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Subramanian.R

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Desur Akhilanadamma
« on: January 31, 2009, 10:01:15 AM »
Desur Akhilandamma or Desuramma, was from a smaller place near
Tiruvannamalai.  She was married at the age of five and became a widow at the age of seven!  However, she transcended her tragic personal life into a spiritual journey.  She met Bhagavan Ramana at
the Hills in 1903.  She first took some milk, fearing that Brahmana Swami might not take any food from a non-brahmin.  She found to her pleasant surprise that He was beyond religion, caste and creed.

Infact, when she once took food and milk to Skandasramam, Mother Azhagamma hesitated to take it.  Bhagavan took the food without hesitation and thus gave a 'lesson' to His Mother too.  Like that He chastised Mother for asking greens from Akhilandamma and said that if she wanted such things from others, she could go back as well to Madurai.

Akhilandamma is the one who gave the last food to Pazhani Swami.
After taking rice and hot rasam, Pazhani Swami, did not eat anything and he passed away.

Akhilandamma established the first Ramanasramam, outside Tiruvannamalai.  She called it Sri Ramananda Matalayam in Desur and Bhagavan Ramana approved the blue print for her.  Akhilandamma is also remembered for bringing Mastan Swami to Ramana fold.

Whenever some inmates of Asramam had sickenss, Bhagavan Ramana used to send them to Desur Akhilandamma, for good feeding, rest and recuperation.  Kunju Swami had spent some time in Desur under the care of Akhilandamma. 

Akhilandamma has also served food to  Sri Seshadri Swami and also Vittoba of Polur. 

Born in 1871, she lived upto 90 years.  When she asked Bhagavan
Ramana's Upadesa on a full moon day, Bhagavan told her:  What upadesa?  You do not leave yourself.  Though Akhilandamma did not understand it, the Truth got revealed to her in due course.

Arunachala Siva.   
       

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Re: Desur Akhilanadamma
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2009, 10:11:51 AM »
Pranam,
Dear Subramanian R.,
I would like to know who was Vittoba of Polur. Is his life mentioned in any of the English Ashram Publications.


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Re: Desur Akhilanadamma
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2009, 10:32:14 AM »
Dear Disciple,

Vittoba is from North India and after visiting various pilgrim centres in India, he settled down in Polur, near Tiruvannamalai.  He knew only Hindi and he was talking to others in Hindi, which people understood, somehow.  People in and around Tiruvannamalai and Polur knew his greatness and were feeding him whenever there was
an opportunity.  He behaved like a normal person and had no eccentricities like Seshadri Swami.  He was constantly in Samadhi.
Once when he was meditating on a river bed, flash floods came suddenly and he was drowned. After several days, when the floods dried up, he was found sitting in the same place, still in samadhi without any injury.  When Vittoba got liberated, Seshadri Swami looked at the sky and then exclaimed:  "Look! Vittoba is going to Heavens!"

Some information about Vittoba Swami is available in the Tamil book Sri Arunachala Mahimai, by Bharanidharan.  I have not seen his story in any publications of Sri Ramanasramam.

Arunachala Siva.