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Ramana Maharshi kindness to animals
« on: March 21, 2010, 10:57:08 AM »
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One afternoon in 1946, at 2 pm some savouries prepared in the Asramam were distributed amongst the devotees. A few of them were given to Bhagavan also. Bhagavan ate them, drank some water,went out and came back, when some monkeys came to the window near his sofa. Seeing them, Bhagavan asked his attendants to go and bring some of the savoury preparations, saying, that the monkeys would relish them very much. The attendants returned saying that the people in the kitchen refused saying that they had not prepared enough savouries to feed the monkeys also. “Oho! How did we get them then?” said Bhagavan. “This is ration time,” said a devotee. “What if it is ration time? When we have rations, why should they (monkeys) not have rations as well? The problem will be solved if a ration card is obtained for the monkeys as well. They also eat these things with greater relish than we. If they do not have it, why should we have it either? When we are eating, see how those children (i.e., the monkeys) are looking at us,” said Bhagavan. Thereupon, they also got their share.

From that time onwards, Bhagavan used to accept things only after the monkeys’ share were given to them. It seems there was a practice before of taking out their share first before anything was distributed.

You know what happened one morning in 1946? Squirrels came on to Bhagavan’s sofa for cashew nuts. The nuts, which used to be in the tin near Bhagavan, were exhausted. Groundnuts were given instead. The squirrels would not eat them and began to express their discontent in all possible ways.“We don’t have them, my dears. What to do?” said Bhagavan, and tried to cajole them. No. They would not be appeased.

They were crawling over the legs and hands of Bhagavan continuously as a sign of their displeasure.So Bhagavan asked Krishnaswami to go and find out if there was any stock of cashew nuts in the store-room. Krishnaswami went and brought a few nuts. “Is that all?” asked Bhagavan. Krishnaswami said they were preparing payasam that night and so they could spare only that much. Bhagavan felt annoyed and said, “I see. Payasam will not be less tasteful if the cashew nuts are a little less in quantity than usual. What a pity. These squirrels do not like anything less and they are worrying me.The storekeepers have declined to give cashew nuts saying that they will have to put them into the payasam. Who will be worried if there are no cashew nuts in the payasam? See how these children are worrying themselves for want of cashew nuts?” With that, the cashew nuts which should have gone into payasam, went into the stomachs of the squirrels and also into the tin by his side (for future feeding of the squirrels).

Source: Letters From and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam by Suri Nagamma Translated from Telugu by D. S. Sastry

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Re: Ramana Maharshi kindness to animals
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2010, 11:10:06 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana displayed such abundant compassion to animals and all living
beings.  He is none other than the Swarupa of Arunachala.  While singing about
Sri Arunachala, He mentions several epithets to describe him.

1.  He is the Ocean of Mercy =  AruL niraivana amudha kadal.

2.  He is the waterfall of Grace = AruL surandhingu aruviayai paayum arunachala the
     embodiment of Love.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Ramana Maharshi kindness to animals
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010, 10:40:42 AM »
Love Nature. Nature is the Goddess.  Bhagavan Ramana did not even permit a lady
to pluck bhilwa leaves and flowers from trees.  She was going on plucking bhilwa
leaves for her puja.  Bhagavan asked her:  Why are you tonsuring that tree?  Are
you not satisfied with a few leaves?  She said:  I want to chant 1 lakh mantras.
So, I want 1 lakh leaves.  Bhagavan said: Oh, you want 1 lakh leaves.  Why not
pinch your body 1 lakh times for one lakh mantras chanting?

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Ramana Maharshi kindness to animals
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010, 12:53:22 PM »
Suri Nagamma recalls that incident as follows:-

When Bhagavan was in Virupaksha Cave, Echamma,who installed a picture of Bhagavan and a picture of Seshadri Swami in her house, decided to do puja with a lakh of tender leaves, and began it after informing Bhagavan about it. By the time she had finished the puja with fifty thousand leaves,summer had set in, and she could not gather any more leaves even though she wandered all over the mountain. She got tired, and went to Bhagavan to ventilate her grievances.Bhagavan said, “If you cannot get the leaves, why not pinch yourself and do puja?” She said, “Oh, but that will be painful!” Bhagavan said, “If it pains you to pinch your body, is it not painful to the tree when you cut its leaves?” She turned pale and asked, “Why did you not tell me earlier, Swami?” He replied, “When you know that pinching the body is painful, why did you not know that the tree will be equally pained if you rob it of its leaves? Do I have to tell you that?” That tender leaves should not be cut from trees is also stated in the sloka in “Devikalottara Stotra” in Jnanachara Vicharapadalam, given below:

Roots should not be pulled out. Leaves should not be pinched. Living beings should not be harmed. Flowers should not be plucked.

Source: Letters from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam Book