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Mahrishi & Unnamulai Devi
« on: August 06, 2010, 11:48:26 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi once recalled an interesting episode of Virupaksha cave days on the hill of Arunachala.
Bhagavan once thought of skipping breakfast due to the prevailing indigestion. He retreated from the cave quietly and slipped into the forest.
In the forest He was approached by seven ladies who each had a bag in their shoulder and accosted to have breakfast with them.
Each one competed with each other in serving Bhagavan.
Bhagavan managed to partake of the food of the seven sudden visitors and managed to escape from there.
While He took leave, they shouted back telling that He was entitled to have lunch as well with them and there was no way of escape.

Bhagavan as customary of Him, steeped in solitude, walked deep into the jungle to avoid being spotted by the wonder women.
As He rested under a tree, to His surprise the seven women once again appeared and expressed their wish to share their mid day meal with Him.
As Bhagavan spurt out a few words of protest saying that breakfast was suffice to keep Him going for three days, the three ladies engaged in getting prepared to serve Him. A variety of sumptuous dishes were served.

The women reverentially asked Bhagavan to partake of the food and to give up His protest.
They asked Him to consider that the lunch was specially hosted by the queen of the place, Goddess Unnamulai, Thiruvannamalai for Him.
After a while they surprisingly disappeared from the place. Bhagavan felt that perhaps they belonged to a different world.

It seemed having carried out the instruction of Unnamulai ( Mother Parvati as addressed in Thiruvannamalai ) they went their way.
Complete surrender meets the necessities of the hour unfailingly could be the message from this episode.
We may not be possessed of the devotion of thorough surrender like Bhagavan.
However the most merciful Master demanded only partial surrender for our redemption from both material and spiritual issues.
I found this story here.


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Re: Mahrishi & Unnamulai Devi
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2010, 11:41:06 AM »

This Sapta Kanya [the Seven sisters] story is very interesting.
Everything happens due to God's Grace.  Our job is to stay still
and accept whatever comes.  On another occasion, when Bhagavan
Ramana was strolling here and there in the Hill, on a hot sunny
day, one old lady [who was picking dry twigs and leaves for fuel]
told Him in a school-teacherish tone:  "Let someone put you on
a Paadai [ an ornamental palanquin on which dead body is kept
before cremation].  Why are you loitering in this hot sun?"

Bhagavan Ramana took it as Arunachala's command and stopped
loitering always in the Hill, but for a 20 minute morning and evening stroll.


Arunachala Siva.