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bhagavan ramana's culinary art
« on: May 29, 2010, 03:49:51 PM »
Kunju swami says:

The way sri bhagavan used to prepare spinach is a lesson in patience and culinary art. Heaps of spinach would be gathered in the kitchen. early morning bhagavan would go there; we would follow. His instructions for cutting were specific.His method?

"The spinach should be cut into there parts. First the top, the leaves; second, the stem and then the root. The leaves are used for making curry. The stems are bundled and tied together and put into the boiling sambar. The roots are all repeatedly and thoroughly cleaned in water and then crushed there or four times on the stone each time taking the juice out, until only pure fibre is left. This juice is mixed with the rasam. This is the routine for cokking spinach. Tis demanded so much work and bhagavan did it mostly himself.

"Once we took all the roots, bundled them up and buried them under ground, in a place which bhagavan did not frequent while going for his walk. Unfortunately on that bhgavan did deviate from his usual route and pased by that very spot. since the earth was freshly disturbed, bhagavan just put his walking stick into it and some spinach roots surfaced. Bhagavan immediately understood the mischief! He sat down and dug out all the roots himself, and wadhed them thoroughly, since the roots were all now covered with mud. It took a long time for him to clean them all. He went to the kitchen, crushed them repeatedly till all the juice ws taken out. He himself put the jice into the rasam and only then continued his walk. Bhagavan did all this with a smile on his face and not a trace of irritation or anger. It was an object lesson for us all who silently witnessed this with untold guilt.

This lesson was imprinted in our hearts that day, so deeply that never afterwards did we think of idling or wasting anything.

- [MP, 1987, July, 43-44]


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Re: bhagavan ramana's culinary art
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2010, 04:20:27 PM »

Dear prasanth/SLakshmi,

There is a story about Muruganar and Bhagavan Ramana sitting
together and cutting the spinach.  Bhagavan Ramana used to speak
to him, gems of words and also simultaneously attend to the work
neatly.  Muruganar by nature is not himself an expert in any kitchen
work.  Further, he was simply watching Bhagavan Ramana with gaping mouth, listening to His worlds intently.  The result was that in his portion of the work, the spinach leaves, the stem, the root etc., were mixed together and the heap became a total mess.  Bhagavan Ramana suddenly looked at it and said: "Oye, Oye, stop
your work.  Enough of your expert spinach cutting.  You are only
fit for writing poems.  Please stop."

Muruganar became shy.  He came out and immediately wrote a
poem:  "O Venkata, you are an expert in culinary art.  If you
marry, your wife will have no worries about the kitchen.  Why
not you marry a beautiful woman and settle down, instead of
getting assisted by fools like me?" (Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai).

Arunachala Siva.