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Food for the outcastes before the lunch time
« on: January 27, 2010, 10:29:56 AM »
Natesan was the barber, and was the nephew of Subbarayan who served Bhagavan in tonsuring His head on full moon days for years.  Natesan continued the service of his uncle.  He also used to play Nadaswaram, a pipe.

On one occasion, Niranjananda Swami called Natesan and asked him to start the work an hour earlier, for he thought that in the heat of the summer, it could be more convenient for Bhagavan.  Natesan turned up, earlier than usual, at the newly appointed hour on the next full moon day.  In response to Bhagavan's questioning gaze,
he narrated the arrangement of Sarvadikari.  Bhagavan said that the heat was of no consequence to Him and the former timetable
was restored.

Once when Natesan was shaving Bhagavan, his uncle Subbarayan came and told him, that he should go to the town to play Nadaswaram for some festival.  On hearing this Bhagaan remarked:  It seems that Natesan has to go to the town by noon for some
pipe music and he might not have taken any food in the morning.  His attendants nearby took the hint and brought some hot lunch for Natesan.  Barbers are normally treated as outcastes and caste Hindus would offer food to them only after they themselves had finished their meals. 

Natesan was overwhelmed by the compassion of Bhagavan Ramana and felt with tears in his eyes, that only Bhagavan Ramana could love other beings like this.

Arunachala Siva.       


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Re: Food for the outcastes before the lunch time
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 07:02:49 PM »
Subramanian Garu,

In the book "SURPASSING LOVE AND GRACE By His devotees" we can find more about this lucky man Sri Natesan.


Sri Natesan, a staunch old devotee of Sri Bhagavan, had the unique privilege of shaving Bhagavan for an uninterrupted period of twenty five years.

SRI Natesan is a native of Polur, a small village to the north of Tiruvannamalai. His father, a staunch devotee of Lord Arunachaleswara (the deity in the Tiruvannamalai temple) used to visit Tiruvannamalai, walking the distance of twenty miles on the first day of each Tamil month in order to do a pradakshina of Arunachala.

After his father’s death, Natesan was adopted by his uncle,Subbarayan.

His uncle first saw Bhagavan at Gurumurtam, the period when he had long matted hair. On seeing Sri Bhagavan,Subbarayan asked for permission to give him a shave. Bhagavan remained silent and Subbarayan took this to be a negative answer, but later, when some of the devotees wanted to give Bhagavan a shave, he was approached by them and he happily accepted their invitation.

From that time on, he shaved Bhagavan regularly, and when he became too old to continue the work,he advised his nephew, Natesan, to continue the service. Natesan gladly accepted the honour, and he shaved Sri Bhagavan on the morning of each full-moon day.

On the mornings when he was due to shave Bhagavan,Natesan would first have a bath, smear vibhuti (sacred ash) on himself and then respectfully approach Bhagavan at exactly 9 a.m.

At this time of day, Bhagavan would normally have just returned from his morning walk, and on seeing Natesan Bhagavan would apply oil to the rheumatic swelling in his joints and then slowly walk to the goshala (cow shed).

A special place was set aside in the goshala for shaving and on the days when Bhagavan had his shave it would be specially cleaned and decorated with rangoli (floor patterns).

Natesan would prostrate before starting the shave, and then complete the shave in silence; only when it was completed would he say a few words to Bhagavan.

On one occasion, Sri Niranjanananda Swami called Natesan and asked him to start the work an hour earlier.Niranjanananda Swami thought that in the heat of the summer this would be more convenient for Bhagavan.

Natesan turned up at the newly appointed hour, and in response to Bhagavan’s questioning gaze, he narrated Niranjanananda Swami’s new plan. Bhagavan said that the heat was of no importance, and the former timetable was restored.

Natesan considered his service to Bhagavan to be his highest priority, and never failed to appear for the monthly shave. On one occasion, on the day before full-moon, Natesan’s brother who was living in a village nearby, fell sick and his life appeared to be in danger. Natesan explained his position to his relatives and they wisely advised him to go at once to Tiruvannamalai and do his sacred duty.

Soon after the shave the following day, one of his relatives came to inform him that his brother had died and that he was required immediately for the last rites. Bhagavan heard this information being passed on and remarked: “It seems that Natesan’s brother has passed away and he has to go at once to Polur.

He could not have taken his food yet and it is not known whether he has money to travel.” On hearing this, one of Bhagavan’s attendants, Ramakrishna Swami went to the kitchen and brought some food. Natesan had little appetite for food,but he took three cups of coffee and was given five rupees for his journey home.

Natesan once prostrated to Bhagavan when he met him walking on the hill. “Why here?” questioned Bhagavan, and Natesan took this to mean that his prostration in the goshala was a sufficient expression of devotion and that he need not do it elsewhere.

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Re: Food for the outcastes before the lunch time
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2010, 08:37:57 AM »
Dear prasanth,

Nice.  Both Subbarayan and Natesan were great devotees of
Bhagavan Ramana and they did their work every full moon day.
Once when Subbarayan had been quite old, he missed one or two
hairs on Bhagavan's head while tonsuring.  Sarvadhikari said:
You are not having good eye sight. Why not you find someone else?
Bhagavan Ramana said:  What if?  Even if one or two hairs have
been missed while shaving, it does not matter to me.  Why are
you chiding him?

After this incident, I think, Subbarayan deputised his nephew for
the work.

Arunachala Siva.