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Subramanian.R

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Bhagavan Ramana and Sankara
« on: June 08, 2008, 04:43:47 PM »
When I read Sri Ramana Ashotra (Hymn of 108 names of Bhagavan
by Viswanatha Swami, describing Bhagavan's life), daily in the morning,
I am not but able to compare  Bhagavan Ramana with Sankara.  Sankara
lost his father, when he was barely six years old and Bhagavan's father
also passed away, when the boy was about twelve.  When Sankara
went for begging his food, he was offered a gooseberry fruit by a
poor old day and Sankara sang the famous Kanakadhara Stotram, when
golden gooseberries rained on her home.  When Bhagavan went for alms,
one gentleman who was playing cards on the portal of his house, offered
food and he was later given the famous upadesa called Vichara Sangraham.  He is none other than Gambiram Seshayyar.  Sankara
went skyward to Kaladi, his village in Kerala, and  gave his mother
salvation.  But Ramana is Unmoving, Arunachala, and so, He made
His mother come to her.  The poor lady came not once but 4 times. On
the fourth occasion, He made her to stay with her on probation.  He
first removed all her false prides of caste, creed and achara.  He then
removed her knots of karma and bestowed her salvation, with
the merger of "I" with the Absolute.  Again, as in the case of Jnana
Sambandha, who got milk from the Goddess Uma, on the banks of a
tank in Sirkali, Bhagavan was given the milk of Goddess Unnamulai
in Tiruvannamalai temple, by the priest, when Bhagavan was
staying in the temple precincts.   Arunachala Siva.