--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "jyouells2000" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> 
> --- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "hyperbolicgeometry"
> <hyperbolicgeometry@> wrote:
> >
> > --- 
> > 
> > Imaginary scenario...what are the responses of the Gurus?:
> > 
> > A Guru is lecturing in a hall with devotees, when some terrorist
> > bandits come in and demand money from everyone; if the money is 
> > forthcoming, the Guru's fingers will be cut off.
> >   Some people in the group fail to fork over their money and the
> > terrorists cut off 2 of the Guru's fingers.  Then, the police 
come in
> > and round up the bandits, after which the lecture continues...
> > [Q = question from the audience]; [R = response of the Guru]:
> > 
> > Q: [the Guru is Nisargadatta Maharaj]:  Oh Guru, how do you feel 
> > your fingers were cut off?
> > R: "Ask, who is the "I" of the person whose fingers were cut off".
> > 
> > Q: [the Guru is MMY - pronounced "Maharshee" - otherwise you sit 
> > the back if pronounced Mahareeshee]:
> > "Maharshee, who do you feel that your fingers were cut off?"
> > R: "A person in Unity cannot suffer. Besides, we just meditate and
> > take it as it comes". 
> > 
> > Q: [the Guru is Ramesh Balsekar]
> > "Ramesh, how do you feel that your fingers were cut off?"
> > R: "No problem, it's all part of the total functioning of the 
> > 
> > Q: [The Guru is Ramana Maharshi, addressed as "Bhagavan"]
> > "Bhagavan, how do you feel that your fingers were cut off?"
> > R: "What is fated to happen, will happen. The best thing to do is 
> > remain silent".
> > 
> > --- End forwarded message ---
> >
> Actually I think Maharsihi would ask to be taken to the best
> surgeon/hospital available to have his fingers reattached - and that
> would be the most sensible action for all of the above.

And when asked why he was screaming/whimpering with pain, any of the 
above might have replied: "because its what one does in this kind of 

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