Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi on the monkey who drowned himself

G.V. Subbaramayya: Was it Sivayya who beat a monkey and the monkey was so grieved that it went and drowned itself?
Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi : No, it was someone else. And the monkey was not even beaten, it was only scolded. Even that was more than it could stand and it went and drowned itself very soon after. It was a dog that was beaten. He was a very strange dog.

All day he would lie quiet in a place among the rocks, higher up than our Asramam, and where it was not easy to see him, and he would only go out at night. Seeing something black going out and
coming back at night, we looked during the day time and found that it was a dog. He continued in this way for many days, so we took pity on him and began giving him food. But even then he
would not come near us. We used to put some food a little distance away from us and he would come and eat it and then go away.

If we went near he would run away. And then one day, when a number of us had been out and were returning, this dog ran up to us, and he came straight to me out of all the crowd and jumped up on me and tried to make friends with me. After that he stayed with us and he would go and lie in the lap of any devotee.

Some of the orthodox ones didn’t like it, and one day Iswara Swami beat him for interfering when a devotee was doing puja. This was more than the dog could stand and he immediately
disappeared. We don’t know what happened to him. We searched for him but could never find out.

Source: from book "day by day with Bhagwan"

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