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Title: Bhagavan & Squirrels 8
Post by: Nagaraj on August 21, 2010, 05:19:24 PM
In Bhagavan's hall, the darshan was not the monopoly of humans. At certain hours squirrels from a large tree by the side of the hall came down to claim their fair share. The beautiful peacock followed. Bhagavan looked at them most graciously. 'Oh, you are hungry!' He would say, and give them some nuts and grains. They would then move away happily like a child after being fed by its mother.

- Reminiscences of N Ponnaiah

Salutations to Sri Ramana
Title: Re: Bhagavan & Squirrels 8
Post by: Subramanian.R on August 22, 2010, 10:40:02 AM

Dear Nagaraj,

There is a story about a sparrow.  When a sparrow was flying,
holding its egg in its beak, the egg slipped off and fell into the
ocean.  The sparrow, anxious to retrieve it, repeatedly dipped
itself in the ocean, sucked some water through its beak, came back to the shore, released the water and fanned its wings, in an attempt to empty the ocean!  Narada came that side..... This is a long story.  Finally, one garuda comes, flaps its wings there, and the waters separated into two, leaving the egg of the sparrow visible.  The sparrow immediately picks up the egg and flows away....

We should have perseverance in our efforts in self enquiry.
Perseverance pays.  God/Guru's Grace is ever there.  But we should be a fit vessel and not be niggardly.  God's Grace flows if we take a large vessel and we can obtain a large amount of Grace.

[Source:  Letters from Sri Ramanasramam.  David says that this is available in entry dated 27th July 1948, only in Tamizh and Telugu editions and not in English edition.]

Arunachala Siva.       
Title: Re: Bhagavan & Squirrels 8
Post by: Nagaraj on August 22, 2010, 11:42:16 AM
Dear I,

Nice story with essence -

Talking about sparrows and eggs. I am reminded about this story. We all would have heard it before, but still I post it here again -

It was the early hours of the morning in the Hall of Sri Bhagavan. He had had His bath, and now went to the farther end of the Hall to take His towel that hung from a horizontally suspended bamboo, at one end of which a sparrow had built her nest and laid therein three or four eggs.

In the process of taking His towel Sri Bhagavan’s hand came against the nest, which shook violently, so that one of the eggs dropped down. In this way the egg was cracked; Sri Bhagavan was taken aback, aghast. He cried out to Madhavan, the personal attendant. “Look, look what I have done today!” So saying, He took the cracked egg in His hand looked at it with His tender eyes, and exclaimed: “Oh, the poor mother will be so sorrow-stricken, perhaps angry with me also, at my causing the destruction of her expected little one! Can the cracked eggshell be pieced together again? Let us try!”

So saying, He took a piece of cloth, wetted it, wrapped it around the broken egg, and put it back in the mother’s nest. Every three hours He would take out the cracked egg, remove the cloth, place the egg on His roseate palm, and gaze at it with His tender eyes for minutes together.

What was He really doing at this time? How can we say? Was He sending with those wonderful looks of gentle Grace life-giving beams into the cracked egg, putting ever newer warmth and life into it? That is a mystery none can solve. Yet He kept on saying: “Let the crack be healed! Cannot this be hatched even now? Let the little one come from this broken egg!”

This anxious concern and tenderness of Sri Maharshi continued from day to day for about a week. So the fortunate egg lay in the nest with its wet bandage cloth, only to be fondled by Sri Maharshi with divine touch and benign look. On the seventh day, He takes out the egg, and with the astonishment of a schoolboy announces: “Look what a wonder! The crack has closed, and so the mother will be happy and will hatch her egg after all! My God has freed me from the sin of causing the loss of a life. Let us wait patiently for the blessed young one to come out!”

A few more days pass, and at length one fine morning Bhagavan finds the egg has been hatched1 and the little bird has come out. With gleeful smiling face radiant with the usual light, He takes the child in His hand, caresses it with lips, stroking it with His soft hand, and passes it on for all the bystanders to admire. He receives it back at last into His own hands, and is so happy that one little germ of life has been able to evolve in spite of the unhappy
accident to it in the embryo.

Ah, what concern for the meanest of creation! Is it not the heart of the real Buddha which shed first tears of anxiety at the crack in the eggshell and then tears of joy at the birth of the new-born babe? Could the milk of kindness ever be seen or conceived of sweeter than this?

Salutations to Sri Ramana
Title: Re: Bhagavan & Squirrels 8
Post by: Subramanian.R on August 22, 2010, 12:31:36 PM

Dear Nagaraj,

I think, it is Keats or some other Nature poets, who said:

The meanest flower that blows,
Can give thoughts that lie often,
Too deep for tears!

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Bhagavan & Squirrels 8
Post by: Nagaraj on August 22, 2010, 02:29:29 PM


                                                                                                                                                           Silence is eloquent here.
Title: Re: Bhagavan & Squirrels 8
Post by: viswanathan on August 22, 2010, 04:09:33 PM
Dear Mr.Nagaraj,
                      On going through your posts on squirrels,it came to my memory of an incidence told by my mother during her child hood(Period ~1923-1932) with Bhagavan.. She was about to enter old hall  to have darshan of Bhagavan and the entrance door was only half open .The moment she was about to step in ,Bhagavan cautioned her not to touch or open the door fully because there was a bird sitting at the top of the door and Bhagavan did not want the bird to be disturbed or hurt.This was the compassion  of Bhagavan  towards the bird.
Title: Re: Bhagavan & Squirrels 8
Post by: Nagaraj on August 23, 2010, 10:56:19 AM
How alert Sri Bhagavan was, his alertness is beyond our grasp. How sweet are such memories!