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« Reply #945 on: May 28, 2015, 08:21:59 AM »
Ramanananda Swarnagiri in his CRUMBS FROM HIS TABLE:

The writer was late one day in getting up from bed and missed prostrating
before Bhagavan Ramana, the first thing, he was doing in the morning.
He, however, met Him on his way to the bathing tank and prostrated before Him.  Bhagavan Ramana asked him:  "Why? Why this prostration of one material body
before another?  Who prostrates? Before whom?  There is no Guru, no disciple.
Realize who you are."   His one attempt would appear to be always bring home
to His questioners, devotees and disciples to the central theme of His realization, namely, identity of God and the Self.

***

Bhagavan Ramana was correcting and aiding some youngsters of not more
than 10 years of age in memorizing His Sanskrit work Upadesa Saram. 
The writer, was laughing so to say, up his sleeve, at the futility of coaching
these youngsters who could not understand even the ABC of this highly
metaphysical poetry.  Without the utterance of a single word, Bhagavan Ramana turned to him and remarked that though these children might not understand
the meaning of these poems then, yet they would be of immense help to them,
and would be realized with great relief and pleasure, when they came of age and
were in difficulties!

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #946 on: May 29, 2015, 07:37:21 AM »

Once Krishna Premi came to the Asramam.  He was an American by birth, but embraced Sri Vaishnavism, and had diksha through Chaitanya Maha Prabhu's
Gowdia Math, in Bengal. He is the spokesman of the philosophy that all that one sees is Vasudeva. He was chanting the Taraka mantra, Sarvam Vasudevamayam Jagat.

When Krishna Premi asked about this sublime way to Bhagavan,
He replied in assent, by shaking His head. Then, Bhagavan said:
"Yes. Yes. Where is doubt on that?  This is very sublime philosophy.  All Vaishnava Acharyas have given detailed commentary on this. 

"But, however....."  Bhagavan continued:  "To see everything as
Vasudeva, is it not YOU who should contemplate like that?  Does
anything outside come and tell you that It is Vasudeva?  No, is it
not?  Then WHO is contemplating that everything is Vasudeva?
It is only YOU. Apart from you, everything else is insentient.
But YOU alone are Chaitanya. When YOU are seeing all the earth,
trees, plants, creepers, grass and bushes as Vasudeva, are You
not interested in seeing Yourself as Vasudeva?  When YOU begin to meditate
that YOU are Vasudeva, then YOU become Vasudeva. There is no need to see
"now" that everything is Vasudeva.  After YOU become VASUDEVA, then you see everything as Vasudeva. Then all would REALLY APPEAR AS VASUDEVA.  If Dhrik becomes Vasudeva, then Drsyam also becomes Vasudeva.
Dhrishtim Jnana mayim krutva - these words of Sri Sankara is the truth."

Thus when Bhagavan Ramana explained Sri Vaishnava Tattvam in the words of Sri Sankara,  Krishna Premi became horripilated.  He was shedding tears for long, looking at Bhagavan Ramana,with profound astonishment and gratitude.


(Kanakammal's Reminiscences.)

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« Reply #947 on: May 29, 2015, 07:40:04 AM »

Bhagavan Ramana helped Ranga Iyer (Rangan) in many ways to get over his difficulties. It is all Guru's Grace, that worked miracles in Rangan's life.  He also
did that for Jagadeeswara Sastri, who suffered from colon cancer and was
nearing death in Tiruvannamalai hospital.  When doctors asked Bhagavan Ramana
how to proceed further, He merely told themto continue a particular medicine.  Jagadeeswara Sastri got cured and came back to the Hall soon.  He was present when Kapali Sastri was reading Ramana Gita Prakasa in the presence of Bhagavan Ramana.  Kapali Sastri became speechless seeing his survival, even though Sastri looked
very weak and thin, he was alive and kicking and lived a few more years.
He did with the young boy Ramanan, when the latter was bitten by a snake and
was black and blue nearing death.  Bhagavan Ramana touched him and he got well.

But Bhagavan Ramana did not want to do such miracles at the drop of His hat. For
that matter, He never owned the miracles and every time, He said ' it was all
Arunachala's grace.' He did occasionally.  He once told that if He started
raising the dead or near-dead people everyday, then the Asramam
would be filled with corpses!  That was not His mission!

Arunachala Siva.
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« Reply #948 on: May 29, 2015, 08:08:14 AM »





Bhagavan Ramana used to tell His devotees, that good things that come to
you, can be availed/enjoyed and this will not create any karmic effect for you.

Once Annamalai Swami was asked to distribute some sweets brought by a
devotee to one and all.  Bhagavan Ramana took one piece and Annamalai Swami distributed them to others.  Annamalai Swami found the sweet so delicious that he
took one more piece when he had gone away for distribution. As soon as he
returned to the Hall, Bhagavan Ramana asked him whether he took one extra piece.  Annamalai Swami agreed.  Bhagavan Ramana mildly chided him.  From that day, Annamalai Swami decided not to do anything, without Bhagavan's prior consent!

But on an identical situation, Bhagavan Ramana told Devaraja Mudaliar to take
one extra piece of sweet of sweet,  since there were too many. When Mudaliar hesitated,  He said  "Take one extra, it will not create any effect to you upon such action by you."   

He told once in the dining hall, to the servers:  "Give more food to Dhandapani
Swami.  He does a lot of physical work and he needs more food.  When Dhandapani Swami hesitated, Bhagavan Ramana compelled him saying that there was no
harm and the concept of "equal distribution" would not arise there.

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« Reply #949 on: May 29, 2015, 09:22:44 AM »



Sri Narayana Iyer, who was a Sub Registrar in Tiruvannamalai, for long years,
with good career record, was suddenly transferred to Tiruchy, by his senior
officer, who had for no reason, developed some grudge against him.

Devotees were wondering why Narayana Iyer should have this misfortune
for no fault of his.  Devaraja Mudaliar asked Bhagavan:  "Bhagavan!  Why should
such things happen even to your ardent devotee?  How can you keep quiet?"

Bhagavan, as usual, kept silent.

Devaraja Mudaliar decided to sing the famous Vel Vaguppu, of Arunagiri Nathar
next morning in the Hall.  This song sings about the glories of Vel, the Javelin of Skanda, in removing the obstacles of the devotees.  He wanted to sing to
invoke the grace of Bhagavan for Narayana Iyer. 

When Devaraja Mudaliar was singing in the Hall, the famous lines from Vel Vaguppu:

"When a devotee prays to you with intense love,
And if anyone wants to harm such a devotee,
You shall vanquish him along with his lineage.
You are ever my support..."     

As he was singing this line, Narayana Iyer suddenly appeared in the Hall to
take Bhagavan's permission, to leave for Tiruchy.  He prostrated to Bhagavan
and left with heavy heart.  But Devaraja Mudaliar found this as good omen.

After a few days, Narayana Iyer returned to the Hall, with happy news that
his transfer had been cancelled after he had reached Tiruchy! He quickly visited
the temples in and around Tiruchy and returned to Tiruvannamalai, for rejoining
his job.

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« Reply #950 on: May 29, 2015, 12:25:28 PM »
The Tiruppugazh song (only parts), sung by Devaraja Mudaliar, vide Reply 949:

vEl vaguppu:-

..........................
...........................
...........................

துதிக்குமடி யவர்க்கொருவர் கெடுக்கஇடர்
நினைக்கினவர் குலத்தைமுத லறக்களையும்
எனக்கொர்துணை யாகும்

சொலற்கரிய திருப்புகழை யுரைத்தவரை
யடுத்தபகை யறுத்தெறிய வுறுக்கியெழு
மறத்தைநிலை காணும்

.................
.................
.................

திருத்தணியில் உதித்தருளும் ஒருத்தன்மலை
விருத்தனேன துளத்திலுறை கருத்தன்மயில்
நடத்துகுகன் வேலே.

This is considered, even today, to be an efficient antidote to ward of the evils
planned by people who do not like you or indirect plans of your 'enemies'
to cause miseries for you.

Arunachala Siva.
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« Reply #951 on: May 30, 2015, 07:43:07 AM »

After the visit with Ganapati Sastri*, I went again to see the Master in the Cave.
The Master smiled at me and asked one most private question about my life.
I immediately understood that with His very look, He would read anyone like
an open book!

He then gave me some fruits, cooked rice and ghee.  He also gave me a spoon-like
implement made out of coconut shell!  He then gave me some milk out of
desiccated coconut.  As I was eating, He described me very important details
of my past life.  He has seen hundreds of people in His life.  But I understood that
with His Wisdom-insight, He reads every one like an encyclopedia.

I sat with Him for over three hours and He talked to me many many things. 

I realized that He is a complete Master of Wisdom.

* This man was a Telugu Pandit for Humphreys in Vellore. Not to be
mistaken with Ganapati Muni.

(Source: Glimpses of Life and Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi,
Frank H. Humphreys.  Translated by me from Tamil Version, Guru
Ramana Tiruvadi Vazhvu.)

Arunachala Siva.
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« Reply #952 on: May 30, 2015, 07:50:02 AM »

Once Devaraja Mudaliar observed that a devotee who had come to the Asramam
had lost his bag containing money, plantain fruits and some clothes. 
The monkeys had taken them when he had left the bag near the office.
He became very sad since he had lost all money and there was not even
any money for his return journey.

All devotees took pity on him.  Devotees were asking among themselves why these miseries when a devotee had come for Bhagavan's darshan.  This was informed
to Bhagavan also.  Bhagavan, as usual, kept quiet.

After some time, the monkeys which had taken only the fruits threw away the bag
and the devotee picked it up with great joy.

Devaraja Mudaliar (who was never tired of asking questions to Bhagavan),
asked Bhagavan Ramana: "Bhagavan!  Why these miseries first come about and
why these miseries go away after a period of anxiety and sorrow.  If God had been kind, why should the miseries happen at the first instance?"

Bhagavan Ramana replied, after some silence:  "Unless such miseries happen and then go away, the human beings will not  think about God and His grace!"
Devaraja Mudaliar was pleased with the answer.

(Devaraja Mudaliar - Reminiscences)

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« Reply #953 on: May 30, 2015, 08:01:33 AM »


Desur Akhilandamma writes in her reminiscences:

I do not know anything on what I should ask Bhagavan Ramana. I have no
capacity even to ask Him any questions.  I was simply going everyday giving
some food to Him and greens to Mother Azhagamma after prostrating to
Bhagavan Ramana. 

One day Bhagavan Ramana was sitting after the monthly tonsure and was sitting
alone before a bath.  I went and prostrated to Him and submitted to Him:

"Bhagavan!  You should tell something to me and grace me."

Bhagavan gazed at me and asked:  "What should I tell you?"

I grew nervous and there was horripilation on my body.

I kept quiet in fear and anxiety.  Bhagavan understood my predicament and
He knows my mind.  He then said graciously:

"Give me my Self."  For sometime, I did not understand anything of these
words.  I did not also know how to practice this "Give me my Self."  There was however a lot of satisfaction and the words were coming back in my mind again
and again.  There was total Peace in me.

Bhagavan remained there seated for quite sometime.  Perhaps, He showed me
how to practice "Give me my  Self."  I do not know the Vedantic import of these
words.  But these words were enough for me.  After some pause, I told Bhagavan:
" Bhagavan! Hot water is ready."  Bhagavan then left for bathing.

(Reminiscences - Smt. Akhilandamma)

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« Reply #954 on: May 30, 2015, 08:08:31 AM »

Sri Mahadeva Iyer, a devotee of Bhagavan Ramana, was ailing in Madras
from persistent hiccough for nearly a month.  His daughter wrote to Bhagavan Ramana, appealing to Him to bless her father and give relief in his distressing
ailment.

On receipt of this letter, Bhagavan Ramana told me (T.K. Sundaresa Iyer)
to write to Sri Mahadeva Iyer that a paste of jaggery and dried, powdered ginger,
if taken, would effect immediate cure of his trouble.

Then, turning to Madhavan, His personal attendant, Bhagavan Ramana said:
"We had some ready-made paste of this medicine. Can you find it?"
Madhavan immediately produced it.

Bhagavan Ramana took a dose of it Himself, and distributed the same paste
among those around Him!

He looked at me and said that I might write to Sri Mahadeva Iyer
by that very evening's post.   

I said in jest, "Why Bhagavan, Mahadevan is already cured.  Bhagavan has taken medicine for him!  And Bhagavan gave a broad laugh.

I wrote to Sri Mahadeva Iyer from the Asramam office.  But the next day's post brought us a letter from his daughter to say that her father was relieved of his
ailment by 1 PM on the previous day!

It was exactly the hour when Bhagavan took the jaggery-ginger paste!

It is like the old saying in Tamizh:

The gypsy girl had labor pain and delivered the child, though it was the gypsy
husband who took medicine on her behalf.

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« Reply #955 on: May 31, 2015, 10:40:22 AM »


Natesan was the barber, and was the nephew of Subbarayan who served Bhagavan in tonsuring His head on full moon days for years.  Natesan continued the service of his uncle.  He also used to play Nadaswaram, a pipe.

On one occasion, Niranjananda Swami called Natesan and asked him to start the work an hour earlier, for he thought that in the heat of the summer, it could be more convenient for Bhagavan to have the shave earlier.  Natesan turned up, earlier than usual, at the newly appointed hour on the next full moon day.  In response to Bhagavan's questioning gaze, he narrated the arrangement of Sarvadikari.
Bhagavan said that the heat was of no consequence to Him and the former
timetable was restored.

Once when Natesan was shaving Bhagavan, his uncle Subbarayan came and told him, that he should go to the town to play Nadaswaram for some festival.  On hearing this Bhagavan remarked:  It seems that Natesan has to go to the town by noon for some
pipe music and he might not have taken any food in the morning.  His attendants nearby took the hint and brought some hot lunch for Natesan.  Barbers are
normally treated as outcastes and caste Hindus would offer food to them only
after they themselves had finished their meals. 

Natesan was overwhelmed by the compassion of Bhagavan Ramana and felt with tears in his eyes, that only Bhagavan Ramana could love other beings like this.

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« Reply #956 on: May 31, 2015, 10:46:36 AM »


Cycle Ramaswami Pillai (whose Samadhi is there inside the Asramam, along with Muruganar's and Viswanatha Swami's) was going for circumambulation of the Hill.
It was through the middle path that he was going.  He lost his way in the middle
and was perplexed not knowing what to do.  Suddenly a dog appeared in the
scene, and walked in the front, taking deviation at a particular place and put
Cycle Ramaswami Pillai in the correct path.  Ramaswami Pillai was horripilated
and thanked Bhagavan Ramana.  He was wondering whose dog that it could be.
When he returned from the circumambulation, he found to his astonishment
that the dog was waiting at the entrance of the Old Hall and after seeing Pillai's
safe return, suddenly ran away and disappeared!

Ramaswami Pillai said:  Even though it may appear a trivial incident, it strengthened by faith in Bhagavan Ramana, who is always a guide for devotees in distress, apatbandava.

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« Reply #957 on: May 31, 2015, 10:52:20 AM »

I was born in 1916, in Mavelikara, a village in South Kerala.  My mother who
was of a pious disposition used to serve sadhus and was happy to help them in
various ways.

Once when I was in Pandikkan Mazhi Math, between Madurai and
Manamadurai, on my pilgrimage to Rameswram.  The Math was managed by one Narayanaswami, who had stayed at Sri Ramanasramam for some time.
He spoke to me about Bhagavan and gave me the full address of Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannmalai.

From Rameswaram, I came directly to Tiruvannamalai.  This was
in 1938.  I was overcome with joy when I saw Arunachala.  After
spending a few days at the Virupakshi Cave, one day I ame down
to Sri Ramanasramam, with a sadhu.  When we arrived, Bhagavan
had just returned from His afternoon walk to the Hill and was sitting in the
Hall alone.  He looked at us and smiled.  I can never forget that smile.
After sitting in His presence for sometime, I returned to the Cave.  Thereafter
I used to visit the Asramam daily and have darshan of Bhagavan.

Soon I changed by abode from Virupakshi Cave to Skandasramam
and finally after 7 years (during which I had begged for alms),
at various places, I finally obtained Bhagavan's Grace, the good
fortune of serving as His personal assistant from 1946, till His final Nirvanana
on 14th April 1950.

(Source:  Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace,
Volume 6. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

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« Reply #958 on: May 31, 2015, 11:00:32 AM »


R.N. Datar writes:-

I had heard of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi as early as December 1929,
when by a curious coincidence, I met in a village near Sirsi, in the South
Karnataka District, Sri Ganapathi Muni, the famous disciple of Bhagavan Ramana.
I then and there made up my mind to go to the South in search of that saint.
In spite of certain discouragements, I ultimately proceeded to the South alone, in
December 1934.  I went in all trepidation, but the very first sight of Bhagavan put
me at ease.  I still remember His searching gaze at me, when I sat before Him
in His holy but formidable presence in the great audience hall, where He used
to sit all day long, and receive numerous visitors and seekers of Truth. 

After His long gaze at me, Bhagavan closed His eyes and remained in a
contemplative mood for about a quarter of an hour.  It struck me then and
now this feeling has now become a conviction, that Bhagavan through His inner
vision, looked through the whole history of mine -- spreading over births, past
and present and after a close scrutiny, took me under His care as His humble
devotee.

Some years afterwards, when a friend asked me as to whether there was any
formal initiation or diksha at the Asramam, I replied in the negative.  But years
later, it suddenly struck me that during my very first visit and the very first
meeting, He had accepted me as His sishya, the initiation being internal and
hence imperceptible, though equally real and effective.  I spent two days at the Asramam on that occasion and cannot here depict the strange conditions and
moods through which I passed, commencing with a feeling that I was on a fool's errand and culminating in a feeling of blessedness that a Guru had entered in
my life and taken charge of its directions.

I had a brief talk with Him, though I may state here that it was more the stay in
the Asramam itself than anything else, that was responsible for the strengthening
of His hold on me throughout the period from that time onward.  It was a good
fortune that I had spent the last night of my stay, in the Hall itself, where Bhagavan
had also rested.  On that night, I had a significant dream, the purport of which
was indicative of the confirmation of Bhagavan's blessings on me.

(Source:  Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace,
Volume 6. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

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« Reply #959 on: June 01, 2015, 07:27:07 AM »


The young boy Ramana, (who was earlier brought back to life, when he was
stung by a snake and he turned to totally blue), once was sitting near Sivaganga
Tank, inside the Arunachaleswara Temple.  He wanted to go into the water.  He stepped in, and found suddenly that he was drowning into the tank.  He was
gasping for breath and did not know whom to call for help.  Suddenly, an old man
from Kambathu Ilaiyanar Temple (Muruga's shrine, near the Pillar) jumped into
the tank and brought the boy back to the steps and then disappeared swiftly.
Ramana, the young boy did not know who had rescued him.  He thanked Lord Arunachaleswara.

Next morning, the boy entered the Old Hall and prostrated before
Bhagavan Ramana.  Looking at the boy mischievously, Bhagavan Ramana asked
the boy:  "O Ramana, is the Sivaganga Tank quite deep?"

The young boy understood that it was Bhagavan Ramana, who had come as
an old man and had saved him from drowning!


Arunachala Siva.