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Ramana Maharshi was reluctant for usage of electric fan
« on: April 14, 2010, 12:59:53 PM »
4th June, 1949

Yesterday evening, by the time Bhagavan went out and came back, some of the modern civilised devotees switched on all the fans in the new hall and sat there comfortably, awaiting Bhagavan’s return.

As soon as he came, he looked up and while sitting on the couch, asked the attendants as to who had switched on all the fans. Pointing to the people sitting there,they said, “They wanted us to do so and we have done it.” “I see.

What a great thing you have done! If they were feeling so very sultry it would have been sufficient if only those fans where they are sitting had been switched on. Why all this?” asked Bhagavan.

“They said that it would be very pleasant if all the fans were switched on,” said the attendants. “Is that so? What an amount of electric power will be consumed by these fans! What a costly bill! Why this expense on our account? Enough, enough. Stop that,” said Bhagavan.

“They are asking that they may be kept on until at least the Veda Parayana is over,” said Krishnaswami. “Oh! Is that so? They are rich people and so in their houses they can sit down with fans whose use may cost ten times more than this. Why should we have this?

Why this show? The hand fan is there and the hands are there. Stop them all,” said Bhagavan. At that, the attendants switched off all the fans except the one above those people.

During the early days of my stay here, i.e. in 1941-42,someone brought an electric fan and requested that it be used by Bhagavan.

“Why this fan? The ordinary fan is there. We have hands. I will fan myself with it whenever necessary. Why do I require all these things?” said Bhagavan.

“Is it not some trouble? If the electric fan is used there is no trouble whatsoever,” said that devotee. “What is the trouble? If the ordinary fan is used we get just as much breeze as we want.

The electric fan blows too much breeze and with a whizzing noise. Moreover, some electric current is consumed. For that,there will be a bill. Why should we make the office bear that expense on our account?” said Bhagavan.

“We have got it here, Swami, with the permission of the office,” said the devotee. “Oh, is that so? Then let them have the fan for themselves.

They are people who work and it is necessary for them. Why should I need it?” said Bhagavan. The devotee did not say anything further but went away, leaving the fan

As it was a table fan, it was kept near Bhagavan’s sofa and it used to be switched on by someone nearby whenever it was sultry.

Bhagavan would immediately say, “It is only because of such things I had said you should not keep it here at all. If you want a fan you can keep it near yourselves.”

And if nobody stopped it he used to stop it himself with the aid of a small stick.

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 was reluctant for usage of electric fan
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2010, 01:42:55 PM »
Dear prasanth,

Nice.  Bhagavan Ramana was an example of economic use of
resources.  He never wanted to waste anything.  In earlier years,
the devotee Kunju Swami used to keep some tooth powder in
small pockets for everyday use by Bhagavan.  If the tooth powder
was more than required, He used to keep the excess and neatly
folded and pocket and gave it back to be given next morning!

Even Vibhuti, He used to take only adequate quantity and apply
it on His forehead without wasting even a speck.  Saiva Siddhantam
says some methods to apply Vibhuti.  The ashes, while applied,
should not fall as specks on the floor!   One should take a towel
and show it below the palm, so that the ashes in excess would
fall on the towel and the same is applied all over the chest.

The electric fan story (I do not know whether it is the same table
fan or something else), once was making a lot of noise.  Bhagavan
Ramana said:  This is making more "speeches" in the Hall than
me.  Let it be used in the office.  I am happy with the hand fan!

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Ramana Maharshi was reluctant for usage of electric fan
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2010, 01:53:14 PM »
Thanks a lot for the info Subramanian.R garu.

I was not knowing those incidents mentioned by you.