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Pall bearers' story
« on: September 17, 2009, 02:56:10 PM »
Once there were two pall bearers in Tiruvannamalai.  They had
just then lifted a dead body and left it in the cremation ground.
While returning, they became terribly hungry.  Where to eat?
They should first take bath and then only eat something at home.
But it was summer and there was no water readily available in
the town.  They thought that they would go to the Asramam and
eat some food.  But what about the body-impurity?  What would
Swami think?  They decided to tell Bhagavan Ramana and then eat.  They came to the Old Hall, stood at the entrance.  Bhagavan
Ramana who knew everything came out and asked: What do you
want?  They politely said:  Swami, we are just now returning from the cremation ground, after leaving a dead body there.  There is no water to take bath.  But we are terribly hungry.  Can we eat in the

Bhagavan Ramana replied with abundant grace: "No problem. You can go and eat.  What if you had touched a dead body and come
back?  We are all walking with dead bodies.  There is no impurity.  Go first and eat!"

Bhagavan Ramana sings in Sri Arunachala Akshramanamalai,
Verse 28:

Let me, Thy prey, surrender unto Thee and be consumed, and
so have peace, Oh Arunachala!


I came to feed on Thee, but Thou hast fed on me.  Now there
is peace, Oh Arunachala!

                   - Eng. Tr.  Arthur Osborne.

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Pall bearers' story
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2009, 12:03:11 PM »
Dear srkudai,

We are walking dead bodies.  Siva chose the cremation ground,
because the wallking dead bodies end up there, the 'last resort'.
Now, how to realize the Self, with this body which is not permanent?  Surrender, paripurana-sarangati is the only way!
Then no power on earth can shake us.  Even gods cannot shake

Saint Manikkavachagar sings in Setthila-Pathu, Decad on Not-yet
Dying, Verse 5:

I shall break all the rules of the Attu Devar*
O Lord, I shall ever remain in the Grace of You!
O the One Substance, who is difficult to find even by Nattu Devar**
O Kattu Deva*** your anklet-wearing feet!
And destroys this Maya of body.
O Lord of the gods of Chettai Devars****
O Siva, the Lord of Tiruperundurai!

*Attu Devar - means the three gods of Brahma, Vishnu, and Rudra,
who rocks us (attu-to rock).
** Nattu Devar - the gods of this earth, the brahmins.
*** Kattu Deva  - this is used for alliteration, it means only
Please how me god - (kattu-please show).
**** Chettai Devars -  the small gods like Ayyanar, Madurai
Veeran, Mariamma, Kaliamma etc., which we see in villages.
These, as per rustic faiths,  cause small-pox, fever, sudden fires in the villages etc.,  (Chettai - Seshtai in Sanskrit - mischief.  Bhagavan Ramana used this word Chettai in His conversations.)

Bhagavan Ramana often uses the phrase, madness or ghost-
afflicted, in His verses, to denote this state of being a dead
body without Atma Jnana.

Bhagavan Ramana says in Sri Arunachala Aksharamanamalai:

Verse 66:-

With madness for Thee, Thou hast freed me of madness
(for the world), grant me the cure of all madness, Oh! Arunachala!

Verse 71:-

Thou hast possessed me, un-exorcisable Spirit, and made mad
(for Thee), that I may cease to be a ghost (wandering the world),
Oh! Arunachala!

Arunachala Siva.