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Ramana Maharshi Devotee Madhavaswami
« on: May 17, 2010, 01:09:10 PM »
Madhavaswami rendered dedicated service to Sri Bhagavan for approximately twelve years. Below are two instances where Sri Bhagavan talks about Madhavaswami with great compassion.

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam,by Suri Nagamma

12th July 1946, (51) DEATH OF MADHAVASWAMY

Madhavaswami was a Malayalee. His birthplace is a village near Palghat. He was a brahmachari. He came here about 15 years back, when he was only 20 years of age and did personal service to Bhagavan. For some time past, he had had a desire to visit holy places, and so used to go away frequently and come back. When Acharyaswami,who was another devotee of Bhagavan, in charge of the Math which was built for him in Kumbakonam,came here some time back and passed away,Madhava went there as head of the Math and passed away within a short time there after.

About four days ago, i.e. in the morning of the 8th or 9th, I went to Bhagavan’s presence at 7-30. As I got up after prostrating before him, Bhagavan said, “Madhava is gone.” “Where to?” I asked, as he was in the habit of going away from the Asramam on pilgrimage now and then. Smilingly Bhagavan said, “Where to? To that place, leaving the body here.” I was shocked and asked, “When?” “The day before yesterday at 6 p.m.,” replied Bhagavan, and looking at Krishnaswami, said, “Acharyaswami who was there came here and died, and the one who was here went there and died. Everything moves according to fate. For a long time Madhava had a desire that he should be independent and without anyone in authority over him. His desire has at last been fulfilled. Anyway he was a good man. Merely for fun when Acharyaswami who was in Kumbakonam passed away, I asked Madhava whether he would go, as there was no one there in the Math. He took up the idea, went there and thus fulfilled his desire. See how things happen! When I wrote Telugu Dvipada and other verses in Malayalam script in a notebook, he used to read them well just like Telugu people. He had some Telugu ‘Samskara’ (knowledge). He took away that notebook saying that he would be looking into it now and then. If it is there, tell them to bring it here. It was the same with Ayyaswami. He took away a notebook, saying that he would bring it back after reading it. He himself never came back. The same thing has happened with this man also.” So saying he changed the topic. When they heard that a person who had followed Bhagavan almost like his shadow for 12 years, and was extremely meek and gentle by nature, had passed away suddenly somewhere, there was no one in the Asramam who did not shed a tear.

Kunjuswami who had gone from here to supervise Madhava’s burial ceremonies, came back this morning at 8 a.m. and after prostrating before Bhagavan said, “Madhavaswamy was wandering about in search of peace of mind but could not gain peace, and so he told people that he would not live any longer, and came to the Math at Kumbakonam. He had a sudden attack of diarrhea for a day, and as he complained of difficulty breathing while taking soda water, he was made to lie down. He never regained consciousness,according to what the people in the Math told me.They kept the corpse till I got there. It did not deteriorate in any way even though three days had elapsed. I got it buried and have come back. I could not find the note-book anywhere.”

Sri Ramana Reminiscences, by G.V. Subbaramayya

One noon Sri Subbalakshamamma observed that the white peacock who was being so much fondled by Sri Bhagavan might be Madhavaswami, the late attendant of Sri Bhagavan. A little later as I entered the Hall, Sri Bhagavan said that some people believe that the white peacock was the reincarnation of Madhavaswami; and ever afterwards Sri Bhagavan used to address him as ‘Madhava’.

On June 20, 1947, I composed eight Telugu verses on the white peacock in Mayura Vrittam (peacock-metre) and presented them to Sri Bhagavan in the Jubilee pandal. He appeared greatly pleased with them and handing them to Srimati Lalita Venkataraman, he suggested that she might sing them with her veena . Within half and hour she brought her veena and got ready to sing. Just then the white peacock was absent. Sri Bhagavan said, “But the hero must be present to hear his praises sung! Where are you, Madhava? Come.” Lo! At once the white peacock jumped down from the roof of the pandal; and while Lalita Venkatraman sang, he spread out his tail feather and danced as Sri Bhagavan sat and watched him with beaming eyes. When the singing concluded, the peacock walked to the veena and pecked at its strings with his beak.Thereupon Sri Bhagavan told the singer, “Madhava wants you to repeat the song.” So she sang once more and the peacock danced again. It was a sight for the gods to see.

-- Letters from Sri Ramanasramam,by Suri Nagamma



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Re: Ramana Maharshi Devotee Madhavaswami
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2010, 10:51:01 AM »

The white peacock donated by Baroda Maharani is said to be
the re-incarnation of Madhava Swami.  Even today one can
see some white peacocks inside the Asramam.  They are a few
in numbers possibly 2 or 3, perhaps other devotees of Bhagavan
Ramana or Madhavaswami's clan who had come to complete
their births in Bhagavan Ramana's Presence.

Arunachala Siva.