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Ramana Maharshi Simplicity in eating habits
« on: September 17, 2010, 04:53:32 PM »
Servers in the kitchen usually devote special attention to Bhagavan by serving him something more than they serve to others. He notes such undue discrimination and tries to dissuade them.

Once post master Raja Iyer did so and Bhagavan looked at him disapprovingly but did not say anything at that time; and so Raja Iyer was continuing the practice off and on.

One night palpayasam (milk pudding) was prepared and Chinnaswami finding it particularly delicious, appeared to have hinted to Raja to serve a little more than usual to Bhagavan. So Raja served a little more. Bhagavan could not tolerate it and burst out, “There! Again the same nonsense.

The same monkey tricks. Why do you serve me more than what you serve others? When it comes to serving Bhagavan,the ladle is immersed fully while it is immersed only half when it is served to others. How often have I told you not to do so? No one listens to my words.

When the ladle is in his hands the server thinks he is as powerful as the District Collector and thinks he can do anything without fear. He is the one who serves and we are the people to eat whatever he serves. His hand is above and ours is below.

We must act as he pleases and eat as he decides and then lie low.” And Bhagavan went on talking in that strain, severely rebuking all the people concerned.

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: Ramana Maharshi Simplicity in eating habits
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2010, 02:53:14 PM »

Dear prasanth,

Bhagavan Ramana chided anyone who tried to give Him or serve Him
anything more than the usual quota that is served to others. I remember two anecdotes.

Once one kitchen worker server more than one ladle of potato curry.
Bhagavan Ramana looked up and told her sternly:  "Do you think
that you can get moksha by giving me more potato curry?"  The
kitchen woker went back crying.

On another occasion, one kitchen worker served more rice on His
leaf plate.  Bhagav stared at her and told:  You are serving me
more!  This lady replied:  "What is more?  What is less?  It is all
in the mind only!"  Bhagavan Ramana laughed and said:  See, she
is speaking my philosophy to me!

Arunachala Siva.