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Subramanian.R

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Writing in Light - 6
« on: April 18, 2009, 11:37:53 AM »
There are other albums.  One of them was presented to Bhagavan
by Dr. Mees, the Dutch scholar of comparative religion.  The dedication reads: " To Sri Ramana Maharshi, in Silence offered, as the only fit expression of love and Oneness, by Gualtheurs Hedrik Mees,
or rather "Sastri".

It is dated Janaury 28th 1936, and beautifully handwritten on
white and dark brown inside cover of the album.  It measures
19 cm X 27 cm, containing four slip-in snapshots per page, mostly
2 1/4" X 3 1/4" in size. There are 25 pages, a fascinating treasure
trove of visual delights.  Some of the pictures are familiar, others quite uncommon, of Bhagavan, His devotees, the Asramam, the
Mountain, the Big Temple, and other shrines around Tiruvannamalai.  It is a fair guess that a good numbers, if not most, of these picturess were photographed by Dr. Mees himself.

Bhagavan is superbly portrayed.  Some of the studies are quite striking and the group photographs have a friendly, informal feel.  There is avery sweet shot, of Cow Lakshmi with her calf, a sqirrel
perched atop Bhagavan Ramana's upraised left hand, a well-lit
interior view of Mother's Shrine, walls covered with framed pictures,
a windblown, young looking Major Chadwick standing high on the slopes of Arunachala with two other devotees, Paul Brunton (Raphael Hurst) dapper in trimmed moustache, bow-tie, white belt, and matching shoes!   The Big Temple rising in solitary splendour from a wide plain, a scattering of houses clustered around it.  Sri Ramanasramam Book Depot, while it was still a thatched shed. The caparisoned temple elephant ambling thorugh the streets of Tiruvannamalai on a festival day.  And so on!

(Source:  As stated in Part I.  An aricle by Deve Gogoi.)

Arunachala Siva.