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« Reply #900 on: May 06, 2015, 07:03:39 AM »
Once a gentleman from some other school of teaching (a Saiva Siddhanti?) had
come to have a look at the Asramam.  He found to his surprise that there were
no rituals or mantra chanting in the Asramam.  The devotees were only in meditation
or in simple silence, sitting in front of Sri Bhagavan.  The gentleman expressed
his surprise to a devotee.  That devotee then asked what was the practice in their
math.  The gentleman replied:  We chant mantra from morning tiill late evening
and then at the end we give dhatham (passing over the benefits) of the japa to
our guru.

Sri Bhagavan was amused to listen this. Just then Muruganar entered the Hall.
Sri Bhagavan told him: See this, Oye! These people chant mantra for the whole
day and at the end of the day, pass over the benefits to their guru. It is like
keeping the Capital and giving the interest benefits to the guru!

Muruganar replied with a beaming smile:  Their guru is better. He is allowing
the disciples to retain the Capital and give away only the interest.  Here
the Guru takes away the Capital itself!

Only some understood what Muruganar said.  He had to elaborate saying,
'Their guru permits the disciples to retain their ego (Capital) and give
only the fruits of their actions (interest).  Here the guru takes away the
Capital (ego) itself."  Everyone then had a hearty laugh.


Arunachala Siva.

 
 

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« Reply #901 on: May 06, 2015, 09:30:56 AM »
One Goundar (Kandaswami Goundar?) - Gounder is a caste name, like Mudaliar
or Pillai, - had purchased the sofa and contributed it to the Asramam for Sri
Bhagavan"s use.  He thus came to be called Sofa Gounder.

This Sofa Gounder in later years became greedy and more worldly, in that, he
who was lending money had started levying a very high rate of interest.  The
poor agriculturists and laborers, who were borrowers suffered much.

Gounder took ill and passed away one day.  The borrowers who were suffering
under his usurious interest, became happy. The Asramam people came to know
about Gounder's death.  They were wondering what Sri Bhagavan, who never
speak ill about anyone, would speak on his death.  When Bhagavan came to
the Hall they broke the news. 

Sri Bhagavan reacted saying, "O, it is sad.  How clean Gounder used to keep
his body!  How sparkling white his dhoti used to be!  Who can keep one's body
and clothes as tidy as him ?" 

The devotees in the Hall were astounded at Sri Bhagavan's magnanimity of
finding even a simple good thing in a man, against all his other evil life, and
appreciating that!

Arunachala Siva.


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« Reply #902 on: May 07, 2015, 07:01:40 AM »
Once a gentleman, who had already been doing some spiritual practices (like
meditation, reading spiritual texts etc.,) came from Andhra to have darshan
of Sri Bhagavan and also some upadesa from Him.

After having darshan of Sri Bhagavan, one day he followed Him, when Bhagavan
had proceeded to have a stroll in the Hill. When he went near Him, he asked:
(after telling Him about his spiritual practices), 'How should I go further?'

Sri Bhagavan replied: Go by the way you had come.'

The gentleman was confused.  He was also disappointed that Bhagavan was asking
him to go back, when he had come all the way from Andhra.

He returned to the Hall and explained everything to some devotees and also
his disappointment.  One devotee who knew Sri Bhagavan's way of teaching
told the gentleman: Friend, Bhagavan had given you the correct upadesa. He
has told you to go by the way you had come. Because you asked - How should
I go? - He has told you to go back where your 'I' (ego) had come.  The mind /
the ego had come from the Source, the Self, Brahman.  Your ego should go
back to its Source, the Self.  It is the most appropriate way of His teachings -
Atma Vichara.

The gentleman was quite satisfied.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #903 on: May 08, 2015, 08:08:47 AM »
Once Sri Bhagavan was having some problems of constipation. He had asked
the attendant to get Him some kadukkai (Indian myrobalan), a nut that is used
for indigestion. The attendant had forgotten about it and it was Sri Bhagavan's
nature not to remind anyone about anything which one had not done.

That afternoon, one villager came to see Bhagavan. He had brought with him
a sack full of kadukkai!  He told Sri Bhagavan: Swami! I was coming to the
town. On the road, one cart carrying sack loads of this kaukkai was moving in
the front.  Some sacks had probably some holes and these kadukkai-s
were dropping on the road from these sacks.  I thought that I would pick them
and bring them to the Asramam since it might be made use of here.

The attendant and the devotees were surprised. Sri Bhagavan examined the
nuts and took only some of them for use. He told the villager that he could
use them.  The villager thanked and left with the sack with remaining nuts.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #904 on: May 09, 2015, 07:37:19 AM »
Once Dr. U.Ve. Swaminatha Iyer came to have darshan of Sri Bhagavan.

Dr.U.Ve. Swaminatha Iyer is a great scholar in Tamizh.  It is he who took pains
to go to all parts of Tamizh Nadu and collected innumerable palm leaves containing
ancient Tamizh classical literary texts and collated them in order and got them
printed by Madras University.  He is called Tamizh Thatha (the grand sire of TAMIZH).
He was also awarded the title of Maha Mahopadyaya, (the great great teacher).

Sri Iyer asked Sri Bhagavan: You are telling to renounce all desires.  But I am
not able to leave my affection towards Tamizh. What can I do?

Sri Bhagavan replied: Who asked you to leave your affection towards Tamizh?
What is Tamizh? Tamizh is Sivam.  Like Love is Sivam. Tamizh literature says
Siva and Murugan were the first two members of Tamizh Sangam in the ancient
days. You need not renounce your affection towards Tamizh. 

Dr. Iyer was immensely pleased with Sri Bhagavan's words.  He became tearful.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #905 on: May 10, 2015, 09:39:25 AM »
Once a stranger came to the Hall and asked Sri Bhagavan to give him the tiger's
skin which was spread on the sofa.  Sri Bhagavan did not tell him to take it but
merely kept quiet.  When He went for a stroll, the stranger simply took it away.
When the stranger was about to cross the Asramam gate, he was caught and a
devotee took back the tiger's skin and brought it back to Sri Bhagavan.

The devotee asked Sri Bhagavan how that stranger took away the tiger's skin
and whether He had permitted him to take that.  Sri Bhagavan said:  No one
asked my permission when some person brought the tiger's skin for my use.
Now no one sought my permission when that person took away the skin.

He then asked whether the stranger was roughed up for the incident.   When
He was told that nobody hit that stranger for his act, Sri Bhagavan became satisfied.

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« Reply #906 on: May 11, 2015, 06:52:11 AM »
Once G.V subbaramayya selected some verses from Srimad Bhagavad Gita,
translated them into English and got them printed for use/daily reading, by
senior school students and college students in his town in Andhra Pradesh.
A part of this was taken up for publication in one of the souvenirs of the Asramam.
GVS told the Asramam, not to print his name under the said article.  Sri Bhagavan
said:  To say 'not to print my name' is as much the ego as to saying 'to print my name.'

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Once Viswanatha Swami's brother, who was a freedom fighter came to the Asramam.
While sitting for dinner, he purposely wanted to sit in the row for 'other than brahmins'.
This was to prove that he was a Gandhian, and so did not see caste distinctions.
Sri Bhagavan said: To desire to sit with non brahmins to show that one does not see
caste distinctions, is as much the ego, as to desire to sit in brahmins' row to show
that he is a brahmin is the ego.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #907 on: May 11, 2015, 07:08:18 AM »
Once Maurice Frydman told Sri Bhagavan: Since advaita says that there is no
between you and me and there is only one without a second, Bhagavan! why
cannot I sit with you on the sofa?

Sri Bhagavan said: Why not? Come and sit with me!

Frydman said:  Bhagavan! I hesitate because if I come near you to sit on the sofa,
people here would pull me and even throw me out of the Asramam!

Sri Bhagavan smiled and said:  Your hesitation itself shows that you have not
still attained the essence of advaita.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #908 on: May 11, 2015, 08:02:45 AM »
Once Annamalai Swami (who was working as attendant), asked Sri Bhagavan,
when they were strolling on the Hill: Swami! How is it that even though some
are in close proximity with Sri  Bhagavan, engage themselves in various  other
activities, instead of spending time in atma vicharam?

Sri Bhagavan replied:  What can one say?  It is all due to deep seated vasanas,
which have not still been washed away.  Did not Jaya and Vijaya, though they
were guards for Narayana, show their egoistic behavior when Sanaka and other
rishis came to see Narayana?

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« Reply #909 on: May 12, 2015, 07:59:53 AM »
Sri Bhagavan always showed great compassion towards Smt. Menakshi, wife
of Muruganar.  She was a guileless woman, suffering within great pain because
her husband did not care for her and totally ignored her.  Once some kitchen
workers - ladies - informed Sri Bhagavan that Meenakshi did not even have
one good sari to wear.  Sri Bhagavan told Kunju Swami to go and fetch
a new sari from Kovilur Math.

With the new sari, Meenakshi became very happy and grateful Sri Bhagavan.

When it became clear that it was not possible for her to get reunited with
her husband, Meenakshi decided to go to Madras to live with some relative,
I think it was Muruganar's sister, and she left Tiruvannamalai. Bhagavan
told Meenakshi: Do not worry about your livelihood expenses.  Arunachala
will take care of it through some one always.
 

Muruganar, no doubt, left some money with one friend, for Meenakshi's
livelihood. However, it was found inadequate in later years. Prof K. Swaminathan,
had arranged through Ramana Kendra, Delhi, for some pension-like monthly
remittance to be made to Meenakshi in Madras. Sri Natarajan, of RMCL Bangalore,
also had arranged some monthly payment to Meenakshi.

Arunachala Siva.
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« Reply #910 on: May 13, 2015, 07:18:01 AM »
Once a boy in Kerala, somewhere near Kunju Swami's native town by name Vasu,
under some imperfect guidance, practiced Raja Yoga. He focused his attention on
sushumna nerve and got into serious psychiatric problems. He was laughing and
crying, not attending school and not eating his food properly. The relatives sent
letter to Kunju Swami at Tiruvannamalai. Kunju Swami broached the matter to
Sri Bhagavan and requested Him to bless the boy for early cure.  He then requested
Sri Bhagavan's permission to go to Kerala and meet the boy. Sri Bhagavan nodded
His head in approval.  I think, Ramakrisna Swami lent him Rs. 5/- to go to Kerala.
However, Kunju Swami had no money for his food expenses on the way.

Soon all the inmates sat for eating breakfast.  Poori was served on that morning.
Sri Bhagavan, who never ate more than 2 pooris, on that day asked the kitchen
worker to serve more pooris.  He served about 5 pooris.  Sri Bhagavan quietly
transferred 3 pooris to the leaf of Kunju Swami!  Kunju Swami moved by Bhagavan's
all knowing compassion, parceled them for his train journey.

Kunju Swami reached Palakkad next day.  He took only 1 poori during the journey
keeping the remaining as Bhagavan's prasad for Vasu.  He met Vasu, explained to him
the pitfalls in Raja Yoga, recommending him, Bhagavan's teaching of surrender
and atma vichara. He then gave a bit of poori to Vasu and continued this prasad
for every time, Vasu was taking food.


Vasu became alright in a few days' time.  Kunju Swami gave him Sri Arunachala
Stuthi Panchakam for chanting and also WHO AM I? for reading and contemplation.
He returned to Tiruvannamalai soon and reported to Sri Bhagavan.  Bhagavan
appreciated all that Kunju Swami had done for the boy Vasu.

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« Reply #911 on: May 14, 2015, 06:59:47 AM »

Once during World War II time (1939-45), devotees in the Hall were heatedly
discussing the happenings in the war fronts. They were, by and large saying
that since Burma was lost by British to Japanese in a few days time and Paris
fell on a single day to Germans, soon Germans would totally defeat British
and India would also come under German rule.  Some had inward glee that
since Hitler had been proud of Aryan race, his rule of India would benefit
Brahmins to a great extent! (???!!!)

Sri Bhagavan who was witnessing this animated conversation intervened
'but Russia...?'  He did not further talk.  Kunju Swami who was observing
the exchange of words and Bhagavan's brief intervention, could not but
wonder Bhagavan's wisdom-insight, since it was proved later in 1944-45,
Germans lost to Russia in the Battle of Leningrad ( due to Nazi army unprepared
for the severest cold in Russia and thus could not fight effectively) and also
the Axis alliance lost WW II to Allies forces.

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« Reply #912 on: May 15, 2015, 07:19:42 AM »
Once Vasudeva Sastri was staying with Sri Bhagavan in Virupaksha Cave for
some time.  One day at about 11 am. Sastri went out to either drink water
or to take bath in the stream nearby.  As he went near the stream, he saw a
panther drinking water in the stream.  Mortally afraid of the animal, he rushed
back to the Cave and closing the grill gate, he was shouting, "O, we are not
afraid; we are Bhagavan's devotees; Bhagavan is with us; why do you come?
go away; go away." Sri Bhagavan, who was standing outside, to 'speak' to the
panther, could not help but laugh in seeing the 'extraordinary' courage and 'valor'
of this Brahmin!

Sri Bhagavan went near the stream and told the panther: 'If you have drunk water
please go away. Our people are afraid of you.' The panther gave a loud roar and
went away.  Sri Bhagavan then came back and told Sastri, 'O What a great courage!
You rush back and close the grill door from inside, without seeing that I am outside, and you are shouting, 'go away, go away.' Where can that animal go? It is all their place and we are the usurpers. Poor thing! It is quite hot today and it has come to drink water because it must be feeling very thirsty. Further, an animal will pounce on you only when you show your fear and be offensive towards it. If you show kindness through your eyes,
they will do no harm to you.' 
   
Sastri became very shy at his behavior.  He must be a docile person, as we know from
another incident.  During Sri Bhagavan's second 'death experience', seeing His body
becoming blue, Sastri cried embracing Sri Bhagavan.

Arunachala Siva. 
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« Reply #913 on: May 15, 2015, 08:23:31 AM »
25th January, 1947 (80) ANECDOTES REGARDING LIFE AT VIRUPAKSHA CAVE

Vasudeva Sastry who used to look after the routine work while Bhagavan was in Virupaksha Cave, came to the Ashram the other day and sat down in the presence of Bhagavan.
After the preliminary enquiries about his welfare, Bhagavan told us that it was this Sastry who started the Jayanthi celebrations. A devotee asked, "Is he the person who got frightened, and hid himself when a tiger appeared?" 'Yes. It is he,' Bhagavan replied. "During our stay in Virupaksha Cave, we were all seated on the front verandah one night when a tiger appeared in the valley below. We put a lantern outside the railings of the verandah as we thought that the tiger would not approach us because of the light. Sastry however was very afraid. He therefore crept into the cave and asked us also to do likewise; but we refused. After entering the cave, he bolted the iron-barred door and from there tried to frighten the tiger, like a great warrior, saying, 'Look! If you come this way, take care. Take care of what I'll do. Yes! What do you think! Bhagavan is here! Take care.'
All these heroics were from inside the cave and were like those of Uttarakumara (in the Mahabharata story). The story is, Uttarakumara, son of the ruling king Virata, started out with Arjuna, boasting of his prowess but took to heel when he faced the enemy. Arjuna finally won the battle. The tiger loitered about for a while and then went its own way. Sastry then ventured to come out - a very brave man indeed," said Bhagavan.
Sastry took up the thread of the conversation and said, "That was not the only occasion. Another time, in broad daylight, Swamiji and I were seated on a rock outside the
cave. In the valley below, a tiger and a leopard were playing with each other and Bhagavan was smiling as he watched the friendly movements of the two animals. I was however in a terrible fright and requested Bhagavan to come into the cave. He was adamant and sat there motionless. As for myself, I sought the shelter of the cave. The two animals played about for a while, looked at Swamiji, in the same way as pets do, and without any fear or expression of anger, went their own way, one going up the hill and the other down. When I came out of the cave and asked, 'Swamiji, weren't you afraid when the two animals were playing about so close to you' Bhagavan said with a smile, 'Why have fear? I knew as I saw them that, after a while, one of them would go up the hill and the other down. And they did. If we get frightened and say, 'Oh! A tiger!' they will also get frightened and say, 'Oh! A man!' and will rush forward to kill us. If we do not have that fear, they too will not have any fear, and will then move about freely and peacefully.' In spite of all that Bhagavan had said, Sastry added, 'my fear never left me.'

'It was Sastry who embraced me and wept when my heart stopped beating,' said Bhagavan and narrated the incident thus: 'One day I went to the tank in front of
Pachiamman Koil with Vasu and others for a bath, and we were returning by a short cut, when, as we approached the tortoise rock, I felt tired and giddy and so sat down on the rock. My experience at that time has been recorded in my biography, as you all know,' said Bhagavan. Taking up the thread of the conversation, Sastry said: "Yes. While all else stood at a distance weeping, I suddenly embraced him. Iwas a bachelor at the time and had the liberty to do so. No one else used to touch Swami's body. He was in that state for about ten minutes, I think, and then gained consciousness. I jumped about with joy. 'Why this weeping? You thought I was dead? If I am to die, will I not tell you beforehand?' Bhagavan said, consoling us."

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« Reply #914 on: May 16, 2015, 07:34:11 AM »
Smt. Kamalammal was going to the Old Hall/New Hall every day for meditation
in front of Sri Bhagavan. One day when she was meditating with closed eyes,
she had felt extraordinary happiness and experienced that her mind was quiet
perhaps, in suspended animation.  This must have lasted for quite some time.
Suddenly, she was brought back outward, when a fellow devotee, a lady, touched
and pulled her out. The fellow devotee told Kanakammal:  What! You are sleeping!
For quite some time, Sri Bhagavan was looking at you steadily. But you did not
open your eyes. Kanaka, you are very fortunate!

Smt. Kanakammal then looked at Sri Bhagavan.  But He was not then looking
at her.  He was having His usual vacant look. Smt. Kanakammal then knew
the reason for her suddenly found success in deep meditation on that day.

Arunachala Siva.     
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