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Marakadamma and Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
« on: July 27, 2008, 11:33:28 AM »
Many many devotees have either tied to touch Bhagavan's feet or
tried to touch His body, to get grace and blessings.  Bhagavan normally
did not allow anyone to touch His feet and this rare privilege was
given only a few devotees.  He permitted prostrations, and He gave
initiation by look, Sakshu Diksha and many got only mano-diksha
or bhavana diksha, that is inititation by His 'thinking' or 'grace.'

But Marakdamma was a rare case.  She was a cook for many visitors
to Tiruvannamalai.  She prepared food and gave it to them for some
payments for her living.  Lakshmanaswami and other devotees had
this arrangment.  But when a devotee was an advanced soul, she
wanted to embrace them for getting their grace and blessings!
She tried with Lakshmanaswami on a few occasions.  More than
anything, she tried to embrace Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi and
on a few occasions she even succeeded!  She goes to Bhagavan's
hall, prostrates and suddenly feels restless and in order to suppress
her emotions, she goes out to the foothills and walks for a while
Again she comes back, prostrates and becomes restless and so on.
On a few occasions, she embraced Bhagavan.  After seeing this
on a couple of occasions, Bhagavan's attendants became furious and
guarded Bhagavan against her and even drove her out of the hall.
She was not caring a bit.

Arunachala Siva.