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Miracles Do Happen
« on: December 07, 2008, 11:18:50 AM »
Naryana Iyer, (later Sub Registrar Narayna Iyer) was working in a small
town called Chetput, about 30 miles from Tiruvannamalai.  He had a
poor opinion about sadhus and sannyasis right from the young age. Once
his friend Ramakrishna Iyer invited him to Tiruvannamalai for Kartikai
Deepam festival and also to see Bhagavan Ramana. Narayana Iyer
told that he would go with him, as a company, but would not be interested
either in the Deepam festival in the temple or in Bhagavan Ramana.  His
friend agreed and they travelled together.  When they came to Tiruvananamalai, Narayana Iyer said: Alright you go wherever you want.
I shall remain at your house in Tiruvannamalai.  So, both went to that
house, and Naryana found it overcrowded with people, who had come for
the festival from outside centres.  Ramakrishna Iyer said, that he could come to the Asram, where there was open space and he could relax.
Narayana Iyer agreed reulctantly, saying that he would definitely not
see or prostrate before Bhagavan Ramana.  They went to the Asram,and
in those days, it was only comprising of two thatched sheds and Mother's
Temple.  As soon as they went inside the Asram, the tall lean figure with
codpiece and kamandalu on his hands, came in front of them and welcomed them.  This was Bhagavan Ramana!    Narayana Iyer heard
Ramakrishna Iyer introducing, "this is Naryana Iyer'.  Narayana Iyer
raised his eyes and looked at Bhagavan Ramana.  His eyes met the
powerful fascinating gaze of Bhagavan Ramana, and he immediately
fell on the gravel and prostrated before Bhagavan Ramana!

He composed himself and stood up.  He felt that this man was greater
than Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, two mighty personalities,
he had met before.  Bhagavan Ramana asked them to stay for food and
take newly printed copies of Tamil, Sad Darsanam.  They finished food
and Naryana Iyer was looking through the first verse of Sad Darsanam.
The Tamil, Ulladu Narpadu, is really a tongue-twister, with the word,
"Ulladu", Sad, appearing in different meanings at least 11 times in that
verse!  In order to regain his punctured ego, Narayana Iyer murmured:
Why not he say something simple to teach his philosophy? What is the
use of such difficult composition?'  Immediately, the two heard an
attendant came running to them, saying that Bhagavan Ramana would
explain the verses of Ulladu Narpadu, that evening, after dinner! 
Ramakrishna Iyer looked at Narayana Iyer meanigfully with a smile!
They both stayed that night in the Asram, and listened to Bhagavan
Ramana's personal description and meaning of the first verse of
Ulladu Narpadu! 

The same Naryana Iyer became an ardent fan of the first verse of
Ulladu Narpadu in later years, that he was always chanting that
verse, throughout the day, even in the intervals between his work and
at home!  The same Narayana Iyer, after 25 years, was responsible for
the drafting of Bhagavan Ramana's  Will for the Asram, as a drafter
and registrar, as he was then working as Sub Registrar of Tiruvannamalai, Munsif Court! 

(Source: Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace. Volume 2.
Sri Ramansramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.