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Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni Says Ramana Maharshi Is A Good Cook
« on: September 17, 2010, 04:45:51 PM »
Sometime in 1942, a devotee asked Bhagavan why the slokas in “Chatvarimsat” though they are only forty in number are in different metres. Smilingly Bhagavan said, “Oh that! Nayana wanted to write a “Ramana Satakam” (100 slokas) with each set of ten slokas in different metres and selected the required metres for the purpose.

He then began writing one sloka in each metre and slowly added some more slokas as and when he felt like writing but could not complete the work. By the time he passed away it was found there were only 40 slokas.

These were gathered together by me and named as “Chatvarimsat”. This is being recited every morning before the Upanishad Parayana. What to do? A number of his writings remained incomplete similarly. That was his way of doing things.” “In one or two places there are ten slokas at a stretch in one metre. How come?” asked the devotee.

“Yes, yes. In one dasakam (series of ten slokas) he wrote only two slokas in a lighter vein saying ‘Bhuvana bhupate, bhagavatah krite, bhavasi pachako yamavatam pate,’ (Oh! Lord of Sannyasa! You are like a cook in the services of God). ‘Narapasooniman ahami tadayan,parasivodanam vithanushe pachan’, (You are demolishing the egos of the human animals and cooking meals for Parama Siva).You see, that means I am a good cook.

Nayana has styled me a cook. How strange! Perhaps Arunachaleswara was till then eating human beings uncooked and now he has got in me an expert cook. Nayana means I cook well and tastefully and serve it to the Lord. Good! He can eat the food with great relish. A nice cook indeed,” said Bhagavan with a smile.

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: Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni Says Ramana Maharshi Is A Good Cook
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2010, 04:40:00 PM »

Dear prasanth,

Nice anecdote. Muruganar says that Bhagavan Ramana is the eater
of egos!

But it is also true that Bhagavan Ramana was an expert cook.  He
used to cut vegetables quite exquisitely and without wasting even
a bit.  He used to recommend to put the stem of the greens in sambhar, after cleaning them without leaving mud, sands etc.,
Once Muruganar was also cutting vegetables and he was not nice
at that job.  [He was an expert only writing beautiful poems].  Further, he was also listening to Bhagavan's conversations, with a gaping mouth, that he took only the remains in the vessel and threw away the needed portion on the floor.  Bhagavan Ramana chided him gently saying "What sort of job are you doing?  You are only looking at the mouth!" 

Muruganar left the work immediately and wrote a poem, which reads,  "O Ramana!  You are a nice cook and is an expert in kitchen.  Why not you marry a young girl and run a household.  Any lady would like to marry you, since she would have no work and all the kitchen work would be taken care of by you!"  This poem comes under Sri
Ramana Sannidhi Murai.

Arunachala Siva.