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Lessons from Kitchen
« on: February 21, 2010, 08:51:03 AM »
He would allow nothing to go to waste. Even a grain of rice or a mustard seed lying on the ground would be picked up, dusted carefully, taken to the kitchen and put in its proper tin. I asked him why he gave himself so much trouble for a grain of rice. He said, “Yes, this is my way. I let nothing go to waste. In these matters I am quite strict. Were I married no woman could get on with me. She would run away”. On some other day he said, “This is the property of my Father Arunachala. I have to preserve it and pass it on to His children”. He would use for food things we would not even dream of as edible. Wild plants, bitter roots and pungent leaves were turned under his guidance into delicious dishes.

What a wonderful lesson this is! Not only in Arunachala, we in our daily lives, have so much in abundance, overflowing food, material and money, etc... How much care we should take here afterwards? We should incorporate minutest of Bhagavan's teaching into practice, as much as possible without hurting others, practicing Ahimsa of the highest order.

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


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Re: Lessons from Kitchen
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2010, 11:46:44 AM »

Bhagavan Ramana was well known for His simplicity and austerity
and not wasting anything at all.  What He displayed inside the kitchen,
He also displayed the same quality outside.

1. Once when some rice bags were transferred from the entrance
of the Asramam to the store room, He found grains slipping down
from the gunny bags.  With His rheumatic pain on the legs, He bent
and picked up all the grains and placed them on His towel and then
ensured that it is put into a box in the store room.

2. When He was staying in the Pachaiamman Temple, along with
Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni, Viswanatha Swami and others, He once
found Muni cutting white papers into a size for a note book.  Lots
of small bits were scattered on the floor.  Bhagavan told Nayana:
If you do not have any use for them, I shall use them.  He collected
those small papers and stitched them nicely into a small pocket note book!

Arunachala Siva.