Ramana on Psychic Powers: By Dr. Harsh K. Luthar
Today, we see that the New Age spiritual business is literally a circus. There are so many gurus and many different types of “spiritual masters” offering a variety of services and products including enlightenment, super natural miracles, healing, and so forth. This is nothing new and in every age there are such people.
The path of Yoga has many branches, and not all of them are the straight path to Self-Realization.
I find amusing that many of the so called “spiritual masters” who claim affinity with Bhagavan Ramana (to bolster their own status) actually teach things which are completely opposite of what the Sage of Arunachala taught.
There are a few “gurus” who even say that they are in touch with Bhagavan Ramana at the psychic level. Sri Ramana, in his own life time, explicitly pointed out the absurdity of such claims and dismissed such “gurus” as not worth paying attention to, if one’s goal was Self-Realization.
For those aspirants, whose sole focus is on Self-Realization, it is always best to rely on the authentic teachings of Sri Ramana from original sources.
I give below a short excerpt from Aurthur Osborne on Bhagavan’s view of psychic powers. Aruthur Osborne was a great Bhagavan Ramana devotee who spent time with the Sage of Arunachala and felt his grace.
From Aurthur Osborne:
Bhagavan Ramana sought to free us from psychic as well as physical desires, and he therefore disapproved of all freakishness and eccentricity and of all interest in visions and desire for powers of any type.
Bhagavan liked his devotees to behave in a normal and sane way, for he was guiding us towards the ultimate Reality where perceptions and powers which men call “higher” or “miraculous” are as illusory as those they call “physical”.
A visitor once related to us in Bhagavan’s presence how his Guru died and was buried and then, three years later, returned in tangible bodily form to give instructions. Bhagavan sat there completely indifferent and evidently unimpressed. It was as though he had not even heard.
The bell rang for lunch and Bhagavan rose to leave the hall. Only at the doorway Bhagavan turned and quoted:
“Though a man can enter ever so many bodies, does it mean that he has found his true Home?”
In part from the Maharshi Jul / Aug 1992, Vol.2 No.4.
Please note that for the Aurthur Osborne excerpt, I took only a small part of the original and edited it slightly and added pictures of Sri Ramana to make it more readable. HKL