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Ramana Maharshi and Mahatma Gandiji
« on: March 05, 2010, 12:56:11 PM »
On the night of January 30th, the news of Mahatma Gandhi’s death became known everywhere. I heard the news at home only, because women cannot be in the Ashram in the nights. I went at 7-30 next morning. A prayer was being broadcast over the radio. The news of the death was in the newspapers, and Bhagavan reading it and hearing the prayer,said, “This is the prayer of people who prayed like that throughout his life.” The song “Vaishnava Janato” was broadcast over the radio and Bhagavan listened to it sadly. At 9-45, Bhagavan was about to go out when a newspaper reporter came and requested him to give his views on the tragedy so that they might be published.Bhagavan, his voice choked with emotion, said, “For the Mahatma’s death in this tragic manner, every person’s heart is mourning. What is there in particular that I could say? Who is there who is not grieved? If I say anything, you will publish it and then, one after another, people will come and ask me. What is the good of it?

So saying, Bhagavan sent the reporter away and went for his walk. On his return, “Vaishnava Janato” was again being broadcast and tears fell from Bhagavan’s eyes.At 4-30 that afternoon, all the ladies began to sing “Raghupati Raghava Rajaram”.With tears in his eyes Bhagavan signed to us to continue. At 5 o’clock the conch shell blew and in view of the Mahatma’s death a special arati (waving of lights) was offered in the Mother’s temple. When the sacred ash and vermilion powder were brought,Bhagavan took them with great reverence.

The day before yesterday, while reading the paper,Bhagavan remarked to someone sitting near him, “Look, didn’t a comet appear some time ago? It is written in this paper that the death of the Mahatma was due to that. So the first result of it is now over.”

What exactly was in Bhagavan’s mind when he said that? Meanwhile, he took up another paper and on reading it,said, “The person who fired the shot, it seems, came up to the Mahatma and, after bowing down, asked him, ‘Why have you come so late today, Sir?’ The Mahatma replied that it was due to some work. The shot was fired immediately after.” Bhagavan then drew a parallel from the Ramayana, saying,“It seems that after Rama killed Ravana, he forgot that he,Rama, had to go to Vaikuntha. So the Devatas took counsel among themselves and then sent Yama, the God of Death,to him. Yama came in the garb of an ascetic, and respectfully said, ‘The work for which you have come is now over; please come to heaven’. This is similar; ‘Swaraj has been obtained; your work is over; why are you still here? Shouldn’t you go back? It is already late’. Thus the Mahatma appears to have been sent away.”

I asked, “The story you have just told us is from the Uttara Ramayana, is it not?”

Bhagavan: “Yes, but not only there. It has been written in another book that, in the case of Krishna, the arrow of Vyadha was the cause of His death; similarly it happened with the Mahatma.”

Yesterday, Harindranath Chattopadhyaya showed a photo of Mahatma, and said, “It is a pity that there was never any meeting between Gandhi and Bhagavan.”

Bhagavan: “Some time ago, he came to Tiruvannamalai.A meeting had been arranged for him to be held on the road around the hill, beyond the Ashram. People here thought that he would come to the Ashram on his way back, but owing to the pressure of the crowds it was impossible, and he went away direct to the station. It seems that he very much regretted this afterwards. Shankarlal Banker was very keen on bringing him here, and in 1938, when Rajendra Prasad and Jamnalal Bajaj came here and saw Skandasramam, they wanted to induce the Mahatma to stay there for some time.But it did not happen. If at Sabarmati, or at Wardha anyone said that he was mentally depressed, the Mahatma used to say, ‘Go to Ramanasramam and come back after a month’s stay there’.When Ramaswami Reddiar went to see the Mahatma immediately after taking office as Chief Minister, Madras State,the Mahatma, it seems, asked him for how long he had been going to the Ramanasramam. When he answered that he had been going there for over thirty years, the Mahatma said, ‘Is that so? I have tried thrice, but so far have not been able to go there’. What could he do? How could he come here when he was not left alone for one moment?”

Bhagavan read in today’s paper a report to the effect that the Mahatma had had from a dream the night before the tragedy, a premonition of his death, and that therefore,he had quickly disposed of his papers which had caused the delay in his coming to the prayer. Bhagavan commented, “Yes. For enlightened people, will there not be that much of premonition? They will know, but will not tell others.”

Source: Letters from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam Book


Subramanian.R

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Re: Ramana Maharshi and Mahatma Gandiji
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2010, 01:56:14 PM »
Dear prasanth,

Mahatma Gandhi had come to Tiruvannamalai and also to Madurai once each, but
he never met Bhagavan Ramana.  C. Rajagopalachari, the die-hard qualified non-
dualist effectively prevented Mahatma meeting Him.  But C.R as a Chief Minister]
of Madras State, came to inaugurate the Patala Lingam shrine, as per the invitation
of Talyarkhan, in 1949.  But he did not make even a courtesy call to Bhagavan Ramana.
In 1952, he came again to Tiruvannamalai and also to the Asramam.  He was very
much pleased with the exquisite sculpture of Sri Dakshinamurthy at Mother's
Temple, and then called the Sthapathi to Madras to build the Gandhi Mantapam
there in Adyar.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Ramana Maharshi and Mahatma Gandiji
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2010, 07:58:59 PM »
C.R. was a monist too. He had read  upanishads  and  Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. 
O Divine, lead me to dizzy heights of sublimity & loftiness

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Re: Ramana Maharshi and Mahatma Gandiji
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2010, 10:37:14 AM »
C. Rajagopalachari is known for his keen intellect.  He has even read Tirukural at a
late age and wrote excellent commentary on that book.  But keen intellect alone
is not adequate to change one's basic faith in Sri Vaishnavism or Saivism.  One should
yearn for non dual consciousness and one should look for a person who is the
embodiment of non dual consciousness. 

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Ramana Maharshi and Mahatma Gandiji
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2013, 10:59:23 AM »
Today Wed 2 Oct 2013 is Gandhi Jayanthi and though Bhagavan and Gandhi never met each other they admired each other and Bhagavan even wept when Gandhi was assassinated .
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: Ramana Maharshi and Mahatma Gandiji
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2013, 12:49:01 PM »
Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyfmmNi8GdI

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At 4-30 that afternoon( the day following Gandhi's death on his funeral ) , all the ladies began to sing “Raghupati Raghava Rajaram”.With tears in his eyes Bhagavan signed to us to continue. At 5 o’clock the conch shell blew and in view of the Mahatma’s death a special arati (waving of lights) was offered in the Mother’s temple. When the sacred ash and vermilion powder were brought,Bhagavan took them with great reverence.

The day before yesterday, while reading the paper,Bhagavan remarked to someone sitting near him, “Look, didn’t a comet appear some time ago? It is written in this paper that the death of the Mahatma was due to that. So the first result of it is now over.”

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram is a popular bhajan (Hindu devotional song) that was a favorite of Mahatma Gandhi. The version that is most common was put to music by Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, and was sung by Gandhi and his followers as they walked during the 241 mile Salt March to Dandi.
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However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: Ramana Maharshi and Mahatma Gandiji
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2013, 01:54:59 PM »
These days I am seeing many pictures of Bhagawan with Gandhi in background. Attached is one - saw 2 other pictures this week...

Salutations to Bhagawan

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Re: Ramana Maharshi and Mahatma Gandiji
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2013, 01:34:44 PM »
Today Wed 2 Oct 2013 is Gandhi Jayanthi and though Bhagavan and Gandhi never met each other they admired each other and Bhagavan even wept when Gandhi was assassinated .

I dont  have spiritually high opinion on both these personalities The Father of the Nation and Rajaji.

Bhagavan Ramana knows in and out of any person's core mind-- that is why Maharishee declined to give his real comments to that reporter when asked for.

Maharishee was also aware of what times he is living,  and these type of 'public' wave will be simply endorsed by great saints.

I can only re-call how Smt. Indhira Gandhi met Ananadamayi Ma and Sri Rajiv Gandhi met along with his wife,  Kanchi Paramacharya.

These eminenent politicians including Mahatma Gandhiji were simply diplomats and politicians. 

They used religion for mass appeal and change of power.

They were not interested in the least in enlightenement.

A king should renounce if he wants Self Knowledge.  He may be a gun powder but only that he is soaking the gun powder in cold water of politics.

A politician's life was not beyond criticism.  One can tell stories and stories . God bless.