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Details and consistency
« on: April 05, 2009, 05:50:56 PM »
Mr. Devaraja Mudaliar was a lawyer by profession.  He had a highly
developed legal mind which railed against inconsistency in any form and he liked to have every details accounted for!

When Tamil poets such as Manikkavachagar and Tiru Jnana Sambandhar alluded their renunciation in verse, they would write:
"I gave up my spirit, my body and my personal professions."
[Andre enathu aaviyum, udalum, udamai ellaamum.... said Manikkvachagar.]  But Bhagavan Ramana in one of His verses, [Arunachala Navamani Malai verse 7] does not include "personal
possessions" among the lits of items which He renounced.  Devaraja Mudaliar took Him to task on this point, wanting to know whey Bhagavan did not mention giving up His personal belongings.

Bhagavan Ramana replied: "I did not have any belongings.  How
can I give up which I do not have?"  But Devaraja Mudaliar was not satisfied.  "So, you Bhagavan, you mean Manikkavachagar and
Tiru Jnana Sambandhar had possessions?"

Bhagavan:  "I don't know about them.  But I didn't have any, so
I didn't write it that way!"

(Source: Reminiscences. Smt. T.R. Kanakammal.)

Arunachala Siva.