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Swami Suresananda - 1
« on: May 07, 2009, 04:11:12 PM »
Swami Suresanandaji was a devtee who entirely surrendered to
Bhagavan Ramana.  He worked for the propagation of Bhagavan's
teachings through an ashram which he founded -- the Vijnana
Ramaneeya Ashram, in Palakkad, Kerala.

His name was Damodaran Nair.  He was born to a respected Nair
family in Ramaserry, a village east of Palakkad town.  He was a
talented youngster and in time, he took his law degree from Madras
and began to practise at the Palakkad bar.

During this period in 1930s, he had been attracted to the freedom
struggle and held the office of secretary to the local unit of the Indian
National Congress.  He took an active part in the social and cultural
life of Palakkad.   He played a leading role in organizing seminars and literary conventions by inviting the luminaries of the Malayalam literary circle.  Thus he came to be associated with the great poets of
Malayalam, -- Vallathol Narayana Menon and P. Kunhiraman Nair.
He was himself a poet.

Then, suddenly a change took place in his life.  He had a vision of Mother Goddess in a dream.  He began to lead a life of devotion.
He then concentrated his attention on spiritual matters and read
Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda.  He then set out for a pligrimage to various ashrams and sannyasis.

In Anandashramam, Kanhangad, he received the advice to visit Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.  Once he met Bhagavan Ramana, he
surrendered himself totally at the Maharshi's feet.  His spiritual thirst was at last quenched in the holy presence of Bhagavan.  He was
convinced that Bhagavan was the guru he had been searching for.

He describes the happening in July 1947.  "It was indescribable."
He had prostrated before Bhagavan in the Old Hall and then sat
in a corner.  He was absorbed in Samadhi for two hours.  He lost
all outward consciousness.  As he opened his eyes, Bhagavan Ramana was answering another devotee's query.  The word "intense dispassion" that emanated from His lips struck to his mind. He took it as Bhagavan's upadesa for him and came out of the Hall, composing some lines of poetry about the wonderful experience he had in Bhagavan's presence.  He longed to spend the rest of his life at the
holy feet of  Bhagavan!

(Source: Mountain Path, July-Sept. 2008)

Arunachala Siva.