One Question and it’s All clear
A man came to king Akbar’s palace court to challenge his minister Birbal. Birbal was in a great hurry. But Akbar forced him to accept the challenge. So he said to the challenger,
“I am in a great hurry. So decide whether you want to ask one difficult question or hundred easy questions.”
The man readily replied, “I will ask only one most difficult question.” Birbal replied, “Please do so.”
The man asked, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”
Without a moment’s pause, Birbal replied, “the egg came first.”
The challenger was a little taken aback by this promptness. But he sensed as opportunity to defeat Birbal here.
So quickly asked, “Why do you say so?”
Birbal with a naughty smile said, “You cannot ask me that. You only decided to ask me only one question to which I have already replied.”
Questions lead to further questions. Ultimately, when one comes to a question that cannot be answered then know that the real question has been asked. Know then that questions have served that utility. Thereafter further questions cannot be asked.
If you can sincerely ask that one question of Ramana Maharshi to yourself then no further questions are needed. All clear.