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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on January 14, 2010, 09:26:49 AM

Title: Ramaswami Pillai Day - 14.01.2010 - (2)
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 14, 2010, 09:26:49 AM
Every year, wherever he was, Sri Pillai used to come to Tiruvannamalai for Kartigai Deepam.  Once he started from Chidambaram for his annual trip, and there was disruption due
to heavy rains and the bus and train services were disrupted due
to floods.  In his zeal to reach Tiruvannamalai, he set out on foot.
On the way, he found the bridge he had to cross had been washed
away.  So he returned without being able to cross the river.  He felt
miserable that he wouldn't be at Tiruvannamalai for Maha Deepam.
He wept.  At that time, he saw from where he stood, the Arunachala Hill and the light on the top! 

Sri Pillai understood that taking pity on a devotee, Arunachala
Ramana had given him darshan of Arunachala and the Light on
the top. 

After a few years, Sri Pillai permanently settled down in the
Asramam.  With the help of devotees, Sri Pillai cleared the path to Skandashram.  He would go to the town on his cycle several times
during the course of the day, to serve devotees.   People so
affectionately called him, Cycle Swami.

In the Ashram, he planted a variety of plants and fruit trees, the gardens in the Ashram, speak of his valiant efforts.

Till his merger with Bhagavan in 1994, he used to get up early
in the mornings and chant verses before the shrine of Bhagavan
Ramana.  He also explained to sincere devotees, the path of Jnana
shown by Bhagavan Ramana.

The U-toube has got a small interview of Sri Pillai along with
others like Kunju Swami.

"O Annamalai, have you not ruled over me and taken away my
soul and body?  Where is deficiency in me? You are the deficiency
and you are the fulfillment.  I shall not think over these.  Do whatever you will.  O eye of my eye! I shall only want a limitless
love to your anklet-wearing feet!"
 
              - Sri Arunachala Navamani Maalai - Verse 7.

(Source: Kunju Swami's Reminiscences.)

Arunachala Siva.