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« Reply #750 on: January 28, 2015, 09:54:25 AM »
Sri Bhagavan once said: If one has got pure mind like a child then one can attain the bliss of the Self.

I: What is the difference between a child and a Jnani?

Sri Bhagavan: The child has got ignorance, though it is in the bliss. But a Jnani is one who is a child with knowledge
of Jnanam.

Annamalai Swami - Bhagavanum atiyEnum.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #751 on: January 28, 2015, 09:59:05 AM »
Once on 19.11.1938, a devotee asked Bhagavan: How to do real Saranagati to the Lord?

Sri Bhagavan: It is like pinching a bit of Ganapati made of jaggery and submitting the jaggery pinch as Naivedyam!
Our mind and body are only of the Lord. It is Lord's property. We should give them back to Him.  That is true and genuine
Saranagati. Then there will be no person to do Saranagati.  The one who has been doing Saranagati will merge with the
Lord.  Thereafter there is only One and not two.

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« Reply #752 on: January 28, 2015, 01:13:29 PM »
SUBTLE HUMOUR OF SRI RAMANA

By Suri Nagamma

One day in 1947, in the afternoon, Bhagavan was explaining something to a devotee who had
come from the north. The attendants were standing with Bhagavan's walking stick and
Kamandal indicating that it was getting late for Bhagavan's evening walk. Massaging his legs,
Bhagavan said, Wait, wait, Rama bhakta Hanuman's father [the wind god] is holding on to my
legs firmly. He is not an ordinary person. He will not loosen his hold in a hurry. He will do it
leisurely. Wait a little. Then Bhagavan rubbed a little oil on his knee caps and got up. Some of
those present, who could understand the way Bhagavan punned on his stiff joints which were
supposed to be due to vayu, laughed at the jocular remarks.

As soon as Bhagavan returned to the hall and sat on the couch, one of the devotees put some
incense into the burner nearby. The fumes were a little too intense and as they spread around
Bhagavan's face, he felt almost suffocated. Shall we open the windows suggested a devotee.
Bhagavan said, Let it be. Leave it alone. In the temples, we burn the incense and fan the fumes
towards the deity so that the idol is completely enveloped in the fumes. Your idea in burning the
incense here also is to see that the Swami should enjoy the fumes. Just as Bhagavan was saying
this, a devotee fanned the embers in the burner with his hand. Suddenly the whole thing burst
into a flame. Bhagavan said with a smile, Yes, now it is alright. The incense has been burnt and
the lights have been waved, the process of puja is now complete. Then Bhagavan resumed
silence.  Letters and Recollections of Sri Ramansramam
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« Reply #753 on: January 28, 2015, 02:18:26 PM »
Another foreign visitor, an elderly gentleman, set out to explore the Hill behind the Asramam after lunch on a day and lost his way.
What with the heat and the exertion the old man was in a sorry plight and did not know what do to get back to the Asramam
or which way to go.  At that juncture, Bhagavan happened to pass by and showed him the way to the Asramam, and the man
returned safely. Friends at the Asramam asked him where he had been all that long while he replied: I just went out for a stroll
on the Hill but got lost. The heat and exertion were a little too much for me and I was in a bad way.  I don't know what I would
have done but for the fact that Bhagavan happened to come that way and directed me to the Asramam.

The Asramites were astonished because they knew that Bhagavan had never left the Hall.  All this happened when I was at
Chittoor and I read about it in the Sunday Times. I got confirmation about this incident from Bhagavan Himself.
(People believe that Bhagavan Himself had gone and helped the foreign visitor)

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« Reply #754 on: January 28, 2015, 02:28:56 PM »
Dr. P.C. Nambiar who was at Tiruvannamalai as Asst. Surgeon in the hospital  was not a believer in Sri Bhagavan originally.
His wife Madhavi Ammal was devoted follower. The doctor used to bring his wife and standing at the gate of the Asramam,
telling his wife; You go if you like. I don't mind. But I won't come. Later however, the doctor became a convert and he is
now as devoted a follower of Sri Bhagavan as his wife. The incident that made the doctor to become a great devotee
was once when he wanted to remove a tooth from Bhagavan's mouth, he came as a doctor and simply told Bhagavan to
open His mouth. Bhagavan opened His mouth and he removed the paining tooth.  But what he saw in Bhagavan's
mouth no one knows. It was a revelation for him as  Yasoda asked Krishna to open His mouth.

The doctor became a great devotee like anyone else!

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« Reply #755 on: January 28, 2015, 02:43:38 PM »
One noon, Sri T.P. Ramachandra Iyer, Sri Subrahmanyam, Director of Public Health, and myself went up to the Skandasramam
and returned.  As we took leave at starting, Sri Bhagavan wished that He could accompany us. When we came back, He said
smiling, that without stirring from His seat He also went with us up and down the Hill in spirit. 'Indeed, He added, 'it has
been well observed that Atma Pradakshinam (turning round one's own self) is Bhupradakshinam (going round the world).'

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« Reply #756 on: January 29, 2015, 10:14:37 AM »
I recollect another similar instance. Once, when I visiting  the Asramam, a postal official, a Telugu gentleman, told me the following:
This morning I got up very early with a view to go round the Hill. I had a bath and then went into the hall. Fortunately, for me,
Bhagavan was awake and sitting on the couch with His feet on the ground.  I had a longing to touch His feet, but till then never
had the opportunity. Now I went straight up to Him, fell at His feet and touched them.  I had my heart's desire. Then I started
to go around the Hill. I was quite dark still and I became a little afraid, as I am new to these parts and this was the first time I was
going round the Hill. Then I saw before me , a little distance ahead, a very handsome young Bhairagi from North India appeared
before me and he stopped at various teerthams (sacred tanks) and sprinkled their water on his head and he went round various
shrines. I did all that he did. When it was about five, I asked him which was the east for doing my  worship at dawn and he showed
me the direction without speaking. He kept walking ahead of me thus until I was near the town and then he suddenly disappeared.

He asked others in the Asramam. I said: Of course, Bhagavan came and was guiding you, taking pity on you, What doubt is there?'

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« Reply #757 on: January 29, 2015, 10:18:17 AM »
There is of course an incident which is mentioned in several books.  Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni when he was doing mantra
japa and yoga sadhana, in Tiruvottiyur, his kundalini moved upwards and was about to burst. Sri Bhagavan bodily went there,
and kept His hand on Muni's crown and soothed the heat. Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni became normal.

This incident was confirmed by Sri Bhagavan Himself.

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« Reply #758 on: January 29, 2015, 02:47:58 PM »
Dr. Venkatarangam, an eye specialist had come for Sri Bhagavan's darshan. At that time, Chinnaswami remembered Bhagavan's
words earlier that His glasses' lens should be changed. He got the glasses of Sri Bhagavan and handed over to the doctor.
The doctor after comparing his own glasses with those of Bhagavan, said: My glasses would me suitable for Bhagavan.  He
sent his glasses to the hall and told that these would get help both short sight and long sight simultaneously

I told Bhagavan about the exchange of glasses.  Sri Bhagavan did not like it. He said: Why do you push me to use for what is
not required by me?  I want only for reading and not for long sight.  Go and give it back to him and bring my own glasses.
He made this statement with hoomkaram, to show His disapproval. Accordingly I did what He wanted. I became restless for
committing a mistake which Bhagavan did not like. My body got heated up.  I wept. Then I went and prostrated to Bhagavan
and sought His forgiveness. Sri Bhagavan with a compassionate look said: 'Why all these restlessness and crying? Please sit.
Everything will become alright. Do not weep. I sat near His sofa and rested for a while and I became peaceful.

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« Reply #759 on: January 29, 2015, 05:58:50 PM »
Mother?s Liberation

Mother?s health started deteriorating from 1920. On the 19th of May 1922, her condition became critical. After his morning walk Ramana want to her room at about 8 a.m., and sat beside her. Throughout the day, he had his right hand on her spiritual heart, on the right side of the chest and his left hand on her head. Ramana took on the sacred assignment of liberating his mother from the travails of births. He had the power to bestow liberation. But he let her battle for it while at the same time he extended his gracious and invaluable support for it to fructify. What happened has been described by Ramana himself. ?The vasanas of the previous births and latent tendencies which are seeds of future births came out. She was observing one after another the scenes of experiences arising from remaining vasanas. As a result of a series of such experiences she was working them out.? Later someone asked Ramana to explain the process to which he replied, ?You see, birth experiences are mental. Thinking is also like that, depending on samskaras (tendencies). Mother was made to undergo all her future births in the comparatively short time.? At 8 p.m., her mind was absorbed in the heart and she was liberated from all tendencies which give rise to future births. Even so Bhagavan waited for some time. For in the case of his faithful attendant of many years Palaniswami, he had done the same thing. But after the subsidence of the mind in the heart, Palaniswami had opened his eyes momentarily and the life force left the body though them. After a few minutes Ramana got up. When someone said that mother has passed away, Ramana immediately corrected and affirmed, ?She did not pass away. ?Adangi Vittadu, Addakam? (?absorbed?).? He added, ?There is no pollution. Let us eat.?

   
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« Reply #760 on: January 30, 2015, 09:31:53 AM »
It may not be out of place here  to relate one extraordinary, if not miraculous, occurrence that took place for the benefit of
Sri Bhagavan. When He first lived at Virupaksha Cave on the Hill there used to be acute scarcity of water during the summer
months, and Bhagavan and His attendants had to go a long way for water for bathing, etc., When this hardship was being
felt most, the sky was suddenly overcast with clouds one evening and there was terrible wind and storm accompanied by heavy
rain.  Next morning the entire topography of that slope of the Hill where Bhagavan was living was changed almost beyond recognition,
there having been heavy landslides with huge rocks dislodged and planted far from where they used to be, and a little rivulet
now flowed by Bhagavan's Asramam. The rivulet continued to flow and there was no further difficulty about water. Bhagavan has
told me of this incident and it is that He referred to when He sang: 'Arunachala Hill! Kindness personified, that out of extreme
graciousness, came out in he form of a Hill stream.'

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« Reply #761 on: January 30, 2015, 09:37:09 AM »
Once Bhagavan had some skin eruptions and was being treated by Dr. Melkote who was then at the Asramam for about a month.
Bhagavan used to have a number of bandages on His legs.  One day, He referred to them as kaal kattu (in Tamizh) punning
on the word, which in Tamizh means both, literally something that is tied to the leg, and figuratively married life, dependents,
obligations or responsibilities.

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« Reply #762 on: January 30, 2015, 09:40:48 AM »
On another occasion, joking about the rheumatism in His legs, He turned to Dr. Srinivasa Rao, a devotee who was staying at
the Asramam to treat Him, and said laughing, 'You see my legs are being gracious to you.  They refuse to get better so that
you will have to stay here.'

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« Reply #763 on: January 30, 2015, 09:55:07 AM »
One Mahadeva Iyer who was living in Madras and who was a great devotee of Sri Bhagavan had continuous hiccups and he
could not control them.  He wrote to Sri Bhagavan and requested Him to cure him. Sri Bhagavan told me: Please write to him
to use a mixture of jaggery and dried ginger in granules. He will get cure. Sri Bhagavan also took one small round paste
of the above mixture which was readily available in the Asramam store room.

In the evening He told me to  write a letter to Mahadeva Iyer. I told Him: Bhagavan, you have taken one doze of that medicine.
He must have been cured by this time!  However, I wrote a letter and it reached him next day. However, Mahadeva Iyer
got cured without any medicine at the same time when Sri Bhagavan took the small round paste the earlier day.

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« Reply #764 on: January 30, 2015, 01:08:47 PM »
One noon I remonstrated with Sri Bhagavan for taking very diluted buttermilk which contained little nourishment.
At this Sri Bhagavan laughed and replied:

'So you want me to take thick buttermilk or curds which would be better still. Isn't it?  I too see the advantage.
By so doing I would be getting a writing table free of cost!' I said I didn't understand His meaning. He explained:

'Already I have a big belly, by taking thick buttermilk or curds, it would bulge out still more into the shape and size
of a table which I would conveniently use for writing on!'

So, He pooh poohed the suggestion as He always did any advice for improving His diet.

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