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Preparation of Modhakam, in Asram
« on: November 04, 2008, 02:22:39 PM »
Once on a morning, kitchen assistants were busy preparing Modhakam
in the Asram for some festivals.  The Modhakams are prepared by
making first a mixture of  descicated coconut, jaggery and cardomom
(Poornam) and then placing the mixture in the baked rice flour thick gravy, made into small cups.  This is then baked again in steam.

There were a few keeping the Poornam, and others were making
the rice flour cups.  The Poornam is then placed inside the cups
and the cups are then closed.  Someone in the group said, I want
a little more Poornam.  Someone else said, I have got more Poornam,
please take it.  I do not have Poornam, give me some more.  The
conversation was observed by Bhagavan Ramana and said:  "You
are telling Poornam, Poornam...  There is always mention about
Poornam.  That which is Poornam, gives out Poornam, takes back Poornam and at the end only Poornam remains!"  This is what is told
in Shanti Patam of Isvasya Upanishad.

He, then recited the famous sloka,

Om Poornamadha, Poornamidham, Poornath, Poornamudhachyate,
Poornachya, Poornamadhaya,  Poornamevava Vashishyate....

(Source: Ninavil Nirainthavai, Tamil, Smt. T.R. Kanakammal,
Sri Ramansasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.