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The following story is narrated by Kunju swami.

I had heard Sri Bhagavan speak like this before. Once , I had heard him say 'It is no use saying to oneself, "I am doing personal service to Sri Bhagavan; I am dusting his bed; I have served him for so many years". In addition to serving the Guru physically, it is also important to follow the path shown by the Guru. The best service to the Guru is engaging in vichara, dhyana and other practices with a purity of body, speech and mind.'
When Sri Bhagavan spoke like this he would often point out verse eighty-seven of Kaivalyam, Part One, in which the disciple asks the Guru how he can repay him for the grace he has received. The Guru replies that the highest return the disciple can render to the Guru is to remain fixed in the Self without being caught by the three kinds of obstacles that obstruct it. Hearing Sri Bhagavan speak like this made me resolve to find a new attendant so that I could devote myself full-time to meditation.'


`Prescribed diet' is a translation of pattiyam, an ayurvedic term. Ayurvedic practitioners say that their medicine will not work unless the pattiyam, the prescribed diet, is also followed. The implication in this verse is that the medicine is one's sadhana, such as enquiry or surrender, while the accompanying prescribed diet is entrusting all of one's burdens to Bhagavan.
This explanation is supported by Lakshman Sarma's Tamil commentary on verse 17 of Ulladu Narpadu Anubandham. Lakshman Sarma received this explanation directly from Bhagavan while he was having private lessons on the meaning of this work:
One should, with faith, hand over to Iswara all of the burdens, such as the family and the body, which naturally appeal; and then remain without anxiety. Otherwise one cannot perform, with a one-pointed mind, either devotion or self-enquiry.

Whenever there was a shortage of rice we used to go to the forest and collect a variety of green leaves. While we were cleaning them prior to cooking, Sri Bhagavan would explain the characteristics and medical properties
of each one of them for example, how one produced cold in the body while another produced heat. We used the to fill a large vessel of cleaned greens and cook them in whatever way Sri Bhagavan suggested. At eating time Sri Bhagavan would ask us to have the dish of greens as the main dish and rice as the side dish. These meals, tasting like nectar, would fill us up completely. It is not known how Sri Bhagavan came to acquire his knowledge of the special qualities of various leaves. He came to Arunachala as a schoolboy and immediately engaged himself in intense tapas. It is therefore amazing how Sri Bhagavan, who did not take up any other activities after coming to Arunachala, came to know cooking, the stitching of leaf plates, the making of flower garlands, the preparation of pickles and many other activities. There was seemingly nothing that Sri Bhagavan, who was perfection itself, did not know how to do. Sometimes we used to bring leaves to make leaf plates. Echammal, her sister and a few others, who knew how to stitch them properly, used to stitch along with Sri Bhagavan. Sri Bhagavan would stitch the leaves more beautifully, more neatly and more quickly than those who were very experienced in the art. The leaves he stitched always appeared beautiful and perfect.


Once in February 1947, a poor villager came into
the hall and said to Bhagavan, ?Swami, I do not want
anything but my stomach is burning with hunger. Please
arrange to give me a handful of rice to satisfy this hunger.?
Bhagavan?s glance toward his attendants indicated his
desire. So one of the attendants took the man to the
kitchen. After they left, Bhagavan looked at those in the
hall and said, ?Do you see that? He is a very poor man
but has no desire except one and that is to fill his aching
stomach. With that, he will be satisfied and will go and
lie down under a tree and sleep happily. Where do we
have the satisfaction that he has? We have any number
of desires. If one is satisfied, another arises.Hence where
is the chance for our desires to be fulfilled??

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With his sweet smile, which graciously bestows the grace of his teachings, shining Padam ,bhagavan dispels the deep sorrow wherein [we] languish in fear and torment in the pain of our ignorance.
There is no way of describing the radiance of his smile. One who might appear a hardened businessman would leave Tiruvannamalai with a lilt in his heart from that smile. A simple woman said, 'I don't understand the philosophy but when he smiles at me I feel safe, just like a child in its mother's arms.' I had never yet seen him when I received a letter from my five-year-old daughter: `You will love Bhagavan. When he smiles everyone must be so happy .


Dwelling for long aeons upon this earth, Padam,Bhagavan bestows! individual souls the longing for true jnana, which establishes them in the state of liberation.


Though Bhagavan generally ignored disputes and quarrels among devotees , he did occasionally show his displeasure in subtle ways:
One night, after the evening meal, there was a big quarrel in the dining room that resulted in Subramaniam Swami hitting Krishnaswami in the face. Krishnaswami immediately went and complained to Bhagavan but Bhagavan appeared to take no interest in the matter.
Some one had paid for a big bhiksha [feast] for the following day, which meant a lot of work for everyone in the kitchen. Ordinarily, Bhagavan would have come to the kitchen at 3 a.m. to help Subramaniam to cut the vegetables but that morning he remained in the hall and made Subramaniam do all the work by himself. Subramaniam spent the first two hours wondering why Bhagavan was late but eventually he realised that he was being punished for attacking Krishnaswami.


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: September 29, 2016, 11:38:45 PM »
Annamalai Swami once asked Bhagavan about this verse:
`We know where the moon is, and we know where the Ganga is, but where is this wish-fulfilling tree?' `If I tell you where it is,' replied Bhagavan, 'will you be able to leave it?'

I was puzzled by this particular answer, but I didn't pursue the matter. A few minutes later I opened a copy of Yoga Vasishta which was lying next to Bhagavan. On the first page I looked at I found a verse which said, 'The jnani is the wish-fulfilling tree'. I immediately understood Bhagavan's strange answer to my question. Before I had a chance to tell Bhagavan about this, he looked at me and smiled. He seemed to know that I had found the right answer. I told Bhagavan about the verse but he made no comment. He just carried on smiling at me.


Everyone knows what great stress Sri Bhagavan lays on atma vichara, self-enquiry. He wrote in Atma Vidya Kirtanam, 'Self-knowledge is an easy thing, the easiest thing there is'. Yet, surprisingly, not once of his own accord did he ever ask any devotee to follow this method. He could have ordered the practice of self-enquiry and all the devotees would have blindly and willingly followed...

 Sri Bhagavan's presence and teachings gave hope and strength to different classes of seekers at different levels...Sri Bhagavan gave help and guidance to all kinds ofpeople on all kinds of paths and never demanded that devotees change from one sadhana to another

 A lot of people are under the impression that Bhagavan talked advaitic philosophy enquiry to everyone who asked for his advice. This is simply not so: Bhagavan gave out different advice to different people. He would see their level of development and their temperament and act accordingly. One devotee might ask a question and be given an answer. If another devotee asked the same question a few minutes later, he might be given a different answer, so different in fact that it would contradict the first one. If each of these devotees acted on Bhagavan's advice, with full faith in its efficacy, each would find that Bhagavan's grace was flowing into him


Once, when Ganapati Muni was in the hail, a group of villagers asked, 'How are we control the mind?

 In reply Bhagavan asked them to look into the origin of the mind and explained the path of self-enquiry. Soon they left and Bhagavan as usual went out for a walk. 
Remarking to the others [Ganapati] Muni said, 'The path of Self-knowledge which Bhagavan teaches is so difficult even for the learned, and Bhagavan advocated it to the poor villagers. I doubt whether they understood it and still less whether they can practise it. If Bhagavan had advised them to practise some puja or japa, that would have been more practical.

 When this was conveyed to Bhagavan, he commented, `What to do? This is what I know. If a teaching is to be imparted according to the traditional way, one must first see whether the recipient is qualified or not. Then puja, japa or dhyana are prescribed step by step. Later the Guru says that this is all only preliminary and one has to transcend all this. Finally, the ultimate truth that -Brahman alone is real" is revealed and to realise this, the direct path of self-enquiry is to be taught. Why this roundabout process? Should we not state the ultimate truth and direct path at the beginning itself rather than advocating many  methods and rejecting them at the end? ?


13 Like an incorporeal voice emanating from the heavenly sphere, padam utters in ringing tones
words of surpassing  Sivajnana.

 Once, we were all listening to the radio in the Jubilee Hall. At the end of the programme the names of all the artistes were announced. Bhagavan said, 'See! The radio sings and gives speeches. It even announces the names of the performers. But there is nobody inside the radio. In the same way my existence is also like the sky. Though the body may appear to speak, like a radio there is no individual person [asami] inside. There is only God [Sami]



Sri Muruganar experienced Bhagavan's power and grace on his very first meeting .

In the same way that wax melts on encountering fire, on seeing his feet, my mind dissolved and lost its form. Like the calf finding its mother, my heart melted and rejoiced in his feet. The hairs on my body stood on end. Devotion surged in me like an ocean that has seen the full moon. Through the grace of chit-sakti the power inherent in consciousness], my soul was in ecstasy.'


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: September 04, 2016, 04:36:31 PM »
முருகனாருக்கு பட்டினி கிடப்பது என்றால் மிகவும் விருப்பம். காரணம் பிக்ஷைக்குச் செல்ல வேண்டிய தேவையில்லை. பல நாட்கள் முழுப்பட்டினி கிடந்திருக்கிறார். இப்படி ஒருநாள் சிவராத்திரி என்று தெரியாமல் முழுப்பட்டினி இருந்தார். மறுநாள் பகவான் கிரிப்பிரதக்ஷிணம் புறப்பட்டபொழுது முருகனாரும் அதில் கலந்து கொண்டார். முந்தைய நாள் பட்டினியின் காரணமாக முருகனார் மிகவும் சோர்ந்து காணப்பட்டார். அவரது சோர்வைக் கண்ட பகவான், ?என்ன சிவராத்திரி உபவாசமோ! சோர்ந்து விட்டீரே! சரி, சரி என்னுடன் வாருங்கள் ஆச்ரமத்தில் சாப்பிடலாம்? என்று கூறி அவரைத் தன்னுடன் அழைத்துச் சென்று சாப்பிடும்போது பரிந்து உணவளிக்கச் செய்தார். இதனையே

திருநாள் சிவராத்திரி யெனத் தெரியாது
ஒருநாள் பட்டினி இட்டுஎனை மறுநாள்
விசர்ப்புஉற வலம் புரிவித்து அருணந்தனைப்
பசிப்பதம் அறிந்து (எனக்கு) ஊண் பரிந்து அளிப்பித்(தான்)
என்று கீர்த்தித் திருவகவலில் கூறுகிறார்.

Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: September 04, 2016, 03:59:31 PM »
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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: August 26, 2016, 02:46:48 AM »
Ashram offered solemn worship to Lord Krishna on the sacred occasion of Janmashtami or the birth of Lord Krishna. As is well known Bhagavan reached Arunachala on the day after Janamashtami. Srimati Nagamma describes a scene in Sri Ramansram as follows;I was reminded of Lord Krishna in Repalle when I saw the grand spectacle of Bhagavan standing in the midst of the cows in the Gosala. Not only this, in Brahma Vaivartha Purana it is stated that Krishna is the Paramatma, the Lord of the cow world, and that Radha is Prakriti. The theory in that Purana is that Radha and Madhava are Prakriti and Purusha-the inseparable pair. Standing with his body bent slightly to the left, and with his left hand on Lakshmi, and with the walking stick in his right hand, looking as if it was a flute, with a sparkling smile on the face like the foam on the waves of the ocean of ananda, with a compassionate look towards the group of devotees that had gathered along with the herd of cows, Sri Ramana, the embodiment of grace, it is no surprise if one were reminded of Lord Krishna Himself standing with crossed legs, resting on his toes and playing exquisitely on the flute. If that Krishna is Ramana, what are we to say of our Lakshmi who appears to have been completely oblivious of this world with her ears hanging down, with her eyes closed and enjoying transcendental bliss caused by the touch of Bhagavan's hands on her body Shall I say that she is the embodiment of Prakriti in the shape of Radha? Otherwise, how could she understand human language.

Sri Ramana Maharshi has several times explained the inner significance of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna had to do the fighting. So Krishna said, Place all the burden on Me, do your duty; you are merely an instrument. I will see to everything. Nothing will bother you. But then, before one surrenders to God, one should know who it is that surrenders. Unless all thoughts are given up there cant be surrender. Further Bhagavan says:  What exactly did Lord Krishna tell Arjuna He told him, the deed will get done according to the doing. I am the doer watching the whole thing from above. Why do you worry? It is your body which does the killing of your relatives. Are you the body? No! Why then this bondage for you? Renounce the idea, he said. This means that he asks Arjuna to do the thing but to give up the feeling that it is he that is doing it. That is personal effort. The feeling that one is, or is not, the body, comes from one's own ignorance. One only has to give up that feeling; that which one has, one must oneself reject. Who else can do it? If by personal effort that bondage is removed, action, under the orders of the doer, Iswara, goes on of its own accord. Every one has his work allotted to him and he will do it automatically. Why should one worry? Arjuna, when he felt that it was not proper to kill his relatives, was only told to give up the feeling that he was the doer, yet it was Arjuna himself who ultimately fought. By listening to the Gita, he lost the feeling of being the doer and the doubt he had had was no longer there. The work had to be done with that particular body, and it was done.

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