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Ramana Chatvarimsat by Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni
« on: June 23, 2008, 12:56:08 PM »
On 18.11.1907, Kavyakantha, after having darshan of Bhagavan,
in Virupaksha Cave, composed 5 verses in Sanskrit, lauding Maharshi.
These poems have been lost.  Later, from January to March 1908, he
composed the famous Ramana Ashtakam (8 verses) beginning with
'yanayatra', in Pachiamman Temple.  Later, when the Bhagavan was staying in Skandasramam , the Muni composed ten verses, starting 'Kathaya Nijaya'.   Thus, the Muni composed 18 verses. Of these, 
10  verses that were composed when Bhagavan was staying in Skandasramam constituted the first chapter.  He  added three more composed on Bhagavan to the 8 verses already completed in Pachiamman Temple, and these 11 verses were classified as  second chapter. He also added an 'upasmahara sloka' (concluding verse) starting 'Ganapati, son of Narasima...'.  The total became 21 + 1.. Besides, the Muni composed 3 different verses when Bhagavan was in Skandasramam.  He completed one more verse on the Jayanti Day of Bhagavan on 3.1.1923.  This was Bhagavan's 44th Jayanthi Day and the first one to be celebrated at the present Ashram.  So in all there were 25 verses.  The Muni left for Sirsi in March 1929. From Sirsi, the Muni was writing letters to Bhagavan from 10th March 1931 for some months and he sent some verses.  Thus the Muni had planned a total composition of 100 verses, in 10 decads.  He did not compose these on a regular continuous fashion but wanted to edit them under suitable chapters.  But he could compose only 15 verses, like these, before his demise on 25.7.1936.  Thus only, 40 verses were available on the intended 100 verses.  When Bhagavan knew the Muni's intention to compose 100 verses, he wrote  them in a notebook.  After the Muni's demise,  Bhagavan edited them into a 40 verse composition, with a
'changed concluding verse', to indicate the forty verses, even though the Muni had composed earlier,  a concluding verse to indicate the 100 verses.  When Bhagavan later came to know that the Muni had composed a poem as invocation in May 1928, for his Sanskrit versification of Aurobindo's Mother, (which was not completed), He took that verse, as an invocation for the 40 verse poem, as an invocation.  The invocation starts as: "Vande Sri Ramana Risheh..".  This is the background history of
Ramana Chatvarimsat.  Bhagavan's handwritten copy and the re-
arrangement He had made on the verses sent by the Muni are
available with Ramansramam.  Arunachala Siva.