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Pradakshina of the Old Hall
« on: June 16, 2009, 02:38:03 PM »
About 8 am on 15th April 1946, Suri Nagamma came in to the
Hall and prostrated before Bhagavan Ramana, after having
round the Hall a few times.  Bhagavan said: "Ah! You too have
started going round.  Have you learnt it from Revanamma?
She used to go round and round till I spoke to her about it
the other day.  If one goes round like that everybody who
comes here thinks: 'Apparently the proper thing here is to
round and starts going round.  Thus all people go round.
After all, the proper Pradakshina is going round the Self, or,
more accurately, to realize that we are the Self and that
within us all the countless spheres revolve, going round and
round, as described in the stanza of Ribhu Gita, Chapter III,
39th Verse."

An English translation of this stanza is as follows:-

Reflecting, "I am all the blissful Self"
Is worship as with words and flowers,
True circumambulation is the thought,
"In me the million universes roll,"
He who knows all being bow to him
And he to none
He bows before the Mahalinga Self.

Bhagavan continued:
"Some go on doing a number of namaskarams e.g. this
Janaki; she goes on striking her head down countless times
along with namaskarams.  She goes round a number of times.
As each window she falls down and does a number of namaskarams.  However much I tell her, she won't leave
off such practices."

Somebody here interjected, "It seems she has been known
to Bhagavan since her childhood."  Bhagavan said: "Yes, yes,"
and continued, "There are others who come and fall before
me, while I am moving.  They lie prostrate for some minutes,
I cannot stand for them on account of my physical infirmity.
So, I walk telling myself, "Only if we do namaskarams we will
be benefited.  After all, true namaskram is only giving up
the 'I-sense' or killing the ego."

(Source: Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace,
Volume 5. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.