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Giri Pradakshina
« on: February 18, 2010, 11:46:04 PM »
Once a devotee of Sri Bhagavan, a leper, came to His presence and told Him that he was much disgusted with life and therefore wished to die. Sri Bhagavan kept quiet, but another devotee in His Presence pointed out the eleventh verse of ‘Sri Arunachala Patikam’ in which Sri Bhagavan says:

Lo! How many are those like me who have been ruined (i.e. have lost their ego) by thinking this Hill to be the Supreme! O men who, having lost the desire to live because of intense misery, are roaming about seeking a means to give up the body, there is on earth a rare Medicine which, without killing, will kill anyone who thinks of it even once within the heart. Know It is verily Arunachala! Hearing this verse, the leper devotee immediately fixed his mind on Arunachala and started to go round the Hill. Because his whole body was ravaged by disease and covered with wounds, he was only able to proceed slowly and with much difficulty. After many hours he reached this spot and, being very tired, he lay down on this rock and fell asleep. Soon he was awakened by a voice asking him why he was lying there. He locked up and saw a figure clad in white,
but before he could answer anything, that person started to beat him with a bunch of neem leaves, saying, “Getup at once, you have no business to be here!” Being much afraid, the leper jumped up and started to run away, and only after running some distance did he notice that the wounds on his feet, hands and face had disappeared and that his whole body was completely cured. Wondering at the great Grace of Sri Bhagavan, he returned to His Presence and told his story. Though as usual Sri Bhagavan denied any doership.

The place where he started running is called Siddhar Paarai, which comes on the way - Giri Pradakshina Route.

Salutations to Sri Ramana
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta