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On some of these trips Mastan would somehow find out in advance where we were going. We would
arrive at a town, Polur for example, and find him waiting for us. Once he had discovered our whereabouts,
he would make us sit while he went out begging for us.  We did not want to be served in this way, but
Mastan was very insistent. He told us on these occasions that he was 'the devotee of devotees', a role
and a title that he took on himself.

He would say, 'I want to serve the devotees of Bhagavan.  You must stay here while I find food for you.

Mastan would generally return with a huge amount of food, far more than we could possibly eat.  After
we had eaten as much as we could, we would share the leftovers with any local people who lived nearby.
If we were living in caves or other out of the way places, we would give the left overs to monkeys.

As he fed us Mastan would make one persistent request: 

'Please tell me some stories about the glory of our Master.  Tell me everything He has said during the time
I was not with Him.  To me, every word  Bhagavan speaks is holy.  The words that come out of His holy
mouth are so powerful, merely listening to them can give liberation to ripe souls.


Arunachala Siva.               

47.  The attitude of finding faults with others and other faiths should be nipped in the bud.  Even an
inadvertently permitted lenience in this matter shall cause one's spiritual accomplishment to suffer.
Just as a dash of salt can wreck a whole of milk, so does the scum of intolerance bring havoc to the
aspirant.  Consequently, one loses judgement in matters of action, inaction and non action.

48. If righteous actions are the limbs and their performer the body, it goes without saying that actions
determines the wholeness of the body.  And what is the body?  The whole world! To see the body and
its duties as unrelated is the crux of ignorance, say the wise.  Calm and cool perseverance in matters
of social order and justice must be observed.  Contrariwise attitudes bring only infamy.  Glory or notoriety
results from the motive behind the method of one's actions. All the sacred works have comprehensively
presented these matters.  Strict adherence, with true faith and utmost loyalty, to these commandments
is required.  Discipline at the level of the individual shall echo in the whole society.

49. Sastras sometimes resort to exemplary parables to explain certain cryptic aphorisms of the Vedas.
These by their own virtue cannot stand as standards for a person's deportment but must be understood
in the proper context of their Vedic moorings.  Just as the absence of sunrise is catastrophical to life,
these misunderstandings can lead to dire consequences.

50. The cause and effect principle is too well tested and standardized.  It is wise to fit into this frame
while in the world.  Intelligence should be cultivated based on a neatly worked our balance between the
above principle and the subtle and inexpressible principle.  Any incongruities thereof shall be settled
by Siva Himself.  Objects acquire differing degrees of significance depending on their placement in the
scheme of things  That is to say, their values are not intrinsic.  This knowledge helps to overcome
attachment or hatred to things -- no mean achievement on the spiritual path!


Arunachala Siva.                   

136.  The argument, 'The mind is small and the world is vast.  How can it be within the mind?' is
also mistaken. It has been taught by the Sages that it is the mind that is vast - not the world.

137.  The mind is vaster that even the sky, and in it are the five materials of creation, the outer
space (sky) and the rest. Consciousness, in its motionless state is Brahman; the same when moving
is mind;  thus it has been made clear by Bhagavan Sri Ramana, that the mind is of the nature of the

138. 'If you doubt whether or not the world existed during your sleep, than ask those that did not sleep
(during the time you slept), and know from their words that the world existed continuously without break.'

139.  This argument is put forward by the Ignorant, only by taking as proved the truth of their main
contention; for the men, that slept not, are part and parcel of the world under inquiry.

140. We see this men, that slept not, only after we awake, not in our sleep! (and) no separate proof is
offered to prove the reality of these men that did not sleep.

141.  Even  those that remained awake (while we slept) know the world only by mind and not otherwise.
Hence for all alike, the world is only mental, in waking,  as in dream.                       


Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 15, 2016, 09:51:34 AM »
Verse  50:

ஆனஅப் பொழுது மன்றுள்
   ஆடுவார் அருளி னாலே
மேனெறி உணர்வு கூர
    வேண்டிற்றே பெறுவார் மெய்யில்
ஊனடை வனப்பை எல்லாம்
    உதறிஎற் புடம்பே யாக
வானமும் மண்ணும் எல்லாம்
   வணங்குபேய் வடிவ மானார்.

As she thus prayed, by the grace of the Lord-Dancer
Up-borne by a supernal consciousness, she who was to get
What she prayed for, shook away all her flesh where
Abode beauty, and stood a skeletal being --,
The form of the hallowed ghost --, hailed by
Heaven, earth and all.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 15, 2016, 09:49:08 AM »
Verse  49:

ஈங்கிவன் குறித்த கொள்கை
   இதுஇனி இவனுக் காகத்
தாங்கிய வனப்பு நின்ற
   தசைப்பொதி கழித்திங் குன்பால்
ஆங்குநின் தாள்கள் போற்றும்
    பேய்வடி வடியே னுக்குப்
பாங்குற வேண்டும் என்று
    பரமர்தாள் பரவி நின்றார்.

"So, this is his persuasion; oh Lord, rid me of this
Burden of flesh poised in beauty and hitherto borne
For his sake; fittingly bestow on me Your slave,
The form of a ghost to hail You in Your world." Thus she prayed
And thus she hailed the feet of the Supreme One.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 15, 2016, 09:46:54 AM »
Verse  48:

என்றபின் சுற்றத் தாரும்
    இதுவென்கொல் என்று நின்றார்
மன்றலங் குழலி னாரும்
   வணிகன்வாய் மாற்றங் கேளாக்
கொன்றைவார் சடையி னார்தங்
   குரைகழல் போற்றிச் சிந்தை
ஒன்றிய நோக்கில் மிக்க
   உணர்வுகொண் டுரைசெய் கின்றார்.

When thus he spake, the confounded kinsfolk exclaimed:
"What may this be?" Hearkening to the merchant's words,
She of fragrant locks, hailed the feet of the Lord
Of matted hair, decked with resounding anklets;
Then, she spake from her inmost consciousness
Welling up from her inner vision into which merged
Her mind and all.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 15, 2016, 09:40:24 AM »
Verse  47:

மற்றவர் தம்மை நோக்கி
   மானுடம் இவர்தாம் அல்லர்
நற்பெருந் தெய்வ மாதல்
    நானறிந் தகன்ற பின்பு
பெற்றஇம் மகவு தன்னைப்
   பேரிட்டேன் ஆத லாலே
பொற்பதம் பணிந்தேன் நீரும்
    போற்றுதல் செய்மின் என்றான்.

He addressed the perplexed kinnery thus: "She is not
A mere human; she is indeed a deity great; aware of this
I left her and have named this, my daughter after her;
May ye too adore her golden feet and hail her."

Arunachala Siva.   

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 15, 2016, 09:37:34 AM »
Verse  46:

கணவன்தான் வணங்கக் கண்ட
   காமர்பூங்கொடிய னாரும்
அணைவுறுஞ் சுற்றத் தார்பால்
   அச்சமோ டொதுங்கி நிற்ப
உணர்வுறு கிளைஞர் வெள்கி
    உன்திரு மனைவி தன்னை
மணமலி தாரி னாய்நீ
   வணங்குவ தென்கொல் என்றார்.

Beholding the adoring husband, she who was truly
A beauteous liana, and the gathered kin moved away
And stood stricken by fear; touched to the quick
And bitten by shame, the relations said: "O Wearer
Of a fragrant garland! What makes you worship
Your beauteous wife?"

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 15, 2016, 09:35:15 AM »
Verse  45:

தானும்அம் மனைவி யோடும்
   தளர்நடை மகவி னோடும்
மானிளம் பிணைபோல் நின்ற
   மனைவியார் அடியில் தாழ்ந்தே
யான்உம தருளால் வாழ்வேன்
   இவ்விளங் குழவி தானும்
பான்மையால் உமது நாமம்
   என்றுமுன் பணிந்து வீழ்ந்தான்.

With his wife and tender child of toddling gait
He bowed at the feet of the great wife who stood there
Like a young roe, and said: "I thrive by your grace;
The tender child, by your grace, bears your name."
This said, he prostrated flat before her in worship.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 15, 2016, 09:32:39 AM »
Verse 44:

வந்தவர் அணைந்த மாற்றங்
   கேட்டலும் வணிகன் தானும்
சிந்தையில் அச்சம் எய்திச்
   செழுமணம் பின்பு செய்த
பைந்தொடி தனையுங் கொண்டு
   பயந்தபெண் மகவி னோடும்
முந்துறச் செல்வேன் என்று
   மொய்குழ லவர்பால் வந்தான்.

When the merchant heard of their arrival, he was
Fear-struck; with his bangled wife whom he took to
As his second spouse and his daughter, he hied
Towards the lady of fragrant locks, saying:
"I would go to her even ere she would come to me."   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 15, 2016, 09:30:21 AM »
Verse  43:

சிலபகல் கடந்து சென்று
   செந்தமிழ்த் திருநா டெய்தி
மலர்புகழ்ப் பரம தத்தன்
   மாநகர் மருங்கு வந்து
குலமுதல் மனைவி யாரைக்
    கொண்டுவந் தணைந்த தன்மை
தொலைவில்சீர்க் கணவ னுக்குச்
   சொல்லிமுன் செல்ல விட்டார்.

Days passed and they reached the Pandya country;
They came to the limits of the town where Paramadatthan
Of burgeoning fame abode; they sent word to him,
The husband of unforfeitable glory, that they had
Thither arrived with his adorable wife, the scion
That sanctified her clan.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 15, 2016, 09:27:43 AM »
Verse  42:

மாமணிச் சிவிகை தன்னில்
   மடநடை மயில்அன் னாரைத்
தாமரைத் தவிசில் வைகுந்
   தனித்திரு என்ன ஏற்றிக்
காமரு கழனி வீழ்த்துக்
   காதல்செய் சுற்றத் தாரும்
தேமொழி யவருஞ் சூழச்
   சேணிடைக் கழிந்து சென்றார்.

They carried the bashful beauty whose gait was
Peafowl-like, in a magnificent litter beauteous
Seating her therein like Lakshmi non-perel on her seat
Of lotus; they screened the litter; loving kinsmen
And friendly women sweet of speech, encircling her
Hied on their way for many a day.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 15, 2016, 09:24:55 AM »
Verse  41:

அம்மொழி கேட்ட போதே
   அணங்கனார் சுற்றத் தாரும்
தம்முறு கிளைஞர்ப் போக்கி
   அவன்நிலை தாமும் கேட்டு
மம்மர்கொள் மனத்த ராகி
   மற்றவன் இருந்த பாங்கர்க்
கொம்மைவெம் முலையி னாளைக்
   கொண்டுபோய் விடுவ தென்றார்.

The moment they heard the news, the kinsfolk
Of the heavenly woman sent there a few of their close kin
And had the news confirmed; they were troubled in mind;
They said: "It is our duty to take her of swelling breasts
To him and leave her there."

Arunachala Siva.   


Once G.V. Subbaramaiah, had brought his two young daughters, Lalita and Indra, to the Asramam. 
The younger one Indra, who was hardly 5 years old was quite mischievous.

In the Hall, some devotees at that time were asking Bhagavan Ramana, how to remain still [to remain Summa], amidst various work in the world.  Bhagavan Ramana said that it is all in the mind.
If the mind could be quelled and made to stay in the Self, within, any amount of work could be
done, without desire-ship and doer-ship.

Meantime, Indra, was moving here and there in the Hall. She was pulling out books, Bhagavan
Ramana's stick, alms-bowl, the time-piece near the sofa etc.,  Bhagavan Ramana asked:  "Amma,
what are you doing?"  Indra replied:  " I am not doing anything.  I am remaining Summa."

Everyone laughed.  Bhagavan Ramana also laughed and said:

"See, this is how the worldly work should be performed!"

Arunachala Siva.


If one could genuinely seek His guidance, He will not only call him, but also choose him.
He has Himself said:  WHERE CAN I GO?  I AM HERE!"

Onc can visit Tiruvannamalai, as frequently as possible, depending upon one's health, family and
some money. His Presence is felt more intensely in Sri Ramanasramam, to strengthen our trust in
Him.  But this is definitely not a 'must' for who cannot make it.  Intense devotion with
the conviction that "He is my Guru" and living a life according to His Words are more than sufficient.

Arunachala Siva.

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