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Subramanian.R

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Seshadri Swamigal
« on: November 11, 2009, 09:58:40 AM »
Seshadri Swami came to Tiruvannamalai, a few years before
Bhagavan Ramana's arrival.  He is from Kanchipuram, a deep
mantra sadhak, always praying and chanting Devi mantras.
It is he who made arrangements to pull out the young Ramana,
from the depths of Patalalingam Shrine in Tiruvannamalai.

Seshadri Swami and Bhagavan Ramana have met each other
a few times in the Hill.  Seshadri Swami used to pray to
the Arunachala Hill, several times and then take leave of
Bhagavan Ramana saying:  "I do not know what is in this
mind?" thus expressing astonishment about Bhagavan's
thoughtless state.

Seshadri Swami attained Maha Nirvana on 14th January 1929.
A few days before, considering Swami's failing health, a devotee
Veerappa Chettiar had consulted Bhagavan Ramana for constructing a Samadhi for his body.  Bhagavan Ramana consulted Tirumandiram and told him the details. 

Bhagavan Ramana also attended the Samadhi ceremonies staying
in that place for 6 hours on the day of interring the body and
erecting a Lingam on the Samadhi stone.  Kunju Swami also
attended the function.

Bhagavan Ramana used to say that there was no one like Seshadri
who had totally vanquished Maya in his life.  He has also said
that there are three madcaps in Tiruvannamalai.  The first
is Arunachaleswara Himself, the poor fellow who lent half his
body to his wife!  The second is Seshadri Swami and the third
is Himself.

Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: Seshadri Swamigal
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2009, 02:16:56 PM »
Dear srkudai,

Yes. Seshadri Swami was a great Sakta well-endowed in mantra
sastra.  He helped many devotees to come to Bhagavan Ramana.
His apparent eccentricity was only to ward off the unwanted crowds
around him.  He ate cold, old food and threw the rice in all directions.  He never took anything that is offered in full.  Once
Bhagavan Ramana chided him:  'Don't throw the rice like this."

There is one Kuzhumani Narayana Sastrigal who has written
a biography of Seshadri Swamigal.  Whenever I visit Tiruvannmalai,
I used to spend time in his Samadhi too.  It is a smaller place,
but quite tranquil.  There are rooms available in the compound,
for a moderate rent.  Some people who do not get accommodation
in the Asramam builidings go to this place for staying.  He
was called Periya Seshadri (Big Seshadri) and Bhagavan Ramana
was called Chinna Seshdari (Little Seshadri) in those years.
Both had high mutual respect for each other.

Postal Stamps for Seshadri Swami were released by Govt. of India,
last year.  For Bhagavan Ramana, these stamps have been issued
many years back.

A little farther into the Seshadri Swami Asramam (which is
about 200 metres from Sri Ramanasramam, on the same
Bangalore-Tiruvannamalai Road), there is one exquisite Sri
Dakshinamurty Shrine.  You can sit before this image where
from you can see Sri Dakshinamurty in the backdrop the Hill.
It is a divine experience.  I watched with awe the Light on the
Hill, with Sri Dakshinamurty, for about 1/2 hr. with my mortal
eyes, during lastDecember, Maha Deepam. My wife was
crying all the while, shouting Arunachala, Arunachala, Arunachala!

When we came out of the place and sat in the car, there was
a cellphone call from my son, saying that he got his promotion
in the office.  My wife once again cried, Arunachala, Arunachala,
Arunachala!  Arunachala gives the wordly comforts and happiness
to a reasonable extent, and prepares you to re-inforce your faith,
for eventual liberation.

Arunachala Siva. 
 

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Re: Seshadri Swamigal
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2009, 09:52:38 AM »
Seshadri Swamigal was knowing past, present and future.  When
Bhagagvan Ramana was living in Skandasramam, with His mother,
brother Chinnaswami, Kunju Swami, Ramanatha Brahmachari and
others, one day one devotee called Lakshmi Amma, was going
past Seshadri Swamigal in the foothills.  She was carrying good
rice, sambhar, pickles, curd and some sweets too for Bhagavan
Ramana and others.  Seeing her, Seshadri Swamigal said:
See, she is going to the Grahasta (house-holder).  Go with her
to Him, she will give you nice mango pickles and sweets too!
Lakshmi Ammal became speechless!

Lakshmi Ammal went and told Bhagavan Ramana about Seshadri
Swamigal's remarks.  Bhagavan Ramana said:  "Yes, what is wrong in his saying?  I had come here from Madurai, to avoid family life.  But here my family has come.  This family will grow in future more!"

There were also days, as Bhagavan Ramana prophesied, when
300 people took food in the Asramam for some Jayanti or
Mahadeepam Days.

Each Brahma Jnani gets a life of 'people' as per Siva's wish.
Did not Janaka rule a large kingdom?

Arrunachala Siva.