoga points to the awakening of one’s higher self. Paul Brunton published a volume entitled “Conscious Immortality” which transcribes his splendid conversations with Ramana. In Brazil you have “Ensinamentos Espirituais”, by Ramana (Cultrix), an excellent book.

Ramana teaches about Skandhas, reincarnation, vegetarianism, meditation, dhyana and samadhi, the eight limbs of yoga, and many other subjects -- in a way to my view compatible with HPB’s teachings. His Jnana, in general, remembers one of HPB’s “Diagram of Meditation” (See her “Inner Group Teachings”, Point Loma Publications, CA, 1985).

And, of course, the way HPB recommends “The Secret Doctrine” should be read -- taking in consideration all the time the essential unity of each one with the entire cosmos -- is also highly similar, at the occult level, to Ramana’s philosophy.

HPB’s systematic use of questions has a correspondence in Ramana’s technique of constantly questioning “Who Am I?”. For both of them, questions may be more important than the verbal answers. Most of Ramana’s teachings are in the form of questions and answers, as HPB’s “The Key to Theosophy” and several other texts.

Ramana was generally laconical about rational aproaches to Jnana. Yet each time he accepted to use concepts, he was very precise and clear, something which cannot be said of Jiddu Krishnamurti.

Ramana Maharshi was a Brahmacharia, while Krishnamurti had a complicated love affair with the wife of one of his best friends, his right-hand, Mr. Rajagopal -- something which ended up in an ugly lawsuit and fight for money, while Theosophists all over the world were kept disinformed by Krishnamurti’s immediate disciples, and went on thinking Krishnamurti was a Brahmacharia, and indeed a high Initiate!

Mary Lutyens, Krishnamurti’s main biographer and closed friend, wrote a book dedicated to his emotional complications, entitled “Krishnamurti and the Rajagopals” (published by Krishnamurti Foundation of America, 1996, 129pp).

As to Ramana’s teachings, they are really profound in my view.

Best regards, Carlos Cardoso Aveline.

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