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Written in Light - 4
« on: April 18, 2009, 11:03:00 AM »
Dev Gogoi continues.....

We owe a great debt of gratitude to Dr. T.N. Krishanaswami, the
then official photographer of the Asramam, who expressed his
devotion to the Sage in this way and to his heirs who freely donated
their father's negatives to the Asramam.  "Owing to my busy life
in Madras", he wrote in 1967, "I could usually spend only a day or
a part of the day in Tiruvannamalai when I went there.  I always
took my camera with me and I used to spend the whole time with
the Maharshi and take as many photos of Him as I could. I was
afraid He would get annoyed at my persistence, but He never did.
I have photographed Him walking, sitting, eating, wiping His feet.
I have caught Him smiling and laughing, speaking and silent, and
also in samadhi.  Once He was going up the Hill when it started to
rain and He was offered a home-made palm-leaf umbrella and I
snapped Him using it.  I took another picture of Him using an
ordinary umbrella and smiling broadly as He did so."

[ Most of Dr. T.N.K's photographs can be seen in the 8 volume book
Arunachala's Ramana.  Boundless Ocean of Grace. ]

"Sometimes I used to wonder if it was not ridiculous of me to pay
so much attention to photography when His teaching was that --
"I am not the body".  Was I not chasing the shadow and even trying
to perpetuate it?  At the same time, I paid very little attetention to His teaching.  I was attracted only by the beauty and grace of His presence. It gave me immense pleasure to take pictures of Him.
He was more important for me than His teaching."

"Later when He was no longer bodily with us, I turned to His teaching and then I found that the Grace of His Presence had prepared me
for it.  I had been attracted to Him as a child to its mother, without
knowing why and I had derived sustenance from His a chld does from its mother.  I was glad afterwards that I had enjoyed His Presence
so fully when He was bodily with us.  His teaching pulsated with life.
I began to understand it and it mixed with my being and became my own."

Mr. P.R.S. Mani also photographed Bhagavan Ramana. One particular portrait by him became very popular in its time.  It was referred to as the "MANI BUST" It is tight head shot.  Bhagavan Ramana's hair is not yet four weeks long and He is smiling.  A handsome face. It is the eyes which are arresting, jet black and fathomless, like a whirlpools
pulling one into the Self.

(Source: As stated in Part I)

Arunachala Siva.