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Subramanian.R

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The Mystery Behind Somerset Maugham's Visit
« on: January 31, 2009, 12:30:53 PM »
Somerset Maugham, the English novelist , visited Sri Ramanasramam,
when Bhagavan Ramana was on the Hills near Mother's Samadhi.
It is reported that the novelist became tired and was almost swooning when he was directed to the room reserved for him.
Bhagavan Ramana visited him in the room and looked at him for about 15 minutes.  It is also said that Maugham got well and he came to the Hall to see Bhagavan Ramana later.

Bhagavan Ramana's looking at the novelist is interpreted as
Bhagavan Ramana gazing him to remove the tiredness and give him a taste of bliss.  Annamalai Swami says this in his book Sri Ramana
Ninvaiugal, Tamil. (Reminiscences).  Munagala Venktaramiah's
Talks also refer to this, vide Talks No. 550).

It is Major Chadwick who was present at the scene, gave the correct account in his A Sadhu's Reminiscences.  Maugham was only tired and out of infinite compassion, Bhagavan Ramana went to see him in his room and after some time he got well.  He did not even see Bhagavan Ramana inside the Old Hall.

Maugham made a big show out of his visit to the Asramam.  His novel, The Razor's Edge, is based on a hero interested in spiritual experiences, an American (a fictional mixture of many Western devotees who came to Bhagavan Ramana) and he visits one guru in Trivandrum (Tiruvannamalai) and the guru's name is Sri Ganesa,
(Bhagavan Ramana).  The novel became a big success and it was later filmed in Hollywood too and the movie too became a financial success.

All these detailed research findings have been made by David Godman and his article has been included in Volume 3 of Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace, Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Maugham is one rare variety who did not make use of his golden opportunity of visiting Bhagavan Ramana, to improve himself spiritually!

Very many come to Him,
Only some are called,
And only a few are chosen!

Arunachala Siva.         

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Re: The Mystery Behind Somerset Maugham's Visit
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2009, 07:04:19 PM »
I understand, the hero of the said novel is guru of  a person nick-named 'wanderling'. Wanderling himself has made some claims about his direct connections with Sri Ramana.
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Re: The Mystery Behind Somerset Maugham's Visit
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2009, 09:43:11 AM »
Dear soham 3,

Somerset Maugham calls the Guru Sri Ganesa.  The place of the setting was Tiruvananthapurm, in Kerala.  The American devotee
designed there is a mixture of Oliver Lacombe, Lorey, S.S. Cohen
and others, partly real and partly imaginary.

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