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Seeking the Self - 7
« on: April 17, 2009, 02:25:34 PM »
Mr. Weeraperuma continues...

Bhagavan Ramana regarded all animals as His companions.  Never
referring to any animal as "it", He respectfully called them by their
names, as though they were human beings. Like St. Francis of
Assisi who was attuned to all God's creatures, He had a good rapport with all animals.  Bhagavan Ramana was fond of animals and they
in turn were fond of Him.  He fed and caressed them.  The exquisitively carved statue of the cow Lakshmi at Sri Ramansramam is a constant reminder that all animals must not only be treated gently, but they like ourselves, are potentially capable of Self Realization.

Like a long extinct of gigantic proportions on a flat field the Arunachala mountain dominates the vast arid landscape of Tiruvannamalai.  The silhoutte is particularly striking at dawn and dusk.  This ancient mountain was so much part of and parcel of the life of Bhagavan Ramana.   No visit to Sri Ramanasramam would be complete without at least admiring the mysterious beauty of Arunachala.  One can of course, climb and reach its summit by walking along the stony footpaths.  The colour of Arunachala cannot correctly be described.  It is a rusty earth-brown sienna with hues of rosy pink.  Croggy old rocks of different shapes and sizes lie scattered on precipitous slopes.  Its present stark appearance is proabably the result of thousands of years of soil erosion.

The Virupakshi Cave is very small and fascinating.  Bhagavan Ramana lived here for about 16 years (1900-1916).  Evidently He did not suffer from claustrophobia.  In the extraordinary quietness of this cave, He composed some of His major works.  Celebraties like Ganapati Muni and F.H. Humphreys used to visit Bhagavan Ramana here.

Some find it difficult to understand the religious significance of Vibhuti (Holy Ashes).  Vibhuti represents the Ultimate in the sense that ashes cannot be reduced to anything else. A corpse that is cremated becomes a lump of ash.  Viewed in another way, Vibhuti is symbolic of the perishabilty of the human body which is in contradistinction to the imperishability of the Self.

Proabably the most endearing spot in the whole Asramam is the Old Hall.  In a corner of this rectangular room one can see the very couch that Bhagavan Ramana used. This piece of furniture and His photograph that is placed on it, are the cynasoure of all eyes.  Near this couch  is a small hanging oil lamp.  It is subtly symbolic of the Steady Light.  All visitors are expected to remain quiet here.  A strange stillness pervades the entire room.  Although Bhagavan Ramana's physical body can no longer been seen in the Old Hall, one can feel His living invisible Presence there.

(Source: As stated in Part I).


Arunachala Siva.