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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 03, 2013, 10:30:14 AM »
Bhagavan walks in the Arunachala Hill

Dear Friend

Immediately I replied to your email on November 30th.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 01, 2013, 09:54:38 PM »

At 3 o’clock this afternoon, in Bhagavan’s presence they were again talking about Lakshmi when a devotee said, “It seems Arunachalam Pillai purchased Lakshmi, not at Kannamangalam but at Gudiyatham.” Hearing that Bhagavan said, “This was also Keerapatti’s* town.” That devotee asked, “When exactly did she come to this place?” With a smile Bhagavan began telling us her history:

“I myself do not know. Even when I was in Arunachaleswara Temple she was staying on the hill and was visiting me now and then. But it was only after I went to the Virupaksha Cave she began coming to me frequently. She was then living in the Guha Namasivaya Mandap. At that time the Mandap was not as well maintained as at present. It had only a wooden door and wooden latch. She had no other articles than an earthen pot. She used first to prepare hot water in it to bathe and then cook vegetables and food in it. She had only one pot for preparing whatever she wanted. She used to go out before sunrise, wander about the hill and bring back some special leaves useful for cooking as vegetables. She used to cook them tastefully, bring me about a handful and persuade me to eat. She never failed to do so even once. Sometimes I used to help her in cooking by going to her place and cutting the vegetables. She had great confidence in me. She used to go to town daily, obtain rice, flour, dhal and the like by begging at various houses and store them in a big open- mouthed earthen jar. Once in a way she used to prepare gruel with that flour and dhal and bring it with the vegetable curry, saying, ‘Sami, Sami, yesterday one good lady gave me a little flour. I have made some gruel, Sami.’ She believed that I knew nothing. When she was not there, I used to open the doors of that Mandap and find several varieties of foodstuffs in the jar. But then she had absolute confidence in me. She did not allow anyone else into that Mandap. When she could not find any vegetables she used to sit there depressed. On such occasions I used to climb the tamarind tree, pluck some tender leaves and give them to her. She was thus somehow supplying me food every day. She never used to take anything herself. She used to bring all sorts of curries, saying, ‘Sami likes that.’ She had great devotion and attention. Even at eighty years of age she used to wander about all over the hill. She was living there on the hill even before I went there.”

“Was she not afraid of anything?” I asked.

Bhagavan said, “No. What had she to be afraid of? You know what happened one day? I went to the Skandasramam and stayed there for the night. Palaniswami was in the Virupaksha Cave. At midnight a thief got into her place and was trying to get away with things, when she woke up and cried out, ‘Who is that?’ The thief put his hand over her mouth but she somehow managed to shout at the top of her voice, ‘Oh, Annamalai! Thief! Thief!’ Her cries could be heard even at Skandasramam where I was. I shouted back saying, ‘Here I am! I am coming. Who is that?’ So saying I ran down in hot haste. On the way, at the Virupaksha Cave, I asked Palaniswami about it and he said, ‘I heard some shouting from the cave of the old woman, but I thought she was mumbling something.’ Some people were living at the Mango Cave and the Jataswami Cave but no one appears to have heard her cries.

“The cries were heard by the one that had to hear them and Arunachala himself responded to her call,” I said. Nodding his head in assent, Bhagavan said, “Hearing my shouting, the thief ran away. We both went to her, asked her where the thief was and as there was no one, we laughed away saying it was all imagination. She said, ‘No Sami. When he was removing things I challenged him and so he put his hands over my mouth to prevent me from shouting. I somehow managed to shout at the top of my voice. It was perhaps you that said you were coming. He heard that and ran away.’ There was no light there and so we lighted a piece of firewood and searched the whole place when we found the jar and around it several small odds and ends scattered about, we then realised that it was a fact.”

I said, “Her belief in God was profound. Hers is not an ordinary birth, but a birth with a purpose.” Bhagavan merely nodded his head and was silent.

When Gajendra sent out his appeal to Lord Vishnu the latter heard it in Vaikunta and immediately rushed to relieve the distress of Gajendra without telling Lakshmi and without bearing his arms, viz., Conch and the Disc. In the same manner Bhagavan ran to the rescue of his devotee. See the solicitude towards devotees!

- 'Letters from Sri Ramanasramam', Letter 197 (25th July, 1948).


Ramananjali Awards 2013

To my repeated Prayers , O, my Lord Ramana, Ramana, Ramana, please graciously come and be seated in my Heart, Lord Ramana told me, “from where am I to come? I am there in you (your Heart) already. Just be quiet. You will know me automatically”.

Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham by Sri Muruganar - Part 5, verse 574

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 30, 2013, 10:45:01 PM »
Bhagavan and Sri Ganapathi Muni

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 30, 2013, 10:40:37 PM »
Entrance Old Meditation Hall Ramanashramam

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 30, 2013, 10:39:20 PM »
Ramanashramam Hall

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 30, 2013, 10:36:23 PM »
Ramanashramam Office

General Discussion / Re: Problem with International Store
« on: November 29, 2013, 11:26:37 PM »

Dear Jyothi

I am living in France near Paris . I know this bookstall.
But one of my friends a french lady , who is organising Sri Ramana Satsangh, monthly mediation here, is going to Ramanashramam next year , month of february 2014. If you want any books I ask her to purchase .

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 29, 2013, 10:33:03 PM »

I do not know exactly which place at Ramanashramam

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 29, 2013, 02:10:18 PM »
Some women devotees of Bhagavan

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 29, 2013, 01:57:42 PM »
F.H. Humphreys with Bhagavan

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 29, 2013, 01:54:18 PM »
Bhagavan Devotees reading Ribhu Gita

Ashrams / Re: Ramanasramam visit
« on: November 27, 2013, 06:22:22 PM »
 Vivekananda Chariot

The 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda (12 January 2013) was celebrated all over India and in different countries of the world. Year-long events and programs were organised by different branches of Ramakrishna Math, Ramakrishna Mission, central government and different state governments of India, education institutions, youth groups etc.
The Ramakrishna Mission in Tiruvannamalai organized processions of Swami Vivekananda in two chariots carrying a life like statue of Swami Vivekananda. Sri Ramansramam was very pleased to receive the chariot on November 26th around 12 PM.
We offered worship, aarti and sung bhajans praising Swami Vivekananda. May the noble thoughts of Swami Vivekananda reverberate in every corner of the world and the inner recess of our Heart!!!

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