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Bhagavan Ramana and Mother Azhagamma
« on: September 23, 2008, 11:18:55 AM »
I thought I could write a post as to how many times Mother
Azhagamma had come to see Bhagavan Ramana, after the latter's
reaching Tiruvnnamalai.

1. Bhagavan reached Tiruvannamalai on 1.9.1896.  Everyone in
His family searched for Him. 
2. Finally after knowing that Bhagavan is in Tiruvannamalai,
Mother could go there only during Christmas holidays in December
1898.  Amma met Him there after 28 months!  Amma saw Him
in a tattered codpiece, with long finger nails and full of dirt in His
body.  Bhagavan did not speak to her first.  At the special request
of one Pachaiappa Pillai, to give some answer to His mother's
pleading, Bhagavan wrote in pencil on a piece of paper:

"Everything happens at the ordain of God, according to one's
prarabdha.  Whatever is ordained as to not to take place, will
not take place, however much one tries.  What is ordained to
take place, will happen even without any effort.  So it is good
to be silent."

Amma returned to her place with a heavy heart.

2. After 15 years, after Nagasami, (Bhagavan's elder brother)
getting a job and getting married and after the marriage of Naga
sundaram (Bhagavans' younger brother, who later joined Him),
and after facing unbearable poverty in the family due to which,
even the family house in Tiruchuzhi was sold out, (This Tiruchuzhi
house was later re-purchased by Sri Ramanasramam, and named
as Sundara Mandiram, afer  Bhagavan's father Sundaram Iyer's
name), Amma met Bhagavan in 1913 on her return from Kasi
pilgrimage.  This time, she was accompanied by Smt. Mangalam
wife of Nagasundaram).    They were allowed to stay in Virupakshi
Cave.  Amma asked Bhagavan that He should bless Smt. Mangalam
with a male child.  This child was born in 1914 and was named as
Venkatraman, Bhagavan's name. 

3.  The third trip was in the same year of 1913.  Amma met Bhagavan,
on her return from Tirupati pilgrimage.  This time, she stayed in
Echammal's house.  She fell seriously ill in Tiruvnnamalai, with
typhoid and pneumonia.  Bhagavan prayed to Annamalai to cure
her illness.  This is a prayer of 5 good Tamil poems.  This is the
only occasion, when Bhagavan requested for intervention of
Annamalai for a worldly need!  One more interesting about this,
is that Bhagavan called Annamalai, as Mother on this occasion only.
In all other poems Bhagavan calls Annamalai only as Father.
No need to say that Amma was cured and she left for home.

4. On the fourth and last occasion, Amma came to Tiruvannamalai,
in 1916.  She was permitted to stay in Virupaksha Cave, along with
Bhagavan, even though Bhagavan's devotees pleaded that she
might be allowed to stay only outside, in Echammal's or Mudaliar Patti's
house.  Bhagavan's decision was contrary!

More about Amma's probation period, later.

Arunachala Siva.         


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Re: Bhagavan Ramana and Mother Azhagamma
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2008, 11:31:16 AM »
How pure must be Azhagamma to give birth to a child like Bhagawan.How lucky she is to get salvation from her own son,who is none other than
Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Bhagavan Ramana and Mother Azhagamma
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2008, 04:13:33 PM »
Dear Raju, Yes. Sankara gave his mother Aryamba, (which means
same as Azhagamma in Tamil!) Vishnu pada, by travelling skyward
to Kaladi, in Kerala.  But Bhagavan is a Sthanu, unmoving, so
He made Azhagamma to come His place.  Azhagamma suffered
a lot in Tiruchuzhi, Manamadurai and in Tiruvnnamalai.  But the
prize was worth the suffering.  And that is why She is majestically
seated in Mathrubhutesvara Temple, alongside her son, the son
of Siva, matchless after Sankara.

Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni composed a Aryamba Shatkam after
Mother's liberation.  It is something like Matruka Panchakam of

Arunachala Siva.