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He does not take milk and is nowadays eating only one iddli for breakfast daily saying that a man who sits without doing any physical work does not require two. So also with his midday meal.

Mixed with curry etc., each meal amounts only to about a handful. Even that he does not eat each dish separately as we do for taste.

He makes a ball of the vegetable, chutney,soup, etc. and then mixes it with rice and eats. In the course of the conversation one day, he said, “It would be more tasty to eat the rice with only one dish instead of so many.

Why so many dishes? We used to eat only a single dish in the olden days. I have not given up that practice even now. While I was on the hill many people used to bring rice, fruit and sweets.

Whatever they brought, I used to eat only as much as could be lifted with three fingers. I used to eat some of whatever they brought so that the whole day’s intake of the food eaten did not amount to a handful.

That method of eating used to give me more than happiness. Nowadays they spread a leaf and serve several things on it. As I cannot waste anything, I eat them and feel heavy thereafter.”

So also as regards sleep. On special festival occasions such as the birthday celebrations (Jayanthi) and Maha Puja,the students do not commence the Vedic recitations at the Brahma Muhurtham time (a couple of hours before sun rise),being tired with work on the previous night, but Bhagavan gets up as usual and keeps himself ready.

If he is ever in ill health and his personal attendants request him to sleep a little longer, he replies, “What is the point in sleeping at the time of the Brahma Muhurtham? If you want, you may sleep.”

In Dhanurmasam (December-January), puja starts in Arunachaleswara temple early in the morning. Bhagavan wakes up here by that time.

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 teaches moderation in sleep, diet and movements
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2010, 05:11:39 PM »
In the Dhanur months, Bhagavan used to wake up at 2.30 am, after his
morning abulations and be ready for listening to Tiruvembavai and Tiru
Palli Ezhucchi.  These two are by Saint Manikkavachagar and the first
one was composed and sung in Tiruvannmalai by the saint poet.  The
devotees will start assembling from 3.00 am onwards and they will sing
these songs.  In Tirupalli Ezhucchi, the songs are to wake up Siva, in
Tiruperundurai and other temples.  For the god who is ever awake where
is sleep and where is waking up?  So was for Bhagavan Ramana.  When
the devotees come to the last line, "O Lord, please wake up and grace us..."
Bhagavan used to joke:  What waking up?  I have woken up about 1 hour

Muruganar has also composed these two type of songs and these are in
Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.

Arunachala Siva.