Saturday, 5 January 2013

About Miracles - A Different Outlook!

Om Namo Bhagavate Shri Ramanaya!

The womb of miracles is Grace, which is none other than the Self. Miracles here, may be defined as not the glaring ones as in Physic powers, Clairvoyance or materialising objects etc that bears the stamp of doership. They are simply divine interference in day to day life that are too very natural, and could often escape from even an alert eye. Such were those which took place in the presence of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.

Any ardent seeker's life is peppered with miracles or divine interference. There are two common outlooks towards miracles. While most intellectual seekers on the path of Self realization often have a self imposed indifferent attitude towards miracles, seekers on the path of bakti or devotion often get lost in miraculous happenings. In my humble opinion, I guess focusing on Grace, the underlying factor of miracles than focusing on miraculous happenings themselves, or being aware of miracles rather than being indifferent to them voluntarily could be the right attitude, as Grace is none other than the Self.



Grace strengthens faith and bestows surrender which in turn thins doership. It aids one to rest and relax in it even at times of turbulence or dynamic action. While Bhagavan Ramana did not accept doership to the numerous miracles that dotted his devotees' life, He claimed miracles to be the 'automatic divine activity' as stated by Sadhu Om Swami, a great devotee of Bhagavan.  Ramana simply stated miracles as occurrences  in the presence of any divine being.

Ramana once told Rangan, His childhood friend that all the latter's sufferings were a dream and nothing more, if centered in "Grace" or the "Self". However, His Grace did not fail to intervene in numerous occasions to smooth out the wrinkles in Rangan's life.

Cherishing and shunning miracles are both states of mind. While to transcend the opposites is the end of a spiritual journey, tuning the mind to Grace rather than dwelling on miracles themselves, is the way to deal with miracles in the course of one's journey (Though in reality there is no journey from the standpoint of  the "Self")

Can the manifestations of Grace infused with Grace alone, be different from Grace it self?

Om Namo Bhagavate Shri Ramanaya!


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