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Munagala Venkataramiah Day - 12.02.2010
« on: February 12, 2010, 05:26:54 PM »
In August 1896, Bhagavan (S. Venkataraman) left Madurai
to Tiruvannamalai.  One week later, one S. Venkataraman
( later Munagala Venkataramiah alias Swami Ramanananda Saraswati) went home from Madurai to Sholavandan ( a small
town near Madurai) and told his mother that a Brahmin boy
who was studying in the adjoining school ran away from home!
At that time, he little realized that he was to meet that runaway
boy later in 1918, at Skandasramam, and that he was to be in his
close proximity from 1933 to 1950 and that he was to compile the
famous Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Munagala was born in 1882.  He was married at a very early age
of 13 to his uncle's daughter.  After 4 years of education in Madras
Christian College, he moved to Bombay and joined Professor
Gujjar's laboaratory.  He tutored there and also translated letters
in Tamil received from businessmen for the laboaratory.  In the
year 1908, he appeared for his final examinations and won a Gold
Medal for the whole of Madras Presidency.  In 1911, he joined a
college in Masulipatnam as a Chemistry lecturer.  He worked there
upto 1917.  From 1918, he lectured in Pachiappa's College in Madras.
There he came in contact with Sai Baba Narayan Guru, a disciple of
Kali Kamaliwala of Hardwar.  Munagala studied Upanishads and
Brahma Sutram from this Guru.  In 1918, his wife passed away
and he thought his whole life is lost.  However, with that Guru
he was trying to regain his composure.  He had of course, a little

Munagala's first visit to Bhagavan came in 1918 at Skandasramam.
In 1927, he renewed his contact with Bhagavan and from then on,
he was a staunch devotee of Bhagavan Ramana.  He attained final
peace in 1963

After his retrenchment in service in 1932,  Munagala came to live
permanently with Bhagavan Ramana in the Asramam.  Under the
guidance of Bhagavan Ramana, he compiled His talks, covering
the period from 15th May 1935 to 1st April 1939.  The Talks
are the best compilation in English about Bhagavan.  Munagala,
though from a Telugu-speaking lineage, never knew Telugu.
He knew excellent Tamil, apart from English, Sanskrit and Latin.

Munagala left the Asramam in 1952, but returned again in 1955.
He then had a heart attack and again went back, this time to
Waltair.  He again came back to the Asramam in 1959 and stayed in the Asramam till he attained his mahanirvana in Feb. 1963.

(Source:  Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace, Volume 4. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.         


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Re: Munagala Venkataramiah Day - 12.02.2010
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2010, 06:06:41 PM »
Thanks a lot for bringing more information about Munagala Venkataramiah Garu.

Few more info i know about him..

1) I think he is the one who told to Paul Bruton to no more copy the notes in the hall.

One day in 1939, Brunton was sitting next to Balaram Reddy taking notes as usual when Niranjanananda Swami boldly walked into the hall, stood next to Bhagavan and told Munagala Venkataramiah to tell Brunton in English that he is no longer permitted to take notes while sitting before Bhagavan. Brunton was told accordingly. Brunton looked at Venkataramiah and said, 'Is this also Bhagavan's view ?' Venkataramiah did not reply to this question and Bhagavan who was quietly sitting there didn't say a word either. A few tense moments passed. Then Brunton stood up and left the hall. That was the last time he took notes in the hall, and that was also when Brunton began distancing himself from the ashram.

2) Tripura Rahasya was translated by him into english version.

3) Kaivalya Navaneeta, The Cream of Emancipation is an English translation by Munagala Venkataramiah of this classical Tamil work on Advaita philosophy.