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« on: January 03, 2009, 10:50:06 AM »
Ganapati Sastri came to Tiruvannamalai and was doing tapas in the
temple of Niruthi Lingam, on the route of circumambulation of Annamalai.
This was the time of Maha Deepa in Tiruvannamalai.  On 17th November
1907, the car procession had been arranged in Tiruvannamalai and the
people pulled the car with great enthusiasm.  When the car reached the
North eastern corner of the temple, it got struck and the car did not
move that evening onwards.  The people became said and left for home,
planning to come next morning.  That mid night, Ganapati Sastri,
while meditating had a call in the trance, wherein the priest of
Arunachaleswara Temple called him to come near the temple car and
see it once, to make it move again!  Ganapati Sastri rushed next morning
and stood before the car.  The car started moving, with a simple effort
by the people.  That afternoon, on 18th November 1907, Ganapati Sastri
remembered Bhagavan Ramana, Brahmana Swami and rushed to Him.
In Virupakshi Cave, he held Bhagavan's right leg with his right hand
and left leg with his left hand and prostrated.  Bhagavan Ramana saw
him intently for a few minutes.  Sastri told Him:  I have made a lot of
japa and penance so far.  But there is no peace in my mind. I have therefore surrendered to you.  Bhagavan Ramana told him: Please observe
wherefrom, the I, I, starts.  If you see its Source, your mind gets quelled
at that Source.  When you chant a mantra, please see the Source of
mantra dhvani, the sound of mantra.  The Source of this dhvani, is the
purport of all penance!  After hearing these divine words on 18th Noveember 1907, Sastri became immensely happy and peaceful.  He
prostrated before Bhagavan Ramana and asked Him for a place to do
the japa.  Bhagavan Ramana pointed out the Cave and he went inside.
When Pazhaniswami came after some time, Sastri, knew the name of
Bhagavan.  When told Venkatraman, he with great love called Him:
Ramana!  Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi!  He immediately composed 5
Sanskrit Slokas on Bhagavan Ramana.

Sastri started composing Uma Sahasram, on 26th November 1907.
After completing 700 verses, he could not proceed further.  Bhagavan
Ramana inspired him to complete the 300 remaining verses, in Mango
Tree Cave. (In some books, the place is mentioned as Pachaiamman
Kovil).  The work was read out to the devotees/scholars in Pachaiamman
Kovil.  When Sastri commenced with a Prayer to start the work, he
found a great light coming from sky, became six stars and touched
Bhagavan Ramana's head and disappeared.  He immediately understood
that Bhagavan Ramana was an avatara of Skanda.  He immediately
composed 8 verses on Bhagavan Ramana, submitted them to Bhagavan
Ramana and then started reading Uma Sahasram!

Sastri always called himself as Ganapati and called Bhagavan Ramana
as Skanda.  This is also mentioned in Sri Ramana Gita. Sastri is elder
to Bhagavan Ramana, by about 3 years.

(Source: Kavyakanta Ganapati Munivar. Tamil biography. Sri Kripanandan. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.