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Apology to Hornets
« on: November 19, 2009, 09:57:41 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana during His days in Virupaksha Cave, went
alone one day and came across several small streams.  While
crossing one of the streams, He found one large banyan leaf.
He guessed that the famous Vatavala Vruksham, the Great
Banyan Tree of North (under which Siva is said to have preached
in Silence the four rishis, Sanaka and others).  He further proceeded
to see the Great Banyan Tree of North.  On the way, He by oversight
stepped on a hornet's nest.  The bees came out in large numbers
and started stinging His left foot, which had stepped on the bush.
Bhagavan Ramana felt that He should pay for His mistake and
allowed to the bees' to sting His left thigh to their heart's content.
Soon the thigh got swollen and He returned limping to Virupaksha
Cave.  Pazhani Swami who was with Him then, immediately removed the stings one by one and applied oil on His thigh.   Bhagavan
Ramana also felt that it was a punishment for attempting to
see the Great Banyan Tree of North.

Years later, Muruganar on hearing the story composed a poem
asking Bhagavan:  "O Venkata, for the mistake done by oversight,
why should you take this punishment?"   (Guru Vachaka Kovai).
Bhagavan Ramana replied in verse:

When I was stung by hornets in revenge
Upon the leg until it was inflamed,
Although it was by chance I stepped upon
Their nest, constructed in a lofty bush,
What kind of mind is his if he does not
At least repent for doing such a wrong?

Bhagavan Ramana's verse is also in Guru Vachaka Kovai.

Arunachala Siva.