I have copied this dialogue to show how we cannot understand and often accept the great people
From ~~~ Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talk 272.
There are widespread disasters
spreading havoc in the world e.g.,
famine and pestilence.
What is the cause of this state of affairs?
To whom does all this appear?
That won’t do. I see misery around.
You were not aware of the world and its sufferings
in your sleep;
you are conscious of them in your wakeful state.
Continue in that state
in which you were not afflicted by these.
That is to say,
when you are not aware of the world,
its sufferings do not affect you.
When you remain as the Self,
as in sleep,
the world and its sufferings
will not affect you.
Therefore look within.
See the Self!
There will be an end of the world
and its miseries.
But that is selfishness.
The world is not external.
Because you identify yourself wrongly with the body
you see the world outside,
and its pain becomes apparent to you.
But they are not real.
Seek the reality and get rid
of this unreal feeling.
Can you accept his answer ? For what Maharshi was saying is something after all your karma is destroyed. So even when you read his answer you will not be able to accept it – it appears very selfish.
These great saints – when they see suffering – they remain unmoved – even with their own suffering. But at the same time destroy the karmas of others by absorbing it. They are the most caring.
I have witnessed this many times in such exalted saints
THE FOOLS OF THE WORLD CANNOT SEE OR UNDERSTAND WHAT A GURU DOES AND CAN DO. WHAT IS DONE BY THEM IS FAR MORE THAN TALK.
If you think going to huge yoga conventions, lectures by people who “wake Shakti”, or going to gatherings with meditation training you will miss the boat. If you really wish progress sincerely pray to God to send a guide. Don’t waste time with other activity. When even taking a breath is painful because you don’t have such a Guru, then and only then does God send a guru. The intense passion and need for finding a Guru must be there!
Otherwise the guru can be right in front of your eyes and you will walk away with nothing! He can only help when you want to wake up! The moment you think you can wake up on your own, you can use book knowledge or blog knowledge to wake up he lets you continue your efforts – and smiles. He sees a child playing with his toys.
So much has been written. No one asks !