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« Reply #960 on: June 01, 2015, 07:33:22 AM »

Once the cousin sister of Mirza Ali, the then Dewan of Mysore and
Mrs. Talyarkhan were going round the Hill.  They were talking about
Sri Bhagavan Ramana.  Suddenly Mrs. Talyarkhan said:  I have been
with Him for quite some time now.  Still I am not able to convince myself
that He is the Guru, the Reality, who can give me liberation.  Then she added:
Now, it is red hot in Tiruvannamalai. If, as per our Parsi belief, if rains could
come down now, I shall believe Him totally.

Within a few minutes, there was a sudden downpour, a heavy rain, unusual in Tiruvannamalai at that season!

Both the ladies got fully drenched.  Their cheeks were drenched in tears of
ananda.  They completed the circumambulation with wet clothes and returned
to the Hall with tearful eyes and prostrated before Sri Bhagavan.

Bhagavan Ramana smiled at them:  "Oh, is the down-pour quite heavy? and
looked at them meaningfully!

Arunachala Siva.


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« Reply #961 on: June 01, 2015, 08:17:13 AM »

C.V. Subramania Iyer writes:-

Once four ladies came to Sri Ramanasramam to have darshan of Sri Bhagavan Ramana.  They belonged to different nationalities - an American, an Italian,
a French and an Indian Christian. They sat in the prayer hall near the southern
wall right in front of Sri Bhagavan after duly paying their respects to Him.
The American lady began the conversation putting questions to Him and getting answers which were interpreted by a devotee in the Hall.  In the end, the
American lady asked Sri Bhagavan Ramana:  "Bhagavan! Can we have your Grace
for our spiritual development?" 

Sri Bhagavan replied:  "If you had not the Grace, you would not have thought
of coming here."  What an encouraging reply!

No one who came to His presence ever went away discouraged.  To an
earnest enquirer, He would always say:  "You are already That, only the veil of ignorance has to be removed." 

Swami Vivekananda used to tell his followers:  "Don't believe the self possessed teacher who says:  "I see, but you cannot see."  Bhagavan never observed
any secrecy with regard to His teachings.

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

Arunachala Siva.


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« Reply #962 on: June 01, 2015, 08:27:24 AM »

T.P. Ramachandra Iyer writes:-

Once Chadwick wrote to me from the Asramam.  In that letter, he had said that Bhagavan's health is declining and He is becoming weaker day by day.  "You know
that He would not accept any health medicines.  However, you may search for
some ayurvedic preparations, for stamina and health, which Bhagavan would
normally not object to take."

On receipt of letter, I went in search for ayurvedic preparations
in Madras.  I went to Venkataramana Dispensary in Mylapore,
famous for such medicines.  He was prepared to give a lehyam
(fluid preparation) called Jiraga Vilavdi Lehyam.  I sent immediately
some bottles to Chinnaswami.


Chinnaswami on receiving the parcel, placed the same to Bhagavan
with the letter of T.P.Ramachandra Iyer. 


I went to Tiruvannamalai that week end and prostrated before
Bhagavan.  Bhagavan said:  "This is the lehyam you have sent.
I am using it regularly four times a day.  Jiraga and Vilva are
very good for biliousness."

I felt very happy.  After a half a minute, Bhagavan asked me:
"Did anyone write to you to send this?"  I immediately admitted
it and said Bhagavan about Chadwick's letter. I also said that
Chinnaswami too does not know since I had not mentioned about it
in my letter.

Bhagavan laughed so graciously, saying:  "See that, see that..."

That evening Chadwick entered the Hall at 4.00 PM.  Bhagavan
looked at him and said: "Did you write anything?"

This was a moment of shock and surprise for Chadwick and he
having done all this out of his extreme love and devotion to Bhagavan,
happily declared:  "Yes, Bhagavan!  I wrote all that to TPR.  What can
we do?  Bhagavan never takes anything and it was miserable for us, devotees,
to be witnessing Bhagavan growing weaker day by day.  So I did all that and
I am happy now."

He resumed his seat and began to meditate as usual.  Such was
Major Chadwick's (Sadhu Arunachala) devotion and love to Bhagavan.  He was one of the many old devotees whose devotion to Bhagavan Ramana knew no bounds.

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

Arunachala Siva.


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« Reply #963 on: June 02, 2015, 07:29:20 AM »

R.N. Datar writes in his reminiscences:-

I was, in particular, very keen in observing the attitude of various disciples
towards Sri Bhagavan and His response to them in His inimitable ways.
I remember one occasion when a great spiritual seeker had come from the
West, highly perturbed over the then darkening clouds of international situation.
(This was sometime before World War II, which broke out in September 1939).
He came into the Hall almost in a challenging and quarrelsome mood.  He had
brought a catalog of questions for answers by Sri Bhagavan.  He almost took
Sri Bhagavan to task, "for wasting His time and energies in a secluded corner
of the earth", though according to him, Bhagavan ought to have taken active
steps to turn the attention of the world from the ways of the devil to those
of the divine.

He gave expressions to his sense of disapprobation to Sri Bhagavan's apparent inactivity in this respect.  He challenged Sri Bhagavan to answer his questions.
His rebellious mood struck us dumb in the Hall.  He demanded an immediate
answer from Bhagavan.  Bhagavan was sitting quiet, as usual, without saying
anything in the matter.  I still visualize before me the very tense half an hour
that we passed when everybody, including Bhagavan and the stormy questioner
were all silent.

I was anxious to know how the tension would be eased.  We were all sitting
anxiously in the tense atmosphere when, after an hour, quite suddenly,
the questioner broke the silence by exclaiming that he had got the answer!
Bhagavan asked him to write it.  He did so, and when it was read out, it breathed
a sense of complete submission to Bhagavan, though the questioner had begun
with a challenge.  He had confessed in the writing that he was satisfied
that Bhagavan was serving the best interests of mankind in His own unobtrusive
and silent ways, and that what was required  from a seeker was not a mood of challenge but one of submission to the highest force which is working in its own inscrutable ways, through great sages like the Saint of Arunachalam.

This is how Bhagavan worked on the minds of His visitors and brought them to
peace when they were itching for a fight.  This man, from that time on wards,
became one of the gentlest of Bhagavan's devotees.

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

Arunachala Siva.


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« Reply #964 on: June 02, 2015, 07:32:19 AM »

Where is Ramana?  Where is Ramana?

Once a visitor (who was coming for the first time)  suddenly entered
the kitchen and asked:  Where is Ramana?  Where is Ramana? 
Bhagavan was alone in the kitchen.  The visitor did not know Him.
Bhagavan Ramana then showed him a big brass vessel used for
making sambhar, where the word Ramana has been engraved, and
said:  Here is Ramana.  The visitor got confused and came out
in desperation.  The devotee who was there said:  The man inside
who is preparing some item in the kitchen is Ramana.  Both then
went inside and asked Bhagavan Ramana why He had showed the
vessel.  Bhagavan replied:  "Here is where the name is written.
Where is Ramana written on me?"

Salutations to Him, who is beyond name and form.

Arunachala Siva.


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« Reply #965 on: June 02, 2015, 08:04:03 AM »

Dr. Haribhai writes:

I went to Sri Ramanasramam, in 1946, for Bhagavan's darshan. All devotees
were as usual seated in the big hall in front of Bhagavan. On one occasion,
I wrote in a chit, "I feel that I have the experience of the Self but my mind
does not agree with that."

I placed the chit before Bhagavan.  After reading it, Bhagavan
ordered a copy of Sad Darsanam, turned the verse 33 therein,
and asked someone to show it to me.  The verse reads:

"To speak I have not known my Self or I have come to know my
Self, is ridiculous.  What?  Are there two Selves, one to objectify
the other?  Experience for all is that Self is only One."

On another occasion in 1947, I was coming down from Arunachala
Hill and Bhagavan was going up.  I stepped aside to give Him room
to go, as the path was very narrow, and stood with closed eyes
and folded hands.  When Bhagavan came near me, He asked me
to my great surprise:  "Do you still find two?"

On a third occasion, I put a question to Bhagavan:  "If waking and
dream states are not different, can a man realize his Self in the
dream state?"  To this Bhagavan graciously replied:

"First realize the Self in the waking state.  And then raise the

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

Arunachala Siva.


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« Reply #966 on: June 02, 2015, 08:13:17 AM »

One day a prince entered the Old Hall, with a few friends to have the
darshan of Bhagavan and took a seat beside us, as there was no distinction
between the prince and peasants before Bhagavan Ramana.  One of his
friends wanted to ask a question but was hesitating to do so as the organ
of speech generally fails to cooperate in the awe inspiring presence of
Sri Bhagavan.  But to his surprise and amazement, the same question
was put to Bhagavan by someone immediately.  Bhagavan too gave a
convincing reply and the joy of the visitor knew no bounds.  The prince sat
quietly for sometime and who knows what happened, he began to pour
forth streams of tears till he left the hall. In the Hall, some with open eyes
and some with closed eyes used to build castles in the air.  Some used
to repent their omissions and commissions.  Some used to think their highest
thoughts and reach the peaks which they never dreamed of before. Some used
to roam about in worlds other than ours, sitting still like statues and some others
used to get inexplicable and mystic experiences. In some, the emotions aroused
used to reach enormous and excessive proportions with in a few moments,
as can easily be seen from the rapidity of their exhalations and inhalations.
Unable to lose withstand the huge and unexpected flood of emotions, they used
to lose their balance and weep bitterly.  Handkerchiefs or other clothes that used
to reach their eyes and cheeks to dry the tears used to return wet.

(Source:  K.R.K. Murthy's reminiscences.  Arunachala's Ramana,
Boundless Ocean of Grace, Volume 6.  Sri Ramanasramam,

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« Reply #967 on: June 02, 2015, 11:36:50 AM »

S. Kannikeswarier writes:-

One day, when Bhagavan was looking into the affairs of the temple building,
I approached Him and asked the following question.

"How can action which is subdued in a state of Mukti emerge
and continue to function?"  Bhagavan favored me with the
following reply:

"The all pervading infinite Self brings about the actions and they are done
through the means of indriya karanas.  The person's ahamkara or the little self
is doing nothing.  It is also incapable of doing anything. When an author is writing
with a pen, he is so much absorbed in his idea that he forgets that he is writing
with the pen with his own hand.  Nor is he aware of his body.  Once the consciousness dawns that he is the person that is writing it, that it is hand and his pen that
writes it, the flow of his ideas is arrested. He comes down from the all-absorbing
world of idea and becomes aware of his pen, his hand and his body and he is not
able to write any further.  The pen, the hand etc., are separate inanimate objects
and the Atma Sakti alone is capable of giving life to them and make them work.
 Although the indriya karanas are there, yet the time when they are absorbed in the Atma Sakti, he will not write. 

"Therefore, the happiness and sorrow which are the results of actions do not affect the indriya karanas or the Atma, the witness and Karta (doer) of all actions.  If a man were to see his reflection in the boiling water, the heat does not affect his face, nor does it harm in any way his reflection in the boiling water.  So also the results of one's own actions do not affect the Atman or the ahakmkara, "the little self".  It is a myth or maya (delusion). A man bitten by a snake in a dream, does not on awakening
attempt to cure himself.  The tiresomeness of the sukshma saria (subtle body) due to over work in dream world, is not at all felt on his awakening from the dream. 

If one, in his own imagination, weaves that he was round the world in a minute,
his physical body does not get tired.  We, the embodiment of Atma have no
sufferings.  All things appear on account of myth. The lightning produced on
account of the clash of clouds in the sky do not affect the Space.  If we, therefore, realize that we are part and parcel of the big Atmic force, there is no reason why we should falter and get confused in our lives.

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

Arunachala Siva.               


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« Reply #968 on: June 02, 2015, 04:13:04 PM »

In his Ramana reminiscences, K.R.K. Murthy further continues:-

With a view to record Bhagavan's voice and preserve the same for posterity,
someone raised a discussion on the sound recording machines, in the presence
of Sri Bhagavan.

Bhagavan agreed with what they said, regarding this wonderful machine.
Seeing that Bhagavan was very favorably disposed towards the same, they
wanted to pursue the matter further and fix up a date for recording Bhagavan's
voice.  At that moment, Bhagavan Ramana replied:  "My real voice is Silence.
How can you record that?"  In this connection, He narrated the story of the
saint Thandavarayar*, who by his dynamic silence stilled the minds of several
people, for three full days.

* Thandavarayar is a Tamizh saint-poet who lived about 500 years back in Nannilam, and one Thandavarayar's disciple composed a poem called Bharani in Tamizh.  The friends of the disciple asked him:  "How can you write a Bharani on your saint-guru, since Bharani is normally written only towards a King who had killed 1000 elephants in a war?"    The disciple said: "You all come and see my Guru, then only you will understand.  The friends came to see guru Thandavarayar.  The Guru was in utter silence, with a vacant gaze.  No one could open their mouths.  Soon, more and
more people came and sat before Thandavarayar.  The number exceeded even one thousand.  They all kept quiet inundated by the Silence of the guru.  It happened for three days.  On the fourth day the guru said:  "You must all be very hungry.  Go and eat something!"  The visitors agreed to the disciple who  had composed Bharani on
Tandavaryar and said:  You Guru who could keep in silence, the 1000 restless minds,
is definitely as great as the king who had killed 1000 elephants in a battle.

Arunachala Siva.
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« Reply #969 on: June 02, 2015, 05:00:39 PM »
At one time Sri Ramana's clothes consisted
of nothing more than a codpiece and a towel
which was little better than a rag. A cowherd
boy who was passing joked about the rag of a
towel, saying that the Governor wanted it! Sri
Ramana joined the fun and said in reply: "Tell
him I won't give it to him!"

from the mountain path 1994
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya


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« Reply #970 on: June 03, 2015, 07:18:30 AM »
K.R.K. Murthy writes:-

An old woman bent double with age used to go round and round Bhagavan's Hall
and finally go near Bhagavan's seat and loudly sing songs composed extempore
by her.  Her spontaneous compositions used to pour forth effortlessly from her extremely devoted heart. She was not a learned lady.  There might be some
grammatical mistakes and errors in rhyme, rhythm etc., She used to thus sing her prayers daily for obtaining the grace of Bhagavan.

One day,  Bhagavan smilingly remarked that her songs seemed to be much better
than those of her son.  Her son was a scholar and from an ordinary point of view
of view, the scholar's compositions ought to be superior but for Bhagavan, those arising from the bottom of the heart with great devotion and emotion are more
pleasing.  Are not the standards of judgement different?

Whenever Bhagavan's physical body appeared to suffer from some ailment, some devotees used to prescribe medicines for relief, forgetting that Bhagavan Himself
was Vaidyanatha (Lord of the Universal medical care) who can cure all ills if He so willed. Bhagavan used to take or apply the medicines just for the satisfaction of the devotees who prescribed the same and not curing Himself.  He never wanted to
wound the feelings of even the humblest of devotees and He used to accept the medicines, though there was no necessity for any of them as far as He was
concerned.   Though the act is the same, the object is different.

One lady devotee was one day expressing to Bhagavan that she had
come that day, from a long distance.  Bhagavan suddenly remarked:
"You did not come.  The train brought you here."  The other side of the picture is
more real to Bhagavan.  She did not come there perhaps by her individual exertion
but she was brought by Bhagavan's Grace.

Arunachala Siva.
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« Reply #971 on: June 03, 2015, 07:26:47 AM »

Sri K.R.K.  Murthy further writes:-

Once, one devotee of Bhagavan was abused, ill treated and prohibited from
entering the Asramam.  Though Bhagavan was aware of this, He never uttered
a word or passed any remark favoring the devotee or the other side.  His silence
might have been misinterpreted as a favor shown to one side.  But what happened?  The devotee never used to come to Bhagavan Ramana, as usual.

But Bhagavan Himself used to pass by the house of devotee and
give darshan in a different place.  Who can prevent Bhagavan?
Bhagavan is interested in all His children even though some of
them might behave in a naughty manner at times.  Bhagavan
never used to condemn people and wound their feelings even though
He is All Powerful.  No one is beyond redemption so far as He
was concerned.

If someone in the Asramam behaved in a very unjust manner, Bhagavan
used to know it, even though no one told Him and inflict some self punishment
and deny Himself some dishes or courses etc., without expressing anything to anybody.  Everyone used to come together to find out why Bhagaan has given
up a certain dish.  As no one was bold enough to face Bhagavan and ask the
real cause, they used to examine their own conduct and behavior and discover the causes that might have caused displeasure to Bhagavan Ramana.  They used
to approach Bhagavan, prostrate, beg His pardon and promise to be more careful
in future. This is the Bhagavan's way of rectification of wrong doers.

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« Reply #972 on: June 03, 2015, 08:15:51 AM »


Under this heading, K.R.K. Murthy says:-

On one occasion, I saw the handwriting of Bhagavan Ramana in Telugu.
It was just like print, if not better.  I had a keen desire to preserve as a memento some letters written by Bhagavan Ramana. I was feeling very delicate to ask
Bhagavan especially when there were many in the Hall.  Just then someone in
the Hall remarked that I wrote in Telugu script that morning the songs selected
by Bhagavan, from the writings of the saint Tayumanavar (a Tamizh saint who lived in Tiruchirapalli about 400 years back.)  Bhagavan wanted to see the same.  I was somewhat taken aback and also was ashamed to put before Bhagavan what
I wrote in a hurry.  Further I was sure that there would be some mistakes.
Sri Bhagavan took the book and patiently corrected the first stanza. I was overjoyed when Bhagavan wrote so many letters in my book.  Sri Bhagavan satisfied my
burning desire, even before it was expressed by me in words, and that too
before everybody, without wounding the feelings of others in the least.

In the Holy Presence of and due to the Grace of Bhagavan, every devotee
including myself used to get some wonderful, inexplicable and elevating spiritual experiences.

Arunachala Siva.


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« Reply #973 on: June 03, 2015, 10:58:22 AM »

K.R.K. Murthy writes in Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean
of Grace, Volume 6:

1. Once there was a discussion about the foodstuffs such as onions, drumsticks, carrots etc., which orthodox people avoid. Bhagavan Ramana remarked that
they may do good to the body but not to the mind.  They may purify the blood
and benefit the body but they rouse passions and are not helpful for the purification
of the mind, chittasuddhi.

2.  Giving up certain fruits, nuts or other foodstuff dear to one, during the
pilgrimages to holy places like Kasi, is one of the practices prevalent among
the religious people.  One day Bhagavan noticed a devotee avoiding a mango
on this ground and commented that a better form of 'tyaga' - renunciation would be
to accept whatever one happens to get and not to crave for which that is not

3. Once Bhagavan Ramana also told that one may avoid things that do not agree
with one's constitution and take necessary quantities of suitable ones that do him good.  But maintenance of body and health should not occupy much attention as
it is not our chief pursuit in life.

4. Bhagavan never used to compromise with equality in serving meals.  He never agreed to accept anything which is not equally shared by His fellow diners.
 He was satisfied only when He was served in the end, after everyone was served.  Even under exceptional situations, He was not willing to take the food of superior quality unless it was distributed to all. 

5. Bhagavan made people of different tongues in South India quite at home by speaking or writing in their respective languages.  It requires a great effort to
cross the narrow linguistic barriers and shed the unjustifiable prejudices
against other languages and appreciate good works in them.  Only one who
studies one or two languages in addition to his mother tongue and moves and lives with others has ample opportunities of broadening his outlook and also reaching others' hearts.  The initial linguistic affinities do not last long and after all, people
of the same mentality flock together whatever their mother tongue is.  Bhagavan Ramana is particularly adored because He had taken a lot of pains to master several languages and write His works in the same for the benefit of devotees from various parts.  His glorious example will continue to influence generations of devotees to
put forth their best efforts in this direction and to come closer by understanding
one another better.

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« Reply #974 on: June 03, 2015, 11:17:30 AM »

Mr. P.T. Muthuswami writes in an article in Arunachala's Ramana,
Boundless Ocean of Grace, Volume 6:-

My joy found no limit when I had the darshan of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi,
on 8th June 1947 at 9.20 a.m.  Apart from Asramam inmates, Indians and
foreigners, there used to be a stream of visitors in the morning and the evening.  Some visitors, with the permission of the Asramam authority used to take snapshots
of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.

In my heart of hearts, I was deeply thinking whether I could be so fortunate as
to have a photo taken along with Bhagavan.  A good and pious idea indeed!
But, the question of its fulfillment was entirely left to the entire grace of guru dev.

It so happened that a rich and a pious soul with a band of devotees from Andhra Pradesh came to the Arunachala Temple and then to Sri Ramanasramam.
They had the darshan of Bhagavan in the morning and they arranged for a group
photo to be taken along with Him in the evening.

Bhagavan Ramana stood in front of the small gate towards the eastern side,
facing Arunachala Hill.  I and another devotee were observing all this very
keenly from a very respectful distance.  One of the devotees seeing Bhagavan standing, had very wisely brought a stool from the Asramam, upon which,
Gurudev sat.  The photo was about to be taken, when the Sarvadhikari, in
hurrying up to the spot, saw me and another devotee, standing at a distance,
asked us to follow him.  We both immeditately followed him and joined the group photo!  The photo was taken! 

My happiness was beyond expression.  I have a copy of this eventful photo with me.  This is how the Kripa of Bhagavan works miraculously.

It is noteworthy that Bhagavan Ramana did not speak a word on this at all.
His silence and grace, the very nature of one's own Self worked the miracle.

Arunachala Siva.