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RAMANA MAHARSHI

Thieves There Too

People began to flock to Ramanashram in large numbers. Everyone who went there was not necessarily good. Once in 1924, a band of thieves came to the Ashram in the guise of disciples. All the valuable things in the Ashram were looted. One of them thrashed even the Maharshi. But Ramana’s disciples caught him. They asked for permission to punish the thief. Ramana did not give his consent. His reply was: 'The snakebites, the scorpion stings, the bull buffs. Are we right in crushing them because they do so? We should try to keep away from them.Even so, the thieves think that it is their nature to commit theft. But to pardon them is our Dharma (sacred duty). True humanity lies not in returning violence for violence, but in forgiveness. Let us set the man free."

Then, he turned to the thief who hadbeaten him and said, "If you are not satisfied, you give me another blow." There were tears of repentance in the thieve's eyes.Ramana advised him and sent him away. To ask for forgiveness when one has erred, and to forgive one, who has asked for forgive- ness, are acts of great value in Ramana Maharshi's view. When the thieves left, Ramana Maharshi observed jokingly: "They have worshipped me also."

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Ramana Maharshi - A Great Soul, who was full of compassion for all living being !
About Ramana Maharshi
Introduction
'Kumbhakarna'
'Arunachala'
The Body Is Not'I'
The Boy Leaves Home
The Journey
The ship Reaches The Port
'Bridavan'
Meeting The Mother Again
The Family Grows
Mother And Father
The Ashram
You are Here! Thieves There Too
Love For All Living Beings
Life In The Ashram
What Courage!
The Last Days
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