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Ramana Maharshi's kindness towards disciple Echamma
« on: April 06, 2010, 12:31:16 PM »
21st January, 1946

Echamma’s cooking was never very good; it would not contain vegetables and spices in proper proportions. To Bhagavan her devotion was more tasty than her preparations and so he never complained, but some who could not relish the food casually hinted at this now and then while Bhagavan was cutting vegetables in the kitchen in the early morning hours. After hearing their complaints repeatedly Bhagavan said, “I don’t know. If you do not like the food you need not eat it. I find it quite good and I shall continue to do so.”

Sometime back, she was sending food for about a week or ten days through someone else because perhaps she was out of town or not quite well. The cooks one day forgot to serve the food sent by her and completed serving all other items of food cooked in the Ashram.

Bhagavan who would usually beckon to others to start eating and would himself commence doing so, sat silently that day with his left hand under the chin, and his right hand on the leaf. The people there sitting in front began to look at one another and those in the kitchen, or wondering and enquiring in whispers about the possible reason. Suddenly they remembered that the food sent by Echamma had not been served and, when they served it saying, “Oh, we have forgotten,” he gave the formal signal to the others to eat and he too commenced eating the food.

It is usual for him to eat with greater relish the raw groundnuts offered to him by a devotee than the highly seasoned sweets and puddings offered by rich people, just as Lord Krishna ate with relish the beaten rice handed over to him by Kuchela.

Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam VOLUMES I, II & Letters from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam By SURI NAGAMMA Translated by D. S. SASTRI

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Re: Ramana Maharshi's kindness towards disciple Echamma
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2010, 02:11:58 PM »
When Echammal had lost her daughter, who had left behind a
son, she came with that child and sat before Bhagavan Ramana.
He placed that little baby on His lap and cried inconsolably.
Bhagavan Ramana looked at her with abundant compassion and
He also wept for a while. Bhagavan Ramana never wept for anyone
else's death, when G.V. Subbaramiah reported his wife's death,
Bhagavan Ramana looked at him with the same copious compassion.
But He never wept.  When Mother Azhagamma merged with
Arunachala. He was keeping cool and after dinner, He and the
devotees were chanting Tiruvachakam throughout the night.
He never wept. Earlier, when she had high pneumonia, He only
pleaded for Arunachala for her welfare.  But He never wept.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Ramana Maharshi's kindness towards disciple Echamma
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2010, 02:51:16 PM »
thanks for the info Subramanian garu.

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Re: Ramana Maharshi's kindness towards disciple Echamma
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2010, 03:26:58 PM »
Subramaniam Sir

so true. and chellamal was only a very little girl when she first came to bhagavan. Also, when she died..she was very young..hardly touched her twenties. and yet, it was  not the age or the maturity, but the purity of her heart that touched bhagavan. K.V Mama was her son. we can all see little ramanan's photo's often in mountain path and other publications.

Can we ever get those days..i wonder. i often read books by day by day and letters and feel the presence of bhagavan and the innocence of those times!

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Re: Ramana Maharshi's kindness towards disciple Echamma
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2010, 08:45:02 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana was a mirror.  He has nothing inside excepting
the Self and its bliss.  But  whenever, devotees came to Him with
their problems, sorrows and happiness, He just reflected them
as a mirror does.  When the devotee left, the images are gone.
There is no more sorrow, no more misery, for Him.

Arunachala Siva.