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Musings on Gandhi Jayanti 2008 (2nd October)
« on: October 02, 2008, 02:20:50 PM »
Mahatma Gandhi had come to Tiruvannamalai, at least twice
during his South India visits.  Gandhi is a Vaishnavite, but he
had an open mind on other thoughts, like Advaita.  Rajaji
was always accompanying him while on South Indian tour.
Once someone requested Gandhi to visit Bhagavan, and he
had no hesitation, but Rajaji, who was in charge of Gandhi's
various meetings in Tiruvannamalai somehow prevented him
from meeting Bhagavan, quoting paucity of time.  Rajaji was
a die hard dualist.  Further he had poor opinion on people who
did not take part in social reforms or freedom movement and
he held Bhagavan as somebody not doing 'such work!'  When
some devotees had presented Gandhi with a copy of Aksharamana
malai and Ulladu Narpadu, Gandhi in his typical style auctioned
them, and gave the money for Harijan Welfare!

When someone mentioned this to Bhagavan, He said, "They
have not time for all these." and kept quiet.  One devotee
quipped, "Rajaji was afraid because if Gandhi had come to
Bhagavan, he would have drawn his mind into the Self and
would not leave the Asram."  Bhagavan did not react.  But,
however, when Rajendra Prasad had come and after spending
a day or two, without speaking anything, asked Bhagavan," What
is the message to Gandhi", Bhagavan had replied:  What is there
to say?  The same power working here, is working there also!"

Later, the same Rajaji, after becoming Chief Minister of Madras,
came to Tiruvannamalai in 1952 to inaugurate the renovated Patala
Lingam Shrine where Bhagavan was staying in intense tapas.
There is a marble slab to announce this in Patala Lingam Shrine.
Rajaji also visited Asram and was thrilled by the sculpture of
Sri Dakshinamoorthy in Mother's Temple.  He asked for the name
of the sculptor and the same sculptor was fixed for building Gandhi
Manatapam in Madras, later.

Gandhi used to say in humour on the morning breakfast of idlis
in Sabarmati Ashram:  " O today, it is Ramansramam idlis!"
Sarojini Naidu is reported to have composed a poem on the
soft, tasty  Ramanasramam Idlis.

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Musings on Gandhi Jayanti 2008 (2nd October)
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2008, 02:49:46 PM »
Dear subramanian,
                        We are lucky that Gandhi has not visited Bhagawan,otherwise being vysva he would have auctioned Bhagawan also to raise the funds for
freedom movement.Hope you remember Narada tried to auction Lord Krishna, ufcourse for different purpose.In this context we must be
greatful to Rajaji also for discouraging Gandhi not to see Bhagawan.
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Re: Musings on Gandhi Jayanti 2008 (2nd October)
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2008, 03:05:22 PM »
Dear Raju, It is hilarious!  I was tempted to think further:

Who would have bought Bhagavan?  Is it Paul Brunton, or
Arthur Osborne? Or, the rich Maharani of Baroda, or the
Maharaja of Mysore or Cochin?   What price they would
have paid for this Priceless Brahman?

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Musings on Gandhi Jayanti 2008 (2nd October)
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2008, 03:14:24 PM »
Dear subramanian,
                        It is Mastan who is capable of buying Bhagawan by offering Koupina weaved by him devotionally.Bhagawan is auctionable to such people
only.When Narada put Lord Krishna to auction,Satyabhama put all her valuables but invain.Just a single Tulasi dal offered by Rukmini with devotion could win Lord Krishna.
Same is the case with Bhagawan.Kings of Mysore or cochin or maharani of Baroda have no capacity to buy Bhagawan.Bhagawan is Bhakta vallabha.
Devotion is the price for priceless Bhagawan i.e Brahman.
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Re: Musings on Gandhi Jayanti 2008 (2nd October)
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2008, 04:09:57 PM »
Dear Raju,  Very much true!  Only the humble and guileless
people, who have abhorred everything, all attractions of  this
transitory world can attain the Self.  Saint Manikkavachagar,in
Potri Tiu Ahaval, The Poem on Holy Praise of Siva, says:

I should escape all the miseries that I have in my mother's womb;
I should escape all the ills of childhood;
I should escape from the nice two closely formed breasts of women  between which even a needle cannot enter!
I should escape the mad elephant of desires;
I should escape the big ocean of sciptures;
I should escape the great misery of wealth;
I should escape poisonous snake of kith and kin;
I should escape the six crores of gods, who display maya;
I should melt like wax, towards you, WHO IS WITHIN ME.

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Musings on Gandhi Jayanti 2008 (2nd October)
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2008, 04:28:15 PM »
Dear subramanian,
                        If we escape from the false"I",then all escapes follow naturally in toto.
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