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The White Peacock
« on: January 21, 2009, 01:03:56 PM »
The White Peacock had been brought from such a great distance
as Baroda. It was born in October 1946, three months after the
death of Madhavaswami, (July 1946) and borught to Madras in
April 1947 by the Maharani of Baroda to Sri Ramansaramam, on the same day by Mr. David McIver.

Bhagavan then watched the peacock's movements.  It used to go to the cupboard, where books were kept and touched the glass door with its beak in a straight line from east to west, as if scanning the
books!  Secondly, it used to appear in the Hall and quit it at the
very hours when Madhavaswami used to come and go.  Thirdly, it
used to sit in the very places where Madhavaswami used to sit and
like him, used to visit the office, bookshop, library etc., also at the
hours he used to visit these places. Its habits used to be copy of
Madhava's.  Hence the conclusion of several devotees that he was
Madhavaswami re-incarnated.

(Source: Residual Reminiscences by S.S. Cohen. Sri Ramanasramam,

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: The White Peacock
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2010, 02:52:52 PM »
Suri Nagamma recalls incidents related to madhava swami and few people belief that hite peacock was the reincarnation of Madhavaswami is as follows.


One noon Sri Subbalakshamamma observed that the white peacock who was being so much fondled by Sri Bhagavan might be Madhavaswami, the late attendant of Sri Bhagavan. A little later as I entered the Hall, Sri Bhagavan said that some people believe that the white peacock was the reincarnation of Madhavaswami; and ever afterwards Sri Bhagavan used to address him as ‘Madhava’.

On June 20, 1947, I composed eight Telugu verses on the white peacock in Mayura Vrittam (peacock-metre) and presented them to Sri Bhagavan in the Jubilee pandal. He appeared greatly pleased with them and handing them to Srimati Lalita Venkataraman, he suggested that she might sing them with her veena . Within half and hour she brought her veena and got ready to sing. Just then the white peacock was absent. Sri Bhagavan said, “But the hero must be present to hear his praises sung! Where are you, Madhava? Come.” Lo! At once the white peacock jumped down from the roof of the pandal; and while Lalita Venkatraman sang, he spread out his tail feather and danced as Sri Bhagavan sat and watched him with beaming eyes. When the singing concluded, the peacock walked to the veena and pecked at its strings with his beak.Thereupon Sri Bhagavan told the singer, “Madhava wants you to repeat the song.” So she sang once more and the peacock danced again. It was a sight for the gods to see.

-- Letters from Sri Ramanasramam,by Suri Nagamma