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Title: Bhagavan & Muruganar 3
Post by: Nagaraj on August 14, 2010, 05:46:47 PM
One morning, Bhagavan was preparing to grind the coconut chutney to be served with the idlies at breakfast time. Anticipating Bhagavan's actions. Muruganar darted forward and took hold of the vertical stone that rotates within the cavity of the circular grinding stone. Muruganar started rotating the vertical stone, while Bhagavan settled down opposite and slowly pushed the coconut and other ingredients into the gap.

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While this activity was going on, Bhagavan was talking about the early days. He said, "While we were staying on the Hill, Mother often remarked that a grinding stone would be a big help. I invariably replied that, once a grinding stone was acquired, some other appliance would appear indispensable, and there would be no end to such requirements. I used to tell Mother that, by acquiring one object after the other, we will only bind ourselves much more tightly to this earthly life."

Bhagavan's voice had a mesmeric effect upon Muruganar. Though his hands continued their mechanical activity, his mind was far away. He did not even notice that the chutney was ready; he just continued to rotate the stone. To catch his attention, Bhagavan splashed some water onto his face, under the pretext of sprinkling water on the chutney. Even then, Muruganar did not recognise the situation. He assumed that Bhagavan was sprinkling water on the ingredients, and some of the water had accidentally splashed into his eyes. So he just wiped his face with a towel, and continued with his activity. At that point, Bhagavan exclaimed, "What is this? Can't you see that the task is done? Why persist with the grinding when the chutney is ready?" Only then did Muruganar realise what was happening.

Salutations to Sri Ramana
Title: Re: Bhagavan & Muruganar 3
Post by: ramanaduli on August 14, 2010, 08:58:40 PM
Dear Nagaraj ji,

It can be done by Bhagavan only. While doing the work, mind is not attached with the work but it is watchful how the work is going on. IRUNDHUM ILLAMALUM.
It is very difficult task. By practice we can do it.

Title: Re: Bhagavan & Muruganar 3
Post by: Subramanian.R on August 15, 2010, 10:31:24 AM

Dear Nagaraj and ramanaduli,

There are a few incidents like this, where Muruganar with gaping
mouth, was simply looking at Bhagavan Ramana, and messed up
the work on hand.  He could not concentrate on anything, if Bhagavan was looking at him.

In this incident, where Muruganar did the job so badly, since he
was simply looking at Bhagavan Ramana's face and was listening to His words, Bhagavan remarked:  "The way you have cut the vegetables is no better than the way you managed your house!"

Soon afterwards Muruganar wrote the following verse, that is
found in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, Chevili Irangal, Verse 6:

Chevili Irangal literally means the foster mother sympathizing with the state of the lady love who is pining and is suffering from high fever due to her separation from the lover or Lord.   

There, the foster mother says:  She like a creeper in sun is withering due to high fever, please forgive her mistakes, O Ramana, please gift us back our daughter in good condition and
be happy in life.  [Verse 5]

The Verse 6 says:

Why are you, O Ramana,
A naked beggar crying out
For alms and roaming here and there?
Why not seek the company
Of a nice young lady and so start
Straightway a decent household life?

Muruganar, writing in jest, thought that Bhagavan's extreme fastidiousness in the kitchen, was more suitable to a married
householder than a 'naked beggar'.  Bhagavan Himself roared
with laughter when He was shown the verse.

Nakkaraagi nayanthu Ramanare,
Pukku pitchai pulambi tirivadhen,
Thakkavaaru oru thyal udhaviyar
Chikkena kudi vaazhkai cheluthume!

[Source: David Godman]

There are a few more incidents like this, showing Muruganar's
attention towards Bhagavan's words, abandoning the work on hand totally.

Arunachala Siva. 
Title: Re: Bhagavan & Muruganar 3
Post by: Subramanian.R on August 15, 2010, 10:46:35 AM

Once Bhagavan Ramana was boiling some herbal leaves in sesame oil, in a vessel.  I have read that this took place near cowshed.
When the oil + herbs boiled, Bhagavan Ramana wanted to filter
this mixture into another empty vessel, by keeping a nice cloth as
a filter paper on that vessel.  He asked Muruganar to pour the hot mixture, with a ladle, while He was Himself holding the cloth tightly on the mouth of the empty vessel.  Bhagavan Ramana started talking to Muruganar.  And Muruganar was simply looking at Him, simultaneously transferring ladle full of mixture on to the cloth. Without even noticing that the previous load had filtered down, he continued to pour ladles of further oil mix, in as much as, the oil spilled over the cloth and fell in streams on the sandy ground.

Bhagavan Ramana stopped talking and said:  "Enna Oye, thylam
[herbal oil] is streaming down!  And you are pouring further ladles of oil!"

Muruganar understood the folly.  He stopped.  And then took the
oil that has spilled down on the ground, with both his hands and
started applying the same on his head and face!  His face and head were full of oil + sand mixture!

Everyone around, including Bhagavan Ramana, laughed heartily.

Chevili Irangal, Verse 4 in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai [though written in some other context] aptly describes the situation:

O Suddha Jnana Swarupam, O Ramana,
The Guru for first rated honest seekers,
O Siddha, after seeing you, my daughter got deluded,
And ran after you, like a mad girl, O poor thing!

Suddha Jnana swarupa ramanane,
Uttama pakkuvarku guru vai edhir
Siddhanai kaNdu chittam thihaithup poi,
Pitthi yai pin thodarnthanaL pedhaiye!

Arunachala Siva.     

Title: Re: Bhagavan & Muruganar 3
Post by: Subramanian.R on August 15, 2010, 01:44:18 PM

Muruganar's obsession with cleanliness was legendary and this is
also an one pointed attention, without caring for any thing about the surroundings.  One of his student Padma Venkataraman has noted that he would use four full buckets of water just to wash his hands, feet and teeth.  The same attitude was manifested when he was asked to take charge, temporarily, of the puja in the Mother's Samadhi - Matrubhuteswara Lingam.

He would be rubbing the Lingam so that there would be no trace of oil from the abhishekam... Next, he would endlessly clean the area.
While watching him to do the worship Bhagavan humorously remarked, "The way you are rubbing the Lingam, it would wear away in no time.  The Lingam itself would disappear one day!

[Source:  the Power of the Presence, David Godman, Part II]   

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Bhagavan & Muruganar 3
Post by: Nagaraj on August 15, 2010, 01:51:30 PM

imagining what would have been the reaction of Muruganar...