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The background stories of Sri Ramana Gita
« on: November 18, 2008, 12:08:59 PM »
Sri Ramana Gita was composed by Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri,
in 1916-17, from out of the questions asked by himself, his wife,
his disciples to Bhagavan Ramana and Bhagavan's replies to them.
This comprises of 300 verses in 18 chapters.  The eighteenth chapter
contains two important mantras, which are common to Skanda and
Bhagavan Ramana.  This is apart from Om Namo Bhagavate Sri
Ramanaya Namah.  There are a few stories related to Sri Ramana

1. Daivarata one of the questioners and disciple of Sastri, had
already had a talk with Bhagavan Ramana on various spiritual aspects,
and these have been separately given as Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi,
(this is not Talks of Munagala Venkatramiah).  This brief work is
available in another book of Sri Ramansramam.  But Daivarata
repeated his questions in the presence of Sastri and the replies
of Bhagavan Ramana have been incorporated in Sri Ramana Gita.

2. One Vaidharba, an aged discple of Sastri has also asked some
questions to Bhagavan Ramana and these have been incorporated
in Chapter 14 and 14 of SRG.  This gentleman's name is
Chirukual Venkatesvara Sastri.  After some years, he took sannyasa
before his death, sat in Padmasana, contemplated on Bhagavan Ramana
in Raja Yoga methods and got merged into the Self.  Bhagavan Ramana
has confirmed that Ventkatesvara Sastri, through Raja yoga, had
attained self realization.

3. Once when Kavyakanta was explaining Sri Ramana Gita, in the
Asram, he said many slakas, extempore, additionally.  When the
devotees asked him that these were not in SRG, Sastri replied cooly:
These are all going to be in Sri Maha Ramana Gita, a very large
compositon, that would be done by me!  The devotees were flabbergasted. Unfortuantely, this Maha Ramana Gita could not be
composed by Sastri before his death.  If that had been done, it would
be more than Yoga Vasisha Sara of 32000 verses, because Sastri
was capable of such feats.

4.  The two mantras given in Chapter XIII are:
    Om Vachat Bhuve namah - Prostration to the Effulgence!
    Om Saravana Bhavaya namah - Prostration to the god who
      appeared in Saravana Pond, as six children!

5.  Kapali Sastri who made a Sanskrit commentary to SRGa and got
it read and approved in the presence of Bhagavan Ramana had
written a bhashya for these mantras.

6. There is one sloka which starts as Nilaravinde......  Bhagavan
Ramana Himself had told Kapali Sastri, that this could be a
Dhayana Sloka for the entire SRG.  Kapali Sastri agreed.  Earlier
Kavyakanta had said:  "This Sloka alone would do for meditating
on the Heart, the Self, Bhagavan Ramana!

This Verse 13 in Chapter XIII can be translated as under:

In showering Grace, he is like the moon, the friend of the blue
water lily.  In the same way, in lustre, He is like the sun, the
kinsman of the lotus.  In Brahmic state, He reminds of his father
Sri Dakshinamoorthy, abding under the banyan tree.  He is also,
the immobile (Skanda), brother of mine, (that is Ganapati).

(Source:  Sri Ramana Gita Bhashyam, Kapali Sastri, English translation,
S. Sankaranarayanan, Sri Ramansramam, Tiruvannamalai.  Arunachala's
Ramana, the Boundless Ocean of Grace, Volume 1.  Sri Ramansramam,

Arunachala Siva.