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Bhagavan and Dog
« on: May 24, 2012, 04:17:07 PM »
Many of us may be familiar with this incident, but i was very much moved by reading this post in David Godman's blog, posted by Srini. i couldn't stop myself from posting this very touching incident here.

"A diseased dog was trying to enter the gates of Ramanashram daily for 3 days. Other dogs and some Ashram people kept driving it away. One night Bhagavan slowly walked out of the hall without disturbing anyone. The person attending him thought he was going to the bathroom and followed him at a distance. After a couple of minutes, when Bhagavan did not return, he went looking for him and heard Bhagavan’s voice saying “Thrupthiyachaa?” “Podhumaa ?” (Is it enough ?, Are you satisfied?). He found Bhagavan squatting next to the diseased dog. The dog was licking Bhagavan all over his body including his face while Bhagavan was talking to the dog with these words. After a few minutes, Bhagavan got up and slept on the cot without bothering to clean himself. Next day morning, the Ashramites found the dog lying dead near the entrance. The dog was holding on to its life to have Bhagavan's Darshan."

Seldom, we come across such moving incidents, incidents like this makes one tremble in joy and bones melt, unable to face the extant of compassion of Sri Bhagvavan.

Prostrations to Bhagavan
« Last Edit: July 09, 2014, 12:26:41 PM by Nagaraj »
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Re: Bhagavan and Dog
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2012, 05:34:19 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

There are a few more events like this. Once an old man came to see Him in the Asramam but fell sick with cough and phlegm.
Sri Bhagavan voluntarily went the cottage where he was lying down. As the old man saw Him, he tried to sit from the bed,
and while doing so, he coughed a long while and spat the phlegm (by mistake) on the chest of Sri Bhagavan, who was standing
near the bed. Sri Bhagavan looked at him with all kindness and thereafter left him, with just wiping the phlegm with his towel.
When  some one offered a towel and a soap He declined.

                                                         -   thannai alAthu
anniyam onRum aRiyAr avar nilamai
innathu enRu unnal evan?                  (Ulladu Narpadu 31).

Arunachala Siva.     


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Re: Bhagavan and Dog
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2012, 11:04:56 AM »
I remember the MOnkey story too.. Perhaps Subramanian sir can elaborate better.

When a monkey started stealing bananas brought in by someone, the Ashramites drove it away. Bhagawan was angry and he told them there are great Sanyasins in Monkeys too. Ashramites did not believe Bhagawan and so he came out. Called a mother monkey with a child on her who was sitting in a distant tree. The money obediently came. Bhagawan told her to take what she needs from the whole Banana bunch - which has some 100+ bananas. She came towards it - took one and went back to tree. Everyone was shocked to see a Sanyasi (who takes only what he/she wants for immediate hunger satisfaction) in a Monkey. Bhagawan smiled and went in.

Salutations to Bhagawan


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Re: Bhagavan and Dog
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2012, 11:27:39 AM »
Dear sanjaya_ganesh,

There are many stories about monkeys and other animals and Sri Bhagavan. As you have correctly narrated, a devotee
brought a large kulai (with several hands of bananas) to the Old Hall. A pregnant monkey or a monkey carrying a little
under her belly came in and tried to pluck a banana. The devotees drove her out. Sri Bhagavan said: See, they are the
owners of this Hill. And you are driving them away. She is also a mother or a would be mother. Then with abundant compassion,
He called her to come and told her: amma, whatever you want, you take! She just took one banana and went back happily.

Sri Bhagavan said: Look! she is a true Sannyasini. She does not want more than what is required for the time being. We call
ourselves sannyasins and keep huge stock of food materials and fruits etc., She is teaching a lesson for us.


One another story of Sri Bhagavan with  monkeys is worth noting here. Once when monkeys were sitting around Him, He told
them: Atma is eternal. The body is transient. One should always contemplate our true nature......

Viswantha Swami came there and told Sri Bhagavan: Bhagavan! How can  monkeys understand atma vidya? You are telling
them about all these....

Quickly Sri Bhagavan told him: I am also telling you all about atma vidya. How many of you have understood this? Like that
some monkeys also among these would understand atma vidya!

Viswantha Swami became speechless. Kavyakanta Ganapati who was nearby laughed and laughed until his ribs became

I think this happened in Pachaimamman Kovil Temple, when Sri Bhagavan and others were staying for sometime when there
was acute water shortage in the Hills.

All stories of Sri Bhagavan with birds and Cow Lakshmi and other animals are available in 3 volume book in Tamizh.  There is also an English book covering many such stories 

Arunachala Siva.