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Subramanian.R

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The Hidden Guru
« on: November 20, 2009, 05:10:20 PM »
It was November 1895, Venkataraman (Bhagavan Ramana) was
staying in Chokkappa Naicken Street, Madurai.  This house is
now named Sri Ramana Mandiram, the place of enlghtenement.
Venkataraman was on his way to the school, at about 10 in
the morning.  He ran into Ramaswami Iyer, son of Lakshmana
Iyer's brother - a resident of Tiruchuzhi.  He was their relative,
elderly too.  Venkataraman with natural affection asked him:
Whee are you coming from?  The reply was 'Arunachalam'.  The word
'Arunachalam' familiar to Venkataraman right from his younger
days, but he did not know where it was, what it looked like or what
is meant.  Yet that day that word meant to him something great,
so inaccessible, authoritative, absolutely blissful entity.  Could
one visit such a place?  His heart was full of joy.  Arunachalam
meant some sacred land and peaceful.  Could one behold it?

"What? Arunachalam?  Where is it?" asked the boy.  The relative
was astonished.  "Don't you know even this?" and continued,
"Haven't you heard of Tiruvannamalai?  That is Arunachalam."

It was as if a baloon was pricked.  The boy's heart sank.

Thus Ramaswami Iyer became the hidden guru to give the
mantra.

This story is available only in Krishna Bhikshu's Ramana Lila,
a Telugu biography later made in English by Pingali Surya
Sundaram.

(Source:  As indicated above).

Arunachala Siva.       

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Re: The Hidden Guru
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2009, 04:17:33 PM »
Dear srkudai,

In a way, Bhagavan Ramana had the innate knowledge of the
Self in the form of Arunachala, an avyakta jnanam right from
His birth.  Like stirring the coal pieces in a fire place to make
them burn more brightly, the relative from Tiruchuzhi stirred His
avyaka jnanam.  He makes a indirect reference to this in
Sri Arunahchala Ashtakam, Verse 1,

Arunachala Siva.