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Daily Routine Of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
« on: April 03, 2010, 11:51:53 AM »
In the early days, when the Ashram was small, there was no activity in the Ashram in which Bhagavan did not participate. During those days, Bhagavan would wake up around 2.30 or 3 in the early hours of the day and after ablutions would go to the kitchen to cut the vegetables as did his disciples. He would also prepare the breakfast and the side-dish to go with iddlis. Bhagavan always emphasized the dignity of labour and would also teach the art of cooking to disciples. He held that one not well-versed in cooking could not claim to be educated either!

Around 5 A.M. the doors of the hall would be opened and several devotees, about to leave for the various teerthas for bath or for giri pradakshina would walk in and prostrate before Bhagavan. Vedic scholars would recite from the Upanishads.

At about 5.30, students of the Vedic school would come and recite Sri Ramana Chatvarimsat and Taittiriya Upanishad. By that time, lady devotees who had spent the preceding night in the town (as their stay at the Ashram during night was forbidden) would arrive.

By 6.30, Bhagavan would go for his bath and later go to the dining hall, where he would be served breakfast.Thereafter, Bhagavan would go towards the hill and ashramites would go about attending to their duties. These duties were varied, like collecting flowers from the garden and stringing them into garlands or bringing various items from the storeroom and getting them ready for cooking, or getting down to cooking or attending to the cattle in the goshala. Some went to work in the Ashram office or the library. For those in the Vedic schools the duty was to offer worship three times a day at the Matrubhuteswara shrine, and at the images of Skanda, Ganesa or at Bhagavan’s picture. On special occasions, special poojas were also offered.

By about 8 o’ clock, Bhagavan would return to the sofa. Thereafter, devotees, visitors and disciples would assemble there. Usually silent meditation would be carried on. But those who looked upon Bhagavan as God would not keep silent and they would either recite the stotras written by them, or just show him their poems. They would also sing songs. Yet others would narrate their domestic problems to him!

Some came to the Ashram to indulge in some argumentation and show off their erudition. On such occasions, Bhagavan would usually remain silent and would not speak unless a question was specifically addressed to him.

Old devotees and those who knew Bhagavan’s nature hesitated to go to his presence but this was not the case with new visitors. They went straight to Bhagavan who welcomed them with a smile.

People were forbidden from touching Bhagavan. No such restriction applied to squirrels or doves which sat on his lap. Cows and dogs would be patted by Bhagavan. He would show greater interest in receiving the books, toys or peppermints brought by children than in receiving scholarly works by erudite scholars.

By nine o’clock, Mouni would bring the day’s post.Bhagavan would have a look at the letters for about one hour and thereafter till eleven o’clock it was the same routine. By eleven Bhagavan would rise for lunch and till about two o’clock in the afternoon visitors did not disturb him. During this interval Bhagavan would glance through the newspapers or take some rest.

At about 4.30 p.m. Bhagavan would go out for a walk on Arunachala.

By 5.30 p.m. meditation would commence. It was a moment eagerly looked forward to by disciples. Peace would reign all around. As darkness fell and enveloped Arunachala it would appear as if life itself was being enveloped by ignorance. A little later students of the Vedic school would arrive and recite Rudram, Purusha-sooktam,Srisooktam and Upadesa-saram. Those sonorous notes would touch the foot of the hill. After a silent half an hour, recitation of various writings of Bhagavan would commence. By then the pooja at Matrubhuteswara shrine would be over. Thereafter women would have supper and go out of the Ashram into the town for the night.

After the night meal by about 8.30 p.m., disciples would gather round Bhagavan. It was a time when everyone was relaxed in Bhagavan’s presence. After some time,everyone would depart after pranams to Bhagavan. The doors of the hall would then be closed. This was the usual daily routine.

Whatever was done at the Ashram was done as an offering to the Lord who purified the mind and granted liberation. Ashramites also believed that all actions should be desireless and that deeds were more important than words. Just as hunger would not be appeased by merely shouting for ‘food’ even so, in the philosophy. All that was required was unquestioning sadhana and everything would come to fruition in the fullness of time – there were no milestones in this philosophic quest. Thus desireless action and constant practice would render daily life sacred and pure.

Bhagavan used to go around the Ashram while all inmates were asleep. Perhaps the father wished to protect his children while they were all asleep also!

Source: SRI RAMANA LEELA (A BIOGRAPHY OF BHAGAVAN SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI)
Telugu original Sri Krishna Bhikshu Edited and Translated by Pingali Surya Sundaram

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Re: Daily Routine Of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2010, 12:03:27 PM »
Dear prasanth,

In the years upto Mother's Samadhi Temple construction, there
were no religious or spiritual activities in the Asramam.  Apart
from work relating to preparation of food, eating and sleeping,
there were no religious activities.  Even the construction of the
buildings started only when Annamalai Swami came. During one
of those times, one saiva siddhanti came to the Asramam to visit
Bhagavan.  He found that there were no 'activities' at all!  He was
perplexed.  After some hesitation, he asked the devotees, whether
there were not any sampradaya activities, ritualistic activities at all.
One of the devotees replied:  To have no sampradayam, is our
sampradayam!

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Daily Routine Of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2010, 03:58:42 PM »
Nice info Subramanian garu.

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Re: Daily Routine Of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2010, 10:15:05 PM »
I like these posts so very much, is like a small picture from the enlightened life....so touching and inspiring :)

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Re: Daily Routine Of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2010, 10:21:05 AM »
In Sri Arunachala Akshara Mana Maalai, Bhagavan Ramana says in
Verse 37:

Sombiyai summa sukam undu urangidil
Sol veru en gathi Arunachala!

This verse has got two layers of meaning:-

a) If you slumber in quiet repose enjoying the bliss - being,
O Arunachala, tell me what other recourse I have?

Bhagavan is telling Arunachala:  O, you are in slumber in quiet
repose enjoying the bliss -  The Atma (Arunachala) is non-moving,
so it is said to be in slumber in quiet repose.  Atma is Bliss -
It is Sat-Anandam.  It is the non moving Principle which is full
of Ananadam, Bliss.  Bliss is the very characteristic of Sat.  Bhagavan asks:  What is the way out for me, if you remain like this?
I have come to Arunachala as per your Will.  If you keep quiet,
without caring for my minimum requirement of worldly life, what is
the alternate course for me?  Bhagavan Ramana never had any
work, His daily requirements were only a little food and water.
He complains to Arunachala that even these are not taken care of
by Him.

Alternate meaning:

If I slumber in quiet repose enjoying the bliss of being, what other
moksha, liberation, is there, tell me, O Arunachala!

Here Bhagavan describes His own state.  He is in the state of
Anandam, Bliss, non-moving.  What other moksha is there for Him?  What is moksha?  Moksha is only the state of being just like that in bliss, in peace, that passeth understanding.  Nothing else is needed, excepting the minimum requirements for Him till He is in body.

The daily routine of Bhagavan was only to be in the state of bliss, non moving.  If people ask questions, He will sometimes answer.  If given food, He will eat.  If there is no one, He just remains in
permanent state of bliss.  That is all.

Arunachala Siva.