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Part 2 - Tales Of Ramana Maharshi Recounted By Chalam
« on: July 10, 2010, 11:59:04 PM »
In front of the temple dedicated to Bhagavan’s mother a magnificent hall was built and a gorgeous sofa carved from a single block of black granite was placed in the hall for Bhagavan to sit on. When all was ready he was requested to move from the old hall to the new one. Bhagavan refused.

A stone statue of him was being carved and he said, “The stone swami will sit on the stone sofa”. And it came true. Bhagavan used the stone sofa very little and only for the sake of the large gatherings which were brought by the news of his fatal illness. When he was no more in the body, the statue was enthroned in the new hall and there it is now.

An old Telugu man with a long beard, an iron pot and chopper for cutting wood made his abode in the Draupadi temple. He would beg some food in the town, boil something or other in his iron pot on a small fire of wood cut with his chopper and eat it during the day. For hours together he could be seen standing and looking at Bhagavan.


He would spend the night in the temple, which was dilapidated and abandoned and surrounded by jungle.Once Chalam found him standing all alone in front of the temple and gazing at Arunachala. “I sleep here”, he said when Chalam asked him what he was doing in the forsaken temple. “What, sleeping here all alone? Are you not afraid”? exclaimed Chalam.

The old man seemed indignant. “Afraid of what? Bhagavan throws his light upon me. All through the night I am surrounded by a blue radiance.
As long as his light is with me, how can I be afraid”? The incident made Chalam deeply humble. Bhagavan’s love and light was given in full measure to a poor old beggar, while those who pride themselves on being his chosen disciples are left high and dry because they have themselves to attend to.

Source : RAMANA SMRTI Sri Ramana Maharshi Birth Centenary Offering 1980

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Re: Part 2 - Tales Of Ramana Maharshi Recounted By Chalam
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010, 11:24:05 AM »

Dear prasanth,


I used to stand before the railings whenever I go to Mother's
Temple and pray to Bhagavan Ramana.  The granite image has no garlands as per Bhagavan's wish.  Venkataraman, an all-purpose devotee, about 30 years old,  [who helps in puja and also serves food in the dining hall] comes every morning and places some flowers in front of the image. The granite image is jet black and has been adorned only a white coupina.

Bhagavan Ramana sat only for a few weeks on this stone sofa.
On the back of this statue, is written the famous sloka: "Hrudaya
guhara madhye kevalam brahmam matram......"   

The statue is well maintained with daily cleaning and adornment
of white coupina and flowers. 



Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Part 2 - Tales Of Ramana Maharshi Recounted By Chalam
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2010, 11:36:10 AM »
Thanks for this info Subramanian Garu.

Even i have seen when i went last year to ramana ashramam which was my first visit.

As maybe it was the first time i went or for some reason my hair stood erect when i was about to enter Ramana Ashramam.

Bhagavan willing i want to go again in this year end.