[It] is like trying to cover the world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes. (Ramana Maharshi)
Ramana had the poet’s skill of playing with metaphor. He was modulating a shloka from the Yoga-Vaasishtha, which says that, to a man who wears sandals, the whole world is covered in leather. In other words, our knowing is limited by the conceptions that we impose upon it.
This is the Flip Side of the Vasishtha: Ramana is not confuting the metaphor, he’s giving it another take. (He has lovely eyes. Check them out!)
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