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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #210 on: April 08, 2013, 11:02:02 PM »
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இறைவனை, ஞானத்தை ஒவ்வொருவரும் முயன்றுதான் அடைய வேண்டும். There are no any short routes to reach the Feet of God.

–பகவான் ஸ்ரீ ரமண மகரிஷி

பிரிட்டிஷ் இந்திய போலீஸ் அதிகாரியான எஃப். ஹெச். ஹம்ப்ரீஸ் என்பவர் பகவானை முதலில் பார்த்ததும் தனக்கு எப்படி இருந்தது என்ற உணர்வை அப்படியே எழுதியிருக்கிறார்.அதை பழம் பெரும் எழுத்தாளர் லா.சு.ரங்கராஜன் அற்புதமாக மொழி பெயர்த்திருக்கிறார். அதை இப்போது பார்க்கலாம்.

”குகையை அடைந்ததும் நான் அவரது காலடியில் வாய் திறக்காமல் உட்கார்ந்தேன். இப்படி ரொம்ப நேரம் மௌனமாக இருந்ததால் நான் என் வசமிழந்து என்னுள் ஓர் எழுச்சி உண்டாவதை உணர்ந்தேன். அரை மணி நேரம் நான் மகரிஷியின் கண்களையே உற்றுப் பார்த்துக் கொண்டிருந்தேன்.ஆழ்ந்த தியானத்தில் இருந்த அவரது கண்கள் அசையவே இல்லை. புனித ஆவியின் ஆலயமே உடல் என்பதை நான் உணரத் துவங்கினேன்.என் எதிரே அமர்ந்திருந்த மகரிஷியின் உடல், அவர் அல்ல என்கிற உணர்வு தோன்றியது, கடவுளின் செயற்கருவியே அவர். எதிரே சும்மா அசைவற்று உட்கார்ந்த பாணியில் உள்ள உருவம் உயிரற்ற உடல் மட்டுமே. அந்த உடல் மூலம் கடவுள், சரம் சரமாகக் கதிரொளியைப் பரப்புகிறார்.என்னுள் எழுந்த எண்ணங்களை வெறும் வார்த்தைகளால் வர்ணிக்க முடியவில்லை.’’

பாருங்கள். ஒரு கிறிஸ்துவர், அதுவும் கடுமையான பணி புரியும் காவல் துறை அதிகாரி எப்படி உணர்கிறார் பாருங்கள். அவர் மட்டுமல்ல, அன்று மட்டுமல்ல., இன்றைக்கும் நீங்கள் திருவண்ணாமலை ரமணாச்ரமம் சென்று அவரது சன்னதியின் முன்னால் கொஞ்ச நேரம் உட்கார்ந்து பாருங்கள். நீங்களும் ஹம்ப்ரீஸ் போல் உணர்வீர்கள்.

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Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #211 on: April 09, 2013, 03:29:02 PM »
When Bhagavan was living on the hill, this incident took place. Bhagavan loved children and was charmed by their innocence. He admired their lack of hypocrisy. Vajreswari, the four year old daughter of Kavyakanta Ganapathi Muni, a staunch devotee of Bhagavan and a well known Sanskrit scholar, had full liberty with Bhagavan and would insist on sitting on his lap whenever she came. Bhagavan would often call her near him, and show her affection by putting her on his lap and talking to her.
Once Vajreswari came to the Skandasramam and as usual sat on Bhagavan’s lap. As Bhagavan was holding her and talking to her lovingly, a young monkey came up to them. The young monkey apparently got jealous of Vajreswari, pushed her off Bhagavan’s lap and took her place. Vajreswari started to cry, and she pleaded with Bhagavan, “Send this monkey out, I want to sit on your lap.” But the young monkey would not give up his privileged place and continued to sit there. This rivalry between the child and the young monkey thoroughly amused Bhagavan but at the same time, he wanted to appease both of them. He turned to the young monkey and said, “Look, Vajreswari is your sister. Is she not? Let her also sit on my lap with you. Give her some room.” Then he looked at Vajreswari who was standing near him and said. “Is he not your young brother? Come on both of you sit on my lap.”
Finally both the child and the monkey sat together on Bhagavan’s lap fully satisfied and enjoyed each other’s company. Is this not a practical demonstration of Bhagavan’s great love for all beings irrespective of their forms?
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #212 on: April 17, 2013, 10:26:42 AM »
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உற்சாகத்தின் ஊற்றாய் திகழ்ந்தவர் பகவான். எப்போதும் அவர் உற்சாகத்தோடு இருப்பார். அவர் கொட்டாவி விட்டோ அல்லது தூங்கியோ யாருமே பார்த்தது கிடையாது. அவரைத் தரிசிப்பவர்களிடத்திலெல்லாம் அந்த உற்சாகம் என்பது தானாகவே ஒட்டிக்கொள்ளும்

ஆரம்ப நாட்களில் அவரிடம், ஜயந்தி விழாவை கொண்டாட வேண்டும் என பக்தர்கள் சொன்னபோது, ‘நான் எங்கே பிறந்தேன்?’ என்று கேட்டார் பகவான். அதுமட்டுமல்ல; ஜயந்தி விழாவை கொண்டாட சம்மந்தமே தெரிவிக்கவில்லை.

1912ஆம் ஆண்டு, பக்தர்கள் மீண்டும் பகவானிடம், அவரது ஜயந்தி விழாவை கொண்டாட வேண்டும் எனக் கேட்ட போது, ‘ஜயந்தி விழாவை ஏன் கொண்டாட வேண்டும்? அதற்கு வலுவான காரணத்தை சொல்லுங்கள்’ என்றார். அதற்கு பக்தர்கள் சொன்ன காரணம் என்ன தெரியுமா?

‘பகவானே, உங்களை தரிசிக்க தினம் நூற்றுக்கணக்கான பக்தர்கள், உலகின் பல மூலைகளிலிருந்தும் வருகிறார்கள். ஒரு பக்தர், இன்னொரு பக்தரோடு தொடர்புகொள்ள வாய்ப்பு இல்லாமல் போய்விடுகிறது. ஜயந்தி விழாவை கொண்டாடினால், பக்தர்கள் அனைவரும், ஒருவருக்கொருவர் பார்த்து பேசிக் கொள்ள வசதியாக இருக்குமே’ என்ற காரணத்தை அவர் முன் வைத்தார்கள். அதன் பிறகுதான், சரியென்று அதற்கு சம்மதம் தெரிவித்தார் பகவான் ஸ்ரீரமணர்.

ஓம் நமோ பகவதே ஸ்ரீ ரமணாய!!
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #213 on: April 18, 2013, 10:55:57 AM »
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ஒருமுறை, பெரியவா திருவண்ணாமலை போயிருந்தப்போ, கிரிப் பிரதட்சிணம் பண்ணினார். அவரோடு இன்னும் நாலஞ்சு பேர் போனா. கொஞ்ச நேரத்துல, பகவான் ரமணரோட சீடர்கள் சில பேர், கையில் பிட்சைப் பாத்திரத்தோடு எதிரே வந்துண்டிருந்தா. பெரியவாளைப் பார்த்ததும் நமஸ்காரம் பண்ணிட்டு, ‘நாங்க பகவான் ரமணரோட சீடர்கள். பகவான் அங்கே ஆஸ்ரமத்துல இருக்கார்’னு சொன்னா. உடனே பெரியவா, ‘அப்படியா’ங்கிறாப்பல தலை அசைச்சுக் கேட்டுண்டுட்டு, புன்னகையோடு அவங்களை ஆசீர்வாதம் பண்ணிட்டு, மேலே நடக்க ஆரம்பிச்சார்.

ரமண பக்தர்கள் கொஞ்சம் தயங்கி நின்னுட்டுக் கிளம்பிப் போனாங்க. அவாளுக்கு வருத்தம்… ரமணரைப் பத்தி, அவரோட சௌக்கியம் பத்தி, பெரியவா ஒண்ணுமே விசாரிக்கலையே; தெரிஞ்ச மாதிரியே காட்டிக்கலையேன்னு!

அந்த பக்தர்கள் மலையேறிப் போய், ஸ்ரீரமண பகவான்கிட்ட பிட்சையைக் கொடுத்துட்டு, வழியில காஞ்சிப் பெரியவாளைத் தரிசித்ததைச் சொல்லி, தங்களது வருத்தத்தையும் தெரிவிச்சாங்க. அதைக் கேட்டதும் வாய் விட்டுச் சிரிச்சாராம், ரமண பகவான்! ‘அட அசடுகளா?! நாங்க ரெண்டு பேரும் பேசிண்டாச்சு; இப்பவும் பேசிண்டிருக்கோமேடா; இதுக்கா வருத்தமா இருக்கேள்?!’ன்னாராம். திகைச்சுப் போய் நின்னாளாம், பக்தர்கள்!

காஞ்சிப் பெரியவரும் ஸ்ரீரமணரும் மகா ஞானிகள்; தபஸ்விகள். அவங்களுக்குள்ளே எப்பவும் சம்பாஷணை நடந்துண்டிருக்குன்னு தெரிஞ்சபோது ஏற்பட்ட நெகிழ்ச்சிக்கும் மகிழ்ச்சிக்கும் அளவே இல்லை!

பால் பிரன்ட்டன் என்பவர் ஆன்மிக விஷயமா பேசறதுக்கு மகா பெரியவாகிட்ட வந்தார். அப்ப பெரியவா, ‘அவர் ஞான மார்க்கத்துல போயிண்டிருக்கார். நான் கர்ம மார்க்கத்துலே போயிண்டிருக்கேன். உன்னோட கேள்விகளுக்கெல்லாம் பதில் தரக்கூடியவர், திருவண்ணாமலையில இருக்கார். உன் சந்தேகங்களையெல்லாம் அவராலதான் தீர்த்துவைக்க முடியும்’னு சொல்லி, பால் பிரன்ட்டனை ரமணர்கிட்டே அனுப்பி வைச்சார். பால் பிரன்ட்டனும் அதன்படியே ரமணரை வந்து சந்திச்சு, தன்னோட சந்தேகங்கள் எல்லாம் விலகி, அவரோட பக்தர் ஆகி, புஸ்தகமே எழுதினாரே!

பெரியவாளுக்கும் பகவான் ரமணருக்கும் பரஸ்பரம் அன்பு இல்லேன்னா இது நடந்திருக்குமா? மொத்தத்துல, காஞ்சி மகானும் ஸ்ரீரமண பகவானும் நம் தேசத்துக்குக் கிடைச்சது மாபெரும் பாக்கியம்!

ஓம் நமோ பகவதே ஸ்ரீ ரமணாய!!
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #214 on: April 25, 2013, 11:37:22 AM »
Stories told by Sri Bhagavan:

D: Is it possible to speak to Iswara as Sri Ramakrishna did?
M: When we can speak to each other why should we not speak to Iswara in the same way?
D: Then why does it not happen with us?
M: It requires purity and strength of mind and practicein meditation.
D: Does God become evident if the above conditions exist?
M: Such manifestation is as real as your own reality. In other words, when you identify yourself with the body as in jagrat you see gross objects; when in subtle body or in mental plane as in swapna, you see objects equally subtle; in the absence of identification as in sushupti  you see nothing. The objects seen bear a relation to the state of the seer. The same applies to visions of God. By long practice the figure of God, as meditated upon, appears in dream and may later appear in jagrat also.
D: Is that the state of God-realisation?
M: Listen to what happened once years ago.

Vithoba found Namdev had not yet realised the Supreme Truth and wanted to teach him. When Jnaneswar and Namdev returned from their  pilgrimage, Gora Kumbhar gave a feast to all the saints in his place and among them were Jnaneswar and Namdev. At the feast Jnaneswar,  in collusion with Gora, told Gora publicly, “You are a potter, daily engaged in making pots and testing them to see which are properly baked and which are not. These pots before you (i.e., the saints) are the pots of Brahma. See which of these are sound and which not.” Thereupon Gora said, “Yes, Swami, I shall do so,” and took up the stick with which he used to tap his pots to test their soundness. Holding it aloft in his hand he went to each of his guests and tapped each on the head as he usually did to his pots. Each guest humbly submitted to such tapping. But when Gora approached Namdev, the latter indignantly called out, “You potter, what do you mean by coming to tap me  with that stick?” Gora thereupon told Jnaneswar, “Swami, all the other pots have been properly baked. This one (i.e. Namdev) alone is not yet properly baked.” All the assembled guests burst into laughter.

Namdev felt greatly humiliated and ran up to Vitthala (the deity he worshipped) with whom he was on the most intimate terms, playing with him, eating with him, sleeping with him and so on. Namdev complained of this humiliation which had happened to him, the closest friend and companion of Vitthala. Vitthala (who of course knew all this) pretended to sympathise with him, asked for all the details of the happenings at Gora’s house and after hearing everything said, “Why should you not have kept quiet and submitted to the tapping, as all  the others did? That is why all this trouble has come.” Thereupon Namdev cried all the more and said, “You also want to join the others and humiliate me. Why should I have submitted like the others? Am I not your closest friend, your child?” Vitthala said, “You have not yet  properly understood the truth, and you won’t understand if I tell you. But go to the saint who is in a ruined temple in such and such a forest. He will be able to give you enlightenment.”

Namdev accordingly went there and found an old, unassuming man sleeping in a corner of the temple with his feet on a Sivalingam. Namdev could hardly believe this was the man from whom he – the companion of Vitthala – was to gain enlightenment. However, as there was none else there, Namdev went near the man and clapped his hands. The old man woke up with a start and seeing Namdev,  said, “Oh – you are Namdev whom Vitthala has sent here. Come!” Namdev was dumbfounded and began to think, “This must be a great
man.” Still he thought it was revolting that any man however great, should be resting his feet on a lingam. He asked the old man, “You seem to be a great personage. But is it proper for you to have your feet on a lingam?” The old man replied, “Oh, are my feet on a lingam? Where is it? Please remove my feet elsewhere.” Namdev removed the feet and put them in various places. Wherever they were put, there was a Sivalingam. Finally, he took them on his lap and he himself became a Sivalingam! Then he realised the truth and the old gentleman said, “Now you can go back.”

Bhagavan added, “It is to be noted that only when he surrendered himself, and touched the feet of his guru, enlightenment came. After this final enlightenment Namdev returned to his house and for some days did not go to Vitthala at the temple, though it had been his habit not only to visit Vitthala every day, but to spend most of his time with Vitthala at the temple. So, after a few days, Vitthala went to Namdev’s house and like a guileless soul, enquired how it was that Namdev had forgotten him and never visited him. Namdev replied, ‘No more of your fooling me. I know now. Where is the place where you are not! To be with you, should I go to the temple? Do I exist apart from you?’ Then Vitthala said, ‘So you now understand the truth. That is why you had to be sent for this final lesson’.”

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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #215 on: May 03, 2013, 12:47:34 PM »
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ரமணருக்கு முதுமையுடன் நோயும் சேர்ந்து உடல் மிக நலிந்திருந்த சமயம். ஆனால் எப்போதும் யாராவது அவரைத் தரிசிக்க வந்தவண்ணம் இருந்தனர். மருத்துவரோ கண்டிப்பாக ஒய்வு தேவை என்று கூறினார். குறைந்தபட்சம் மதியச் சாப்பாட்டுக்குப் பின் பகவான் சற்று ஒய்வு எடுக்கட்டும் என்று மிகுந்த நல்லெண்ணத்தோடு தீமானித்த நிர்வாகம் ஒரு போர்டு வைத்தது. ‘பகல் பன்னிரண்டு மணி முதல் இரண்டு மணி வரை யாருக்கும் அனுமதியில்லை’ என்று அதில் எழுதியிருந்தது.

சாப்பிடப் போயிருந்த பகவான் திரும்பி வந்தார். போர்டைப் பார்த்தார். பேசாமல் கூடத்துக்கு வெளியே உட்கார்ந்து விட்டார்.

‘பகவான் உள்ளே போகலாமே’ என்று மற்றவர்கள் கூறினர்.

‘யாருக்கும் அனுமதியில்லை என்று எழுதியிருக்கிறதே. அது நமக்கும் தானே’ என்று சொல்லிப் பகவான் எல்லோரையும் திகைக்க வைத்தார்.

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« Reply #216 on: May 04, 2013, 12:50:03 PM »
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ஆச்ரமத்தின் கூடத்தில் இருக்கும் கட்டிலில் ஸ்ரீ ரமணர் சாய்ந்து அமர்ந்திருந்தார். வழக்கமாக அந்த நேரத்தில் வருகின்ற அணிற்பிள்ளைகள் வந்தன. சிறிதும் பயமின்றி ஸ்ரீ ரமணரின் மேனியில் ஏறியும் இறங்கியும் விளையாடின. ஸ்ரீ ரமணர் தமது அருகிலிருந்த டப்பாவைத் திறந்து பார்த்தபோது, அன்று முந்திரிப் பருப்புக்குப் பதிலாக அதில் வேர்க்கடலை இருந்தது. தினந்தோறும் அணில்கள் ஸ்ரீ ரமணரின் கையிலிருந்து முந்திரிப் பருப்பை வாங்கி உண்ணும். அவரே ஊட்டவும் செய்வதுண்டு.

இன்று வேர்க்கடலையை அவர் ஊட்டியதும் அணிற்பிள்ளைகள் அதை ஏற்க மறுத்தன. அது மட்டுமில்லாமல் முந்திரி கிடைக்காத கோபத்துடன் ‘கீச் கீச்’சென்று கத்திக் கொண்டே தாவித் தாவி அவருடைய உடம்பில் ஏறின. “வேர்க்கடலையைச் சாப்பிடுங்கள்” என்று குழந்தையைக் கெஞ்சுவதுபோல ஸ்ரீ ரமணர் அணிற் பிள்ளைகளைக் கொஞ்சினார். அவையோ தொட மறுத்தன. முந்திரிப்பருப்பு வேண்டும் என்பதுபோல அடம் பிடித்தன. ஸ்ரீ ரமணர் சமையலறையிலிருந்து முந்திரி இருந்தால் கொண்டு வருமாறு தொண்டர் கிருஷ்ணசாமியிடம் கூறினார்.

தொண்டர் சிறிதளவு முந்திரியைக் கொண்டுவந்து கொடுத்தார். “இவ்வளவுதான் இருக்கிறதா ?” என்றார் ஸ்ரீ ரமணர். தொண்டர், “பாயசத்திற்குப் போடணும்னு கொஞ்சம் வைத்திருக்கிறது” என்றார்.

“இந்தக் குழந்தைகள் எப்படி தவிக்கின்றன. போ போ. பாயசத்திற்கு முந்திரி போடணும்னு கட்டாயமில்லை” என்று ஸ்ரீ ரமணர் கோபமாகக் கூறியதும் தொண்டர் சமையலறையிலிருந்த முந்திரி முழுவதையும் கொண்டு வந்து கொடுத்தார். ஸ்ரீ ரமணர் ஆசையுடன் ஊட்ட, அணிற்பிள்ளைகள் சந்தோஷக்குரல்களுடன் உண்டபோது, ஸ்ரீ ரமணரின் வதனத்தில் கருணையொளி வீசியது.

மறுநாளே சென்னையிலிருந்து வந்த பக்தர் ஒருவர் ஸ்ரீ ரமணரிடம் இரண்டு பெரிய பொட்டலங்களில் முந்திரிப்பருப்பு கொண்டுவந்து, “அணிற்பிள்ளைகளுக்கு அளிப்பதற்காகவே கொண்டு வந்தேன்” என்றார். ஸ்ரீ ரமணர் அணிற்பிள்ளைகளுக்குத் தேவையானது கிடைத்ததில் ஆனந்தம் அடைந்தார்.

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« Reply #217 on: May 04, 2013, 04:27:56 PM »
This happened about two years before Bhagavan'sMaha Nirvana. One morning Bhagavan was
in the hall surrounded by devotees from many lands. It was time for lunch and everybody was
hungry. Some were already in the dining hall, waiting for Bhagavan to come. At that time
Bhagavan was suffering from severe rheumatism in his knees, which were swollen and gave him
severe pain; to get up he had to rub them first to remove the stiffness and it would take some
time. At last he got up slowly from the sofa, and leaning on his walking stick, was about to go
through the doorway when he noticed a village milkman, wrapped in a cotton shawl, with a
mudpot hanging on a strap from his shoulder.

Bhagavan stopped, looked at him and exclaimed, "Look, is it not Chinnappaya "Yes, it is
Chinnappaya"?
me,Swami," the villager replied with devotion and respect. Bhagavan asked him, "How are you?
Are you well? You have come to see me? Very well. But what is in your pot? Have you brought
some koolu (gruel)"? "Yes Swami, I have brought some koolu", replied the milkman shyly. "Then
come on, let me have it". Bhagavan put away his stick, cupped his two hands together and bent
forward holding his hands near his lips. The milkman started pouring the porridge from his pot in
a thin stream into Bhagavan's hands, as he sipped it with his chin between his wrists. The poor
man's face was beaming with joy and Bhagavan was drinking steadily, as if the grey porridge
was nectar to him.

The dining hall was full of hungry and somewhat angry people. One of them came out to see what
could be the cause of the delay in Bhagavan's coming, and when he saw what kind of lunch
Bhagavan was taking, he exclaimed, "How unfair, Bhagavan. We are all waiting for you and you
are late for the sake of this peasant"! Bhagavan grew indignant. "What, do you all think that I am
here for your sakes only? Do I belong to you? Did you care for me when I was on the hill? Nobody
wanted me then, only the shepherds, who would share their koolu with me." And he went into the
dining hall followed by the milkman and his pot.

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« Reply #218 on: May 04, 2013, 11:36:18 PM »
Venuammal

VENUAMMAL was the youngest child born to Sri Arunachalam and Srimati Kalyani in 1888 in the Tamil Nadu village of Mandakolathur, which is about 35 kilometers from Tiruvannamalai. She was the youngest of five children – three brothers and one sister. Her elder sister was Echammal, the well-known devotee of Bhagavan who after the tragic death of her husband, son and daughter in quick succession took refuge in Bhagavan in 1906 and who prepared food for him daily for forty years.
Venuammal was about seven years younger than her sister Lakshmiammal (Echammal) and also had her own tragedies. She was married at the age of nine, had a daughter, Balakuchambal, at the age of fourteen and lost her husband at the age of fifteen. It is unthinkable now that at such a tender age so much domestic cares and responsibilities could be thrust upon such a young girl, but that was the ways of this ancient Indian culture for thousands of years. So at the age of fifteen in 1903 Venuammal was widowed with a one-year-old daughter.
She was fortunate in that she received help from her late husband’s family, her parents and her brothers in Mandakolathur. It is believed that she moved back to her home village after the death of her husband and remained there until sometime after her daughter was married.

Venuammal’s daughter Balakuchambal was ten years old in 1912 when she married Sri Ramasesha Iyer, who was a sincere devotee of Bhagavan. He was employed by the Revenue Department in Tiruvannamalai and in other towns of the North Arcot District. Echammal was already living in Tiruvannamalai and had devoted her life to the service of Bhagavan and his devotees. Venuammal at some point followed her daughter to Tiruvannamalai and naturally fell into the same stream of life that her sister was in and became a staunch devotee of the Master. She served the devotees much like her sister. When Bhagavan’s mother came to live him on the hill, she naturally gravitated towards her and served her diligently. Alagammal loved Venuammal so much that she used to tell others that she was like a daughter to her. Venuammal served her tirelessly during her last illness and was constantly by her side. Venuammal can be seen sitting with Alagammal in the 1920 photo below.
In October 1920, Venuammal was very happy when her daughter gave birth to her first child, Rajalakshmi. But her happiness was again derailed when her daughter Balakuchambal suddenly died two and half years later. On the day of the death of her daughter, Venuammal was completely devastated. She decided to go straight to Bhagavan to lay bare her grief. It was the year 1923 and the Ashram had already moved down the hill to its present location. Since it was night and dark she sought the company Jnanambal Patti who walked with her from the town down the dark road to Ramanasramam with the help of a kerosene hurricane lamp while the dead body of her daughter lay in her home. Reaching the Ashram at 11 P.M. Venuammal fell at Bhagavan’s feet weeping uncontrollably. Standing alongside Bhagavan was his younger brother, Niranjananda Swami. He expressed his displeasure that Venuammal came there at that time of night and fell at Bhagavan’s feet weeping about a purely worldly matter. To Niranjananda Swami’s comments Bhagavan asked him if it was his sister weeping here before them now under same circumstances would he speak to her like that?
Bhagavan shared Venuammal’s grief and consoled her by explaining that the purpose for which her daughter was born into this world was over and so she had to leave the world. Moreover Bhagavan said that only the body dies and not the Atman which is deathless. Deeply comforted by Bhagavan’s genuine concern, gracious words and love she returned home.
From that time on Venuammal took the full responsibility of raising her granddaughter, Rajalakshmi, who can be seen in the 1928 photo below. Rajalakshmi presently lives with her sons in Chennai, and even at her advanced age she is great source of inspiration to devotees. Inspiring details of her childhood and close association with Bhagavan was published in the April and October 2008 issues of the Mountain Path. In those articles we read of the special care and attention Bhagavan gave to Rajalakshmi. Certainly, in the same manner, Venuammal received Bhagavan’s love and attention, though not much has been recorded.

One recent proof of this was the discovery of a beautiful pencil-colored Sri Chakra drawn by Bhagavan for Venuammal, probably around the year 1920. She had it framed and worshipped it daily till in her old age she was unable to do so. At that point she passed it on to her grand daughter Rajalakshmi who continued its worship until she became aged. Rajalakshmi then gave it over to her eldest son Sri Lakshmikanthan Arunachalam, who kindly made it available to us by allowing the Ashram photographic archivist, Sri V.Karthik, to take it to his Chennai studio and have it professionally scanned. Please use the following Internet link to view this color copy of this sacred Sri Chakra: www.ashrama.org/images/sri-chakra/Venuammal continued to live in Tiruvannamalai even after Bhagavan’s Mahanirvana. When she became weak with age she moved in with Rajalakshmi in Chennai for sometime and ultimately breathed her last at the age of 77 at her brother Sri Janakirama Iyer’s house in Vilapakkam. It was the same place that Echammal’s ashes were brought after her passing.
Sri Janakirama Iyer was the father of Chellammal whom Echammal adopted and brought up in Tiruvannamalai and whom Bhagavan loved so much. There are many incidents written about her in the Ashram liturature. Echammal brought up Chellammal’s son, popularly known as K. V. Mama, under the same circumstances as Rajalakshmi. He is also seen in the above 1928 group photo.

from the Newsletters of Arunachala Ramana Ashramam
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« Reply #219 on: May 05, 2013, 10:49:39 PM »
WHAT IS MORE AND WHAT IS LESS?

Bhagavan once remarked, 'I am only afraid of two devotees, Ramanatha Brahmachari and Mudaliar Patti.' Annamalai Swami commented that Bhagavan was unable to refuse any of their requests because they had so much love and devotion.

I suspect that it was Mudaliar Patti's irresistible love that somehow compelled Bhagavan to take extra food. When other people served him, he frequently told them off for putting too much on his plate.
The following story is typical of her approach to Bhagavan, and of Bhagavan's response to her: Mudaliar Patti, who used to feed Sri Bhagavan daily, always tried to serve more cooked rice to him by making a ball of rice and pressing it hard into a certain shape.

One day, Sri Bhagavan, noticing her trick, commented, 'She is very clever. She feels she could serve me more food through making it appear less. I know her trick!'
Bhagavan made gestures of her pressing the rice with her hands. Taking her cue, straight came Mudaliar Patti's reply : 'Bhagavan! What is more and what is less? There is nothing that is either big or small. Everything is only our bhavana [mental attitude]] She made similar gestures to the ones made by Bhagavan.
Bhagavan enjoyed the joke and remarked, 'See! See! How well she is giving me back my own teaching!'

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« Reply #220 on: May 07, 2013, 03:27:19 PM »
ரிபு முனிவர், தம் சீடனான நிதாகன் கர்ம காண்டத்திலிருந்து எவ்வளவு விடுபட்டிருக்கிறானென்று காண, தாம் வயதானவராயிருந்தும் நகரத்தில் வசித்த தம் சீடனிடம் தாமே போவார். தன் குரு தன்னைக் கவனித்து வருகிறாரென்று அறியாதபொழுது நிதாகன் எப்படி நடப்பானென்று கவனிக்க, சிற்சில சமயங்களில் ரிபு மாறுவேடம் பூண்டும் போவார். அப்படிப் பட்டிக்காட்டான் வேடம் பூண்டு ரிபு போயிருந்த ஒரு சமயத்தில் நிதாகன் ராஜ பவனியை வெகு கருத்தாகக் கவனித்துக் கொண்டிருப்பதை அவர் கண்டார். அவரை, நகரவாசியான நிதாகன் கண்டுகொள்ளவில்லை.

“இதென்ன கும்பலும் கூச்சலும்” என்று பட்டிக்காட்டானாகிய ரிபு கேட்டார்.

“ராஜா பவனி போகிறார்” என்று நிதாகன் பதிலுரைத்தான்.

“அரசனா? ஊர்வலம் போகிறானா? யார் அரசன்?”

“அதோ யானைமேல்”

“அரசன் யானைமேல் இருக்கிறான் என்கிறாயா?”

“ஆம்.”

நான் இருவரைக் காண்கிறேன். இதில் அரசன் யார்? யானை எது?”

“என்ன! நீ இரண்டையும் பார்க்கிறாய். ஆனால் மேலிருப்பவன் அரசன் என்றும் கீழ் இருப்பது யானை என்றும் அறிய மாட்டாயா? உன்னைப் போன்ற மூட மனிதனிடம் பேசுவதாற் பயனென்ன?”

“என்னைப் போன்ற மூடனிடம் பொறுமையை இழக்க வேண்டாம். உன்னை வேண்டிக் கொள்கிறேன். மேல், கீழ் என்கிறாயே; இதன் பொருள் என்ன?”

நிதாகனுக்குக் கோபம் தாங்கவில்லை.

“மேலே அரசனையும் கீழே யானையையும் காண்கிறாய். அப்படி இருந்தும் மேல் கீழ் என்றால் என்னவென்று அறிய விரும்புகிறாய். கண்ட காட்சிகளும் கேட்ட வார்த்தைகளும் இவ்வளவு அறிவை விளக்கவில்லையென்றால் நடித்துத் தான் நான் உனக்குப் போதிக்க வேண்டும். குனி. எல்லாம் உனக்கே பூரணமாக விளங்கிவிடும்” என்று வார்த்தைகளைக் கொட்டினான்.

சொன்னபடி செய்தான் பட்டிக்காட்டான்.

அவர் குனிந்ததும் தோளின்மேல் ஏறிக்கொண்டான் நிதாகன்.

“இப்பொழுது புரிகிறதா, மேலே நான் அரசன் போல் இருக்கிறேன். கீழே நீ யானைபோல் இருக்கிறாய். இப்பொழுது தெளிவாகிவிட்டதா?” என்றான்.

“இல்லை, இன்னும் புரியவில்லை. நீ அரசன்போல் மேல் இருக்கிறாய் என்றும், நான் யானைபோல் கீழ் இருக்கிறேன் என்றும் சொல்லுகிறாய். சரி, அரசன், யானை, மேல், கீழ் – அதுவரையில் விளங்குகிறது. ஆனால், ”நான்”, ”நீ” என்று சொன்னாயே; எதைக் குறித்து, ”நான்”, ”நீ” என்கிறாய்? அதுதான் விளங்கவில்லை. தயவுசெய்து அதை விளக்கு” என்று வெகு நிதானமாகச் சொன்னார் பட்டிக்கட்டானான ரிபு.

இதைக் கேட்டதும் நிதாகனுக்கு ஓர் விழிப்பு உண்டாயிற்று. உடனே கீழே குதித்து, தனது குருவின் சரணங்களில் விழுந்து, “வந்தனத்துக்குரிய எனது குரு ரிபுவையன்றி, வெளித்தோற்றமாகிய இந்தப் பௌதிக வாழ்விலிருந்து உண்மைப் பொருளாகிய ஆன்ம நிச்சயத்திற்கு என் மனதைக் கவரக் கூடியவர் வேறு யார் உளர்?” என்று வேண்டி வணங்கினான் நிதாகன்.

ஆம்.
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #221 on: May 14, 2013, 03:22:04 PM »
MY LIFE AT SRI RAMANASRAMAM
By Suri Nagamma
(taken from the preface)

From a perusal of the present book My Life at Sri Ramanasramam it will be noted that Nagamma’s early life was full of trials and tribulations. She lost her father when she was four years of age, her mother when she was ten and her husband when she was twelve. As a result of the series of calamities she got drowned in an ocean of sorrow and confined herself to a small room in her parent’s house rarely getting out of it, so much so, she did not know what sunshine was for several years. At that time there happened to be in that room some books on ancient lore such as Mahabaratam, Bhagavatam and Bhagavad Gita which she read over and over again. Her mind thereby got attuned towards God.
After some years she came out of her solitude and began moving about in the midst of the families of her brothers and sister with the intention of serving them by way of Nishkama Karma. Soon she got dissatisfied with it and began going about on pilgrimage to various places in the country in search of a Sadguru. That is how she ultimately landed at Sri Ramanasramam.
Life in an Ashram is never smooth sailing; it is beset with hardships, innumerable obstacles and several pitfalls, and Nagamma has had her due share of them. This book gives a detailed description of how Bhagavan, with his advice and guidance, helped her to get over all those difficulties.
This book gives such great details of the life of a Sadhak in an Ashram, it can be confidently expected that one who goes through it carefully and does Sadhana in the manner indicated therein will be greatly benefited thereby.
Akhandam Sitarama Sastri
Early Years
I was hardly eleven years when I was married. Like ladies mentioned in the puranas, I thought I could attain salvation by devotedly serving my husband but, only a year later, he passed away suddenly after an attack of smallpox, conferring on me a lifelong widowhood. I was too young at the time to realise the full implications of the calamity. Even so, I was heartbroken and, brooding over my misfortune, confined myself all alone to one of the rooms in our big house. I had no taste for food and rarely went out of the house. So I became very pale and suffered from stomach disorders. I was lying on the floor all the time on a torn mat, my hand for a pillow, and resembled a lizard clinging to the wall. Whenever anyone came to see me, I wept bitterly. Several months passed thus.
I did not like to remain any more in the family atmosphere I had been long accustomed to. The desire to know from some great soul the path of liberation grew intensively in me. Although I had heard of several eminent men in the spiritual field, no one appeared to have the attributes of the siddhapurusha.

I had seen in my dream and so I could not accept any one of them as my Guru. Whenever possible, I used to go to Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada and pray to Her as the presiding deity of the place to bestow on me the favour of a sadguru. I dedicated to Her my Manasa Satakam. In that book there are quite a number of verses about the search for a sadguru.

The First Darshan
Though Bhagavan had not spoken to me at all, I was deeply impressed by him. I found in him a resemblance to the mahapurusha who once came into my dream and also saw all the attributes of a jivanmukta as described in Vasishtam and other vedantic books. He seemed unattached to anything, like water on a lotus leaf, sparkling in the sun. As I observed Bhagavan from day to day, I felt convinced that he was the person who could dispel my ignorance and that I should surrender myself into his care. However, I could not summon enough courage to say so in as many words.

Arpana (Offering)
There was absolute quiet in the hall. I entered trembling all over, placed the bundle at the feet of Bhagavan, folded my hands and with shaky voice said, “Here are the letters. I have been asked to hand them over to the Ashram. I have bundled them and brought them here. It is not merely a bundle of letters. It is my heart’s treasure. Bhagavan may do whatever he likes with them. I never did the work for fame or wealth”. As I said that, tears rolled down my cheeks in abundance. Bhagavan looked at me with sympathy and received the bundle with both his hands. He turned it over and giving it to Rajagopala Iyer remarked, “Here it is. She has brought all the letters duly bundled. Take them and give them to the office.” Meantime, I wiped my tears and sat in the front row reserved for the ladies. My sister-in-law sat by my side. My tears did not stop.

Resumption of Writing Letters
One day, I felt tired of writing and wished some one would help me in the work. Feeling that way, I went to Bhagavan and sat before him. He proceeded to casually tell the story of the sparrow and Garuda and incidentally remarked:
“People who do good work and have a mind to choose self-enquiry never give up their work, although they feel it to be a burden. As in the case of the sparrow in the story, help comes from somewhere, just as Garuda came to the help of the bird. By God’s grace help comes of its own accord.” This very timely message came to me most unexpectedly and cheered me up considerably.
Every now and then, people from the Ashram office used to enquire, if I was still writing letters and I used to say no. I was, however, feeling guilty because it was not true. I used to wonder why I should continuously have to speak lies and why I should write letters in that adverse atmosphere; also why I should not give up the work altogether. With these doubts and fears worrying me, I went up to Bhagavan one day only to find him relating incidents of his childhood days. “I too told a lie to my aunt on the day I left Madurai”, said Bhagavan. He added, “It is not we that speak the lie. Some force makes us say so. Even Sankara took to sanyasa only by telling a lie.” In this way Bhagavan cleared all my doubts concerning the letters.
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #222 on: May 16, 2013, 01:16:42 PM »
Swami Chinmayanada

A most powerful incentive to the Swami’s spiritual journey was his meeting (while a high school graduate) of Sri Ramana Maharshi. His own recollection of the meeting goes thus:


“I was just emerging from high school, exams were over. On a package railway ticket I was roaming through South India. As the train steamed through the countryside at a halting speed, most of the passengers in my compartment suddenly peered through the windows in great excitement and bowed reverently to an elaborate temple beyond. Inquiring about it, I was told that it was the Tiruvannamalai Temple.


Thereafter, the talk of my fellow travellers turned to Ramana Maharshi. The word ‘Maharshi’ conjured up in my mind ancient forest retreats and superhuman beings of divine glow. Though I was at that time a convinced atheist, I was deeply drawn to visit the Maharshi’s Ashram. I chose to take the next available train to Tiruvannamalai.


At the Ashram I was told that the Maharshi was in the hall and anybody was free to walk in and see him. As I entered, I saw on the couch an elderly man, wearing but a loincloth, reclining against a round bolster. I sat down at the very foot of the couch. The Maharshi suddenly opened his eyes and looked straight into mine: I looked into his. A mere look, that was all. I felt that the Maharshi was, in that split moment, looking deep into me – and I was sure that he saw all my shallowness, confusions, faithlessness, imperfections, and fears.


I cannot explain what happened in that one split moment. I felt opened, cleaned, healed, and emptied! A whirl of confusions: my atheism dropping away, but scepticism flooding into question, wonder, and search. My reason gave me strength and I said to myself, ‘It is all mesmerism, my own foolishness.’ Thus assuring myself, I got up and walked away.


But the boy who left the hall was not the boy who had gone in some ten minutes before. After my college days, my political work, and after my years of stay at Uttarkashi at the feet of my master, Tapovanam I knew that what I gained on the Ganges banks was that which had been given to me years before by the saint of Tiruvannamalai on that hot summer day – by a mere look.”


During a talk in 1982 the Swami Chinmayanada said:


“Sri Ramana is not a theme for discussion; he is an experience; he is a state of consciousness. Sri Ramana was the highest reality and the cream of all scriptures in the world. He was there for all to see how a Master can live in perfect detachment. Though in the mortal form, he lived as the beauty and purity of the Infinite.”


Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #223 on: May 16, 2013, 01:35:58 PM »
Dear Balaji,

Yes. Sri Chinmayananda said: What I have learnt for 6 years in Uttarakasi is what I got from Sri Maharshi during those
fifteen minutes.

Chinmayananda, apart from BG work and discourses, had also published his own translation of Upadesa Saram.

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #224 on: May 17, 2013, 10:32:39 AM »
At food time Bhagavan would ask to be served very little and he would carefully clear the plate of the last grain of food before getting up. Although he never asked us to do the same, I asked him: "If we clear our dining leaves so scrupulously, the dogs, cats, monkeys, rats and the ants will starve."

Bhagavan answered: "Well, if you are so compassionate, why not feed the animals before taking food yourselves? Do you think they relish your scrapings?

( From Sri Ramana Leela by Krishna Bhikshu)
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya