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Title: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on December 23, 2013, 03:16:07 PM
After Bhagavan moved down from Skandasramam and settled in Sri Ramanasramam, at the base of Arunachala, more and more
devotees and visitors came for Bhagavan's darshan and sought His blessings since it was no longer necessary for people to
climb the Hill.  But with this  change, He was now more accessible to human devotees than to His animal companions.  Bhagavan
often lamented the fact that in Sri Ramanasramam He was indoors, where animals did not have free access to Him.  He insisted
that no one regardless of what species they belong to should be deprived of His darshan.  Slowly the ashramites and devotees
began to understand that Bhagavan's animal companions were also His devotees and as dear to Him as any of them.

After coming to Sri Ramanasramam, one day, Bhagavan unusually got up abruptly after listening to some peculiar noise
and went eastward to the farthest fence of the Asramam.  An old monkey with a retinue of female monkeys were shouting
and crying aloud.  Bhagavan alone had heard it, perhaps the cries of the monkeys were directed at Him !

He went near the crying monkey and listened to him and then addressed him:  Thatha (Grandpa) ! What to do? I have been
retained here.  I could not come there. I also miss you all very much.  You have come to see me with your Queens, all the way
from there, risking attacks from other herds of monkeys staying in these parts.  How are you?  How is your family?  Is everything
all right?  I am quite well here.  Please go back and also take back these queens safely.  It is very good of you to have come
to see me.

Bhagavan's voice was choked and tears were rolling down from his eyes.

Bhagavan returned to the Hall and told the devotees about the incident.

(Source: Hobblers and Monkeys of Arunachala)

Arunachala Siva.             
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on December 24, 2013, 10:30:52 AM
Bhagavan's Warning:

One day in the Hall, a devotee was reading the newspaper to Sri Bhagavan.  There was an article in it about team of
veterinarians from Chennai coming to Tiruvannamalai to catch monkeys for taking them to various research laboratories.
Upon hearing the news,  Bhagavan turned to the monkey clan gathered at the window and warned them of the approaching
danger, advising them to go and hide for three days.  Evidently they understood His words and heeded them as not one
monkey was seen for several days thereafter.

(Source: Bhagavan and  Hobblers and Monkeys)

Arunachala Siva.   
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Jewell on December 24, 2013, 06:15:34 PM
Dear Sri Subramanian Sir,

How lovely,lovely thread! I just love it! Stories about Bhagavan's and animals i find so sweet,so beautiful and touching.

Thank You so much for starting it,dear Sir!

With love and prayers,

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Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on December 25, 2013, 12:41:41 PM
Rivalry over sitting on Bhagavan's lap:

When Bhagavan was living on the Hill, this incident took place.  Bhagavan loved children and was charmed by their innocence.
He admired their lack of hypocrisy.  Vajreswari, the four year old daughter of Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni, a staunch devotee
of Bhagavan and a well known Sanskrit scholar, had full liberty with Bhagavan and would insist on sitting on His lap, whenever
Vajreswari came. Bhagavan would often call her near Him and show her affection by putting her on His lap and talking to her.

Once Vajreswari  came to the Skandasramam and as usual  sat on Bhagavan's lap.  As Bhagavan was holding her and talking
to her lovingly, a young monkey came up to them.  The young monkey apparently got jealous of Vajreswari, pushed her off
Bhagavan's lap and took her place.

Vajreswari, started to cry, and she pleaded with Bhagavan: 'Send this monkey out. I want to sit on Your lap.'

But the young monkey would not give up his privileged place and continued to sit there. This rivalry amused Bhagavan but at the
same time, He wanted to appease both of them.

He turned to the young monkey and said, 'Look, Vajreswari is you sister.  Is she not?  Let her also sit on my lap with you.'
Give her some room.'  Then He looked at Vajreswari who was standing near Him and said, 'Is he not your younger brother?
Come on both of you sit on my lap.'

Finally both the child and the monkey sat together on Bhagavan's lap fully satisfied and enjoyed each other's company.
Is  this not a practical demonstration of Bhagavan's love for all beings irrespective of their forms?  It is a lesson to all
devotees !

(Source: Divya Jeevita Makarandam, Tr. from Telugu)

Arunachala Siva.

   
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on December 27, 2013, 01:07:32 PM
Asylum:

Once, a group of young monkeys entered the Hall.  When Sri Bhagavan's attendants tried to chase them away, the young ones
ran straight to Bhagavan and hid under sofa, as they knew that nobody would touch them as long as they were near Bhagavan.
The attendants indeed stopped pursuing them.

The little ones made the most of their strategic advantage and lost no time in taunting the attendants, going as far as making
faces at them.  Bhagavan chuckled, fully enjoying the situation.  He made it clear that He was on the monkeys' side, by rewarding
the cheeky little rascals with fruits and nuts.

(Source: Hobblers and Monkeys of Arunachala.)

Arunachala Siva.   
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on December 28, 2013, 10:15:28 AM
Bhagavan's command:

Ramani Ammal of Rajapalaym, a devotee, was a permanent resident of Ramana Nagar.  She shared with V. Ganesan the following
anecdote:

Once, when I was seated in front Bhagavan in the Old Hall, slices of fruits were brought by a devotee and placed before Bhagavan.
A monkey walked in at that time and wanted the fruit.  Though the attendant was not very keen to oblige, upon Bhagavan's
behest, he gave the monkey a piece of fruit.  Receiving it, the monkey bounded away, but another monkey soon came in evidently
informed of the former.  A piece was given to the second monkey also and he soon went away.  A third came in for a share!

Bhagavan gave him a piece, saying, 'All right!  Now don't go and inform any others, or else these people here will be angry with
me!'  The third fellow left with his share and obviously followed Bhagavan's command to the letter, as there was no furhter
claimant from his group.

(Source: Moments Remembered - V. Ganesan)

Arunachala Siva.         
 
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on December 29, 2013, 09:11:47 AM
Suffering is mine:

Krishnaswami was Bhagavan's attendant for almost twelve years.  As he was dominating the other attendants, he was
nicknamed 'Hall Sarvadhikari'.  Krishna Swami was a veritable enemy of monkeys.  He would chase them, shout at them,
and sometimes beat them when they were doing mischief in the Hall or when they tried to steal the fruits.  Once when
when Krishnaswami began beating the monkeys, Bhagavan was deeply pained.

In a cracked voice full of pain, Bhagavan stunned His attendants and all the others gathered in the Hall when He said:
'You are not beating the monkeys.  You are beating me.  The pain is mine.'

What compassion and understanding Bhagavan had!  He could feel the pain of others even if was an animal or bird.

When some devotees complained to Bhagavan that the monkeys were troubling them, He would say, 'Not many years back
it was deep jungle here, the monkeys' home. They roamed freely.  We came and cleared the ground, built houses and drove
the monkeys away.  Who is to be blamed?  They are we?  If they give us a little trouble, can we not bear it quietly?'

Bhagavan would always come to their defense.  Devotees were ashamed of their complaint.

(Source: Moments Remembered, V. Ganesan.
              Face to Face with Sri Ramana Maharshi, A Collection of essays from Hyderabad Ramana Kendramu.)

Arunachala Siva.
     



 
 
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on December 30, 2013, 10:48:50 AM
Monkeys and Mangoes:

Suri Nagamma writes in one of her letters about how the monkeys take only what they need.

This morning at 10 'O clock Dr. Ananthanaryana Rao and his wife Ramabai brought some good mangoes from their garden
and while giving them to Bhagavan, said "The monkeys are taking away all the mangoes.  So we hurriedly plucked these
and have brought them here."  Bhagavan said smilingly, 'Oh is that so. So the monkeys are going there also."  Then looking
at all the others there. He said, 'Yes, monkeys take the fruits one by one while people take them all in one lot.  If asked why,
they say it is their right.  If what the monkeys do is petty thief, what people do is regular looting. Without realizing that,
they drive away the monkeys.'

(Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam.)

Arunachala Siva.         
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 03, 2014, 11:54:39 AM
Attachment to Bhagavan:

Sri Bhagavan, when He was in a reminiscent mood would talk about life on the Hill and His experiences about the peacocks.
One day, He talked about a particular peacock which was with Him in Skandasramam.

When I was in Melasramam (Skandasramam), a peacock would come to me daily from the town and stay with me for prolonged
periods.  The owner used to come and take him home.  The peacock persisted in coming often and staying with me.  One day he
refused to go back with the owner.  The owner, perhaps lost his patience and suddenly burst out humorously, 'Swami, Give me
money and take this peacock. Of what use is to me when it does not stay with me but is always found in your presence?'

I told him, 'Why should I do so?  Where am I go for the money?  I am a penniless 'Swamiyar' with a piece of kaupeenam. You
can take your peacock away.  I did not call him here.'

But the peacock continued to come as usual and none succeeded in stopping him from coming to me.

(Source: Timeless in Time - A.R. Natarajan)

Arunachala 'Siva.       
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 04, 2014, 10:20:44 AM
Dancing of peacocks and snake:

When Bhagavan was in Skandasramam, there were peacocks.  They would spread their feathers like a spangled fan and dance.
There was a cobra too which would also take part in the pastime and raise its hood and moved about in their midst. Actually
the peacocks and snakes are enemies and they fight until one of them die.  But in Sri Bhagavan's Asramam, it was a beautiful
sight for the devotees who were fortunate to witness the group dancing performance in awe.  This can happen only in a
Rishi's Ashram.

(Source: Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks # 324).


Arunachala Siva.     
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 05, 2014, 12:08:45 PM
Unlucky Ones:

Once a man brought two peacocks with their eyes covered.  When let loose in Bhagavan's presence, they flew away.  They were
brought back again but they again flew away.  Bhagavan said: 'It is no use trying to keep them here. They are not ripe enough
in their minds as the dogs.'  However much the man and the asramites tried to keep the two peacocks in the Asramam, they
would not remain there even for a minute.

Sadhu Arunachala (Major Chadwick) in his book 'A Sadhu's Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi' writes:

This is most interesting and shows that all were not fit to remain in His presence, and even animals came to Bhagavan with a
purpose.  Bhagavan also told us how, at times, people would reincarnate in the body of animals just for a chance to be near
with Him.  There is of course, the famous example of Cow Lakshmi.

(Sources: Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, # 120 &
A Sadhu's Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi)

Arunachala Siva.     
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 06, 2014, 08:27:34 AM
10. The White Peacock and the Crow:

S.S. Cohen, one of the staunch devotees of Bhagavan, who was privileged to move closely with the Master,
has recorded the following incident in his book Guru Ramana:

24th June 1948, 9.0 am.  Maharshi is reading and talking in a cheerful mood.  The white peacock strolls in, pecks
a few of the grains placed before him by the attendant and walks off confidently to a short distance.  A crow drops
in and set to pecking hastily at the grains.  Bhagavan draws out attention to the scene.  The peacock stands aghast
at the scandalous encroachment of the crow.  Horrified, he spreads his feathers round his back, cranes his neck and looks
fiercely at the crow, as if ready to spring.

Now -- he peacock steps forward with an extremely bellicose gait. We all thought that a terrific battle was going to be waged
before our eyes,  To our astonishment the crow proves brazen faced, as he remains unmoved.  He watches the peacock
mockingly with one eye and with the other continues to peck greedily -- obvious he knows his man.

Still we are apprehensive of the fate of crow.  But alas, the peacock, instead of advancing, suddenly falls two hurried steps
back and stops meditatively - planning, we thought, a violent attack.  We waited, but when at last the assault did come,
it was a single resolute step forward followed by a dead halt.  By now all the grains have been peacefully reposed into
the crow's belly, who then hops to the water in the cement basin nearby, drinks his fill, wipes his beak on the hard ground,
bows in deep salute to the proud peacock and flies away contentedly.  The Maharshi and all of us had a hearty laugh at the
cowardice of the peacock, who now cools down, lowers his feathers and struts away with a feeble show of bravery. We were
thoroughly amused. 

Sri Bhagavan has all along been very fond of watching the behavior of animals. He has thus become an expert in anticipating
their reactions in given circumstances and in knowing how to deal with them to help them.  His sympathy and consideration   
for them even exceed for humans.

(Source: Guru Ramana, S.S. Cohen)

Arunachala Siva.       
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 07, 2014, 08:59:29 AM
Bhagavan and Peacocks - White and Colored Ones:

One day Bhagavan was in His usual reclining posture. It was about 10.00 a.m.  There was  quite a large gathering that day.
Nobody spoke.  There was a vibrant silence in the Hall.

Two peacocks walked into the Hall at that time.  One was white and the other was multicolored.  Catching Bhagavan's silent
wish, the attendant put out a handful of grains for each of them.  The colored peacock began to peck away at His Prasdam.
The white one, without touching his share, stood watching the other feed with relish.  Suddenly the white one flew away at
the other and drove him away.  The one, that was driven away looked up at Bhagavan. One could easily feel the appeal and
the silent query in the bird's look. 

Bhagavan smiled and spoke to the mischief maker, the white peacock, as a loving mother might to a mischievous little son,
'Come here!  You have your share. Why do you trouble him?'  Everyone in the Hall was watching.  The white peacock took a
few dignified steps towards Bhagavan.  He gazed at Him with shining eyes.  Bhagavan, extending His hands, said softly,
'Yes, eat your share, leave him alone. Go, go!'  Obediently, the white peacock retraced his steps to his portion of the grains.
It seemed as if a highly tensed spring had been gently and firmly released.  Nobody spoke. Silence has become more silent.
Everyone, including the peacocks understood.

This demonstration of pure love and understanding moved every one's heart. This incident is noteworthy because one saw
the unity of the trainer and the trainee as the union of the river with the ocean!

(Source: Guru Ramana, S.S. Cohen)

Arunachala Siva.               
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 08, 2014, 07:44:10 AM
Jackie's Last Days:

The manner of Jackie's death is interesting.

It was a few weeks before Pongal festival in 1933.  Jackie was very ill.  He was very sick.  Bhagavan arranged a soft
bed for him, attending to his wants.  Jackie refused to take any solid food and he was fed on milk.  Jackie did not leave
the presence of Bhagavan, ever since he fell sick.  Bhagavan attended on Jackie very affectionately.  After a few days,
Jackie grew weaker and he was emitting a very bad smell.  But it made no difference to Bhagavan.  He would take Jackie
in His arms and cares Jackie very lovingly.  Jackie died peacefully in Bhagavan's arms.  Although Jackiie death could have
come any time, he survived till the festival of Pongal was over.  The parallel between Jackie's death and that of Bhishma,
the grand old warrior of Mahabharata was not missed by Bhagavan.  With the death of Jackie, Kamala's lineage came to an
end.  Jackie was buried in the Asramam precincts near the samadhis of VaLLi, the deer and the blessed crow.  A small
monument was built over Jackie's Samadhi.

(Timeless in Time - A.R. Natarajan)

Arunachala Siva. 
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 09, 2014, 10:16:19 AM
Pups are like small kids:

Bhagavan had the same concern for all beings - be it a human or an animal.  He demonstrated it also.

a) There was a small pup in the Asramam.  He was always near Bhagavan and often used to sit on His couch also.
One day, the pup urinated on Bhagavan's couch.  The attendants were very angry and were about to beat the pup.
But compassionate Bhagavan came to the rescue of the pup and defended the pup.  'The pups of the dogs should be
treated as small children. Do you get angry if a small human child had done it?'  So, Bhagavan got up to clean the place.
The attendants felt ashamed of themselves for treating the pup badly.  They cleaned the place by themselves. 

b) There was another puppy, which would always relieve herself on a spot near the office.  Chinnaswami would get furious
and try to drive her out of the Asramam.  But Bhagavan would come to the rescue of the puppy, saying that if some child
did the same nobody would be angry, and the puppy was only a child and knew no better.


(Source: Arunachala Ramana, Volume 3.)

Arunachala Siva.   
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Balaji on January 09, 2014, 04:44:55 PM
Bhagavan with Monkey
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Balaji on January 09, 2014, 04:47:00 PM
Bhagavan with white peacock
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 10, 2014, 09:45:23 AM
Iddli Swami:

There was a lame dog in the Asrmam that was sickly too.  Asramites thought that the dog would die any moment.  But
under Bhagavan's constant care, the dog recovered its health and began to eat iddlis, which he liked very much.  He ate
with so much relish that Bhagavan named him "Iddli Swami". 

Relating to this incident, G. V. Subbaramayya on June 15, 1945, wrote in Telugu verse the meaning of which is as under:

"O Sri Ramana, you once (as Lord Krishna) straightened and beautified the hunch back woman out of your abundant
Grace; so now you have reared this lame puppy to a fine Iddli Swami.  How wonderful!

(Source: My Reminiscences - G. Subbaramayya)

Arunachala Siva. 
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 11, 2014, 11:35:10 AM
Lakshmana Sarma's Dog:

Bhagavan was once cutting vegetables for the Asramam kitchen in the early morning before sunrise, together with two devotees.
One of them, Lakshmana Sarma, had brought his dog with him - a handsome, pure white dog -- and it was dashing about in high
spirits and refused the food offered to it.

Bhagavan said, 'You see what joy he shows.  He is a highly advanced soul who has taken this canine form.'

In those days, before Bhagavan took His meals, He would walk around the Asramam to see if all the animals such as dogs
and birds were properly fed. 

In the later years, when the Asramam buildings had been put up, and especially when Bhagavan began to grow less active,
physically, the human beings had it more their own way and animal devotees had little access to Bhagavan.

(Source: Sri Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self Knowledge, Arthur Osborne).

Arunachala Siva.     
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 12, 2014, 01:29:01 PM
Bhagavan's solicitude:

Bhagavan would visit the goshala once a day. While returning from the goshala, He would stop by a dog, which had littered.
He would talk to the mother, pet pups, clear their eyes, and face with His towel.  Chinnaswami once scolded a puppy for
eating human excreta.  Bhagavan took the pup in His arms, cleaned its mouth; told the pup that it should not eat the
excreta.  He got 'iddlies' from the kitchen and fed the pup.

(source: Divya Jeeva Makarandam, Telugu book on Sri Bhagavan.)

Arunachala Siva.   
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 14, 2014, 01:27:25 PM
The Sparrows - Perfected Beings:

There is a firm belief in Tiruvannamalai that there are a number of perfected beings, called Siddhas with invisible bodies living
on Arunachala. There are several other reported instances of Bhagavan saying that one or more of these beings taking an
animal form and visiting Him to have His darshan.

One day two sparrows came and perched on the top of the double doors which were on the Southern side of the Old Hall.
(now meditation Hall).  Each sparrow sat on its own door and looked intently at Bhagavan for a whole day.  Neither of them
showed any fear, when visiting devotees walked in and out of the doorway.  Usually doors to the Hall are closed at night,
but when the sparrows refused to leave, even after dark, Bhagavan told the attendants  to leave the door open.  They
stayed throughout the night and departed early next morning.  As they flew away, Bhagavan told us that two Siddha
Purushas had come in the form of sparrows to have His darshan.

(Source: Living by the Words of Bhagavan, ed. David Godman.)

Arunachala Siva.   
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 15, 2014, 12:43:14 PM
Protection from the cold:

It was a very cold winter season.  One night there was no electricity.  Petromax lights were lighted.  Then the devotees
noticed that two sparrows were sitting in front of the petromax light and warming themselves.  Bhagavan's attendant wanted
to close the windows of the Hall to ward off cold draft which was blowing.  Bhagavan stopped the attendant by saying, 'No.
Don't close the windows!  These sparrows have come to protect themselves from the cold.  For them there are no blankets
as we have.  Let them stay here.  Whenever they want to fly out, they can go through the windows.  Do not trouble them.'

So saying, Bhagavan showed His solicitude for the sparrows.  Bhagavan had Samabhavanam for all creatures high or low.
He would say, 'The sparrows also have the same consciousness, Atma, like human beings. Only the forms are different.'

(Source: from the Telugu book already mentioned.)

Arunachala Siva.         
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 16, 2014, 12:49:57 PM
Victory for Sparrows:

Sparrows would collect dry grass, tiny sticks, cotton, thread, dried leaves etc., and build their nests on the beams in the Old
Hall.  Bhagavan's attendant, Madhava Swami, with a long bamboo pole would poke the nest and remove them.  When sparrows
came and saw, they were angry.  They went straight and chirped in front of Bhagavan, complaining about their misfortune.
Bhagavan called Madhava Swami and asked him who had disturbed their nests.  Madhava Swami replied, that as they were
dirtying the Hall, with garbage, he had to remove the nest. 

Bhagavan challenged Madhava Swami saying, 'Poor creatures. They wanted to build a nest to lay eggs in it and hatch them
to raise family. It was a very natural thing for them. Let it be.  They will again build their nest.  Let us wait and see who will
win this war between you and the sparrow.'

Those sparrows with grit and determination again and again built the nest collecting dry grass, cotton, tiny sticks, thread etc.,
Finally they succeeded, laid eggs and hatched them.  The young ones grew and became independent.  They all flew away winning
the challenge.

So it was Madhava Swami who lost the battle.

(Source: Prani Mitra - Tamizh - volume III)

Arunachala Siva.           
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 17, 2014, 04:38:19 PM
VIGIL OF THE CROW:

In the earliest days of present Sri Ramanasramam, when Mother's Samadhi was being built, the Asramites when digging a spot
to collect mud for building Samadhi, found a fresh water spring with continuous flow.  At that time, Bhagavan was still living
in Skandasramam.  Chinna Swami took sample of water to Bhagavan and asked whether it could be used for the daily needs.
That evening Bhagavan came down and saw it and said it was a perennial spring which would not dry even in summer.  Therefore,
a pit of three feet length and three feet depth was dug.  The devotees stacked the dried tree stump into the ground to hold
while lifting the water from the spring.  Once they found to their utter surprise, that a crow, setting aside its usual caution,
was sitting on the top of the post for three days without stirring and even without food.  On the third day, Kunju Swami told
Bhagavan, when He was returning to the Old Hall from His usual walk, about the crow's undisturbed stay on the stump near
the spring.  Bhagavan immediately arose from the couch and walked outside.  Those in the Hall were surprised, as Bhagavan
usually did not stir outside at this time.  Going close to the crow, Bhagavan inquired, 'What is the matter?' The crow slowly
opened its eyes.   Bhagavan asked His attendant to bring His kamandalu.  Then holding the crow in one hand, He poured a few
nectar drops of water into its beak. Immediately, after this, the crow breathed its last in Bhagavan's hand.

Bhagavan arranged and supervised the samadhi and when someone remarked the crow must have been a great soul
waiting for the touch of Bhagavan.  He replied, 'Yes. It appears so.'

The pit was enlarged later into a big well. As Bhagavan said the well has perennial water source.  Even in the very dry
summer months, the well does not dry up.  The water is used only for temple purposes like Abhishekam, cooking Naivedyam
etc., It is the same that is found in between Bhagavan's Shrine and old dining hall.

Kavyakanta named the well as Aha samana tirtham, the waters that keep the mind calm and stable.

(Source: One Hundred and Twenty Five Years of Grace.)

Arunachala Siva.                             
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 18, 2014, 12:52:15 PM
Bhagavan's First Pair of Peacocks:

One day, Bhagavan looking at Madhava, the white peacock, told Suri Nagamma, 'Look, their ears are not visible.  In
the usual place for ears, there are three holes.  They are covered by feathers in the shape of  fan.'  Suri Nagamma said,
'Is that so?  I never knew it before.'  Bhagavan then remarked, 'I observed this while I was on the Hill.  We then had two
peacocks with us.  The peahen always used to sleep on my lap. I observed this when she was thus sleeping. The peacock
never came close to me.  He used to wander about in all sorts of places.  The peacock would call the peahen to accompany
him wherever he went, but like a child, she would leave me and go. She would sit by my side or sleep on my lap.  The peahen
was very attracted to me.'

Devotee Suri Nagamma said,  'Little girls are always more attracted to Bhagavan and Bhagavan also shows greater affection
towards them.'

Bhagavan who was reminded of those peacocks, told Suri Nagamma about them.  'One day a fellow took the peahen away
by force. She never returned.  What happened I don't know!  But the peacock never left me. However he breathed his last
on my lap. He was buried and we built a tomb for him there.'

'How very fortunate the peacock was!' Suri Nagamma said.       
           
'Yes, Yes, said Bhagavan and was silent again.

(Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, Suri Nagamma.)

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Balaji on January 19, 2014, 12:36:44 AM
Ramanashramam Peacocks
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 19, 2014, 10:51:19 AM
THE INJURED PIGEON:

This was told by Annamalai Swami.

Bhagavan was always concerned if any of the animals in the vicinity were injured or discomfited in any way.

Once Bhagavan was walking on the Hill followed by Annamalai Swami, in the early morning, when a pigeon fell in front
of them. It had been attacked by a bigger bird, and its head was severely injured.  Bhagavan asked Annamalai Swami
to pick the injured pigeon and bring it back to the Asramam.  When they got back to the Hall, Bhagavan put the injured
pigeon on His lap and massaged the injury with castor oil.  From time to time, He would gently blow the wound.  The bird
made no objection to this because it was in a state of shock or was unconscious.

After Bhagavan's treatment the pigeon made a speedy recovery.  The next day, Bhagavan and Annamalai Swami took
the bird to the Hill and released it.  It flew away without exhibiting any signs of serious injury it had recently suffered.

(Source: Living by the Words of Bhagavan, ed. David Godman)

Arunachala Siva.         
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 20, 2014, 10:45:17 AM
The wounded Dove:

One day, a devotee brought a wounded dove and gave it to Bhagavan.   He held it in the hand and asked the
devotees gathered in the Hall, 'Who will take good care of this bird. until it gets quite well?'  No one offered.
Sometime back the Maharani of Baroda, had offered a white peacock to the Asramam, and everybody was eager
to take charge of it.  Bhagavan looked around and started talking to the bird, 'What a pity, you are not a peacock
sent by Maharani.  You are a mere dove, a useless little thing.  Not  a costly bird.  Who wants you?  Who will take
care of you?  Don't worry.  I will take care of you.'  The dove was kept in a cage and was looked after. It was released
from the cage after it became well.  The concern of Bhagavan had for the well being of all jivas is evident from this incident.

(Source: Sri Ramana Smriti.)

Arunachala Siva.     
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 21, 2014, 12:44:39 PM
Bhagavan's advice to a sparrow:

One day a sparrow refused to go out of the Hall.  She sat adamantly and chirped her heart out until she had an audience
with Bhagavan.  Bhagavan who had utmost concern for all species listened to her complain with patience and compassion,
and said, 'What can I do?  They have disturbed your nest.  They will not allow you to build the nest here in the Hall.  So,
please go and build your nest elsewhere.'  After listening to Bhagavan, the sparrow flew away merrily.

Bhagavan's identity with everyone, including animals and birds, was so full and total that He was treated by every species
as their own!

Sri K. Swaminathan writes in his Book, 'Ramana Maharshi' (National Biography):

There is a reason to believe that Maharshi understood the language of birds and animals.  Sri Anantanarayanan, former
Chief Justice of Madras, writes:

Bhagavan, who was busy writing, puts away the materials and His spectacles and calls the attendant, 'A  pair of sparrows
just came here and complained to me that their nest had been removed.  I look up and find their nest  missing.... Madhava,
did anyone remove the sparrows' nest?'

The attendant said that he had done so, as their persistent nest building above the couch of Bhagavan had become a major
nuisance.  Bhagavan replies:  'That's it.  That is why the sparrows complained.  The poor little ones.....'

All things lie open to Him who is in love and all animals and birds speak to Him, the knower, as to each other.     

(Source: Purushottama Ramana, Sri V. Ganesan)

Arunachala Siva.
             
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 22, 2014, 04:56:25 PM
The Bird in a Chimney (The cause of bondage)

Bhagavan used examples in life to each the ultimate truth.  The cause of all misery and evil, beginning with the birth,
experienced by jivas, is forgetfulness of the way one came.  This is illustrated by Bhagavan by the following incident
of a bird caught in a chimney.

There was a chimney in the Hall, where Bhagavan used to give darshan.  The chimney was closed on all the sides,
with a steel mesh, except at the bottom.  One day a beautiful small bird somehow entered it from the bottom and
was trapped in a condition diametrically opposed to the natural environment (the vast space where it could fly freely).
From he moment it entered the chimney, it was frantically struggling to escape, but all its efforts were futile.  Why?
Because, forgetting the way it came, it was repeatedly trying to escape through the closed routes.  Bhagavan took
this example to reveal a great truth.

This bird has given up all the all pervasive space, its natural place, of residence.  It has been caught in the limited space
which is opposed to its nature.  Not knowing how to escape from this prison, it is agitated and afraid.  Like this bird,
the jivas have also given up their natural place of residence, the vast space of consciousness.  Through the delusion they
have become trapped in the prison of the body without knowing how to escape, they are tormented by various afflictions.
The ceaseless efforts of the bird to reach its natural place of residence are unsuccessful because they are directed upwards,the way
of bondage, instead of downwards, the way it came. Similarly,the reason why the Jivas' ceaseless efforts to attain freedom
are unsuccessful is because they are also directed outwards, the way of bondage, instead of inwards, the way they came.
The natural tendency of the bird to go upwards asserts itself even in their attempts for freedom.  Likewise the natural tendency
of Jivas to roam outwards asserts itself even in their attempts at liberation.  This is jivas' natural tendency.  If, through, true
discrimination and awareness , the Jiva is made to turn back from outward -- directed sight to inward sight, and if it remains
fixed there, it is certain to attain liberation in an instant. 

This one upadesa will be sufficient for those genuinely thirsting for liberation.

(Source: Sri Ramana Darsana, Sadhu Natanananda.)

Arunachala Siva.                     
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on January 22, 2014, 05:43:07 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Dear Sri. Subramanian,

Thank you very much for these stories! Please continue to post more such anecdotes!

Namaskarams,
Krishnan
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 23, 2014, 12:39:14 PM
Crow and the Parrot:

In addition to the animal shrines in Sri Ramanasramam, Bhagavan constructed two more samadhis for animals  while
He was still on the Hill.  The first one was for the pet peacock which  lived at Skandasramam, which died on Bhagavan's
lap.  The second one is for a parrot. 

One day, Echammal, one of the earliest devotees of Bhagavan, was climbing the Hill after giving bhiksha to Him. She
saw a parrot being attacked by a crow.  At that time Bhagavan  was living on the Hill in Skandasramam.   She brought
the injured parrot to Bhagavan.  Bhagavan and Echammal tended it for four or five days.  But finally one day the parrot
died when it was in Bhagavan's hand.   When the parrot was buried on the Hill, Bhagavan remarked, 'A building will
come up here.'  The prediction came true.  A building soon appeared there to be known as KiLi Guhai  - Parrot Cave.

(Source: Living by the Words of Bhagavan, ed. David Godman.)

Arunachala Siva.             
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 24, 2014, 10:23:32 AM
Reminiscences of Sampoornamma:

During the early days, Bhagavan would go to the kitchen early in the morning, and help the cooks there. Sampoornamma
was a staunch devotee who worked in the kitchen in those days.  This was what she had to say reminiscing about the
days, she spent with Bhagavan in the kitchen:

According to Bhagavan, high souls often visited the Asramam in animal bodies.  Once, for example, a white breasted
eagle, which is considered holy in India, flew into the old Hall, and sat on the cupboard near Bhagavan.  After a while
it flew around Him and disappeared.  'He is a Siddha (a perfected Being) who came to pay me a visit.'  said Bhagavan
seriously. 

On another occasion, Bhagavan remarked: When I was on the Hill, a crow used to come near me. He used to give me
company.  He was a Rishi in a crow's body. He would not eat from anybody's hand but mine. He died soon after.'

The respect Bhagavan showed to the animals  and the birds was most striking.  They were served food first like some
respected visitors.  Who knows in how many different forms, birds and animals, human beings, and divine beings visited
this embodiment of the Almighty?  We common and ignorant women knew only the bliss of His Presence and could not
tear ourselves away from the beloved of all.

(Source: Sri Ramana Smriti, Sri Ramanasramam.)

Arunachala Siva.           
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on January 25, 2014, 02:15:46 AM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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1. A devotee who had arrived from Madras went out to bathe at a tank close by. Bhagavan who was talking to some visitors in the kovil, suddenly got up and went out. By that time a tiger was looking at the new person near the tank, maybe for a meal! At Bhagavan's behest the tiger went back to the forest. The visitor was thus saved.

2. The stay was arranged by a devotee, Rangaswami Iyengar. The latter went out to answer a call of nature and just about then a leopard arrived there. He tried to frighten the leopard but it growled. He was terrified and chanting Ramana's name began running for life. Normally, a leopard would not leave such a person but it kept quiet. Bhagavan arrived near that place and asked the devotee to show him
the leopard. But it was no longer to be seen there. Such could be the power of Ramana nama smarana.

- Ramana Leela
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 25, 2014, 10:32:46 AM
It is cool and soft:

Once, a devotee wanted to know from Bhagavan whether it was true that He was friendly with snakes while living
on the Hill.  Bhagavan replied: 'Yes, it is true.  One particular snake crawled over my body.  It was a very friendly snake.
As its touch my body used to feel as though it was tickled.  The snake used to come and go whenever it liked, on its own
accord.'

Dr. Sreenivasa Rao, the Asramam doctor, asked Bhagavan whether a snake had crept over His body.  Bhagavan replied:
'Yes. Snakes raise their hood and look into our eyes.  They seem to understand that they need not be afraid of me and then
pass over me.  It did not strike me either that I should do anything to it.'

When another devotee asked, how Bhagavan felt when snakes crawled over His body, He replied laughingly: 'Cool
and soft."

(Source: Day by Day with Bhagavan.)

Arunachala Siva.     
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on January 25, 2014, 09:57:21 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

The Maharshi Nurses Newborn Squirrels

In the roof of the Old Hall, squirrels would build nests. Once, some new-born squirrels dropped on Bhagavan's sofa. Their eyes remained yet unopened and the size of each baby may not have been more than an inch; they were very red in color with fresh flesh, absolutely tender to touch. The mother squirrel ignored them. Now what to do? How to feed and attend to such tender things?

The baby squirrels were in the palm of Bhagavan. Bhagavan's face glowed with love and affection for them. While there was a question mark in the faces of those who surrounded Bhagavan, He Himself was happy and cheerful. He asked for some cotton to be brought. He made a soft bed for them. He also took a bit of cotton and squeezed it to such a tiny end, the end portion looked like a sharp pin. He dipped it in milk and squeezed milk into the tiny mouths. At regular intervals, Bhagavan repeated this act of compassion. He tended them with great care and love till they grew up and ran around. They did not run away, only ran around their 'Mother'. Kinder far than their own mother!

- V. Ganesan, Moments Remembered
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 26, 2014, 10:23:02 AM
Snake at Skandasramam:

Once, a snake crept into Skandasramam.  Bhagavan's mother was frightened when she saw the approaching cobra.
But Bhagavan began walking towards the snake very calmly. As He did so, the snake began to withdraw and moved out.
It withdrew into a crevice in the rocks.  Bhagavan followed the snake to the crevice.  The passage in the crevice ended against
a rock wall. Being unable to escape, the snake all of a sudden turned towards Bhagavan and raised its hood and looked steadily
at Bhagavan who in turn returned its gaze. The game of mutual hypnotizing went on for sometime.  The snake presumably,
grasping that Bhagavan was harmless, uncoiled and approached Bhagavan confidently.  It almost touched His feet, and later
slithered away.  The same snake would often visit the Skandasramam for Bhagavan's darshan even when He was amidst visitors.
The snake would occasionally try to climb on to Bhagavan.  But He would not encourage it.  There were two peacocks in the
Asramam.  When they danced, quite surprisingly this snake also would join them in their dance.  The peacocks never hurt this
snake.

There was another snake which would come to Bhagavan, go round Him in pradakshina three times. Bhagavan would say:
'Go away. Visitors come here for darshan.  Seeing you, they will be frightened.  Please go away!' and the snake would
slither away!

(Source: Self Realization, B.V. Narasimha Swami)

Arunachala Siva.               
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 27, 2014, 10:32:40 AM
Obedient Snake:

At Skandasramam, a peacock would follow Bhagavan everywhere.  One day, a huge black cobra appeared in the
Asramam and peacock attacked it fiercely.  The cobra spread its hood and the two natural enemies were poised to fight
to death.  When Bhagavan saw this, He understood the gravity of the situation.  Bhagavan went near the cobra and said
softly, 'Why did you come here?  The peacock will kill you.  Better go away at once.'  The cobra immediately lowered its hood
and crawled away. 

(Source:  At the Feet of Bhagavan, T.K. Sundaresa Iyer/)

Arunachala Siva.       
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on January 28, 2014, 01:54:40 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Squirrel Stories

Once a cat ate the mother of some young squirrels. Again Ramana took on the task of caring for the young. As he liked to use daily events to teach his devotees he said to them, “These little ones do not know that wisdom lies in remaining in their nest. They keep attempting to come out. All trouble lies outside but they cannot remain within. Similarly if the mind is not externalised, but remains sunk in the Heart then there would only be happiness. But the mind keeps moving out.” When Rangaswami asked, “What is the path for keeping it inward?”, Bhagavan said, “It is exactly the same as what I am doing now. Each time a young squirrel comes out, I keep putting it back into its nest. When I go on doing it, it learns the happiness of staying in the nest.”

- Rangaswami
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on January 28, 2014, 02:00:46 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Valli the deer

One day devotees brought a deer named Valli to the Ashram. Again Ramana did not want to accept it at first. Finally Madhava Swami said he was willing to look after the deer and so it was allowed to stay. It soon became the darling of the Ashram. Annamalai Swami relates, " Valli often came to the Hall and put her forehead on the soles of Bhagavan's feet. Sometimes when she did this Bhagavan would play with her by pushing his feet strongly against her head. Valli would respond by playfully butting Bhagavan's feet. At other times, when Valli danced on her hind legs, Bhagavan would stand alongside her, imitating her actions by dancing with his feet and waving his arms.

- Ramana Maharshi: His Life, Gabriele Ebert
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 29, 2014, 10:12:07 AM
Do not kill the Snake:

One morning, in December, 1945, Chinnaswami and others saw a snake crawling  near Bhagavan's Hall.  People started
shouting outside.  'What kind of a snake is it? Beat it! Beat it!'  When Bhagavan heard the sound of beating of the snake.,
He cried out, 'Who is beating it?'  Apparently this remonstration of Bhagavan was lost in the noise of the crowd, and the
snake was killed.  When Bhagavan came to know of this He said, 'If these persons are beaten like that, then they will
know what it means to be beaten.'

(Source: Day by Day with Bhagavan, Devaraja Mudaliar.)

Arunachala Siva.         
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on January 29, 2014, 02:29:50 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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On a moonlit night some devotees were going round the holy Arunachala Hill, chanting the Vedas. Suddenly they saw a leopard standing right in the middle of the road and looking at them. The singers were paralysed with fear. They could neither sing nor walk ahead or run away. The leopard looked at them quietly for quite a long time and then slowly crossed the road and disappeared into the jungle. The devotees thanked their stars, completed their round of the hill and, after returning to the Ashram, related their adventure to Bhagavan, who listened carefully and said, "There was no reason for fear. The leopard is a jnani who came down from the hill to listen to your chanting the Vedas. He went away deeply disappointed because out of fright you broke off singing. Why were you afraid"?

- Tales of Bhagavan recounted by Chalam
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Post by: Krishnan on January 29, 2014, 02:33:10 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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The other day I learnt of one more incident in Bhagavan's life on the hill and so I am writing to you about it. When Bhagavan was living in Virupaksha Cave, the roar of a leopard was heard from the place where drinking water was available nearby. By the time the scared devotees had gathered some plates and drums in order to make a noise and drive the leopard away, it had drunk the water it required and gone away with one more roar. Bhagavan looked at those frightened devotees and said to them in an admonishing tone, "Why do you worry so much? The leopard intimated to me by the first roar that she was coming here. After drinking water she told me by another roar that she was going. She went her own way. She never meddled with your affairs. Why are you so scared? This mountain is the home of these wild animals, and we are their guests. That being so, is it right on your part to drive them away?" Perhaps with the intention of relieving them of their fears, Bhagavan added, "A number of siddha purushas (holy beings) live on this mountain. It is perhaps with a desire to see me that they come and go, assuming various shapes. Hence, you see it is not right for you to disturb them." From that time onwards, the leopard used to come frequently to that place to drink. Whenever the roar was heard, Bhagavan used to say, "There you are! The leopard is announcing her arrival." Then again he used to say, "The leopard announces her departure." In this manner he used to be quite at ease with all the wild animals.

- Letters from Sri Ramanasramam by Suri Nagamma
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on January 29, 2014, 02:37:59 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Do you know how much liberty our brother squirrel has with Bhagavan? Two or three years back, there used to be one very active and mischievous fellow amongst the squirrels. One day it so happened that when he came for food, Bhagavan was reading and otherwise occupied and so delayed a bit in giving him food. That mischievous fellow would not eat anything unless Bhagavan himself held it to his mouth. Perhaps because of his anger at the delay he abruptly bit Bhagavan's finger, but Bhagavan still did not
offer him food. Bhagavan was amused and said, "You are a naughty creature! You have bit my finger! I will no longer feed you. Go away!" So saying he stopped feeding the squirrel for some days. Would that fellow stay quiet? No, he began begging of Bhagavan for forgiveness by crawling hither and thither.  Bhagavan put the nuts on the window sill and on the sofa and told him to help himself. But no, he wouldn't even touch them. Bhagavan pretended to be indifferent and not to notice. But he would crawl up to Bhagavan's legs, jump on his body, climb on his shoulders and do ever so many things to attract
attention. Then Bhagavan told us all, "Look, this fellow is begging me to forgive him his mischief in biting my finger and to give up my refusal to feed him with my own hands." He pushed the squirrel away for some days saying, "Naughty creature! Why did you bite my finger? I won't feed you now. That is your punishment. Look, the nuts are there. Eat them all." The squirrel would not give up his obstinacy either. Some days passed and Bhagavan had finally to admit defeat because of his mercy towards devotees. It
then occurred to me that it was through pertinacity that devotees attained salvation.

That squirrel did not stop at that. He gathered together a number of his gang and began building a nest in the roof of the hall exactly above the sofa. They began squeezing into the beam bits of string, coconut fibre and the like. Whenever there was wind, those things used to fall down; so people got angry and began to drive them away. Bhagavan however used to feel very grieved at the thought that there was not sufficient room for the squirrels to build a nest and that the people in the hall were driving them away. We have only to see Bhagavan's face on such occasions to understand the depth of his love and affection for such beings.

- Letters from Sri Ramanasramam by Suri Nagamma
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on January 29, 2014, 02:41:11 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Baby Cheetahs

About a year ago, some person who was rearing two baby cheetahs brought them into Bhagavan's presence. When they were fondled and given milk, not only did they move freely amongst the people in the hall, but they got on to the sofa with Bhagavan's welcome and slept soundly thereon. One of the Ashram devotees took a photo of that unusual group. From about 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bhagavan confined himself to one end of the sofa keeping the cubs on the sofa in the same position all the time. They woke up afterwards and were there till about 4 p.m., moving about freely in the hall. Once again, before Bhagavan went up the hill at the usual time, photos were taken with the cheetah cubs on the
sofa and also on the table in front of the sofa. They were published in the Sunday Times later.

The wonder of it was that even the cheetah cubs lay down happily on the sofa, overpowered by sleep induced by the touch of Bhagavan's hands. While they were there, the squirrels came and ate nuts and the sparrows came and ate broken rice, as usual. In olden days, when animals and birds of all sorts moved about together without enmity in any place, people used to think that it was perhaps a Rishi Ashram.

- Letters from Sri Ramanasramam by Suri Nagamma
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on January 30, 2014, 12:55:30 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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There are stories like this related in the Puranas. But here we see the same thing before our very eyes. When I read out to Bhagavan yesterday's incident about the pigeons, and the worship of the cow, Bhagavan said, "Many similar things often happened here previously. But who was there to record them at that time?" When the first edition of this book (in Telugu) came out and was being read in the presence of Bhagavan, one of the devotees who heard the above story said, addressing him, "it a fact that when you were in Pachiamman Koil somebody got frightened and ran away from an approaching tiger there?" Bhagavan said, "Yes, yes! When I was there, Rangaswami Iyengar used to come off and on. One day, when he went to answer calls of nature it seems he saw a tiger in a bush. When he tried to drive her away by shouting, she replied by a mild roar. His body shook with terror and getting up involuntarily from where he sat, he began running towards me gasping for breath, and shouting at the top of his voice, "Oh, Bhagavan! Ramana! Ramana!" I happened to
come out for some work and so met him. When I asked him what all his fright was about, he said imploringly, "Ayyo, tiger, tiger! Come, Swami, we must go into the temple and close all the doors, otherwise she will come in. Why don't you come?" I said, laughing, "Let us wait and see. Where is the tiger? It is nowhere." Pointing towards the bush he said, "There it is in that bush." I said, "You wait here. I will go and see." When I went there and saw, there was no tiger. Still, he could not shed his fear. I assured him that it was a harmless animal and there was no need to be afraid, but he would not believe me. Another day, while I was sitting on the edge of the tank opposite the temple, that tiger came to drink water, and without any fear, roamed about for a while looking at me, and went its way. Iyengar, however, observed all this, hiding himself in the temple. He was afraid of what might happen to me. After the tiger left, I went into the temple and relieved him of his fear saying, "Look! What a mild animal it is! If we threaten it, it will attack us. Not otherwise." I thus dispelled his fears. We too were not there for long after that,"said Bhagavan.

- Letters from Ramanasramam by Suri Nagamma
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 30, 2014, 03:51:30 PM
The snake and the meditator:

This incident was narrated by Swami Madhavatirtha.  He was a Gujarati devotee of Bhagavan and came to Sri Ramanasramam
in 1944 and stayed there for sometime.  He has written in a Biography of Bhagavan in Gujarati:

There was an incident which I witnessed in Maharshi's Hall.  There was however a devotee who had had a desire to go
and meditate in a cave on the Holy Hill of Arunachala.  Bhagavan gave him permission to go.  The devotee went to the cave,
but many snakes were there.  A little later, while the devotee was sitting in meditation, a snake and hit its hood on his thigh.
The devotee opened his eyes and discovered that the snake had not bitten him.  The snake went away and the devotee
started meditating again.  Later, the snake came back and repeated its strange action.

The devotee thought to himself, 'If this keeps on happening it will not be possible to stay in this cave and meditate. '

He went to see Bhagavan who immediately asked him what had happened.  Bhagavan commented, 'The snake came to you
to say 'You must stay there only'.  If you could have caught the snake by the mouth, he would have said, 'Stay here only.'
God came to test you in the form of a snake.'

After listening to this answer the devotee went back to the cave to meditate the next day also.

(Source: Power of the Presence, David Godman, Part I.)

Arunachala Siva.               
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on January 31, 2014, 12:03:50 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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One afternoon in 1946, at 2 p.m. some savouries prepared in the Ashram were distributed amongst the devotees. A few of them were given to Bhagavan also. Bhagavan ate them, drank some water, went out and came back, when some monkeys came to the window near his sofa. Seeing them, Bhagavan asked his attendants to go and bring some of the savoury preparations, saying, that the monkeys would relish them very much. The attendants returned saying that the people in the kitchen refused, saying that they had not prepared enough savouries to feed the monkeys also. "Oho! How did we get them then?" said Bhagavan. "This is ration time," said a devotee. "What if it is ration
time? When we have rations, why should they (monkeys) not have rations as well? The problem will be solved if a ration card is obtained for the monkeys as well. They will eat these things with greater relish than we. If they do not have it, why should we have it either? When we are eating, see
how those children (i.e., the monkeys) are looking at us," said Bhagavan. Thereupon, they also got their share. From that time onwards, Bhagavan used to accept things only after the monkeys' share were given to them. It seems there was an earlier practice of taking out their share first before anything was distributed. The change that had come about in the interim period disappeared with this reprimand from Bhagavan. In the past, on festive occasions like Jayanti and Mahapuja, Bhagavan used to see that some food was taken out separately, made into balls, placed in a basket and then
taken into Palakothu where he used to sit and personally hand over the balls one by one with great joy to the monkeys. A photo was taken of this event at the time of Bhagavan's Shashtiabda-purthi festivities in 1939. The radiance on Bhagavan's face at that time can be seen and appreciated if
that photo is looked at.

- Letters from Ramanasramam by Suri Nagamma, 23rd May, 1949
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 31, 2014, 12:43:11 PM
FROG:

Bhagavan used to say, 'A Frog is often compared to a Yogi.  It remains quiet for a long time.  The only sign of life is being
the rhythmic movement of the under-skin below the neck. Giant frogs can remain for extraordinarily long periods with
their animation suspended. They are said to swallow their tongue.  Swallowing the tongue is a Yogic practice.  The animation
is suspended.  The yogi does not die because the tongue is drawn out by someone else before life activity is resumed.  It is
a wonder how the frog brings out the already swallowed tongue and resumes activity.

While in Skandasramam, Sri Bhagavan saw a white toad, small and long at a distance about 10 feet from Him.  Bhagavan
stared at it and it stared back at Him. Suddenly, it took a long jump and lodged itself precisely on the right eye of Bhagavan
who quickly closed it.  The Asramites gasped, fearing harm to His right eye. 

Attendant asked if Bhagavan was alright.  Bhagavan did not answer, though His broad smile and slight chuckle said
something like, 'No need to worry.  He is just saying 'Hello'.

(Source: Talks with Ramana Maharshi, Talks No. 324.
              Hobblers and Monkeys of Arunachala.)

Arunachala Siva.             
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on January 31, 2014, 04:47:48 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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You know what happened one morning in 1946? Squirrels came on to Bhagavan's sofa for cashew nuts. The nuts, which used to be in the tin near Bhagavan, were exhausted. Groundnuts were given instead. The squirrels would not eat them and began to express their discontent in
all possible ways. "We don't have them, my dears. What to do?" said Bhagavan, as he tried to cajole them. No. They would not be appeased. They were crawling over the legs and hands of Bhagavan continuously as a sign of their displeasure. So Bhagavan asked Krishnaswami to go and find out if there was any stock of cashew nuts in the storeroom. Krishnaswami went and brought a few nuts. "Is that all?" asked Bhagavan. Krishnaswami said that they were preparing payasam that night and so they could spare only that much. Bhagavan felt annoyed and said, " I see. Payasam will not be less tasteful if the cashew nuts are a little less in quantity than usual. What a pity. These squirrels do not like anything less and they are worrying me. The storekeepers have declined to give cashew nuts saying that they will have to put them into the payasam. Who will be worried if there are no cashew nuts in the payasam? See how these children are worrying themselves for want of cashew nuts!" With that, the cashew nuts which should have gone into payasam, went into the stomachs of the squirrels and also into the tin by his side (for future feeding of the squirrels). The same evening, Dr. Anantanarayana Rao brought
from Madras two visa (about 4.5 kilograms) of cashew nuts, saying that he had brought them for the squirrels. With a smile, Bhagavan said addressing Krishnaswami, "Look at this. They are earning whatever they want. There is no need to beg of you. These cashew nuts are their property. Keep them carefully. Note that they should not be given to the storeroom. Take care."


- Letters from Ramanasramam by Suri Nagamma
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on February 03, 2014, 02:10:38 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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One morning in January 1947, at about 9 a.m., Lakshmi the cow entered the hall hurriedly with her legs, body and tail full of mud, with blood oozing out of her nose and with a half-severed rope round her neck. She went straight to the sofa where Bhagavan sat. The attendants began saying with
some disgust that she had come in with mud on her body. Bhagavan, however, said with affection, "Let her come. Let her come. What does it matter how she comes?" Addressing the cow, he said. "Come, my dear. Please come near." So saying he passed his hand over the body lightly, patted her
on the neck and looking at the face and said, "What is this? Some blood is oozing!" One of the attendants said, "Recently they had put a rope through her nose." "Oho! Is that the reason? That is why she has come here to complain to me about it. Is it not very painful for her? Unable to bear the pain, she has come here running to complain to me without even washing her body. What to do? Give her some iddli or something," said Bhagavan, evincing great solicitude for her welfare. The attendants gave her some plantains and thus managed to send her out. I went to the kitchen, brought some iddlies and gave them to her. She was satisfied and went away to her usual place.
After all of us returned to the hall and sat down, Bhagavan remarked, looking at the attendants, "Do not all of you come to me to relate your troubles? She too has done the same thing. Why then are you vexed with her for coming here with mud on her? When we have troubles, do we consider whether our clothes are all right or our hair is properly brushed?"

- Letters from Ramanasramam, Suri Nagamma
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 03, 2014, 02:54:44 PM
Protection for Squirrel:

One early morning, in April 1942, when Bhagavan was  returning from His walk, on the Hill, after breakfast, He had a
nasty accident.  One of His favorite squirrels ran across His path as he was descending from the stone steps near the Asramam
dispensary.  The squirrel was chased by the Asramam dog that was in full pursuit.  Bhagavan immediately pursued forward.
He put His stick in front of the dog to stop it and to protect the squirrel. The squirrel escaped and ran away as the dog was
distracted.  But Bhagavan lost His balance, slipped and fell down the steps which caused a lot of pain.  He had broken His
collar bone.  Bhagavan did not care for His own safety while protecting the devotee.  It may just be a squirrel, but for Him
the primary concern was to protect His friend, the squirrel.  His own safety was secondary.

(Source: Sadhu's Reminiscences, Major Chadwick.)           

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on February 04, 2014, 01:20:54 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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There is no need to mention the love and affection Bhagavan has towards the peacocks. Not only is he specially considerate towards mild animals like these, he is equally considerate towards beings like snakes which are also given shelter in the Ashram. Not only is this mentioned in his biography but we ourselves have now and then witnessed it here. I have already written to you earlier about the tiger cubs. Recently an incident happened here about snakes. As the opening ceremony of the Patala Linga Temple was fixed for the 4th and as several visitors were expected at the Ashram on that account, and especially the Governor and his wife, it was felt that the available space would not be sufficient and so a pandal was put up to the right side of Bhagavan's sofa in the Jubilee Hall to accommodate them. A week earlier, i.e., towards the end of April, Krishnaswami arranged that the pandal should be used for Veda Parayana and also for the ladies to sit under. It is after all a new
construction. On all its sides crotons were placed, khus-khus thatties were tied and water was sprinkled regularly. Hence the place remained comparatively cool. Some four days after the pandal was erected I happened to go there in the afternoon a little earlier than usual. Bhagavan had just gone out and come back. There was nobody near him. I prostrated before him and then sat down under the pandal. A big green snake came through an opening between the crotons on the side of
Bhagavan's sofa, glided along some distance, got up on to the roof of the pandal and settled down comfortably there. I was not frightened in any way and so kept quiet looking at the snake and at Bhagavan. He noticed my feelings and said with a smile, "He has come here because it is cool." I said, "Since how long could he have been here?" Bhagavan replied, "He came here about the same time as I returned after the midday meal. He has been going around the pandal and also the
crotons. He has been coming here like this for the last three days and going away around 2.30 p.m."
I said, "He must be a great soul. He must have come here in this shape to serve Bhagavan when he is alone." As I was saying this, Krishnaswami came in. Krishnaswami: "I do not know what to do. He is coming here every day. Bhagavan says we should not chase him away." Bhagavan: "What if he comes? What harm has he done to us?" Krishnaswami: "He has not done anything to us. But
this is a place to which several people come. Is it not risky?" Bhagavan: "But he goes away at 2.30 p.m., doesn't he?" Krishnaswami: "It is all right now, but during festival days people come in at all times." Bhagavan: "Oho! That is your fear!" So saying, Bhagavan looked at the snake and at me. I too began looking at the snake and at Bhagavan, and I said, "He must have come here to serve Bhagavan. But if he comes with this cover (meaning the body), there is likely to be some trouble to him from the people in general and from him to the general public." Bhagavan: "It might be so."
Bhagavan thereupon looked at the snake for a while, steadfastly and graciously. Immediately after that the snake, which was remaining still all the time we were discussing, got down the pandal rapidly, went into the flower garden and disappeared. There was no knowing what message he
received when Bhagavan gazed at him. The clock struck the half-hour. Devotees began coming in rows and prostrated before Bhagavan. Bhagavan's look thus got diverted and he came back to his normal state. The snake was never seen afterwards. There are ever so many incidents to show that Bhagavan's abode is a place of safe resort not only for the weaker sex and the poor but also for dumb animals at all times.


- Letters from Ramanasramam, Suri Nagamma
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 04, 2014, 01:35:33 PM
Punishment for the wrong deed (Squirrel):

Once, a mischievous and overactive squirrel bit Bhagavan's finger.  This particular squirrel would not take his nuts from the
tin but would insist on Bhagavan feeding him. 

One day, it so happened that when He came for food, Bhagavan was reading or otherwise occupied.  So there was a slight
delay in giving him food.  Perhaps because of his anger, at the delay, he abruptly bit Bhagavan's finger, but Bhagavan still
did not offer him food.  Bhagavan was amused and said,  'You are a naughty creature! You have bitten my finger!  I will no
longer feed you.  Go away!'  Saying so, He stopped feeding the squirrel for a few days.  That was how Bhagavan punished
the squirrel for his impatience and naughtiness.

A regular tussle then followed between Bhagavan and the squirrel.  The squirrel did not stay quiet.  He began begging
Bhagavan for forgiveness by crawling hither and thither.  Bhagavan put the nuts on the window sill and on sofa and told
him to help himself.  But he would not even touch them.  Bhagavan pretended to be indifferent and not to notice.  But
the squirrel would crawl up to Bhagavan's leg, jump on his body, climb on the shoulders and do ever so many things, to attract
His attention.  Bhagavan turned to His devotees and said, 'Look!  This fellow is begging me to forgive him for his mischief
in biting my finger and to give up my refusal to feed him with my own hands.'

Bhagavan pushed the squirrel away for some days saying, 'Naughty creature! Why did you bite my finger?  I won't feed
you now.  That is your punishment.  Look, the nuts are here. Eat them all.'

But, the squirrel would not leave its obstinacy either.  Some days passed.  And Bhagavan who is always kind and merciful
to His devotees, had to admit His defeat, and He fed the squirrel with His own hands.

Suri Nagamma said, 'It occurred to me that it was through perseverance that devotees attained salvation.'

(Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, Suri Nagamma,  03.01.1946)

Arunachala Siva.   
   
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 05, 2014, 10:30:10 AM
Samadhi of Baby Squirrels:

Once when Nagamma was talking to Bhagavan, about squirrels, Bhagavan remarked about the baby squirrels:
He narrated:

There is a big story about the squirrels.  Sometime back they used to have a nest near and above me.  They had
children, grand children, and thus members of their family grew very large. 

The babies and the adults used to play about on this sofa in whatever way they liked.  When I went out for my usual
walk, some little squirrels used to hide under my pillows and when on my return, I reclined on my pillow, they used to
get crushed.  We could not bear the sight of this, and so Madhava drove the squirrels out of the nest and sealed it by
nailing some wooden board over it.  There are lots of incidents about them if one cared to write about them.

As Bhagavan was narrating this, His voice choked.

(Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, dated. 03.01.1946).

Arunachala Siva.     
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on February 05, 2014, 01:53:01 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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LOVE OF ANIMALS
26th August, 1948

At 3 o'clock this afternoon while we were discussing something in Bhagavan's presence, a stranger came to the Ashram with a platter full of fruits. It seems that on the way to the hall some monkey came, snatched some of the fruits and escaped. Hearing the noise outside and realising what
had happened, Bhagavan laughingly said that the monkey took away its portion of the fruit as it was afraid we would not otherwise give it. We all laughed. While this was going on, a female monkey with a babe at her breast approached the fruit basket. People near the basket shouted it away. Bhagavan said, "It is a mother with a child. Why not give her something and send her away?" But he was not sufficiently audible, and so the monkey got frightened, went off and hid herself in a tree.
Bhagavan, full of pity and kindness, said, "Is this fair? We call ourselves sannyasins; but when a real sannyasi comes we drive him away without giving him anything. How unfair! We want to eat for years and live. We store things in a room, lock it and keep the keys with us. Has the monkey got a house? Can it put anything by for the morrow? It eats whatever it can get and sleeps on whatever
tree available. It carries the child under its belly, wherever it goes, until the child is able to walk about, when it leaves the child to itself. Who is a real sannyasi, the monkey or ourselves? That is why the male monkey took its share on the way itself. That was a male and could do it with impunity. This is a female. What can she do?" So saying Bhagavan began calling that monkey cajolingly. The
monkey came on to the side of the couch and stood there. In an endearing manner, Bhagavan gave her all the fruit she wanted and sent her away.

- Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, Suri Nagamma
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 06, 2014, 12:30:04 PM
The Lucky Ones:

This was an incident witnessed by Chhaganlal V. Yogi in Bhagavan's Hall:


For most of the day,  Bhagavan used to sit on His sofa, which was adjacent to the window.  Squirrels would occasionally
come in through the window and run around near Him.  Bhagavan would respond to them by feeding them cashew and
other food stuffs with His own hands, lovingly.

One day when Bhagavan was feeding the squirrels, a Muslim devotee, who had been watching Him, gave Him a note in
which was written:

'The squirrels are very fortunate because they are getting the food from your own hands.  Your Grace is so much on them.
We feel jealous of the squirrels and feel that we also should have been born as squirrels. Then it would have been very good
for us.'

Bhagavan could not help laughing when He read this note.

He told the man, 'How do you know that the Grace is not there on you also?'

And then, to illustrate His point, Bhagavan told a story:

A thief went to a saint to get his blessings so that his attempt in the robbery that night would be successful.  But that
night the thief was unsuccessful in robbery.  Because of his failure, the thief was very angry with the saint for giving him
false blessings.  The saint said:  'To be unsuccessful in bad work means that the blessings have indeed borne fruit.  There
are so many honest ways of  feeding the stomach.  You should accept any one of them.  To come to this conclusion, it
was necessary that you be unsuccessful in thieving job.' 

The thief understood and became an honest and good man.

Having narrated the story Bhagavan asked the devotee, 'Do you mean to say that only if everything goes according to
your desire, it is possible to say that the Grace of a saint has worked?'

'I don't understand', replied the devotee.

Bhagavan explained in more detail: The blessings of a saint perform the purificatory work of life.  The blessings cannot
increase the impurity.  One whose understanding is limited, will ask for blessings so that he can fulfill certain desires,
but if the desires are such that their fulfillment will make the seeker more impure rather than purer, the saint's blessings
will not enable him to fulfill the desires. In this way, the seeker is saved from further impurities.  In that case, are not a saint's
blessings a gift of compassion?

The devotee finally understood and was satisfied by Bhagavan's words.

(Source: The Power of the Presence, Volume II.)

Arunachala Siva.           
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on February 06, 2014, 01:18:21 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Deliverance of a Thorn Bush

One of the devotees who had heard of the verses written by Bhagavan about the deliverance of Lakshmi, the cow, approached Him and said, "Swami, we ourselves see that animals and birds are getting deliverance in your presence, but is it not true that only human beings can get moksha?"

"Why? it is stated that a great saint gave moksha to a thorn bush," said Bhagavan with a smile. The devotee eagerly asked who that great saint was and what was the story about the thorn bush.

IN CHIDAMBARAM, THERE was a jnani by the name of Umapathi Sivacharya. He was a poet and also a pandit. As he was in a transcendental state of spirituality (athita sthithi), he did not pay much attention to the usual brahminical practices. Hence, the dikshitars of the place became angry with him, especially since he was a learned man and knew all the precepts of the Hindu religion. They forbade him from living in the village or even visiting the temple. He therefore lived in a small hut built on a raised ground outside the village. A low caste man called Pethan Samban used to supply him with all that he required and also helped him in a general way. As things went on like this, one day,
when Pethan was carrying on his head a bundle of firewood to the hut, Iswara Himself met him on the way in the guise of the dikshitar in charge of the temple. He wrote a verse on a palmyra leaf and gave it to him, telling him that it was to be handed over to Umapathi Sivacharya, and then disappeared.

Pethan gave that verse to Sivacharya, who, on opening it, found in the first line itself the words, “Adiyarkkadiyen Chitrambalavanan” (the servant of the devotees, the Lord of Chidambaram). Immediately, he was overwhelmed with devotion and a thrill passed through his body as he read the
letter. The gist of the verse was, “A note from Chidambaranathan, the servant of the devotees, to the person who has set up a new establishment, namely Sivacharya. It is your duty to give initiation to this Pethan Samban regardless of caste and to the surprise of all people.” He read the letter and was overwhelmed with joy. In obedience to the orders of the Lord, he initiated Pethan into the order of sannyasa, though he belonged to the lowest caste. In due course he gave nayana diksha (transmission of Power through the eyes) to Pethan, immediately after which Pethan merged into holy light. Sivacharya himself was immensely surprised at this occurrence and only then understood the
wisdom of Pethan. Enemies of Sivacharya noticed the sacrificial offerings and other things he had for this initiation. They complained to the king that Sivacharya had burnt Pethan to death for some mistake, he might have committed. When the king came there with his retinue to enquire into the complaint, Sivacharya showed the verse of Lord Nataraja and said that he gave initiation to Pethan
and that Pethan vanished thereafter in the form of a divine light (jyoti). The king was surprised and asked Sivacharya if he could likewise give initiation and moksha to the thorn bush nearby. “Yes. What doubt, is there?” said Sivacharya. Accordingly he gave nayana diksha to that thorn bush and that too
immediately disappeared in pure light (jyoti). The king was still more astonished at that and said, “This
looks like some black magic. You said this note had been written by Lord Nataraja. Let us go and ask Him.” Sivacharya pointed out that there was a ban on his entering the temple. The king said that would not matter as he himself was accompanying Sivacharya. Accordingly they started for the
temple together. Hearing all this, all the people – the pundits, the common people curious about the whole thing and enemies of Sivacharya who were sure he would be duly punished – flocked to the temple to see the strange sight. The two entered the temple. Out of regard for the king, when
Arathi (waving of lights) was offered to Lord Nataraja, it was found that on either side of the Lord there stood Pethan and the thorn bush. The pundits were surprised and out of fear and remorse, fell at the feet of Sivacharya requesting him to pardon them for all their faults. They subsequently brought
him back into the village with due honours.

- Spiritual Stories as told by Sri Ramana Maharshi
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on February 07, 2014, 01:26:09 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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The Mongoose

Mr. Grant Duff asked the Master if any mongoose had had anything to do with him. The Master said, “Yes. It was the occasion of Ardra and Jayanti, I was living up the hill in Skandasramam. Streams of visitors were climbing up the hill from the town A mongoose, larger than the ordinary size, of golden hue (not grey as a mongoose is), with no black spot on its tail as is usual with the wild mongoose, passed these crowds fearlessly. People took it to be a tame one belonging to someone in the crowd. The animal went straight to Palaniswami, who was having a bath in the spring by the Virupaksha Cave. He stroked the creature and patted it. It followed him into the cave, inspected every nook and corner and left the place and joined the crowd to pass up to Skandasramam. I noticed it. Everyone was struck
by its attractive appearance and its fearless movements. It came up to me, got on my lap and rested there some time. Then it raised itself up, looked about and moved down; it went round the whole place and I followed it lest it should be harmed by the unwary visitors or by the peacocks. Two peacocks of the place looked at it inquisitively, whereas the mongoose moved nonchalantly from place to place and finally disappeared into the rocks on the south-east of the Asramam.”

- Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talk 84
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 07, 2014, 01:30:22 PM
Reminiscences:

1) Mr. N. Ponnaiah, who lived in Malaysia, visited Bhagavan in 1948.  He has written his reminiscences in the book
'Face to Face with Ramana Maharshi':

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!

2). Mr. K. Subramanian, founder of Hyderabad Ramana Kendra, reminisces that when he was in college, he used to write
letters to Bhagavan and used to go and have darshan of Bhagavan.  He once wrote: 'Sometimes a squirrel would scramble
up the couch.  Bhagavan would fondle it and give it whatever is available and the squirrels would leave without disturbing
anybody.  Similarly a peacock would come and get some puffed rice from Bhagavan's hands. (Face to Face with Sri
Ramana Maharshi.)

3. This incident is narrated by Narayana Iyer:

It was 8.30 one night, when I came to the Asramam.  When Chinnaswamy saw me enter, he said, 'Narayana Iyer, don't
go near Bhagavan's couch.  He had a fracture of His collar bone.  A plaster has been put on it.  He should not be disturbed.
Prostrate at a distance and come away.'

I was shocked to hear the news, but was eager to see Bhagavan. I went on tiptoe and prostrated quietly.  Bhagavan saw
me and said, 'Narayana Iyer, come. Sit by my side on the couch. Only then I can talk to you.' Implicitly, I obeyed Bhagavan
in spite of Chinnaswamy's warning.

Bhagavan said: I was going up the steps.  A dog was chasing a squirrel.  I barred its way by placing my walking stick in
front of it.  The stick slipped and I fell down and got hurt on the collar bone.  They say it is a fracture and native bone setter
of the village, an old devotee was sent for.  He has put this bandage with some green leaves and black gram paste and I am
enjoined not to move lest it be disturbed. 

Bhagavan narrated the incident as though it was some one else's body that was injured and suffering. 

(Surpassing Love and Grace, Sri Ramanasramam).

4. In Talks with Ramana Maharshi, Munagala Venkataramiah writes, (Talks # 229):

At 8 am. the pet squirrel was watching for an opportunity to run out.  Bhagavan remarked: 'All wish to rush out.  There
is no limit to going out.  Happiness lies within not without.'

***

Arunachala Siva.                 
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 08, 2014, 12:09:53 PM
An insect is rescued:

This incident was narrated by Bhagavan's attendant Sivananda Swami to Sivaraman, Sri Viswanatha Swami's brother.
It shows how keenly observant and profoundly compassionate Bhagavan was.  Sivananda Swami narrated:

It might have been in the morning at about 10 am.  Bhagavan was returning from the goshala.  I was with Him.  When
He neared the well which was next to the Hall, He noticed some particular sound coming out of the well, similar to the flapping
of wings by a bird or a large insect struggling in the water.  Bhagavan stood still and looked into the well and found that it was a large
insect with wings.  Bhagavan told Sivananda Swami, 'Please see whether it is in a playful mood fluttering its wings on the water
or struggling to escape drowning.  If the former, don't disturb it. If it is the latter, please quickly release it from the water.'

Seeing the insect was struggling, I reached the insect with a long bamboo pole.  The insect sat on it , came out and was
rescued.  It flew out joyously!

(Source: Moments Remembered, V. Ganesan)

Arunachala Siva.       
 
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on February 09, 2014, 12:33:31 PM
Mosquitoes:

Mosquitoes were a perpetual problem for devotees.  Bhagavan did not criticize the devotees if they swatted mosquitoes
which were biting them.  In the 1940s, He even permitted the cowshed to be sprayed with pesticides, so that the cows
would not be troubled by the biting of mosquitoes or insects.  However, if He was questioned about the moral aspect of
killing mosquitoes, He would usually answer by saying, that one should not identify with the body, that is being bitten.

A devotee who asked Him about this got the reply:-

'If you were to take your complaint against mosquitoes to the court of law, the mosquitoes would win the case.  Their
Dharma i.e the rule that they must live by, is to bite and sting.  They live on the blood sucked after biting.  They are teaching
you that you are not the body.  Your object to their stings only because you identify yourself with the body.

(Source: Living by the Words of Bhagavan.)

Arunachala Siva.     
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 07, 2014, 06:38:37 PM
The Black Cow:

This is an account by Suri Nagamma in one of her letters of a cow, which waited for the holy and benevolent look
of Bhagavan, to take her last breath peacefully:

For the last three days, the black cow in the goshala was suffering from some ailment.  She was tied to a tree
near the shed built for the calves.  Though she was suffering for three days, Bhagavan did not chance to pass
that way.  Yesterday, she was in her last throes of death.  Though she was suffering since morning,  she did not
breathe her last till 5 p.m. Bhagavan got up from His couch in the Hall at 4.45 pm. as usual to go behind the goshala.
While returning, He turned towards the place where the cow was, stopped at the shed constructed for calves,
and watched the black cow for a while. As Bhagavan was the embodiment of kindness, it was natural that His heart
melted with pity.  He favored the cow with a look of deliverance from bondage, and then He came back and sat as usual
on His couch.

After Bhagavan's benign look fell on her, the jiva remained in the body for only five minutes.  The black cow had waited
for Bhagavan's benevolent look and as soon as that was obtained, her jiva left the body.

(Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, Suri Nagamma)

Arunachala Siva.
       
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 08, 2014, 11:01:00 AM
CALF - THE DEVOTEE:

After Bhagavan's Maha Nirvana, a devotee mentioned about the incident of the devotion of a calf to Bhagavan:

In the Asramam, there was a calf that used to visit the houses of devotees of Bhagavan, in Ramana Nagar.  The
devotees welcomed her lovingly and gave her sweets and fruits to eat.

One day I was in Sri Ramanasramam. My friend came and told me that the calf was standing in my compound.
When I heard this, I was very happy.  I rushed to my house to feed the calf with fruits and sweets.  As I did not
see the calf in the compound of my house, thinking that she may be inside the house, I went inside the house and
looked for her, but she was not to be seen.  When I entered my bedroom, I saw the calf standing in front of the
photograph of Bhagavan fully immersed in it.  Her eyes were fixed on Bhagavan with love and devotion.  She was
bowing to Bhagavan with her forehead touching the photograph of Bhagavan. She had merged and become one with
Bhagavan at that moment. 

She did  not even notice me entering the room.  She was oblivious of her surroundings.  Seeing the love and the devotion
of the calf, I was enthralled but at the same time, I felt ashamed of myself for the lack of the same intensity of devotion
that the calf had for Bhagavan.  In spite of me being a human being, and in constant touch with Bhagavan, not even once
had I surrendered so completely to Bhagavan!

I waited in the hall for the calf to come out of the bed room.  When she came out, I fed her with sweets and fruits.
Who knows which great devotee of Bhagavan had tenanted the body of the calf?

(Source: Arunachala Ramana, Volume 11)

Arunachala Siva.           
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 09, 2014, 11:06:23 PM
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Posted in Rough Notebook thread by Sri Subramanian.

 Once in pachaiamman koil, Sri Bhagavan was there ans some monkeys were sitting around Him.  He was telling the monkeys about Atma Vichara.  Viswantha Swami who came that side, asked Bhagavan: 'Bhagavan !  You are teaching Atma Vichara to these monkeys. What will they understand?'   Bhagavan smilingly replied: 'I am also teaching Atma Vichara, to you people. How many have you understood it correctly?  So also these monkeys.  Some will understand and some will not. Kavyakanta who was nearby laughed and laughed till his ribs might burst.

 Arunachala Siva. 
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 11, 2014, 11:48:03 AM
NONDIP PAIYAN - THE LAME MONKEY:

In 1916, Bhagavan's Mother Azhagammal and her youngest son Nagasundaram came to live with Bhagavan at Virupaksha
Cave. A little later, in the same year, it was decided to move into Skandasramam.  Bhagavan moved there along with a number
of devotees and His animal companions. He would make Skandasramam His abode for the next six years. 

In the days just prior to Bhagavan moving from Virupaksha Cave to Skndasramam, there was a monkey troop near Virupaksha
Cave.  There was a young monkey in the troop who had started to show some promise, and was gaining popularity within the
tribe.  The leader of the troop became envious and was very much displeased.  Out of jealousy he attacked the young monkey,
making him fall from a high tree.  The fall badly injured a leg. The leader and the other monkeys abandoned him to his fate
near the Virupaksha Cave.  Barely conscious, the monkey eventually limped into Virupaksha Cave.  The all compassionate
Bhagavan bandaged his leg and nursed him back to health.  In due course, the injuries were healed but  he was left permanently
crippled. Bhagavan named him Nondip paiyan, the little Hobbler.  He was called Nondi as a pet name as he had to limp while
walking or running.

Nondi would always sit on Bhagavan's lap or next to Him while He ate His food.  He would never waste food offered to him.
He was a scrupulously clean eater.  He followed Bhagavan wherever He went, limping along.  Even Bhagavan told him not to
follow Him, he would follow with great effort.  He developed a fondness for Bhagavan and was devoted to Him, looking up to Him
as his Master.  Under Bhagavan's loving care, Nondi's leg improved, and he regained his strength. Nondi became a friend not only
to Bhagavan but also to other Asramites. They appreciated his charming personality.

But whatever has a beginning has an end too.  Nothing is eternal except the Self.  Five days later, the monkeys from Nondi's
former troop came to Virupaksha Cave. The asramites saw them coming and were scared that they might hurt Bhagavan.
Even Mother Azhagammal felt the same and told Bhagavan to leave Nondi. But Bhagavan assured them that nothing would
happen.  The monkeys would not hurt anybody in Virupaksha Cave.

As soon as Nondi saw his troop members, he went and climbed on to Bhagavan's lap. One of the members of the troop
came near them and looked at Nondi's bandaged leg, Bhagavan told that monkey that He had applied medicine and bandaged
to cure the injured leg.  The monkeys were sorry that they had hurt Nondi so badly.  They gave a friendly growl and one of them
came and pulled Nondi asking him to rejoin the troop.  But Nondi did not want to leave Bhagavan. He looked at Bhagavan.
Bhagavan told Nondi, 'Your troop has come to reclaim you. Go with them like a good boy.  Do not forget us when you become
a King.'  So saying, Bhagavan patted Nondi and sent him back with his relatives.  Like other animals the monkeys too have love
and attachment to one another.

Nondi used to come to see Bhagavan even after Bhagavan and others moved to Skandasramam. He used to come with his troop
and be with Bhagavan for some time.  When Azhagammal once gave Nondi food in a separate plate, he refused to eat,
preferring to share food with Bhagavan from His plate, helping himself by taking from the plate!

Nondi after eating, would pick up the fallen grains from the floor and made it neat. Bhagavan's appreciated Nondi's smartness.

(Source; Moments Remembered, V. Ganesan; Hobbler and the Monkeys of Arunachala.)

Arunachala Siva.                               
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 12, 2014, 01:43:43 PM
Venkitoo and Nondi:

The following incident took place when Venkitoo (Sri T. N. Venkataraman, past President of the Asramam) was about four
and a half years old:

One day, some devotees brought an offering of snacks for everyone at Skandasramam.  After distributing the prasad,
Mother Azhagammal set aside a special plate for Nondi who had gone out and placed it inside.  Venkitoo had his share,
and ate it with relish.  During this time, Venkitoo's father,  along with some of the devotees had gone to town for alms.
Bhagavan had gone up the Hill for a stroll.  After finishing the morning chores, Azahgammal went inside to take a nap.
After mother Azhagammal fell asleep, Venkitoo started eyeing the snacks reserved for Nondi.  Unable to resist any longer,
he thought that he would sample Nondi's snacks.  But as he started eating it, he could not refrain from taking more from
Nondi's plate.  Suddenly Nondi burst in.  He growled at Venkitoo, snatched the food from the child's hand, and slapped him
on the cheek.  The boy started crying in horror.

Hearing Venkitoo's loud cry, mother Azhagammal woke  up.  Venkitoo complained that Nondi had slapped him, and that
time, Bhagavan returned from His walk.  He had overheard Azhagammal's words and saw Venkitoo rubbing his cheek.
He understood that Nondi had slapped Venkitoo for eating the snacks that mother had put aside for him. 

Bhagavan said smilingly to Venkitoo, 'So you got the blow Venkitoo? It serves you right.  That is Nondi's portion of the snacks.
We should not take what belongs to others, should we? It was Nondi's share.'

Petting her grandson and consoling him, Azhagammal told Bhagavan: 'Poor child! What does the child Venkitoo know about
his own share or that of another? He is really scared.'

Bhagavan called Venkitoo and put him on His lap, patted the child affectionately and said, 'Do not worry.  Nondi is a nice
fellow.  He will not beat you anymore.  Because you took Nondi's share of food, he was upset and slapped you on the
cheek. Look how very gentle he is with grandma and me.'

From that day, onwards, Venkitoo was no longer tempted by Nondi's plate.

(Source: In service of Bhagavan, Bhagavan paNiyl in Tamizh, a reminiscence of Sri. T. N. Venkatraman)     

Arunachala Siva.         
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 13, 2014, 10:14:47 AM
Etiquette of Monkeys:

Just as human beings have their own customs and regulations, the monkeys too have their own etiquette. 

When Bhagavan was on the Hill, the following incident took place.  One day a monkey king came to Skandasramam.
He was the king of a large tribe.  Bhagavan had just sat down to have His meal and Mother Azhagammal was serving
food.  The monkey king came and sat next to Bhagavan.  Before the eating, Bhagavan gave the first mouthful to the monkey
king. But instead of eating,  the monkey king growled and gave Bhagavan a slap on the cheek.

Bhagavan asked the monkey, 'Why are you angry? I fed you first, didn't I?'

But even as He was saying this Bhagavan suddenly realized His mistake.  He then asked that the food be served on a separate
leaf.  The monkey king was pleased, he ate the food with relish and left happily after finishing his meal.  Afterwards Bhagavan
explained to the devotees that this monkey king had to be treated in accordance with his royal status.  Since he had not been
given a separate leaf, he was angry with Bhagavan and slapped Him.

(Source: Unforgettable Years, Sri Ramana Maharshi Center of Learning, Bangalore)

Arunachala Siva.           
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 14, 2014, 01:13:58 PM
Visit of the Old Monkey King:

After coming down from Skandasramam to the present Asramam, Bhagavan, as always, was surrounded by His devotees.
One day, Bhagavan unusually got up abruptly after listening to some peculiar noise and went eastward to the farthest
fence of the Asramam.  An old monkey with a retinue of female monkeys was shouting and crying aloud.  Bhagavan alone
had heard it, perhaps the cries of the monkey were directed at Him!

He went near the crying monkey and listened to him and then addressed him: Thatha! (Grandpa) What to do? I have been
retained here.  I could not come there.  I also miss you all very much.  You have come to see me with your queens, all the way
from there, risking attacks from other herds of monkeys staying in these parts.  How are you?  How is your family?  Is everything
alright?  I am quite well here. Please go back and also take back these queens safely.  It is very good of you to have come to
see me.

Bhagavan's voice was choked and tears were rolling down  from His eyes!

Bhagavan returned to the Hall and told the devotees about the incident.

(Source: Purshottama Ramana, Sri V. Ganesan)

Arunachala Siva.           
 
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 15, 2014, 11:52:48 AM
Perilous Journey - Blessings to the Newborn:

When Bhagavan was living in Skandasramam, if a monkey had a baby, the mother would bring the new born to Bhagavan
in order to seek His blessings.  On such occasions Bhagavan would take the baby and stroke it affectionately and give
His blessings before giving it back to the mother. 

Once Kunju Swami, who was a witness to such an incident, told the following incident to Sundaram Anna (Sri V. S.  Ramanan)

Just after moving down the Hill from Skandasramam, Bhagavan was sitting at the back of the present Ramanasramam
and talking to a mother monkey and her baby.  The mother monkey was apparently complaining to Bhagavan for having
left Skandasramam and shifting all the way down to the foot of the Hill.  In order to come for Bhagavan's blessings, she
had to travel quite some distance, trespassing the territory of other monkey clans. 

Bhagavan listened patiently to her protests and then with genuine regret said, 'Amma! I am sorry.  There was nothing
I could do. We had to come here.'

Meanwhile, Bhagavan took the young one in His hands, caressed and fondled him, and then handing the baby back to
the mother, urged her to leave quickly because the monkeys of the other tribes whose terrain she had encroached might
attack her and the baby.

(Source: One Hundred and Twenty Five years of Grace, Jayanti 2004.)

Arunachala Siva.           
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 16, 2014, 09:51:19 AM
MONKEY'S ONE POINTEDNESS:


Suri Nagamma tells another story of how Bhagavan cited the example of monkeys to teach His attendants about
concentration:

Sometimes, these great monkey warriors knock the fruit out of the hands of new comers, while on their way to Bhagavan,
and at times they would snatch away the fruit kept by their side, which people get back as Bhagavan's prasadam from His
attendant.  Noticing these things, Bhagavan would say, 'They take their share of the fruit, why be angry with them?
There is the concentrated look, the 'lakshya drishti'.  Somehow they find out where the fruit is kept and in the twinkling
of an eye, all of them come and take away their share.  Their attention is always on the fruit.  That is why, in Vedantic   
parlance the monkey's look is given as an illustration of the concentrated look, 'lakshya drishti'.  The moment the Guru
makes a sign with his eye, the disciple should understand; otherwise the disciple cannot achieve his aim.'

Kanakammal, a staunch devotee from the days of Bhagavan and who is still staying near Sri Ramanasramam (she passed
away in the year 2010), tells us that the monkeys were able to get away with many pranks because of the special privileges
they enjoyed with Bhagavan.  Often, when unwary visitors to the Asramam would bring sweets and fruits or other article
of food as offerings to Bhagavan, monkeys would pounce on them and rob them of the delicacies.  Even as the devotees
and the attendants watched helplessly, Bhagavan would smile mischievously, as if to say, 'You are no match for my monkey
friends.'

(Source:   Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, Suri Nagamma.  Cherished Memories, T.R. Kanakammal.)

Arunachala Siva.     
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 17, 2014, 11:01:00 AM
What can you do about this?

In her book Cherished Memories, Kanakammal relates the following story:

Once, a Westerner who was on a visit to the Asramam, brought a folding canvas chair, to the meditation hall. Since
he was not accustomed to sitting on the floor, he had brought this low chair to meditate in Bhagavan's presence.  When
the visitor was unfolding the chair, and setting it up, an Asramam attendant noticed it.  The attendant approached the visitor
and told him that it was not the practice to sit on a raised seat in Bhagavan's Presence.  The visitor felt that it was impossible
for him to squat on the floor, so he picked up his chair and left the Hall.

Bhagavan was watching this and told the attendant, 'So you have done a great service to your Master, have you not?
The man was planning to use a chair because he could not sit on the floor. You very cleverly prevented him from acting in
such a disrespectful fashion. Now what are you planning to do about this person who is sitting right above my head?'
All of us looked up, and saw a monkey perched on the roof of the Hall, directly above Bhagavan's head.  Until Bhagavan
pointed out the monkey, nobody had noticed him. Now all our eyes were upon him; but the monkey was totally unconcerned
about the attention he was receiving from the people below.

Bhagavan said, 'We try to impose our will upon others, if it is possible to do so.  If the other person happens to be
stronger, we let him have his way.  That is human nature.  Why should we concern ourselves with such trivial matters?
What difference can it make, whether a person sits on the floor or upon a chair?  What is high and what is low?  Are these
not mere concepts?  Should we not learn to look beyond these things?

(Source: Cherished Memories, Smt. T.R. Kanakammal)

Arunachala Siva.
             
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 18, 2014, 09:55:22 AM
The Monkey and the Child:

Mrs. M.A. Piggot, an English lady, who had read Search in Secret India, came to see the Maharshi.  The services of  disciple
interpreter was provided.  There were many visitors at that time in the Hall, including some ladies with infants.  The place
resounded with noise. At length silence prevailed.  Suddenly Maharshi, who seemed to be looking at infinite space, was
heard to say softly, 'Korangu!" (Monkey).  A little baby was then discovered in the doorway unobserved by the mother who
was seated on the other side of the door, with a large monkey, who was seated on his hind legs, who with both hands, was
fondling the child with the tenderness of a mother, not hurting the child  in the least, both being at peace with each other
in Maharshi's presence.  When Maharshi's voice was heard the monkey jumped out nimbly and disappeared in a trice.

Mrs. Piggot who witnessed this very greatly expressed and felt blessed to be there.  What a wonderful scene of equality
between the child and the animal!  Was this not due to Bhagavan's Presence?

(Source: Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi - Talk No. 13)

Arunachala Siva. 
 
 
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 19, 2014, 12:54:39 PM
Bhiksha for Monkeys:

The monkeys were Bhagavan's companion throughout His stay on the Hill/  Stories about monkeys abound in every book
of Bhagavan.  During His stay in Virupaksha Cave and Skandasramam, Bhagavan would divide the alms collected equally
among those present including monkeys.  After eating their portion, the monkeys would make loud noises expressing gratification.
When Bhagavan came to the present Sri Ramanasramam, the same monkeys visited Him. Soon they settled in the Asramam groves.
They were fed in the Asramam presently also.

Year by year the number of human devotees steadily increased. Gradually, for monkeys, the intimate access to Bhagavan was
reduced. However, as the visitors came in large numbers, so did their fruit offerings, which Bhagavan was always keen to share
with His four-legged devotees. Streams of visitors came for festivals.  On such days, Bhagavan saw to it that His  moneky
companions were also included in the festivities.

On festive occasions like Bhagavan's Jayanti and other festival days, Bhagavan would see to it that food was taken out separately
made into balls, placed in a basket, and then taken to Palakottu.   Bhagavan used to sit personally and hand over the balls
one by one with great joy to the monkeys. The monkeys were must disciplined and would  express their joy with a big cry in
unison! A photo  has been taken of this even at the time of Bhagavan's Shastiapta Purti (60th birth day)  in 1939.  One can
see the radiant smile on Bhagavan's face in the photograph. This photo is there in Sri Ramanasramam.

Bhagavan used to refer Sri Rama Navami days as 'monkey day'.  He was insisting that they must be fed sumptuously especially
on that day.  On a Sri Rama Navami day, one of the attendants Vaikuntavasar, was sent to Palakottu with a lot of tasty food
to feed the monkeys.  Bhagavan followed it up and inquired from Vaikuntavasar as to what happened.  he replied, 'When I went
there there were only two or three monkeys.  But after a time, all came. They were well fed. The did not quarrel or bite each other.'

Bhagavan said, 'They don't fight when there is enough for all.  All trouble arises only when there is a want. They also raise
a big cry as an indication of their joy, whenever they get plenty to eat.'

Bhagavan's devotee G.V. Subbaramayya records that on Mother's Aradhana Day i.e Maha Puja Day, the monkeys were
given a big feast supervised personally by Bhagavan.  A vast troop of monkeys sat in a row.  They came in turns to receive
food from Bhagavn's hands in a most orderly manner.  After all of them were fed, they screeched in chorus with joy as if to say
thanks to Mother Azhagammal.

(Sources: Moment's Remembered, V. Ganesan; The Hobbler and the Monkeys of Arunachala; Letters and Recollections,                   
Suri Nagamma; Timeless in Time, A.R, Natarajan, Bangalore; Sri Ramana Reminiscences, G. V. Subbaramayya.)

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 20, 2014, 12:49:37 PM
Kindness to Monkeys:

One afternoon in 1946, at 2 p.m. some savories prepared by the Asramam were distributed among the devotees.
A few of them were given to Bhagavan also.  Bhagavan ate them, drank some water, went out and came back,
when some monkeys came to the window near His sofa.  Seeing them, Bhagavan asked His attendants to go and bring
some of the savory preparations, saying that the monkeys would relish them very much.  The attendants returned saying
that the people in the kitchen refused saying that they had not prepared enough savories to feed the monkeys also.

'Oho! How did we get them then?' said Bhagavan. 

'This is ration time', said a devotee.

'What if it is ration time?  When we have rations, why should they (monkeys) not have rations as well?  The problem
will be solved if a ration card is obtained for the monkeys as well. They will eat these things with greater relish than we.
If they do not have it, why should we have it either?  When we are eating, see those children (i.e the monkeys) are looking
at us,' said Bhagavan.

Thereupon they also got their share.

From that time onwards, Bhagavan used to accept things only after the monkeys' share was given to them.  It seems,
earlier it was a routine to set aside a share of food and prasadam for the monkeys and other animals before distribution
to human devotees.

(Source: Letters and Recollections of Suri Nagamma.)

Arunachala Siva.     
         
 
 
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 21, 2014, 10:24:03 AM
Independence Day Celebrations:

The monkeys enjoyed Bhagavan's affection, compassion, and Grace.  But often Bhagavan's human devotees were not as
enthusiastic about monkeys as He was. In fact, they were indifferent to His monkey companions.  This was especially true
of the Jubilee Hall attendants who had to maintain order and protect visitors who brought fruit offerings.  They often clashed
with the simian visitors especially during festivals.

Once on August 15th, the Indian Independence Day, Krishnaswami, Bhagavan's attendant, was putting up the national flag. 
There were many devotees who gathered there, and they were looking on.  Some of the devotees were busy helping Krishnaswami.
He was in high spirits and was using a long bamboo pole to hoist the Indian Flag that would mark the day's event.  Suddenly
a monkey appeared and approached Krishnaswami.  For no clear reason Krishnaswami began to chase the poor animal away.
He was shouting wildly and beating the monkey wildly with the very pole that bore the national flag at its end.  Bhagavan was
observing all this from a distance.  The irony of the situation was not lost to Bhagavan who called out, 'Oh Krishnaswami,
this is Independence Day celebration.  Moreover, until this day this place was the kingdom of monkeys. When we came
here and settled, they kindly withdrew to the Hill. Today the monkey has come to participate in our Independence Day
Celebrations out of joy for the event. But you are unreasonably driving him away with the very center piece of the day's
celebrations!  Has it not occurred to you how silly that looks?'

(Source: Hobblers and Monkeys of Arunachala)

Arunachala Siva.             

     
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 22, 2014, 10:34:10 AM
The Obedient Monkey:

Devotee Kanakammal was in a reminiscent mood and told the following story:

One day, a devotee, offered Bhagavan, a cluster of plantain fruits, that he had grown at his house.  Afterwards, Bhagavan
and the same devotee were discussing some spiritual matters.  At that time a big male monkey walked into the Hall and
took away the whole cluster of fruits that were offered.  The monkey sat outside the Hall with the fruits.  Seeing this the
devotee shouted, 'Ayyo! I had brought those fruits for Bhagavan, that monkey has taken them away.'

Bhagavan turned to the monkey and said, 'Aye, How can you take away the whole bunch of fruits?  Like a good boy,
take one fruit, bring back the remaining fruits, and keep them here.'

Hearing the words of Bhagavan, the monkey took his share of one fruit and brought back the remaining to Bhagavan,
like an obedient boy!

Bhagavan turned to the devotee and said, 'When you entered the Asramam, if you had given a fruit, when this fellow asked
for it, he would not have taken all the fruits.'

The devotee was astonished by what Bhagavan told him.  How did Bhagavan come to know this?  In fact, when the devotee
had entered the Asramam with fruits, this monkey had asked for some by extending his hand.  The devotee had not obliged
the monkey.

Was there anything that omniscient Bhagavan did not know? It was impossible to hide anything from Him.

(Source: Kanakammal's Personal Story.)

Arunachala Siva.

Arunachala Siva.               
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 23, 2014, 12:24:27 PM
Transgressing Official Orders:  (Monkeys):

In his book 'Moments Remembered' V. Ganesan relates the following incident involving Krishnaswami, Bhagavan's attendant.

Once, the monkeys played havoc in the garden and took great liberties with the visiting devotees, by relieving them of their
offerings brought by them for Bhagavan!  Many complaints reached the ears of the Sarvadikari Sri Niranjananda Swami, and
he took immediate action by asking Krishnaswami not to feed the monkeys anymore.  That day, a monkey came and sat on
the window sill looking expectantly at Bhagavan for the usual prasad!  Bhagavan directed His attendants to help the visitor.
Krishnaswami said that the Sarvadikari had given orders, due to the intolerable mischief wrought by the monkeys.  Meanwhile,
the monkeys still waited (on the window sill.).

It was too much for Bhagavan to see His companion wait so long for prasad.  With great emotion, He said, 'You see! When
Anjaneya found Mother Sita safe in Sri Lanka, his joy knew no bounds.  In sheer joy, he destroyed the Ashoka grove and
set fire to  Lanka and returned happily to convey the good news to Lord Rama!'  Bhagavan continued,  'The monkeys, out of
intense joy, sometimes turn uncontrollable, pulling down branches and leaves, from trees and teasing the visitors.  We should
not treat this as being a 'nuisance' and deprive them of their rightful share of food.  This is their birthplace and it is we who
are outsiders.  We have no right to chase them away.'

Bhagavan was so moved that He could not control His emotion.  The loving concern of Bhagavan for animals moved
Krishnaswami so much that he transgressed the official orders and gave a bunch of bananas to the waiting monkey.
Bhagavan beamed with a glorious smile!

(Source: Moments Remembered, Sri V. Ganesan)

Arunachala Siva.         
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 24, 2014, 10:40:50 AM
Bhagavan's Command - (Monkeys)

Ramani Ammal of Rajapalayam, a devotee, was a permanent resident of Ramana Nagar.  She shared with V. Ganesan,
the following anecdote:

Once, while I was seated in front of Bhagavan in the old hall, slices of fruits were brought by a devotee and placed
before Bhagavan.  A monkey walked in at that time and wanted the fruit.  Though the attendant was not very keen to
oblige, upon Bhagavan's behest, he gave the monkey a piece of fruit. Receiving it, the monkey bounded away, but another
monkey soon came evidently informed by the former.  A piece  was given to the second monkey also and he soon went away.
A third came in for a share!  Bhagavan gave him a piece, saying, 'All right! Now don't go and inform any others, or else these
people here will be angry with me!' 

The third fellow left with his share and obviously followed Bhagavan's command to the letter, as there was no further
claimant from his group!

(Source: Moments Remembered, Sri V, Ganesan)

Arunachala Siva.     
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 25, 2014, 09:42:12 AM
The Old Monkey King's Samadhi:

Once, a monkey king took the bold step of outlawing two turbulent males in his tribe.  Early one morning, it was reported,
that a monkey lay dying near Virupaksha Cave.  Bhagavan went to see and it was this King.  It was brought to the Asramam
and it lay with Bhagavan supporting it on his lap.  The two exiled males were sitting on a tree nearby, watching.  Bhagavan
moved to shift His weight and the dying monkey instinctively bit His leg.  'I have four such marks of favor from monkey kings',
He said once, pointing to His leg. Then the monkey King uttered a last groan as he expired.   The two watching monkeys jumped
up and down and cried out with grief.  The body was buried with honors given to a sannyasin.  It was bathed in milk and then
in water, and smeared with sacred ash. A new cloth was placed over it , leaving the face uncovered and camphor burnt before
it.  It was given a burial near Virupaksha Cave and over the grave a stone was raised.

(Source: Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self Knowledge, Arthur Osborne)

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 26, 2014, 10:25:17 AM
Sparrows - Protection from cold:

It was a very cold winter season.  One night there was no electricity. Petromax lights were lighted.  Then the devotees
noticed that two sparrows were sitting in front of the petromax light and warming themselves.  Bhagavan's attendant
wanted to close the windows of the Hall to ward off cold draft which was blowing.   Bhagavan stopped the attendant
by saying, 'No, don't close the windows!  These sparrows have come to protect themselves from the cold.  For them there
are no blankets as we have.  Let them stay here. Whenever they want to fly out, they can go through the windows. Do not
trouble them'.  So saying,  Bhagavan showed His solicitude for the sparrows.  Bhagavan had 'Samabhavanam' for all creatures
high or low.  He would say, 'The sparrows also have the same consciousness, Atma, like human beings. Only the forms are
different.'

(Source: A Telugu Book.)

Arunachala Siva.   
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 27, 2014, 10:28:42 AM
Victory for Sparrows:

Sparrows would collect dry grass, tiny sticks, cotton, thread, dried leaves etc., and build their nests on the beams
in the Old Hall.  Bhagavan's attendant, Madhava Swami, with a long bamboo pole would poke the nest and remove
them.  When sparrows came and saw, they were angry.  They went straight and chirped in front of Bhagavan, complaining
about their misfortune.  Bhagavan called Madhava Swami and asked him who had disturbed their nests.  Madhava Swami
replied that as they were dirtying the Hall with garbage, he had to remove their nest.

Bhagavan challanged Madhava Swami, saying, 'Poor creatures. They wanted to build a nest to lay eggs in it and hatch
them to raise family.  It was a very natural thing for them.   Let it be.  They will again build their nest. Let us wait and see
who will win this war of grit between you and the sparrow.'

Those sparrows with grit and determination again and again built their nest collecting dry grass, cotton, tiny sticks,
thread etc., Finally they succeeded, laid eggs and hatched them.  The young ones grew and became independent.  They
all flew away winning the challenge. So it was  Madhava Swami who lost the battle.


(Source: Prani Mitra Bhagavan, Part III.)

Arunachala Siva. 
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 28, 2014, 10:37:47 AM
ANGUISH:

The naughty and mischievous squirrel, which had bit Bhagavan's finger, did not stop at that.  He gathered together
a number of gang and began building nest in the roof exactly above the couch on which Bhagavan sat.  They began to
squeeze into the beam bits of string, coconut fiber and the like.  Those things were falling down whenever there was
wind.

Seeing this Bhagavan was anguished and felt very sad at the thought that while there was not enough room for the squirrels
to build a nest, the people in the Hall were driving them away.

Bhagavan's face on such occasions would show so much concern for such beings.  It clearly showed that He had equal
solicitude for all beings.

(Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, Suri Nagamma)

Arunachala Siva.   
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Subramanian.R on March 29, 2014, 12:49:53 PM
Samadhi of Baby Squirrels:

Once when Suri Nagamma was talking to Bhagavan about squirrels, Bhagavan remarked about the baby squirrels.  He
narrated:

There is a big story about the squirrels. Sometime back they used to have a nest near and above me.  They have children,
grand children, and thus members of their family grew large. 

The babies and the adults used to play about on this sofa in whatever way they liked.  When I went out for my usual
walk, some little squirrels used to hide under my pillows and when on my return, I reclined on my pillow, they used to
get crushed.  We could not bear the sight of this, and so Madhava drove the squirrels out of the nest and sealed it by
nailing some wooden board over it. There are lots of incidents about them if one cared to write about them.

As Bhagavan was narrating this, His voice choked.

(Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, Suri Nagamma, 3.1.1946)

Arunachala Siva. 
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on October 31, 2014, 03:02:55 AM
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Finishing our inspection we were returning to the veranda by another side, when we heard a childish voice say "Chee, asatthe! (Fie, you creature!)." We could see no children around, and, therefore, peeped to find out the source of the voice. We observed movement among the leaves of the brinjal, lady's-finger and other plants in the kitchen garden near the veranda. Looking more intently, we saw a small goat, a little monkey and a squirrel and Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi! Bhagavan was sitting on his haunches with his legs folded up to his breast. The goat nestled between his knees; the monkey had its head resting on his right knee; the squirrel was perched on his left knee. Holding a packet of paper in his left palm, Bhagavan picked ground nuts from it with his right-hand fingers, one by one, and fed the goat, the monkey and the squirrel, and himself, by turns. His remarks appeared to have been addressed to the monkey which had tried to snatch the nut he was going to place between the squirrel's lips. As we watched, the four companions went on enjoying the eating. All four seemed to be equally happy; the way they looked at one another and kept close together was touching. The goat, the monkey, the squirrel, and Bhagavan, had obviously forgotten their differences in species! And we too, looking on, saw all the four only as good friends despite the differences in their forms. No words could describe the feelings which passed through my being at the sight. The vision of the Transcendent appeared as a flash of lightning, and revealed to me the essence of being, awareness and bliss, sat-chit-ananda.
The nuts were over. Bhagavan threw the paper away and said: "Pongoda! (Go away, you fellows!)," just as any old man speaking to his grandchildren. The goat, the monkey and the squirrel left. Bhagavan made to get up. Sri Parthasarathi and I hurried away, feeling guilty of trespassing into the Divine, but not sorry.

Soon after Sri Parthasarathi and I had resumed our seats in the veranda, Bhagavan came to his couch. I cannot say he looked at us. He stood facing us, his eyes fixed on something far above and beyond anything on earth. They were like screens which shut the material world off from the light which was burning behind them. Sparks of light shot out through the fibres of the screen at times, sparks which cooled the eyes on which they fell, pierced the gross coverings and lighted the wick inside them.
Bhagavan reclined on the pillows in the couch, supporting his head on his left palm. We all sat down to look at his face. We sat and sat, and looked and looked. No one spoke or made any noise. But the confrontation was not a dead silence; it was a very live experience in which the innermost being of each one of us communed with the Supreme Consciousness which was Bhagavan.

I was numb with the appalling realisation that the Glory was the same that dwelt in the simplicity which a few minutes ago I had seen eating groundnuts in the intimate company of the goat, the monkey and the squirrel. My mind kept recalling that scene: how the goat had snuggled to Bhagavan's breast in perfect confidence in his love for it; how the monkey had grinned in joy and how Bhagavan had returned the grin as both bit the nut; how the squirrel had peered with its pinhead eyes into Bhagavan's dream-laden ones and scratched his nose tenderly with its tiny left paw. The vision of the Supreme Spirit underlying and overlaying the sense perception was spiced with the lovely sight of the groundnut party in the kitchen garden.

- T. R. A. Narayana,  Surpassing Love and Grace
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Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on January 31, 2016, 10:01:27 AM
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Dear devotees,

A nice set of videos made by David Godman on Bhagavan is available on YouTube. This particular one mentions about Siddha's appearing in animal/bird form:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBflwS3IzjM

Namaskarams,
Krishnan
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Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 02, 2016, 06:41:12 AM
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Ramana was equally fearless with regard to scorpions. Vasudeva Sastri recounts, "One day, when we were at Skandashram, I was aghast to find a scorpion climbing up over Bhagavan's body in the front and another at the same time climbing down his back. I was terrified and wanted to do something. But Bhagavan remained calm, as if nothing happened, and the two scorpions, after crawling over his body as if over a wall, eventually left him. After they left, Bhagavan explained to us, "They crawl over you just as they would crawl on the floor or a wall or tree. Do they crawl over these, stinging as they go? It is only because you fear them and do something, that they fear you and do something in return."

- 'Ramana Maharshi: His life' by Gabriele Ebert, (Luchow Verlag Stuttgart, 2003)
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 03, 2016, 12:59:11 AM
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Sundaresa Iyer reports a similar incident, "One morning K. was cutting down the ripe coconuts from the trees while Bhagavan was returning from the cowshed. Bhagavan asked K. what rod he was using to pluck the coconuts, whether it had a bamboo bit attached to the end or an iron point. K. remarked that it was only an iron sickle. Bhagavan asked, 'Will not the trees be hurt by the sharp iron? Would not a rod with a bamboo bit at the end serve the purpose?' But he did not wait for a reply. K. went on with his work without changing his implement. He continued to use the same iron sickle every morning. A week later, at the same time as on the previous occasion, while K. was cutting down the coconuts from the trees, one fell on his forehead, striking his nose very painfully. This news was reported to Bhagavan. While expressing pity for the man, Bhagavan also remarked, 'Now he will know what it is to be hurt, and also how much his iron sickle must have hurt the uncomplaining trees.'"

-'Ramana Maharshi: His life' by Gabriele Ebert, (Luchow Verlag Stuttgart, 2003)
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 04, 2016, 02:41:00 AM
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The monkeys often stole the fruit which devotees had brought as a food offering, if the latter were not careful or were meditating. One of the attendants was entrusted with the task of receiving the fruit from the visitors. One day he was sitting with eyes closed, a basket full of fruit at his side, listening to the radio. In the meantime the monkeys were freely helping themselves to the contents of the basket. When people in the Hall tried to chase the monkeys away, Ramana joked, "When these attendants are immersed in deep meditation, the monkeys come and see to the work of the attendants. Someone has to look after the work! The attendants put the fruit into the basket, the monkeys put the fruit into their stomachs; that is all the difference. While people forget themselves while listening to the music over the radio the monkeys busy themselves in enjoying the sweet juice of the fruit. That is good, isn't it!"

-'Ramana Maharshi: His life' by Gabriele Ebert, (Luchow Verlag Stuttgart, 2003)
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 05, 2016, 09:09:26 PM
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De Acosta: "Does one who has realised the Self lose the sense of 'I'?"
Ramana: "Absolutely."
De Acosta: "Then there is no difference between yourself and myself, that man over there, my servant. Are all the same?"
Ramana: "All are the same, including those monkeys."
De Acosta: "But the monkeys are not people. Are they not different?"
Ramana: "They are exactly the same as people. All are the same in One Consciousness."

Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 06, 2016, 03:17:09 AM
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Squirrels and sparrows liked to build their nests near Sri Ramana. He remembers, "There was once a regular war between the people here and the squirrels for a whole month. They used to build their nests over my head. Each day the people would destroy them and the next day the squirrels would have built them again. At last all the holes in the roof were stopped up and the squirrels could do nothing. At one time they used to run all over my couch and get into the sides and under the pillows and everywhere, and I had to look carefully before I sat down or leaned back. It has sometimes happened that I have accidentally leaned heavily on some small squirrel and given it samadhi [death] without knowing. The same thing sometimes happened on the hill too, at Skandashram. There too the squirrels used to nestle in my mattress and pillows. It began even before that. Even when I was at Gurumurtam birds and squirrels used to build their nests all round me."

-'Ramana Maharshi: His life' by Gabriele Ebert, (Luchow Verlag Stuttgart, 2003)
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 08, 2016, 03:29:03 AM
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Question : What about diet?
Ramana Maharshi : Food affects the mind. For the practice of any kind of yoga, vegetarianism is absolutely necessary since it makes the mind more sattvic [pure and harmonious].

Question : Could one receive spiritual illumination while eating flesh foods?
Ramana Maharshi : Yes, but abandon them gradually and accustom yourself to sattvic foods. However, once you have attained illumination it will make less difference what you eat, as, on a great fire, it is immaterial what fuel is added.

Question : We Europeans are accustomed to a particular diet and a change of diet affects the health and weakens the mind. Is it not necessary to keep up one's physical health?
Ramana Maharshi : Quite necessary. The weaker the body the stronger the mind grows.

Question : In the absence of our usual diet our health suffers and the mind loses strength.
Ramana Maharshi : What do you mean by strength of mind?

Question : The power to eliminate worldly attachment.
Ramana Maharshi : The quality of food influences the mind. The mind feeds on the food consumed.

Question : Really! Then how can Europeans adjust themselves to sattvic food only?
Ramana Maharshi : Habit is only adjustment to the environment. It is the mind that matters. The fact is that the mind has been trained to think certain foods tasty and good. The food material is to be had both in vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet equally well. But the mind desires such food as it is accustomed to and considers tasty.

Question : Are there restrictions for the realized man with regard to food?
Ramana Maharshi : No. He is steady and not influenced by the food he takes.

Question: Is it not killing life to prepare meat diet?
Ramana Maharshi : Ahimsa [non-violence] stands foremost in the code of discipline for the yogis.

Question : Even plants have life.
Ramana Maharshi : So too the slabs you sit on!

Question : May we gradually get ourselves accustomed to vegetarian food?
Ramana Maharshi : Yes. That is the way.
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Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 09, 2016, 09:05:40 PM
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Bhagavan's recipes:

Recipe for herbal medicine: Saraswatha Churnam

Ingredients required: dry ginger, liquorice, rock salt, the long pippali, cumin seeds, turmeric, barberry, calamus root, saussurea, omum. All these should be bought in equal measure.

Preparation: All the above ingredients should be carefully ground, made into fine powder and mixed together. Take a teaspoon of ghee (clarified butter) and a half teaspoon of the powdered mixture and mix thoroughly. Consume twice a day.

Parts of herbs used in the above: roots, seeds and salt.

Body parts for which the above is used: Brain and nerves.

How does it act?: Soothes nerves, restores calmness to an agitated brain and mind, acts on tissues, restores vitality.

What are the symptoms and indications that will necessitate the use of the above medicine?: Loss of memory, sluggish brain, insomnia, weak muscles and tissues.

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Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 10, 2016, 02:23:17 AM
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Bhagavan's recipe: Ashta Churnam

Bhagavan Ramana's recipe for this particular medicine is different from the traditional practice, and herein lies Bhagavan's speciality. In most traditional recipes, the physician follows a set pattern. All ingredients are taken in equal measure. Bhagavan also follows this method in some of his recipes. But mostly, he differs from the common physician in this aspect. Each ingredient is proportionately selected and mixed, depending upon the strength and properties of the ingredient. This is the essential difference between Bhagavan's recipes and those traditionally followed by physicians. Bhagavan's formulations are more potent and effective. Another great advantage is that these recipes are the handiwork of the supreme Jnani and therefore not only the physical, but also mental and spiritual results of these recipes are manifold and invaluable.

Ingredients:

Black pepper - 9 parts,
Dry ginger - 7 parts
the bigger Cumin Seed - 5 parts
Rock Salt - 5 parts
Long Pippali - 5 parts
Cumin Seed - 3 parts
Omum - 2 parts

Clean all the above ingredients well and convert them into fine powder. Rice should be well cooked and mixed with ghee. Take a spoon of the above churnam and mix it well with the rice and then consume it. The above prescription cures indigestion, poor appetite, stomach ache and is also good for rheumatism.
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Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 11, 2016, 08:04:48 AM
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Bhagavan's recipe: Pittahari

Ghee ? 5 parts
Cumin Powder ? 5 parts
Sugar ? 5 parts
Ginger ? 1 part

Grind the ginger well and mix all the ingredients. Heat the mixture. Mix the juice of seven lemons, heat further until sufficiently hot. Consume one teaspoon of this twice a day. This recipe cures indigestion and excess bile caused by the dysfunction of the liver.
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 12, 2016, 12:05:10 AM
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Bhagavan's recipe: Aswagandhi Churnam

Clove : 10 grams
Sirunagappu : 20 grams
Cardamom : 40 grams
Black Pepper : 80 grams
Rice Pippali : 160 grams
Dry Ginger : 320 grams
Withania : 640 grams
Sugar Candy : 1280 grams

One can easily see that the quantity of the ingredients increases by multiples of two. This is again a speciality of Bhagavan Ramana. In ancient medicinal books the prescription for this particular recipe does not contain as many ingredients and certainly not their proportionate increase. Clean the ingredients well, powder them and mix them well. This is a medicine for general vitality, strength and vigour.
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 13, 2016, 04:41:53 AM
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Bhagavan's recipe: Vaiswanara Churnam

Rock Salt : 1 part
Omum : 2 parts
Cumin seed : 3 parts
Long Pippali : 4 parts
Dry Ginger : 5 parts
Outer shell of the Myrobalan fruit : 6 parts

Convert these above into fine powder, and mix them well. When necessary take between 1 to 3 grams of this powder, mix it with either water or buttermilk and consume. Take thrice daily. This prescription cures stomach problems like a dull stomach-ache, burning sensation in the stomach, etc.
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 14, 2016, 09:06:59 PM
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Bhagavan's recipe:  Agnimukha Churnam

Calamus root : 1 part
Long Pippali : 2 parts
Dry Ginger : 3 parts
Omum : 4 parts
Myrobalan fruit : 5 parts
Saussurea : 6 parts
Kodiveli : 7 parts

Convert these above into fine powder and mix them well. When necessary take between 1 to 3 grams of the powder, mix well with hot water and consume. This formulation cures indigestion, gastric problems and drives away excess heat in the body.
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 16, 2016, 08:17:31 AM
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30th June, 1947

Recently a rich lady residing in Ramana Nagar was getting a basket of jasmine flowers from her garden everyday and giving them to all the married ladies in the hall. Bhagavan observed this for four or five days but said nothing. She did not discontinue that practice. One day she put the flower basket on the stool, bowed before Bhagavan and got up.

Bhagavan looking at someone nearby said, "Look! She has brought something. They are flowers perhaps. What for?"? With some fear she said that they were not for Bhagavan but for the married ladies and began distributing them. "Oh! If that is so, they could as well be distributed at their houses.

Why here? If someone gives flowers thus, all others begin doing the same thing. Seeing that, people who come newly will think that flowers must be distributed and will buy and bring them. Then the trouble starts. I never touch flowers.

In some places, it is usual to present flower garlands. Hence, many people bring flowers. I have not allowed people to do puja to the feet or to the head. Why do we require such practices?" said Bhagavan.

With fear and trepidation she said, "No. I will not bring them any more." Bhagavan said, "All right. That is good,"? and looking at those still near him, went on as follows: "You know what happened at one of the Jayanthi celebrations? A devotee got a book by name Pushpanjali printed and said he would read it. When I said 'Yes', he stood a little behind and began reading. He appears to have had some flowers hidden in his lap. As the reading came to a close, bunches of flowers fell on my legs. On enquiry, it was found that it was his doing.

He did it thus because he knew I would not agree if he told me beforehand. What to do? Perhaps in his view it is no puja unless it is done like that."

During the early days of my stay here, on a Varalakshmi Puja Day, one or two married ladies placed some flowers on Bhagavan's feet, bowed before him and went away after seeking his permission for puja. Next year, all began doing the same thing. Bhagavan looked at them angrily and said, "There it is" one after another, all have started. Why this? This is a result of my keeping quiet instead of stopping it in the very beginning. Enough of this."

Not only in regard to himself but even in regard to puja to the deities Bhagavan mildly rebukes devotees about using leaves and flowers. I have already written to you in one of my previous letters about the laksha patri puja (puja with one lakh of leaves) of Echamma.

There is another instance. During the days when Bhagavan used to go round the hill with devotees in stages, they camped one morning at Gowtama Ashram. After the men and women had cooked, eaten and rested, and were getting ready to go so as to reach the Ashram before sunset, a lady devotee by name Lakshmamma, who was born in Tiruchuli and was a childhood friend of Bhagavan and who used to talk to him familiarly, was plucking and putting in a basket the jasmine and tangedu flowers that had grown luxuriantly on the trees in and around the cremation ground there. Bhagavan noticed it and asked smilingly, "Lakshmamma, what are you doing?"? She said, "I am plucking flowers." "I see. Is that your job? It is all right but why so many flowers?"? asked Bhagavan. "For puja," she said. "Oh! It won't be a puja unless you worship with so many flowers, is that it?"? said Bhagavan. "I don't know. These trees have abundance of flowers. So I am plucking them," she said.

"I see. As in your opinion it will not be nice if there is a luxuriant growth of flowers, you are making them naked. You have seen the beauty of that growth and you do not like others to see it.

You have watered them and helped them in their growth, haven't you? So you can take the liberty of plucking all the flowers and making them naked so that no one else can see that beauty. It is only then that you will get the full benefit of your puja, is it?"? said Bhagavan.

Sources:

1) Letters from Sri Ramanasramam by Suri Nagamma
2) http://suri-nagamma.blogspot.com/2007/07/letter-127.html

- Reposting from thread titled 'Ramana Maharshi Does Not encourage Plucking More Flowers From A Tree For Puja ' by ramana_maharshi
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 17, 2016, 08:55:02 PM
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S: Robert, if a person believes that they're happy in this alleged consciousness that we all possibly share, I mean your students, is that the same thing? Being in love with nature as being in love with life. Is that about on the same level in your eyes as...

R: All of these things that you're referring to is a projection of your mind. You create your universe, and you create your world, and you create the trees and the birds and everything else. So get rid of your mind and everything else will go.

S: There won't be any trees?

R: You'll be the tree. You?ll be everything you like.

S: So then it's really the ego that has all the beauty.

R: You can say that, yes. You bring fresh flowers into your room and then they die in a couple of days. So how can that be real ultimately? Everything you fall in love with gets old and dies. So how can you say that's real? Contact reality and you will always be happy.


- Robert Adams and Bhagavan
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 19, 2016, 07:22:25 AM
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SPARROW AND GRACE

Bhagavan sometimes told this story to characterize the mind of a true devotee: When a sparrow was flying, holding its egg in its beak, the egg slipped and fell into the ocean. The sparrow, anxious to retrieve it, repeatedly dipped itself in the ocean, sucked some water through its beak, came to the shore, released the water and fanned its wings.

The sage Narada who was passing that way saw this action of the sparrow, enquired, and came to know the reason. "You stupid sparrow! Is this something you can accomplish?" said Narada.

The sparrow replied, "I don't care whether it is possible or not. If I persevere tenaciously, beyond that it is in God's hands."

Narada, delighted with its faith, went to Garuda and told him everything. Then he said, "A creature belonging to your bird tribe is exerting itself with so much faith. Is it proper for you to keep quiet? Can you not help?"

After hearing this story Garuda flew quickly to the sparrow. As soon as he flapped his wings there, all the waters of the ocean separated into two, leaving the egg of the sparrow visible. The sparrow immediately picked it up in its beak and flew away.

- Guru Vachaka Kovai
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 21, 2016, 12:55:56 AM
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Talk 177.

D.: What is mahat?
M.: The projected light from Absolute Consciousness. Just as a seed swells up before sprouting and then sprouts and grows, so also the
Absolute Consciousness projects light, manifests as the ego and grows up as the body and the universe.

- Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sri Ramanasramam 2006
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 22, 2016, 06:49:34 AM
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Just as the goat's beard wanders and wags for nothing, people roam about merrily but in vain, doing Karmas for the fulfillment of their worldly desires, while despising the disciplines [followed by aspirants] which lead to eternal Moksha in Self. Ah, what a pitiable spectacle is the condition of these worldly people!

- Guru Vachaka Kovai, v. 71
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 23, 2016, 08:20:43 PM
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M.: See how a tree, whose branches are cut, grows again. So long as the life-source is not affected it will grow. Similarly the samskaras
(anamneses) sink into the heart in death: they do not perish. They will in right time sprout forth from the heart. That is how the jivas
are reborn.

D.: How does the wide universe sprout forth from such subtle samskaras remaining sunk in the heart?

M.: Just as a big banyan tree sprouts from a tiny seed, so the wide universe with names and forms sprouts forth from the heart.

- Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talk 108
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 24, 2016, 09:01:34 PM
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Question: What is the cause of tanha, the thirst for life and the thirst for rebirth?
Maharshi: Real rebirth is dying from the ego into the spirit. This is the significance of the crucifixion of Jesus. Whenever identification with the body exists, a body is always available, whether this or any other one, till the body-sense disappears by merging into the source ? the spirit, or Self. The stone which is projected upwards remains in constant motion till it returns to its source, the earth, and rests. Headache continues to give trouble, till the pre-headache state is regained. Thirst for life is inherent in the very nature of life, which is absolute existence - sat. Although indestructible by nature, by false identification with its destructible instrument, the body consciousness imbibes a false apprehension of its destructibility. Because of that false identification it tries to perpetuate the body, and that results in a succession of rebirths. But however long these bodies may last, they eventually come to an end and yield to the Self, which alone eternally exists.

Questioner: Yes, "Give up thy life if thou wouldst live", says the Voice of the Silence of H.P.Blavatsky.
Maharshi: Give up the false identification and remember, the body cannot exist without the Self, whereas the Self can exist without the body. In fact it is always without it.

Questioner: A doubt has just now arisen in a friend of mine's mind. She has just heard that a human being may take an animal birth in some other life, which is contrary to what Theosophy has taught her.
Maharshi: Let him who takes birth ask this question. Find out first who it is that is born, and whether there is actual birth and death. You will find that birth pertains to the ego, which is an illusion of the mind.

Questioner: Is it possible for a man to be reborn as a lower animal?
Maharshi: Yes. It is possible, as illustrated by Jada Bharata - the scriptural anecdote of a royal sage having been reborn as a deer.

Questioner: Is the individual capable of spiritual progress in an animal body?
Maharshi: Not impossible, though it is exceedingly rare. It is not true that birth as a man is necessarily the highest, and that one must attain realisation only from being a man. Even an animal can attain Self-realisation.

- From The Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Edited by David Godman
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 25, 2016, 07:20:21 AM
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In the afternoon he (Mr. W. Y. Evans-Wentz, an English research scholar of Oxford University) began to ask a few questions. They related to Yoga. He wanted to know if it was right to kill animals such as tigers, deer, etc., and use the skin for Yoga posture (asana).

M.: The mind is the tiger or the deer.

D.: If everything be illusion, then one can take lives?

M.: To whom is illusion? Find that out! In fact everyone is a "killer of the Self" (atmahan) every moment of his life.

(From 'Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi': 17)
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 26, 2016, 09:04:45 PM
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As stated in the Vedas, self-realized seers like Ramana Maharshi are the very embodiment of the Supreme Reality. They are not born to seek liberation. They are prompted by God to impart knowledge to humanity, there by guiding the latter to salvation.

Once a devotee asked Bhagavan in a depressed state of mind; "Is it not possible for a self-realized soul, to change the destiny of his devotee?" Hearing this, with a smile, Bhagavan asked "will any self-realized soul have any intention? He is not supposed to have any thought. It is impossible".

Devotee: "Then what will be our plight? We request you to bless us with your graceful vision. What is the use of coming to you and sitting in your presence? Should it not benefit us? How will this poor householder be benefited by you?"

Extending his graceful look towards him, Bhagavan said: "An arrow aimed at the head with an intention to split it might only blow off the crown. Similarly the evil consequences of the sinful acts of the devotees can be reduced by the mere presence of a realized soul. A spiritually qualified man will have no intention, but his presence itself will be very potent. His very presence might display super human miracles or might redeem sinful persons. It can appease the people. It can even liberate the matured seeker. It might not answer your requests directly. But all your doubts will be dissolved in his presence. His presence will confer voluntary boons on you. It is certain that a realised soul will take care of his devotees."

I left Ramanashram after some time and went on a pilgrimage up to Madurai. From there I reached Udipi one night. When I told the people at the inn there, that I wanted to go to Kumta, they informed me that a bus was plying between the two places. When I told them that I had no money and would therefore walk the distance, they asked me if I had not even an anna (1/16 of the Indian rupee). When I said no, they asked me how I would cross the seven or eight rivers on the way, if I had not even this small amount. They laughed at me saying that all my actions looked funny. The next morning I approached a tea-stall owner in the neighborhood and asked him to give me an anna. His servant, on hearing this, began to ridicule me, beating his thigh like a tabor and said, "Why don?t you stay with my master here. He will give you food, money and clothing. You will have no worry." He laughed at me clapping his hands again and beating his mouth like a drum.

His words opened my eyes. I thought of the small weaver-birds which, during hatching time, build wonderful nests upside down on branches of trees - a marvel of workmanship beyond all human art and ingenuity and leave them the moment they are no longer necessary. The Supreme Self resides in the nest of our body and leaves it when It does not want to stay there anymore. So long as It stays there, it is Its responsibility to provide for the body?s sustenance. Why should I then worry about getting food or money? If food comes of its own accord, I would eat, otherwise I would starve. Similarly if money comes to me, I would travel by bus or train; otherwise I would walk the distance. Musing thus, I decided not to ask for food or money from anyone. This has made me completely independent and free from bothering other people for my needs. The Lord is now taking care of me fulfilling all my needs even before I think of them in my mind. The joy and happiness one gets in this manner is far greater than when one makes a particular demand and has it fulfilled by God.

- Source: Experiences of Devotees of Bhagavan
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 27, 2016, 02:14:25 AM
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A bird may hover here and there and cannot in mid-heaven stay. It must come back the way it went to find at last on earth alone its resting place. Even so the soul must turn to You O, Aruna Hill, and merge again in You alone, Ocean of bliss.

- Sri Ramana Maharshi
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on March 29, 2016, 05:31:54 AM
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Bhagavan: When I was staying in the Skandashram I sometimes used to go out and sit on a rock. On one such occasion there were two or three others with me, including Rangaswami Iyengar. Suddenly we noticed some small moth-like insect shooting up like a rocket into the air from a crevice in the rock. Within the twinkling of an eye it had multiplied itself into millions of moths which formed a cloud and hid the sky from view. We wondered at it and examined the place from which it shot up. We found that it was only a pinhole and knew that so many insects could not have issued from it in such a short time.

That is how ahamkara [ego] shoots up like a rocket and instantaneously spreads out as the universe.

- Talk 616
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Post by: Krishnan on March 31, 2016, 10:58:42 AM
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The questioner asked again, "But first of all we must find a Guru who can give us sufficient practice and thereby enable us to get rid of these gunas, mustn?t we?"

"If we have the earnestness to get rid of these qualities can we not find a Guru? We must first have the desire to get rid of them. When once we have this the Guru will himself come, searching for us, or he will somehow manage to draw us to himself. The Guru will always be on the alert and keep an eye on us; Ishwara Himself will show us the Guru. Who else will look after the welfare of the children except the father himself? He is always with us, surrounding us. He protects us, as a bird protects its eggs by hatching them under the shelter of its wings. But we must have whole-hearted faith in Him," said Bhagavan.

A devotee, by name Sankaramma, who is generally afraid of asking Bhagavan questions, said quietly on hearing those words: "But Swamiji! Guru?s upadesa (instruction) is necessary for sadhana, isn't it?" Bhagavan replied, "Oh! Is that so? But that upadesa is being given every day. Those who are in need of it, may have it." Others present there said: "But Bhagavan must bless us that we may be enabled to receive the instruction. That is our prayer."

"The blessing is always there," replied Bhagavan.

(From 'Letters from Sri Ramanasramam' 91)
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on April 01, 2016, 09:41:12 PM
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Bhagavan was reading something from a Malayalam book yesterday afternoon. Someone nearby enquired whether it was the Vasishtam, and Bhagavan replied in the affirmative. A Pandit who was there began discussing the stories in the Vasishtam, and said, "Swami, there will be several bondages for the attainment of realization, will there not?"

Bhagavan, who was reclining on the sofa, sat up and said, "Yes, that is so. They are the bondages of the past, the future and the present."
"Of past bondages there is a story in the Upanishads and also in the 'Vasudevan Mananam'. A brahmin with a large family acquired a she-buffalo and, by selling milk, curds, ghee, etc., he maintained his family. He was fully occupied the whole day with obtaining fodder, green grass, cotton seed, etc. for the buffalo and in feeding her. His wife and children passed away, one after the other. He then concentrated all his love and affection on the buffalo, but, after a time, the buffalo too passed away. Being thus left alone and disgusted with family life, he took to sannyasa, renouncing the world, and began practising prayer and meditation at the feet of a Holy Teacher (Sadguru).
'After some days, the Guru called him and said, 'You have been doing spiritual practices (sadhana) for several days now. Have you found any benefit from them?' The brahmin then related the above story of his life, and said, 'Swami, at that time I used to love the buffalo mostly because it was the mainstay of my family. Though it passed away long ago, yet when I am deeply engrossed in meditation, it always appears in my thoughts. What am I to do?' The Guru, realizing that it was a past bondage, said, 'My dear friend, the Brahman is said to be 'asti, bhati and priyam'. 'Asti' means omnipresent; 'bhati' means lustre; 'priyam' means love. That buffalo, being an object of your love, it also is the Brahman. It has a name and a form; so what you should do is to give up your own name and form as well as those of the buffalo. If that is done, what remains is the Brahman itself. Therefore, give up names and forms and meditate.'

"The brahmin then meditated, giving up both of them, and attained realization (jnana). Name and form are past bondages. The fact is, that which IS, is only one. It is omnipresent and universal. We say 'here is a table', 'there is a bird', or 'there is a man'. There is thus a difference in name and form only, but That which IS, is present everywhere and at all times. That is what is known as asti, omnipresent. To say that a thing is existent, there must be someone to see ? a Seer. That intelligence to see is known as bhati. There must be someone to say, 'I see it, I hear it, I want it'. That is priyam. All these three are the attributes of nature ? the natural Self. They are also called existence consciousness, bliss (sat-chit-ananda)."

Another devotee queried, "If priyam (Love), is a natural attribute, it should be existent no matter what the object may be. Why then is it not existent when we see a tiger or a snake?"

Bhagavan replied, "We ourselves may not have any love for them, but every species has love towards its own kind, hasn?t it? A tiger loves a tiger, and a snake a snake. So also a thief loves a thief and a debauchee a debauchee. Thus, love is always existent. There is a picture presented to you on a screen. That screen is asti, omnipresent, and the light that shows the pictures is bhati and priyam, lustre and love. The pictures with names and forms come and go. If one is not deluded by them and discards them, the canvas screen, which has been there all through, remains as it is. We see pictures on the screen with the help of a small light in an atmosphere of darkness; if that darkness be dispelled by a big light, can the pictures be visible? The whole place becomes luminous and lustrous. If, in the same way, you see the world with the small light called mind, you find it full of different colours. But if you see it with the big light known as Self-realization (atma-jnana), you will find that it is one continuous universal light and nothing else."

- 'Letters from Sri Ramanasramam' 147: THE OMNIPRESENT
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on April 03, 2016, 10:00:55 AM
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BHAGAVAN AND DIETARY HABITS


Though Bhagavan generally respected visitor?s dietary habits and customs, so long as they were vegetarian, he did occasionally push people into situations in which they had to choose between observing their dietary habits and taking his Prasad.

On a new-moon day a group of very orthodox brahmins came to the ashram from town. They wanted to pay their respects to Bhagavan first and then have a bath and return to the town for tarpanam, a new-moon ceremony in which one worships one?s ancestors. As the ashram was situated between several burial grounds, the place was considered polluting. After leaving it a bath was mandatory. Also, because of restrictions due to the new moon, the tarpanam ceremony and the proximity of burial grounds, they would not be able to eat food in the ashram. Bhagavan greeted them all and invited them to have breakfast with him. How could they refuse? They went to the dining hall, sat down and were served uppuma, a wheat dish cooked with spices and fried vegetables, and coffee. After the breakfast Bhagavan was explaining the nutritional and dietetic virtues of onion. Somebody remarked that onions carry their odour with them into every food.

'Not at all,' said Bhagavan. 'If you fry them in castor oil they lose their odour completely. Could you smell the onions in the uppuma? Have I not succeeded in making them odourless?'

The poor brahmins, who never touched onions and garlic, were shocked. What saved them from serious trouble with their caste was the fact that what they did or ate was at Bhagavan?s bidding!

An even more extreme example springs to mind. A devotee once brought some expensive halva for Bhagavan. The sweets were arranged on a large tray and put before Bhagavan on the ground. A dog came in and touched the sweets with his nose. One of the inmates got furious and tried to drive the dog away. Bhagavan got up and shouted at the devotee, 'Get out! What right have you to drive this dog away? On what grounds do you stop a dog from eating? Does this halva belong to you?' He cut the halva into pieces, ate some himself and distributed the rest with his own hands. All the people present had to eat it as his Prasad whether they wanted to or not.

Bhagavan was not always so insistent. My younger brother once came to the ashram. He was not in the habit of drinking tea or coffee and generally refused when he was offered some. When the afternoon cup of coffee was distributed, he asked to be excused. He was told that he must drink it, for all food given in the ashram, he was informed, was Bhagavan?s Prasad and cannot be refused.

My brother went straight to Bhagavan and said, "They say that coffee is your Prasad. I am not accustomed to coffee and I do not like it."
Bhagavan answered, 'I never ask for coffee. Whether I like it or not, people make me drink coffee, say that coffee is my prasad, and then drink coffee to their heart?s content. They also induce others to drink it, saying that if they refuse, they refuse my prasad.'

This reminds me of another 'coffee' incident. One of the devotees nursed a grudge against the ashram management. He asserted loudly that distinctions were made between guests. He claimed he was not being given the same hospitality that others were. He brought his complaint to Bhagavan along with his cup of afternoon coffee. Just then a mug was served to Bhagavan.

The devotee exclaimed, 'You see, even Bhagavan is given special coffee! Look at mine, how thin it is!'

Bhagavan said nothing, but took the man?s cup and exchanged it for his own mug. The disgruntled devotee tasted it. It was a bitter decoction of jungle herbs! Only Bhagavan had the courage to drink it. Nobody else could stand it. The poor man was in a quandary, for he had asked for it himself and got it from Bhagavan?s own hands. To him, as a Hindu, it was Prasad, a sacred offering. Never in his life did Prasad taste so bitter!

At least this man had the courage to drink his bitter medicine. Those who refused Bhagavan's real Prasad often found themselves landing in trouble. A lawyer, Sri Ramidipudi Ramakrishnaiah, came from Nellore with a long list of questions. He was quite proud of his questions and was sure that even Bhagavan would find them difficult to answer. But when he came to the hall and sat before Bhagavan, his mind became paralyzed and he could not ask a single question.

He had to leave for Nellore by an early train, so he went in search of Bhagavan to take leave of him. He found him in the kitchen, preparing iddlies and coffee. Bhagavan asked him to sit down and have his breakfast before going. But our lawyer said he was in a hurry.
'I must catch the train. I will breakfast at the station.'

So saying, he rushed off. On the way to the station he met a bus driver who assured him that he would reach Katpadi earlier if he caught a bus. He got into the bus, but the bus broke down on the road. He was late for the Gudur train, took the train to Madras, reached Madras very late and caught the Nellore train when it was already streaming out. He reached Nellore late in the night, ravenously hungry, having not eaten since the day before. He was beginning to regret turning down Bhagavan?s invitation to eat breakfast with him. When he asked for food, there was none ready in the house.

'Then make some,' he said, 'I haven?t eaten all day.'
'It is not allowed,' he was told. His father?s death anniversary was due to be celebrated the following day, and he was barred from eating until the function was over. The next day the ceremonies were delayed, so he only managed to eat late in the afternoon, after a fast of over forty hours! Had he listened to Bhagavan, all this would not have happened.

-KRISHNA BHIKSHU
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on April 04, 2016, 09:06:25 PM
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HAVE YOU COME TO BITE ME AGAIN?


Sri Bhagavan has all along been very fond of watching the behaviour of animals and has thus become an expert in anticipating their reactions in given circumstances and in knowing how to deal with them to help them. His sympathy and consideration for them seem to exceed even those for humans.

Yet he sometimes appears gently severe with them, which puzzles some devotees, as it did once puzzle me in the following incident, which was entered in my diary under the date of 28th March, 1943, and which I feel to the point to record here under:

"On the 24th. instant at 10-30 a.m. the Master was dozing. A female squirrel leapt on his couch and bit his thumb (Obviously to draw the Master?s attention) which he quickly pulled back and stroked, remarking, 'I'll not feed her.'

Other squirrels crowded on his couch and for half an hour he continued to feed them with cashew nuts, one nut at a time to each. Then he turned to us and, pointing to one of them, said:

'This She-squirrel has been trying to fool me, thinking I do not recognise her, and so shall feed her. Once she comes from this side, once from the other, once from under the couch and once from above it. But I recognise her very well. She shall not have anything,' and laughed.

At that the following vague thought crossed my mind:
' Where is the Christ?s injunction that if a man slaps you on one cheek offer him the other?'

"Today a squirrel jumped from the window to the couch. The Master looked at it intently. He gave it a nut, then another and addressed it:
'Now go. Have you come to bite me again?'

I quickly guessed that that was the guilty squirrel of four days ago and wondered how Sri Bhagavan recognised it and relented.Nevertheless, I asked him if my guess was right, and he confirmed it. After a while the same squirrel came back for more nuts. Usually the Master continues to feed the animals till of their own accord they cease to come. But to this one he refused to give again and, seeing it persisting, he lifted his fan in threat, which made it disappear at once.

Then he sat with pensive look and a faint smile on his face. After a while he turned in my direction, broadened his smile and softly spoke in Tamil in his usual telegraphic brevity to my neighbour:

'Even animals understand a rebuke and, if it is repeated a sufficient number of times, they learn to behave. Some of them are more sensible than some others....'

This was immediately translated to me. I laughed, frankly admitted the vague thought I had had on the first day, and added that although I had never doubted Sri Bhagavan?s wisdom, that thought needed the explanation, which made the Master nod approvingly."

- S.S. Cohen in 'GURU RAMANA'
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on April 06, 2016, 09:51:47 AM
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HAPPINESS AND MISERY IN CREATION
4th May, 1937

A book is being read in which a question occurs whether the world was created for happiness or misery. All eyes turn to Sri Bhagavan for the answer.

Bhagavan: "Creation is neither good nor bad; it is as it is. It is the human mind which puts all sorts of constructions on it, as it sees things from its own angle and as it suits its own interests. A woman is just a woman, but one mind calls her "mother," another "sister," and still another "aunt" and so on. Men love women, hate snakes, and are indifferent to the grass and stones by the roadside. These connections are the causes of all the misery in the world.

Creation is like a peepul tree: birds come to eat its fruit, or take shelter under its branches, men cool themselves in its shade, but some may hang themselves on it. Yet the tree continues to lead its quiet life, unconcerned with, and unaware of, all the uses it is put to. It is the human mind that creates its own difficulties and then cries for help. Is God so partial as to give peace to one person and sorrow to another? In creation there is room for everything, but man refuses to see the good, the healthy and the beautiful, and goes on whining, like the hungry man who sits beside a tasty dish and, instead of stretching out his hand to satisfy his hunger, he goes on lamenting. Whose fault is it, God's or man's? But fortunately for man, God, in His infinite mercy, never forsakes him. He always gives him new chances by providing Gurus and Scriptures to guide him to find the errors of his ways and ultimately gain eternal happiness.

Visitor: "We know that the pleasures of this world are useless and even painful, yet we long for them. What is the way of ending that longing?"

Bhagavan: "Think of God and attachments will gradually drop from you. If you wait till all desires disappear to start your devotion and prayer, you will have to wait a very, very long time indeed."

- From, "Guru Ramana" Memories and notes by S.S Cohen
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on April 10, 2016, 12:55:17 AM
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'What is happiness?'

Happiness is the very nature of the Self; happiness and the Self are not different. There is no happiness in any object of the world. We imagine through our ignorance that we derive happiness from objects. When the mind goes out, it experiences misery. In truth, when its desires are fulfilled, it returns to its own place and enjoys the happiness that is the Self. Similarly, in the states of sleep, samadhi and fainting, and when the object desired is obtained or the object disliked is removed, the mind becomes inward-turned, and enjoys pure Self-Happiness. Thus the mind moves without rest alternately going out of the Self and returning to it. Under the tree the shade is pleasant; out in the open the heat is scorching. A person who has been going about in the sun feels cool when he reaches the shade. Someone who keeps on going from the shade into the sun and then back into the shade is a fool. A wise man stays permanently in the shade. Similarly, the mind of the one who knows the truth does not leave Brahman. The mind of the ignorant, on the contrary, revolves in the world, feeling miserable, and for a little time returns to Brahman to experience happiness. In fact, what is called the world is only thought. When the world disappears, i.e. when there is no thought, the mind experiences happiness; and when the world appears, it goes through misery.

- 'Who Am I?', Q. 24
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on April 12, 2016, 05:57:30 AM
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16--9--1945 -- Afternoon
Devotee : All books say that the guidance of a GURU is necessary.
Sri Bhagavan : The GURU will say only what I am saying now. He will not give you anything you have not already. It is impossible for anyone to get what he has not got already. Even if he gets any such thing, it will go as it came. What comes will also go. What always is, will alone remain. The GURU cannot give you anything new, which you have not already. Removal of the notion that we have not realised the SELF, is all that is required. We are always the SELF. Only, we don't realise it.
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30--10--1945 -- Afternoon
Devotee : While all say GURU's direction is necessary, it seems Sri Bhagavan has said a GURU is not necessary.
Sri Bhagavan : I have not said so. But, a GURU need not always be in human form. First a person thinks he is an inferior and that there is a superior, all-knowing and all-poerful GOD who controls his own and the world's destiny, and worships him or does bhakti. When he reaches a certain stage and becomes fit for enlightenment, the same GOD whom he was worshipping, comes as GURU and leads him on. That GURU comes only to tell him, "The GOD is within yourself. Dive within and realise'. GOD, GURU and the SELF are the same.

D.: But, in Sri Bhagavan's case there was no GURU !
Sri Bhagavan : The whole world was my GURU. It has been alreaqdy said that GURU need not be in human form and that the SELF within, GOD and GURU are the same.

D.: I once asked my Gurudev - Sri Aurobindo - about this and he said : "A spiritual Hercules like Sri Bhagavan needs no GURU".
Sri Bhagavan : Everything in the world was my GURU. Don't you know that Dattatreya, when he was asked by the King which GURU had taught him the Secret of Bliss, replied that the earth, water, fire, animals, men, etc., all were his GURUs and went on explaining how some of these taught him to cling to what was good and others taught him what things he should avoid as bad.
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22--11--1945 -- Afternoon
The talk then turned to the Names of God and Sri Bhagavan said : "Each should be allowed to go his own way, the way for which alone he may be built. It will not do to convert him to another path by violence. The GURU will go with the disciple in his own path and then gradually turn him into the Supreme Path, at the ripe moment. Suppose, a car is going at top speed. To stop it at once or to turn it at once, would be attended by disastrous consequences".

---from "Day by Day with Bhagavan" , pp.18, 33, 49
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on April 18, 2016, 11:09:14 PM
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"He that has earned the Grace of the Guru shall undoubtedly be saved and never forsaken, just as the prey that has fallen into the tiger's jaws will never be allowed to escape."

- From 'Who Am I?'
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on April 22, 2016, 06:59:30 AM
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'vayurodhanat liyyathe manah; jalapakshivat rodhasadhanam'

'The mind may be subdued by regulating the breath, just as a bird is restrained when caught in a net.'

- Upadesa Saram, Verse 11
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on April 26, 2016, 09:34:55 PM
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O man, like a parrot waiting expectantly for the silkcotton
fruit to ripen, you persist in your sufferings,
believing this world appearance to be real and
enjoyable; if the world is real simply because it
appears to your senses, then a mirage would be water.

- Guru Vachaka Kovai v. 24, (The Garland of Guru's Sayings)
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on April 28, 2016, 07:40:42 AM
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Self-enquiry by following the clue of aham-vritti is just like the dog tracing his master by his scent. The master may be at some distant unknown place, but that does not stand in the way of the dog tracing him. The master's scent is an infallible clue for the animal, and nothing else, such as the dress he wears, or his build and stature, etc., counts. To that scent the dog holds on undistractedly while searching for him, and finally it succeeds in tracing him.

- 'Be as you are'
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on April 29, 2016, 07:27:48 AM
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Q: Is the world created for happiness or misery?

Sri Ramana Maharshi : Creation is neither good nor bad; it is as it is. It is the human mind which puts all sorts of constructions on it, seeing things from its own angle and interpreting them to suit its own interests. A woman is just a woman, but one mind calls her mother', another `sister', and still another `aunt' and so on. Men love women, hate snakes, and are indifferent to the grass and stones by the  roadside. These value-judgments are the cause of all the misery in the world. Creation is like a peepul tree: birds come to eat its fruit, or take shelter under its branches, men cool themselves in its shade, but some may hang themselves on it. Yet the tree continues to lead its quiet life, unconcerned with and unaware of all the uses it is put to.

It is the human mind that creates its own difficulties and then cries for help. Is God so partial as to give peace to one person and sorrow to another ? In creation there is room for everything, but man refuses to see the good, the healthy and the beautiful. Instead, he goes on whining, like the hungry man who sits beside the tasty dish and who, instead of stretching out his hand to satisfy his hunger, goes on lamenting, 'Whose fault is it, God's or man's ?

- 'Be as you are'
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on May 01, 2016, 10:00:09 AM
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Glory of chanting "Arunachala Siva". Please read. "Mr. David Mclver was fortunate enough to stay with Bhagavan and under His guidance translate into English almost all the works of Sri Bhagavan. Then, he was attracted to a yogi near Trivandrum, took him as his guru and settled down there. "David who was very fond of me and my wife, felt very strongly that we should also go over there and take his guru as our guru too. His contention was that for spiritual fulfillment a 'physical' guru was absolutely essential and that since Bhagavan never claimed Himself to be a guru, we should leave Him and accept a guru who was prepared to accept us as his disciples. There was a spate of correspondence between us in this regard. All these letters 'from and to David' were "shown to Bhagavan without fail. My replies claiming Bhagavan as my only guru were all approved by Him, with a nod of His head. "One day, I received a nasty letter warning me of dire consequences if I did not immediately leave Ramana and go over to his guru. I did not show this letter to Bhagavan. I was terribly upset over it. I thought I might show it to Him that evening. In the afternoon, I was doing some weeding work in the garden, head bowed and knees bent. Suddenly, I heard a 'thud' sound behind me - some animal jumping down a tree and approaching me from behind. In no time, it got on my back and sat down. I felt it should be a bear for it had a lot of hair and was holding on to me with its hind legs gripping me around my chest from behind. "My feeling at that time was not one of curiosity to know what it was, nor fear, not even unpleasantness; it was calm detachment. I was undisturbed-and continued the weeding work. Noticing my indifference, the animal started increasing its size and weight. Soon I had to bend forward owing to the burden of the back' the weight became unbearable.

Still I was undisturbed and felt no fear. Suddenly, it gripped my throat with its hairy hands and started throttling me. I was becoming breathless, the grip was tightening more and more. All this didn't produce in me a tinge of fear. I remained mentally fully alert and undisturbed. I felt I could breathe no more. The grip still continued to be tightening. Without any trace of fear, I felt I was going to die. Then, the miracle took place! At the thought of death I heard within me a sound 'Arunachala Siva! Arunachala Siva! I was not making the sound but something else within me was doing it. The intensity, volume and speed of chanting of the japa increased. It was a delightful experience to hear within you a japa pronouncing itself and at the same time your being aware of the grip of death! As the Japa continued, the grip on my throat started loosening. The size and weight of the animal grew less and less. All the while the ajapa-Japa within me was going on of its own accord. Suddenly the animal jumped away from my back and started running towards the tree-l could hear its steps rushing back. lt climbed the tree and disappeared. Immediately, I got back to my normal senses. The ajapa-japa continued,  uninterruptedly. I got up and searched for the beast, but could not find it. I was very happy, listening within me to the chant, 'Arunachala Siva'.

"The next day, while Bhagavan was returning from His stroll up on the Hill, I met Him and showed Him the letter and then narrated to Him what had happened the previous evening. Bhagavan with His benign smile, listened to me and when I stopped, He said: "That is all 'they' can do. Everything is all right." By 'they' He must have meant the guru who was a past master in black-magic and who made David write to me that threatening letter.

Bhagavan was a purna-jnani (Perfect Sage). When you come under the protection of a perfect Sath-Guru even a bad experience caused by black-magic proves a blessing in disguise. I had thus the good fortune of being initiated into the ajapa-japa of 'Arunachala Siva'!"

- Arthur Osborne
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on May 03, 2016, 10:05:05 PM
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CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI

Q: I am puzzled by some aspects of this teaching. There is no doubt that Bhagavan was realized, but in that state he was still aware of his body. When Bhagavan was ill he didn't say, 'I have pain,' he said, 'It has pain' . Since he had awareness of that pain in the body he must still have been a little identified with it?
AS: Even when the body was experiencing pain, Bhagavan was beyond it. He was not affected by anything that was happening to the body.

Q: He was beyond in the sense that he was not concerned or troubled by it, but he was still aware that the body was experiencing pain.
AS: There was an awareness of pain but there was no feeling, 'This is my body; I have pain'. You can be aware of birds flying in and out of a tree without thinking, 'I am this tree, these birds are mine' similarly Bhagavan could be aware of bodily sensations without thinking 'I am this body; this pain is mine'; Bhagavan wore a body in the same way that other people wear a dhoti. You are attaching too much importance to bodies, both Bhagavan's and your own. It is possible to exist without' being aware of the body in any way. Your experience in deep sleep should satisfy you that this is possible. Your questions and doubts are all coming from the body-mind level, from the idea that you are a body and a person. You can find out what the relationship between the body and the Self is by experiencing the Self as it really is. But to get that experience you must first be willing to give up the idea that you are a body and a person. You will never have the experience while you are still clinging to erroneous ideas about the body. You will not resolve your doubts about the body by discussing them, you will only resolve them by giving them up.

- Living by the Words of Bhagavan, p. 331
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on May 04, 2016, 09:07:35 AM
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The talk turned to various recipes suggested by various people about kaya kalpa [a medicinal preparation for longevity].

Bhagavan mentioned a few kalpas based on camphor, a hundred year old neem tree, etc., and said,

"Who would care to take such trouble over this body? As explained in books, the greatest malady we have is the body, the disease of birth, and if one takes medicines to strengthen it and prolong its life, it is like a man taking medicine to strengthen and perpetuate his disease. As the body is a burden we bear, we should on the other hand feel like the coolie engaged to carry a load, anxiously looking forward to arrival at the destination when he can throw off his burden."

- from 'Day by Day with Bhagavan',
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on May 08, 2016, 08:53:25 PM
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The relation between the Self and the body or the mind may be compared to that of a clear crystal and its background. If the crystal is placed against a red flower, it shines red; if placed against a green leaf it shines green, and so on. The individual confines himself to the limits of the changeful body or of the mind which derives its existence from the unchanging Self. All that is necessary is to give up this mistaken identity, and that done, the ever-shining Self will be seen to be the single non-dual Reality.

- (TALK 616)
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on May 09, 2016, 10:57:49 PM
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- Although the Lord is all-pervasive it appears, from passages like 'adorning him through His grace', that He can be known only through His grace. How then can the individual soul by its own efforts attain Self-realization in the absence of the Lord's grace?

- As the Lord denotes the Self and as grace means the Lord's presence or revelation, there is no time when the Lord remains unknown. If the light of the sun is invisible to the owl it is only the fault of that bird and not of the sun. Similarly can the unawareness by ignorant persons of the Self which is always of the nature of awareness be other than their own fault? How can it be the fault of the Self? It is because grace is of the very nature of the Lord that He is well known as 'the blessed grace'. Therefore the Lord, whose nature itself is grace, does not have to bestow His grace. Nor is there any particular time for bestowing His grace.

- Words of Grace, Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai, 2005
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on May 14, 2016, 09:33:57 PM
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One day when Bhagavan was seated in the midst of his disciples, he suddenly got up and strode quickly toward the hill. Kunju Swami said, ― I was very curious. Bhagavan usually never did anything unpredictable. Whenever he did, on rare occasions, there was some significance behind it. Kunju Swami was waiting for Bhagavan to instruct him to come, but the guru went alone. From a distance he could see Bhagavan surrounded by monkeys. After half an hour or so, Bhagavan came back with his eyes swollen from shedding tears. ―We were alarmed and asked what happened,Kunju Swami narrated. Bhagavan replied, ―These monkeys have been searching for me at Skandashram. When I left, they searched all over the hill, putting their lives in peril. Monkeys live in kingdoms, and if they wandered into another territory, they could be killed by rival monkeys. These monkeys have come with their children at risk and are begging me to come back to Skandashram because they miss me there. It took me a long time to persuade them. I explained my situation and asked them to go back. I gave them my assurance that they will get back safely.

- The Human Gospel of Ramana Maharshi
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on May 15, 2016, 10:14:04 AM
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Bhagavan rarely asked for anything. Once, a stranger approached him. Bhagavan looked at him and asked, ―Next time, will you please bring me some cashew nuts?‖ Everybody was flabbergasted. Bhagavan was a shy person and usually did not talk to strangers. Here, most extraordinarily, he was not only volunteering to talk to a stranger, but also almost begging him to bring something for him. And how did he know there was going to be a ―next time? Soon, everyone knew the reason. It was that the squirrels, fifty or sixty of them, would not eat peanuts or anything else; they would eat only cashew nuts. The Ashram management would say, ―They are only squirrels. If they are hungry, they will eat everything. We can feed them peanuts. But they never touched the peanuts. Six or seven squirrels stood in front of Bhagavan and there they were cajoling him. That is what Bhagavan said, ―They were cajoling me and asking me where their food was. World War II was going on at the time and cashew nut production had been nationalized, making cashews unavailable in the market. There were no cashews in the Ashram kitchen and the store had only a little, which the cooks wanted to save for their cooking. Bhagavan sent for cashews four times but they said, ―No, these cashew nuts are for making sweets, we won?t give them. Finally, Bhagavan's extraordinary influence procured cashews through the visitor. Bhagavan could often be seen breaking the cashew nuts into small pieces and keeping them in a small box. The only thing he asked for was cashews for the squirrels.

- The Human Gospel of Ramana Maharshi
Title: Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
Post by: Krishnan on August 29, 2019, 02:42:17 AM
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At meal time, Bhagavan would ask to be served very little, and he would carefully clear the leaf-plate of the last grain of food before getting up. I once remarked, "If we we clear out dining leaves so scrupulously, the dogs, cats, monkeys, rats and ants will starve." Bhagavan's response was, "If you are so compassionate, why not feed the animals before taking food yourself?"

Bhagavan's kindness and solicitude also extended to vegetation and plants. Once the Sarvadhikari of the Ashram asked a workman to clear the dead leaves of an almond tree. The man started chopping right and left. Bhagavan called out to the man, "Hey, you are torturing the tree too much. Don't you know it is alive? Imagine what would happen if I suddenly grabbed you by the hair and pulled. Your hair may have no life, yet you would feel it. Better leave the poor tree and go away!"

- Krishna Bhikshu