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« Reply #930 on: May 24, 2015, 07:23:43 AM »
There is a small booklet, titled 'Ellam Onre' in Tamizh by one Sri Vai.
Subramaniam.  This also came up in English titled 'All is One'.  Sri
Bhagavan recommended this booklet to everyone to read.  The booklet
narrates the advaitic teachings in essence in a nutshell.

Sri Bhagavan wanted Annamalai Swami to write the book on sheets of paper
and use it for regular reading.  Annamalai Swami could not do so, perhaps,
due to paucity of time. Sri Bhagavan wrote the book Himself and gave it to
Annamalai Swami!

Arunachala Siva. 

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« Reply #931 on: May 25, 2015, 07:06:40 AM »
Once Ma Ananda Mayi paid a visit to Sri Ramanasramam.  She had come with
some disciples.  The Asramam authorities warmly welcomed her and made her
stay comfortable.  At that time, the Samadhi Hall construction had been completed
and there were celebrations. Ma Ananda Mayi showered flowers at Sri Ramaneswara
Mahalingam and said 'I have come to my Father's place!'

At that time, Muruganar was staying in a house near the Asramam. Some other
devotees were also staying there.  The other devotees went to the Asramam
and had darshan of Ma Ananda Mayi.  They were asking Muruganar whether he
had gone and seen her.  Muruganar did not say anything. The devotees
told Muruganar next morning, that he should go and see Ma Ananda Mayi
positively that day, as she was leaving Tiruvannamalai that evening, Muruganar
after some minutes of silence, said - " I saw one Jnana Sooryan, (the Sun of
Jnana) some years back, and after seeing that Sun, my eyes have become blind.
Who else, what else can I see thereafter!"

The other devotees became dumbfounded!

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« Reply #932 on: May 26, 2015, 07:05:27 AM »

About the year 1948, the Asramam received a letter from His Holiness Sri Sankaracharya of Puri Math, expressing his desire to pay a visit to Bhagavan
and to get certain doubts cleared.

Incidentally, the letter categorically mentioned the doubts and asked that they
may be solved in a reply letter.  The letter contained the reference to certain
Agamic texts: "Hara Gowri Samyogat....avacchayah yoga..."  The Sankaracharya wanted to know what exactly the Avacchayah Yoga.

When T.K. Sundaresa Iyer placed this letter at the feet of Bhagavan, and asked
what answer should be sent to him, Bhagavan simply laughed and said that the questioner knew it all himself and needed no fresh light, but he would know it better
when he came in person.  A reply was accordingly sent on these lines.

After some days, the Acharya visited the Asramam.

Bhagavan Ramana was seated in the Golden Jubilee Hall on the granite sofa.
Quite near to Bhagavan's sofa, a dais was arranged, with a deer's skin for the
Pontiff to sit on. On entering the Pontiff did greeting with his staff (dhanda namaskaram) and finding that there was a dais for him, said:  "I would rather
sit on the floor on the deer's skin!" It was accordingly arranged.

After a preliminary talk, the Acharya repeated the question about
the Avacchayah yoga.

Bhagavan Ramana simply gazed at him with all Grace and was
silent and the Pontiff was all receptive.  No words were exchanged
for about half an hour.

Then Bhagavan smiled and remarked:  "What is there to explain?
You know it already.  This text represents only the essence of
Divine Knowledge.....*

The Pontiff seemed to have received the new Light and Life.  He was all joy.
He said that he in all his wandering throughout the country, he had tried to be enlightened  upon this mystery. But it was only in the Bhagavan's Presence, that
he got the secret and the truth of Light as explained in the texts of Vedanta! 

The Puri Acharya was so grateful, that he visited the Asramam again at the time of Mathrubhuteswara Temple consecration and personally supervised all the rituals and Yagasalas (sacrificial halls) and saw to it that everything went off correctly as per scriptures.

*

* Avacchayah Yoga - When Nature (Sakti) unites with Person or
Purusha (Siva), then all the visibles in the world become shadows.  It is like the
cinema show in the screen, where the All-Self is seen as shadows.  The One Being Consciousness projects into Itself, sustains and then withdraws it again into Itself.  Having swallowed all the shadows of this world, Itself dances as the Ocean of Bliss, the Reality or Substratum of all that is, was and shall be.  Then It is "I-I"

*

(Sakti is Chaya.  Siva is Avam.  It is the union of Sakti and Siva.  Sakti (the Jiva) curling up into the Self (Sivam).   It is what Yogis experience in Sahasrara. See Sri Soundarya Lahari.  This is also what is described by Bhagavan Ramana in Sri Arunachala Pancharatnam, Verse 2 and 5.


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« Reply #933 on: May 26, 2015, 07:54:14 AM »

K.K. Nambiar writes the following story:

A couple of visits to Bhagavan Ramana made me devoted to Him and I wished
that I should have darshan of Him often.  Fortunately, my brother-in-law
Sri P.C. Nambiar got transferred to Tiruvannamalai as the Chief of the hospital
there.  P.C. Nambiar had absolutely no faith in Bhagavan and he did not even
like his wife Madhavi Amma (my sister) visiting Bhagavan Ramana frequently.
She was visiting the Asramam, a few times much against the liking of her husband.
He had even once thrown away the fruits and flowers kept ready for her Tiruvannamalai visit.

Once my brother in law was asked to visit Bhagavan for His tooth ache.
P.C. Nambiar went to the Hall and told Bhagavan in Malayalam, in singular:
"Open your mouth!" (Thora, in Malayalam or Tamizh). Bhagavan Ramana opened
His mouth and he extracted the tooth. After this visit, P.C. Nambiar became
thoroughly a changed person.

He started permitting his wife, Madhavi Amma, to visit and have darshan of
Bhagavan.  He also started visiting the Asramam, to sit in the Hall and do
meditation.  Though he never asked any questions to Bhagavan, the fact remained
that he had become a changed person, after seeing Bhagavan Ramana opening His mouth for dental extraction.

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« Reply #934 on: May 26, 2015, 08:33:32 AM »
Devaraja Mudaliar tells this:


I shall illustrate another way in which Bhagavan would sometimes encourage
me and show me the grace, while I was doing these stotras.  I was once singing from Tiruvachakam, the 6th verse of Anandaditam, in Tiru Sadagam, which starts as

Vicchathinriye viLaivu seikuvai,
vinnum mannu muzhum yavaiyum
vaichu vaanguavi....


விச்சு அது இன்றியே விளைவமு செய்குவாய்
விண்ணும் மண்ணகம் முழுதும் யாவையும்
வைச்சு வாங்குவாய் வஞ்சகப் பெரும்
புலையனேனை உன்கோயில் வாயிலிற்
பிச்சன்ஆக்கினாய் பெரிய அன்பருக்கு
உரியன் ஆக்கினாய் தாம் வளர்த்தது ஓர்
நச்சு மாமரம் ஆயினும் கொலார்
நானும் அங்கனே உடைய நாதனே

"You produce a crop without sowing seeds.  You project forth
the Earth and Heavens and all creation and withdraw them back into
yourself. Even a base and guileful person like me, you have drawn
towards you, like one god intoxicated and rendered fit for the company
of your elder devotees. Nobody who has grown a mango tree will have
the heart to fell it, even if it should bear a poisonous fruit."

And when I was singing the last line, Nacchu ma maram aayinum
kolar, (Even if it should bear a poisonous fruit, no body will have
the heart to fell it),  Bhagavan said immediately, Naanum angane
udaiya nathane!.... (I am also like that...)

It was not as if I was faltering or groping for the remainder of the
line, and Bhagavan came to my help.  Rather Bhagavan made me feel as if
He was saying:  "I know why you are reciting that song. Your point is really on that line.  Yes, I know."

Arunachala Siva.
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« Reply #935 on: May 26, 2015, 10:46:06 AM »
Sri Bhagavan's Compassion
The residents of Palakothu used to return to Palakothu from the Ashram every day around 11 a.m. Sri Bhagavan used to come to Palakothu around 11.30 a.m., after finishing his lunch. We used to wait for his darshan there. He would come and ask about our welfare like a Mother. We used to be overjoyed at his kind words. Every day I used to participate in the Tamil parayana done in his presence. There was hardly a day when I didn't talk to him. When the Ashram expanded and visitors increased, there were occasions when I could not speak to Sri Bhagavan. On those days I would deliberately leave out a line while chanting in his presence. Sri Bhagavan would immediately complete it for me. I used to feel happy that he had talked to me. If I copied something in my notebook, I would deliberately leave out a line. I knew Sri Bhagavan would make the correction in his own hand. I wanted Sri Bhagavan';s handwriting to be in my notebook. I have done this several times. I treasure that notebook. I wanted to paste a picture of Arunachala hill in the notebook. I could not get it. Sri Bhagavan came to know of this and drew a picture of Arunachala. I consider it as an act of Grace. It is this picture that appears in the Mountain Path.The proofs of 'Ulladu Narpadu', 'Upadesa Undiyar' used to be given to Sri Bhagavan. If one or two pages were missing in them, he would write those in his own hand and make a book out of the proof sheets. He would have two or three like this. He would retain the one with the maximum number of mistakes and the rest he would give to us. 'These are enough for us. Where would we go for money to buy new books? Nobody will ask for these, nobody will steal these,' he would say.

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« Reply #936 on: May 26, 2015, 12:39:54 PM »



Ramaswami Pillai was endearingly called as Cycle Ramaswami Pillai.
He used to go for all sorts of odd jobs inside the town in his cycle!  Once
some devotees had to leave the Asramam back to the railway station
even before the night meals, since train was starting earlier than supper.  Bhagavan Ramana told Ramaswami Pillai to take a few Tiruchuzhi Dosas, as soon as they were
ready to the station.  He readily agreed and took the parcel and rushed in cycle
to the station.  Fortunately the train had not started still.  He went inside each compartment and found the visitors and handed over the dosais to them.
Once, when S.S. Cohen visited for the first time the Asramam,
he found that his suitcases' keys were not there.  He came and sat
in the Hall, with just a wash and no change of clothes and his mind was
somewhat disturbed.  He closed his eyes and meditated.  A  few minutes
later, there was a sound - "thud" on his lap.  He opened his eyes and
found the keys!  Bhagavan had told Cycle Ramaswami Pillai to go and
search in the railway station!   There the station master, was waiting with
the keys, since they had been found, in a compartment, when fresh travelers had boarded the compartment! The station master was waiting for someone from the Asramam to pick up the keys and he had also guessed that these must belong
to the western devotee, who had alighted the train!

Arunachala Siva.


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« Reply #937 on: May 26, 2015, 02:54:09 PM »
G.V. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences:

On the 17th June, (1945?), Sri R. Narayana Iyer told Bhagavan Ramana,
of his vain efforts on matrimonial alliance for his eldest daughter
and said that he would make no further attempts unless he
received a specific direction from Bhagavan Ramana. 

Just at that moment, the mail brought a journal named "Progress".
Bhagavan read out its motto, "You can succeed if you know
the power that is in you," and said that here was the reply to
Narayana Iyer.  The latter regarding it as a clear token of Bhagavan's
Grace, took up at once a new proposal and succeeded this time.

Another devotee Sri Basavaraju Sitapati said one day:  "Bhagavan!
I am starting tomorrow."  Bhagavan simply replied:  "Why today's
leave-taking for tomorrow?  Let tomorrow take care of itself."
It turned out that Sri Sitapati Rao could not start the next day.
The next morning Bhagavan, seeing him, cut a joke saying:
"Yes, Sitapati Rao is right.  He will go not today but some tomorrow!"
Having learned the lesson of these incidents, I never afterwards went to take
leave of Bhagavan until the last moment.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #938 on: May 27, 2015, 07:09:22 AM »
Sri A. Devaraja Mudaliar writes in his Recollections of Sri Bhagavan:-

While on this topic,  I may indicate, how in the early days, Bhagavan encouraged
me whenever I was singing with deep devotion. He would have such a look on
His face, with His radiant eyes directed towards me, that I would be held
spell-bound, and not infrequently, at some especially moving words in the songs,
tears would come and I would be obliged to stop reciting for one or
two minutes. Bhagavan told me that such weeping is good, quoting
from Tiruvachakam:  "Azhuthal unnai peralame.  By crying for You,
one can get you." (Tiruvachakam - Tiru Sadakam, Ananda Paravasam,
The Hysterical ananda, V. 10)

I recollect here Sri Ramakrishna once said: "If only you will cry
for God with a tenth of the fervor with which you cry for you wife
and children, you will see God in no time."  It was in connection
with Mrs. Eleanor Pauline Noye, an American devotee that Bhagavan
quoted to me the above line from Tiruvachakam.  She has written
in her article in Golden Jubilee Souvenir Volume (1946) that she was
weeping inconsolably, while she had to leave the Asramam after
two months' stay.  Bhagavan was kind enough to assure her in so
many words, that she was not to grieve and that He would be with
her wherever she might go.

It was a peculiarity with this devotee that she would often weep
before Bhagavan, when she was in the Hall. Referring to this,
I told Bhagavan that Mrs. Noye has captured Bhagavan by means
of her tears. It was then, that Bhagavan quoted the line from
Tiruvachakam and asked me if I did not know it.


யானே பொய் என்நெஞ்சும் பொய் என் அன்பும் பொய்
ஆனால் வினையேன் அழுதால் உன்னைப் பெறலாமே
தேனே அமுதே கரும்பின் தெளிவே தித்திக்கும்
மானே அருளாய் அடியேன் உனை வந்து உறுமாறே

Arunachala Siva.
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« Reply #939 on: May 27, 2015, 07:22:46 AM »


One noon Subbalakshmamma observed that the white peacock
who was so much being fondled by Bhagavan Ramana.  A little
later, as I entered the Hall, Bhagavan said that some people
believe that the white peacock was the re-incarnation of Madhava
Swami.  And ever afterwards, Bhagavan used to address him as
"Madhava".

On June 20, 1947, I composed eight Telugu verses on the white
peacock in Mayura Vrittam (peacock-meter) and presented them
to Bhagavan in the Jubilee Hall.  He appeared greatly pleased with
them and handing them to Smt Lalita Venkataraman, He suggested
that she might sing them with her Vina.  Within half an hour, she
brought her Vina and got ready to sing.  Just then, the white
peacock was absent.  Bhagavan said:  "But the hero must be present
to hear his praises sung!  Where are you, Madhava?  Come."
Lo!  At once the white peacock jumped down from the roof of
the pandal.  And while Lalita Venkataraman sang, he spread out
his tail feather and danced as Bhagavan sat and watched him with
beaming eyes. When the song concluded, the peacock walked to the
Vina and pecked at its strings with his beak.  Thereupon, Bhagavan told the singer:  "Madhava wants you to repeat the song."
So she sang once more and the peacock danced again!

As desired by Mrs. Talyarkhan, I translated the verses:

( a few)

(2) Say O White Peacock, art thou Madhavan so sweet-natured who wile enjoying the bliss of serving the feet of Sri Ramana was snatched away by the dull fate and has returned thus to Sri Ramana on this earth? 

(6) To run as fast to hear the Vina-music and dance, so finely
and wonderfully, to get imprinted thus in the pure mind of Sri
Ramana of Arunachala, thou mayst be the Goddess Saraswati
incarnate, O Peacock.

(8) Where is this Arunachala? Where is that Baroda!  Having been
born there, to have thus joined Maharshi here, art thou the peacock of God Skanda?  O thou of moon-like body?  Hail to thee, O beloved son of Bhagavan!

(Source:  Sri Ramana Reminiscences.  G.V. Subbaramayya)

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #940 on: May 27, 2015, 07:36:22 AM »

G.V. Subbaramayya further writes in his Reminiscences:-

One morning Bhagavan Ramana while perusing an issue of the
Vision, read out the following statement of C.S. Baci, which
I took down:

"In the grammar of God, there is no Number but Singular, no Gender
but Common, no Tense but the Present, and no Person but First."

I was also shown by Bhagavan Ramana two humorous and witty
Slokas by Sri Sundarananda Swami in which the Swami compares
Bhagavan first in a potent exorcizer, and secondly to the nine
planets.  I copied them down.  It was full moon day.  As usual,
Bhagavan got clean shave.  When we all assembled in the Hall
that afternoon, He jocularly remarked that He now changed from
a bearded old man into a baby.  "In fact," He added:  "Jnana
is perpetual boyhood."

That day, a most extraordinary thing happened to me.  It was
Saturday, and I was to attend college on Monday.  So, I wanted
to start that noon.  After arranging everywhere, I went to Bhagavan
to prostrate and take leave.  On all such occasions, Bhagavan
would either say, "Yes, go" or give a silent nod of approval.
But this time, Bhagavan said:  "Your college reopens on Monday.
Why should you go now?"  I at once replied:  "I won't go now. 
I shall stop."  And I cancelled the arrangements.  That whole
afternoon, He was specially gracious to me and took great pains
to teach me the Malayalam alphabets.  That evening I asked Him whether
I might go by the evening train. He inquired whether it was a through train.
I replied, "No. It will stop at Katpadi."  Then Bhagavan asked:  "In that case,
why should you spend the night at Katpadi Railway Station? Why not here?"
I again postponed my journey.

The next early morning train was the last for me. So about 5 a.m.
I went to Him for darshan.  As soon as He saw me, He inquired
whether I had taken breakfast and got ready to start.  I said
'Yes' and prostrated.  As I got up, His look at me had completely
changed.  His eyes were wide open, fixed and steady.  He seemed
to be seeing thorough me and bestowed me into the Infinite.
I had never had such a gaze from Bhagavan before.  I felt like
Arjuna in Viswarupa Darsanam,   I was face to face with Divine
Majesty and stood spell-bound. Five minutes, ten minutes passed.  The cartman outside the gate was pressing.  I mumbled the words: "I take leave",
but there was no response, not the least change in the lustrous long gaze.
I came away overwhelmed with awe and fear.  Everyone said that Bhagavan
had treated in an unprecedented way that it signified some momentous change
in me.  The forecast was confirmd by an event that occured in my home
with three months.

My wife had a sudden, serious, pre-delivery complications, and was admitted
into the hospital on the 23rd December and that very night she delivered
a still-born baby.  I wired to the Asramam.   The reply came a couple of days later:  "With Bhagavan's gracious blessings."

But before I reached the hospital, it was all over. All the anxiety
in the three days had lifted away from me, I felt. Peace descended on me.

Next morning, I wrote a letter to the Asramam:  "Now I dedicate
my three motherless children to your feet.  Hereafter, they are
your children and not mine.  I feel utterly helpless and surrender to you.

Later I was told by my colleague Sri K. Suryanarayana, who was
present in the Asramam at that time, that when the letter was
presented to Bhagavan.  He had perused it in silence, and gave
it a long gaze just like the look that He had given me on that morning of my
departure.

Arunachala Siva.   

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« Reply #941 on: May 27, 2015, 10:18:38 AM »
From Devaraja Mudaliar's  MY RECOLLECTIONS OF BHAGAVAN:


A topic on which Bhagavan Ramana's teaching can never be omitted
is the state of Sahaja Nishta, in which according to His devotees,
He was permanently established.  Once can easily conceive
of Nirvikalpa Samadhi, where one is absorbed in the Self that all
else is non-existent, where one is awake to the Self and dead
to the world, where stands rooted in the Absolute or transcendental
plane alone.  But how can one function both in relative and the
absolute plane at the same time?  How can one, while seeing the
Self or Brahman and nothing else, live in the world and function
outwardly as the other men do?  This is something that I at any
rate cannot comprehend.  I have asked Bhagavan Ramana about it.
He agreed it is really impossible to explain that only a Jnani can
fully understand it.  But by various illustrations, He sought to
impress on me how it is possible.  One of these is the cinema.
The child takes the pictures on the screen to be real, while the
adult knows all the time they are only shadows on the screen.
The adult need not be blind to the pictures, but he does not mistake
them for reality.  He knows that they are only fleeting appearances
sustained by the substratum of the screen.

Bhagavan has often said that the Jnani sees only the Self and nothing else,
in all  that we see.  This is also what is said in all our books.  There come to my recollection, two instances in which, while not expounding the state of Sahaja Nishta, He spontaneously referred to His personal experiences.  He was telling us of
some old devotee of His who arranged a tour for Him to the several places all over India.  Bhagavan declined to go for various reasons.  When telling us about it, He remarked:  "What is the use of my going anywhere?  I cannot see anything."
He clearly meant that wherever He goes and whatever He is shown, He sees only
the Self.

On another occasion, when A. Bose's mother prepared various dishes at home,
brought them to the dining hall and served at lunch to Bhagavan and others, He took a little of each and mixed them all up in one lump, as very often He does and ate them. 

He said:

"Let her not make such efforts any more.  What can I eat?  I see
only one taste."

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #942 on: May 28, 2015, 07:26:33 AM »

Anandammal, was from Tiruvannamalai. She knew Bhagavan Ramana right
from Skandasramam days.  She wanted to lead a spiritual life, but her parents
forced her into a marriage.  She lived a married life for some years, got a son
too but she continued to visit Bhagavan.  Soon, her husband
passed away, and she left her son under the care of her sister and left
the home, built a thatched shed near Ramana Nagar and was visiting
Bhagavan Ramana regularly.  She used to prepare rice in a pot and add
a lot of cold water after the rice is cooked.  From the pot, she used to
take some handfuls for three or four days, with some salt, without further
cooking!

One day Kanakammal brought a packet of pakodas (pakoras) and
gave it to Anandammal.  Kanakammal said:  "I have prepared some packets
and am giving to each devotee one packet and you should kindly accept it."

Anandammal took it and then after looking sternly at it:  Kanaka, do sadhaks need all these?  Stop such practices and do sadhana. 

Anandammal was an illiterate but she started listening to Ribhu Gita and
Ulladu aNarpadu, as per Sri Bhagavan's advice.  Soon,she knew upside down,
the entire Ribhu Gita and Ulladu Naarpadu, thanks to Sri Bhagavan's advice to
her to do 'sravanam' of these works!

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« Reply #943 on: May 28, 2015, 07:37:07 AM »


Bhagavan Ramana not only did not try to visit the Northern Banyan Tree,
after the 'stinging of bees' incident, but also told others not to go and try
to visit.

Once on a late morning, one Thompson, a Western gentleman of middle age,
Kunju Swami, and Muruganar went in search of that tree.  They lost their way, suddenly got gasping of breath, became deluded.  Thompson fell on a bush and
tore his shirts. Muruganar was too tired and he was walking on all fours, Kunju
Swami feared an impending death. They all came back, asking for the way
to the Asramam,  from the woodcutters on the Hill,  and stood remorsefully
before Sri Bhagavan.

Bhagavan asked them:  What is this 'kolam', your plight?  Why did you go?
Is it not forbidden?  Okay, go, have a wash and eat your supper!

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #944 on: May 28, 2015, 08:10:20 AM »
From K.K. Nambiar's Reminiscences:

Mr. Grant Duff is a British and he was related to one of the governors of
British India.  He has himself worked as an ambassador in some country on
behalf of British Government.  He had mastered comparative religions and
also Western philosophy and Advaita.

Sri Niranajananda Swami, once asked K.K. Nambiar to meet him when Grant
Duff was sitting in the shamiana in front of Mother's Temple. K.K. Nambiar
was very much attracted by Grant Duff's conversations with him. 
Grant Duff was wearing a silken trouser and a shirt and was having his socks. 

Grant Duff told Nambiar:  I am very happy to meet Bhagavan who is one of the greatest persons born in India in this century. His teachings are identical with Sri Sankara's.   People who meet Him are really fortunate!  Grant Duff had also given these ideas in his speech in the Vedantic conference that had concluded then.

When Grant Duff said to Bhagavan Ramana that His teachings are the most
suitable for the current scientific and mechanical world, Bhagavan quoted a verse
from Yoga Vasishtam and said:

"A Jivanmukta can also involve himself in this world of such activities without
any compromise to his state of a Jivan Mukta."

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Grant Duff has written forwards to a few books of Sri Ramanasramam, like Talks and Upadesa Saram. He returned to London after his visit but was in contact with the Asramam, frequently.

Arunachala Siva.