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Kumbakonam Ramaswami Iyengar
« on: June 13, 2009, 02:09:29 PM »
Ramaswamy Iyengar of Kumbakonam came to Bhagavan
Ramana much earlier.  He was devoted to HIm from his youth.
Brahmachari, he used to wear only a codpiece.  But whenever
he came to Tiruvannamalai, he would wear a towel.  He thought
it was discourteous to be dressed like Bhagavan in His presence.
He had established a Ramanasramam in Kumbakonam and he
used to celebrate Bhagavan's birthday for ten days on a grand
scale.  The celebrations were marked by puja, poor feeding
and music concerts.  Kunju Swami once went for that celebrations.

He would never stand or sit near Bhagavan.  He would always
stand at a distance.  On arrival at the Asramam, he would prostrate from the entrance to the Hall and he would do the
same while leaving.  He would see Him on  His way to or from
the Hill.   Before Bhagavan returned from the Hill, he would
roll on the spots of the ground touched by His feet.  He would
dust the sheets of Bhagavan's sofa.

Ramaswamy Iyengar's devotion to Ramana was so intense,
that while singing Sri Ramana Stuti Panchakam [of Venkatrama
Iyer] or Akshara Mana Malai [from the word Ramanan appears
once, verse 90] he would skip the word.  Knowing his extreme
devotion devotees would not even utter the word Ramana in
his presence.  Once when a devotee inadvertently addressed
Bhagavan as 'Ramana', he slapped him nicely.  The devotee
also apologized and did not react badly.

On a full moon day, he arrived in the Asramam.  He became
uneasy and breathed his last around 4.30 am on the morning.
He was cremated and the ashes were taken to make a samadhi in Kumbakonam.

Once when he stayed in Palakottu, he purchased big earthenware pots and prepared three kinds of excellent
pickles and sent them to Asramam.  Bhagavan Ramana said:
"He is an Iyengar.  He is capable of doing everything very well.
He is very good."

(Source: From a special write up in Arunachala's Ramana.
Boundless Ocean of Grace. Volume 5.)

Arunachala Siva.