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Ramana Maharshi is The Helper Of The Helpless
« on: April 13, 2010, 01:13:18 PM »
24th May, 1949

You remember, till 1943, in the old hall there used to be a door on the southern side opposite to where Bhagavan used to sit on the sofa and a window in the southern wall which is now converted into a door.

Devotees used to enter by the southern door, have a darshan of Bhagavan who is the incarnation of Dakshinamurthy and go out by the northern door.

Some ladies used to sit on the southern side opposite to Bhagavan. As time passed, the number of visitors increased and ladies with their children began sitting there. The children naturally began to create some nuisance.Besides that, from 1943 onwards, the number of visitors of all types increased still more.

Moreover, some poor ladies were coming with their children to prostrate and the children were urinating there. The mothers do not get even a cloth to wipe it out; and even if a cloth was given, some of the modern ladies would not take the trouble to clean the place. Therefore, Bhagavan’s attendants had to clean it up.

They were tired and vexed at this and thought of preventing such uncivilised people from coming into the hall. Bhagavan, however, would not, under any circumstances, agree to it.

Hence, they began thinking of preventing ladies from sitting in the hall and making arrangements for their sitting in the verandah only.

At last, one day, they went to Bhagavan and told him that they would make seating arrangements for ladies outside. Bhagavan thereupon asked why men should sit in the hall if women could not sit there.

The attendants stated the difficulties they were experiencing in looking after the ladies that come and go. Bhagavan said, “What work is there in the hall even for Bhagavan? It will be all right if he sits under the almond tree, which is opposite.

There will then be no trouble or worry for anybody, whatever the children may do.” When he said that, they gave up all their attempts to isolate the ladies.

Instead, the window on one side was replaced by the door on the other side and vice-versa. After that, the ladies got their seating place opposite to Bhagavan’s feet.

A similar incident happened in 1946.The people used to wander about the town and so when they came to Bhagavan’s presence very much tired, some used to squat on the floors with legs outstretched; some used to discuss their affairs in loud voices and some used to lie down and snore.

That used to happen between 12 noon and 2 p.m. Mothers used to sleep while breast-feeding the children and the other children used to wander and play about everywhere. When attempts were made to send such people away, it seems Bhagavan said, “Poor people! They must have wandered about a good deal. They are now taking some rest. How could you drive them away? Let them stay on.”

Krishnaswami and others had to clean the places themselves. Unable to put up with that nuisance any longer, Krishnaswami was requesting Bhagavan to sit in the hall only. Bhagavan did not agree.

Krishnaswami: “Who will tidy up the nuisance committed by the children?”

Bhagavan: “It should be all right if their mothers are asked to clean it up themselves and are requested to be careful thereafter.”

Bhagavan: “Poor people! They come here only to see Swami; and they get all the required conveniences here.”

One day, Bhagavan saw a poor man struggling under a tree as he could not get his share of the food. Next day, when the gong was struck,Bhagavan got up and went to the tree where the poor people had gathered, stood there and said, “If you do not give them food first, I will not come to the dining hall at all.

I will stand under the tree along with these people, stretch out my hands for food like them, and when I am given a ball of food, I will eat it, go straight to the hall and sit there.” From that day onwards, it is only after food is sent to the poor, they strike the gong in the dining hall.

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 is The Helper Of The Helpless
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2010, 04:54:56 PM »
This Sadhu Bhiksha (feeding the poor and sannyasis) preceding
the Bhiksha for visitors and Ashramites had another story.  Once
there was a huge crowd, and perhaps it was a little late for lunch,
and some beggars also entered the dining hall.  Chinnaswami
shouted in loud voice:  "Sadhus and Paradesis only second batch,
not now, not now!"   Then the commotion subsided.  The regulars
were sitting inside the dining hall.  But Bhagavan Ramana was
not there.  They searched for Him and soon found Him out standing
near the Iluppai Tree outside along with Paradesis!  Chinnaswamy
and others came running and enquired.  He calmly said:  " You
said Paradesis are to join the second batch.  I am the first Paradesi
here.  So, I am standing here for the second batch."

Chinnaswami and others got remorseful.  From that day, the Sadhus
and Paradesis were fed at least half an hour before the regular
feeding.  THIS HAPPENS EVEN TODAY.  They all stand near the
Iluppai Tree at the entrance and huge vessels with sambhar
bath, curd bath, vegetables are brought and they are fed first.

Karunaiyal ennai anda nee .... Sri Arunachala Padigam, Verse 1

Arunachala Siva.