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« on: April 24, 2009, 01:09:51 PM »
The life of Mahalakshmi Amma is a heart-renting story.  This is
written by Smt. T.R. Kanakammal, in Mountain Path issue of July
-September 2008. Mahalakshmi Amma's story is one where miracles
did not happen and did happen in a way.  It is very difficult to abridge
this long story but I have done this with some difficulty.

From all the corners of the world countless devotees come to Arunachala seeking wisdom.  The web of Bhagavan's grace, which
abides in the form of the timeless Hill, beckons all who are open to its
influence.  Among the many that come are mature souls faces are aglow with the benefit of tapas, while there are others who seem ordinary, but who have discovered the pearl of great wisdom and heed
the call of Arunachala.

Mahalakshmi Amma belonged to this group of seekers. She was the wife of Gangaraju Mallikarjuna Rao, from Vijayawada region.  They
were Telugu Brahmins. Mr. Rao chanced to see a photo of Bhagavan
belonging to his friend, Balagopala Rao, a long time devotee from
who was living at Palakottu.  Mallikarjuna Rao had a darshan of Bhagavan Ramana in 1931.  Bhagavan Ramana became his Sadguru
instantaneously.  For Mahalakshmi, her mother was the guru.  It was a good fortune for Rao that he married Mahalakshmi.  Her first darshan of Bhagavan in 1933 was a deeply rewarding experience for her.  Both became bhaktas of Bhagavan and visited the Asramam frequently, never missing Mahapuja and Jayanti celebrations. Bhagavan became their family deity and they performed pujas daily with offerings of various kinds, as well as regular recitation of Bhagavan's works.  Mahalakshmi Amma used to stay in the house of
Alamelu Athai after 6 p.m.  Once on a Sri Rama Navami day, Mahalakshmi prepared panakam, neer mor and vadai paruppu and
after offering to Sri Rama and Bhagavan's pictures at the house, rushed to the Asaramam, with bucketfuls of these items around 4 a.m!  As she was not conscious of the time, the attendants told her to go back.  Bhagavan Ramana who suddenly happened to see her, looked at her with compassion and exclaimed:  "Look!  Lord Ramachandra has come to the Asramam so early.  Come and distribute the prasad to everyone!"

This was one of the incidents to bring to light the extraordinary purity of her devotion, which was rewarded by Bhagavan Ramana.  On another day, Mahalakshmi Amma had a dream where Bhagavan
was asking her to prepare some mysorepak for Him!  The next morning, Mahalakshmi Amma euphorically prepared mysorepak, offered it to Bhagavan's picture in the house, and took it to the Asramam.  Before that the couple decided to make a fullfledged
bhiksha also to Bhagavan Ramana and His devotees in the Asramam.  During lunch, Bhagavan and others were served by Mahalakshmi Amma herself. Bhagavan Ramana, after taking the mysorepak asked: "Will another piece be available to everyone?"  Mahalakshmi Amma who was in seventh heaven replied: "Why not Bhagavan! Dhandikaundi!"  (It is available in plenty).  Bhagavan Ramana who never asked for a second helping made an exception in her case, due to her pure devotion!

(Source: Smt. T.R. Kanakammal's article in Mountain Path, as indicated above.)

Arunachala Siva.