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These are the marks that are painted in White and Red colour, appear throughout the inner path. I never got lost anywhere.


Hill was decked in greenery. It is special to be with Arunachala at such close proximity


The path


I had seen such images only in the Arunachala Live camera. here I am seeing it all by myself. Its wonder of wonders to see it with your own bare eyes!


The path gets tougher when the markings turn white and yellow.


These bugs give you company throughout. They are harmless and very pretty


After all my mobile camera was not so bad as i thought it to be. This is a beautiful picture


A dog accompanied me here, he walked with me for some time and deviated into the trees. He was very majestic and his eyes were very lovely to look at. I did not try taking a picture as I did not want him to go away by trying to take a picture of him


Look at the Lord decked with full Emerald. Gives a go for his Lady love Emerald Lady Meenakshi Ambal in Madurai


These rocks were beautiful. was wondering if there were any caves around, but i did not venture doing anything as i was alone.


This rocks actually looked like a cow embracing a calf. Very beautiful it was, This was the maximum zoom possible from my mobile camera, and hence, lesser clarity


These small & tiny stones teach you the lesson of your life, Patience and Endurance.


I looked back to see where from I came, who knows? and thats the question of our lifetime. But thats the picture, I had come through those dense trees and Bushes. No clue where i came from.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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I am happy to share with you that Sri Bhagavan called me suddenly to Arunachala. I had planned to do girivalam through the inner path. I had been planning to do this for some time now. Bhagavan fulfiled my wish at last. I left for Arunachala on Monday night and reached there as early at around 3:30 in the morning, therefore my plans to halt at Sheshadri Ashramam was not possible, I took a room at Swathi Lodge near the main temple Gopuram. It is decent Lodge.

After having the darshan of Matrubhuteshwara shrine, Bhagavan's sannidhi and sitting for some time in the Old hall. I prayed to Bhagavan about my intentions. it was around 6 in the morning, the office had not yet opened. I wanted to enquire with somebody about doing the inner Girivalam. I looked around but found only the Temple Gurukkal (priest) who was drawing water from the wellI went towards him and asked him about doing girivalam through the inner path and he asked me, "are you going alone or with ladies?" I replied that I was going alone and he said, “you can go alone, no problem, but if you are planning to go with ladies then it is best to go in a group". He also mentioned that one Chandra Mouli from the Ashramam office goes often through the inner paadai, and I went near the office area. But i did not find any body there. I pondered for a moment on what to do do... and then I took a decision, that having have told Bhagavan about my intention, and going by the gurukkal's advice, it seemed that I was given permission to go alone. I left to do the girivalam myself. I went through the gates that lead to the hill, to skandashramam , Virupaksha cave and the inner paadai.

I simply followed few people inside and they deviated to skandashramam and i was left alone as I had to take the left turn to girivalam. I remembered Bhagavan and went inside.

It is really really wonderful experience to do girivalam from the inner path. I began my pradakshinam at around 6:15 or 6:20...

I followed few people inside and they deviated to skandashramam and i was left alone as I had to take the left turn to girivalam. I remembered Bhagavan and went inside.

I have no words to describe my experience. It was such a wonderful time, so beautiful, serene and peaceful. I was alone. I prayed to Bhagavan not to test me in any way, as the previous time I encountered a dozen huge monkeys on my way to Skandashramam when i was alone and they tested me nearly for 45 minutes before finally Bhagavan saw me safely to Skandashramam!

The path is very comfortable for the first half and thereonwards the path gets tougher with small, tiny stones that really hurt if you are doing barefoot.

The path is very clear and i had no confusion throughout my journey. Some blessed souls have taken time to paint the stones in white-red colour and white-yellow colour throughout the path. To see Arunachala at such close proximity is indeed a breathtaking experience.

On my way, I stopped at some place where they are developing a park i think, there was an artificial pond, the place was very beautiful. I stopped to take some snaps and i went near the stone slabs which are made to sit. i was surprised to see Ramanashramam guest house key. i looked around and there was nobody around. i took it with me so that i can safely hand it back to the office ashramam.

The path was pretty ok. There is considerable difference between doing the Girivalam on the outer road and the inner path. It was extremely peaceful here. As long as the stones were marked with white-red colour, it was comfortable to walk, even barefoot, but after about half the distance, when the path is marked in white-yellow colour, it is very tough!  There are very small stones that are very sharp, one can simply see the stones and guess how old they could be! It felt that they had been sharpened over thousands of years. I had a very tough time walking this stretch. Then I sat on a small stone slab for a while, gazing at Arunachala. There was absolutely nobody around.

For sometime, there was a harmless dog which came along with me! It walked behind me for sometime, very active, wagging its tail. After a while, the dog went inside the trees and vanished. I had not wanted to take a snapshot of the dog and drive it away, but it went off on its own accord. I was left alone. The stones were really hurting my feet and my pace was reduced to that of a very old aged man walking… talking baby steps. By now slowly the sun had risen well enough and the stones were getting hot. It was around 8:30! At one stretch, i had to climb up the hill, where the path was full of  stones, big and small. ‘This stretch is the toughest of the entire journey’ I thought!

Then at around 9:00, there was one boy whom I came across, I asked him about the distance from that place, he said, still there is about 3 kms. I proceeded further for another kilometer and then I was able to hear the sounds of the traffic. I felt the road was not very far off from here. The path still continued with small stones. I was thinking I should have got my slippers (at least new ones). At one stage I could no more walk over the stones so I deviated into the bushes and trees leading towards the road, thinking that I could complete the girivalam from the road. But the roads and the footpath were also burning hot. It was 9:30. I prayed to Arunachala to forgive me for I was unable to complete the girivalam through the inner path or outer path, I took an auto and reached Ramanashramam. I had not even taken water on my journey. I had forgotten about it in my excitement. Then I had some cool drinks and went straight into the old hall and sat there, at around 10:00 I think! That’s all I remember. I sat unmoving until I heard the bell ring, then everybody in the hall went out excepting for a select few. It was a lunch time bell. I continued to stay there for another hour or so. I went to samadhi hall, and stood for some time and then went to the Ramashramam office and returned the Ashramam keys telling them where I had found them and went to Sheshadri Ashramam canteen and  had lemon rice and then left for my room.

I took some snaps from my mobile. I shall paste few here.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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i have always felt very comfortable reading the works of Sri Lakshmana Sharma as they gave me immense clarity. They are 'thorough'

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Bhagavan & Lakshmi 4
« on: August 16, 2010, 05:04:09 PM »
Bhagavan recollected after the death of cow Lakshmi, to Suri Nagamma, i think! very emotionally as to how all of them owe a lot to Lakshmi, and it is only because of her that the Ashramam has grown so big and provided sufficietly enough to feed every soul who comes to the Ashramam.

After Lakshmi, Bhagavan would visit the Goshalas and met the other calves of Lakshmi, somehow they all never came to Bhagavan voluntarily like Lakshmi.

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Bhagavan & Lakshmi
« on: August 16, 2010, 04:58:58 PM »
The story about Lakshmi birth and its frequent visits to the Ashramam all alone is really very inspiring

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan & Lakshmi 7
« on: August 16, 2010, 01:09:16 AM »
One morning in 1947, at about 9 am Lakshmi entered the hall hurridly with ther 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 saing 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 her face said, "Recently they had put a rope  hrough 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 iddly or something," said Bhagavan, evincing great solicitude for her welfare. The attendants gave her some plantains and Nagamma went to the kitchen and brought some iddlies, also for her. Lakshmi was satisfied and went away to her usual place.

After the attendants 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 toubles, do we consider whether our clothes are all right or our hair is properly bushed?"

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan & Lakshmi 6
« on: August 16, 2010, 12:53:29 AM »
On another Jayanthi day of Bhagavan, the cow Lakshmi came and stood near Bhagavan. He gave her plantains as 'Prasadam', but she refused to eat them, instead she put her mouth near Bhagavan's ear as if she was telling him something. He immediately understood  what she was saying. She wanted iddlies first and then plantains. Therefore she had refused to eat plantains as Bhagavan had given fruits first.

Bhagavan called his attendants and told them to get iddlies for Lakshmi from the kitchen. When the atendants went to the kitchen to get iddlies, they were told that there were none, as there had been more devotees than expected for breakfast that morning. For the last batch uppuma had been prepaeed and served.

When the attendants came and reported to Bhagavan that there were no iddlies left, Bhagavan remembered that Mouni Sreenivas Rao, who worked  in the Ashramam office till late at night, usually would get up a little late in the morning. Therefore the kitchen people would put his share four iddlies in a lunch box and keep it on the top of the cupboard in his room.

Bhagavan knew of this and asked his attendant to get one iddly from Mouni Sreenivas Rao's room to give to Lakshmi. When the iddly was brought, Lakshmi was fed with that and then with plantains. After getting 'Prasadam' from Bhagavan, Lakshmi went off happily to her shed. Our Bhagavan who knew the likes and dislikes of his devotees very well, fulfiled them like a 'Kalpatharu' the celestial wish-fulfilling ree.



Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan & Lakshmi 5
« on: August 16, 2010, 12:37:06 AM »
On one summer, there was a shortage of grass in the Ashramam, and Lakshmi was not getting enough of it. She lost weight and had become very thin. Bhagavan noticed this, and he was concerned that she was not getting enough food. The next time he wen to the dining room, he refused to take food; instead he wanted to give it to Lakshmi. The news of Bhagavan's gesture reached everybody. The workers realised that Bhagavan was indirectly protesting against Lakshmi being underfed. Some fodder was brought from the market, enabling both Bhagavan and Lakshmi to resume their normal eating. Bhagavan said, "poor Lakshmi! She is a dumb animal; she cannot speak any human language. Even if we only half feed the animals they shall remain quiet. Why half starve them? Are we half starving ourselves because it is summer?"



Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan & Lakshmi 4
« on: August 16, 2010, 12:28:11 AM »
Lakshmi's special status in the Ashramam gave her the freedom to help herself to any food that was brought by the devotees, because Bhagavan always supported Lakshmi if devotees complained against her. He would also take her side if any one tried to prevent her from coming to see him in the hall.

Bhagavan's devotee N.N. Rajan narrates another anecdote about Lakshmi:

"Once I was binging foodstuff in a large open vessel to offer to Bhagavan. Lakshmi, who had come behind me, was eating fro the vessel unnoticed by me.

Bhagavan noticed it and remarked, 'Enough Lakshmi, enough! Leave something for us.' So saying, he gave some more foodstuffs to Lakshmi and then sent her away. The attendant ridiculed and chided me for being careless.

But Bhagavan, out of Grace, said, 'Why do you blame him? Poor man, he is too innocent to notice all this.'

once 'the certificate of innocence' was received  from my master, I said to myself, 'what more do I require in this life?'"

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Bhagavan & Lakshmi
« on: August 16, 2010, 12:17:07 AM »
A more elaborate, heart touching recollection of Shantammal, who did the cooking in the Ashramam kitchen is given below -

Lakshmi was pregnant for the third time. She came into the hall after lunch. Bhagavan was reading a newspaper. At that time, I also entered the hall. Lakshmi went near Bhagavan and started licking the newspaper. Bhagavan looked up and said, 'Wait a little, Lakshmi!' but she went on licking the paper.

Bhagavan laid the newspaper aside, put his hand behind Lakshmi's horns and rested his head against hers. They stayed in this manner for quite some time. I stood nearby transfixed looking at the wonderful scene. After about ten minutes, Bhagavan without moving, looked at me and said, 'Do you know what Lakshmi is doing? She is in samadhi.'

I looked at Lakshmi and noticed that tears were flowing in streams down her broad cheeks. Her breathing had slowed down and her eyes were fixed on Bhagavan. After some time, Bhagavan changed his position and asked gently, 'Lakshmi, how do you feel now?'

Lakshmi moved backwards, as if she wass reluctant to show her tail to Bhagavan. She walked round the hall and went out.

I felt elated and blessed to be there at that time to witness the union of master and devotee.

Salutation to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan & Lakshmi 3
« on: August 15, 2010, 11:43:36 PM »
On June 17, 1948, Lakshmi fell ill. The following morning June 18 it looked as if her end was near. At about 10 o’clock in the morning Ramana went to her. He found her breathing hard and she was lying prostrate. Taking her head into his arms, stroking her neck, Ramana fixed his gaze in her eyes. Her breathing became steady immediately. Tears began to trickle from her eyes. Ramana’s eyes too overflowed as he looked at her with great love. How could those nearby hold by their emotions? He asked tenderly, “Amma (mother), do you want me to be near you? I must go now as people are waiting for me in the hall. But wherever I may be, I am always with you.” Then he placed his hand on her head as though giving diksha. He put his hand over her heart also and then caressed her, placing his cheek against her face. When he convinced himself that her heart was pure, free from all vasanas entailing rebirth and centred solely on him, he took leave of her and returned to the hall. Her eyes were calm and peaceful. She was conscious up to the end and left the body at 11:30 a.m. quite peacefully.

On her tomb was engraved an epitaph by Ramana which makes it quite clear that she attained liberation.

- A R Natarajan, Timeless in Time



How fortunate we are to have fond memories of the great devotees of Bhagavan.... heart melting incidents....

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan & Lakshmi 2
« on: August 15, 2010, 11:39:33 PM »
One day the cow Lakshmi came to the Hall. She went straight to Bhagavan, put her head on Bhagavan’s shoulder and wept. Bhagavan sat very quietly and gently stroked her head. “Why are you so sad?” he would whisper in her ears. “Who has hurt you? Cheer up, my dear, stop crying. I am here to befriend you.” Lakshmi stopped crying, gave Bhagavan a few licks and went away, comforted.

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How pure and innocent, Platonic love...



Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan & Lakshmi
« on: August 15, 2010, 11:35:48 PM »
'Do you know what state Lakshmi is in now?'

Having never witnessed such a scene before, the devotees were puzzled by this unusual question. There was a cow standing in front of him with a motionless and fixed expression on her face.

The ever-cheerful Bhagavan said, to the astonishment of the devotees, 'She is in nirvikalpa samadhi,' revealing by this brief comment the extraordinary pwer of his grace.

The cow, affectionately called Lakshmi, was closely associated with the ashram. When she came, as usual, for Bhagavan's darshan and stood in his presence, Bhagavan looked at her with great affection and started stroking her head. As a consequence of receiving this hasta-diksha [initiation in which the Guru places his hands on the disciple's head] she experienced immediately the state of nirvikalpa samadhi.



Salutations to Sri Ramana

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M.G. Shanmukam was one of the early devotees of Bhagavan, was so modest that he always refused to be drawn into the limelight! Recollects here

"He once said categorically: 'For practicing Self vichara every day is auspicious and every moment is good - no discipline is prescribed at all. Any time, any where it can be done; even without others noticing that you are doing it. All other sadhanas require external objects and congenial environment, but for Atma vichara one can with ease attend to other activities also. Besides, Self vichara being a purely internal movement, one does not also distract others who are around; whereas, in sadhanas like puja, others do notice you. One-pointed perseverance alone is essential in Self-enquiry and that is done purely inwardly, all the time. Your attention on the Self within alone is essential'".

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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One day, Bhagavan, while cooking in the kitchen, asked me to put some oil in a ladle. Some of the oil spilled out onto the floor. He massaged all that oil on my body and said, "Go have your bath"
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How blessed!!!

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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