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Major Chadwick's Liberation Day - 17.04.2013
« on: April 17, 2013, 09:32:26 AM »


Major Chadwick (Sadhu Arunachala) merged in Sri Bhagavan on this day in the year 1962.  His Samadhi is in Korangu Thottam
(Monkey Gardens), adjacent to the Asramam.  There are four Samadhis there, Cohen's, Chadwick's, Khanna's and Lucy Ma's.

Chadwick was ripe and ready when he came to Sri Ramanasramam in 1935. It was the culmination or fruit of his sadhana
from 1919 onwards. In that year, someone presented him with a copy of the Bhagavad Gita.  From then on this book had
been his constant companion. From 1924, while staying in Chile in South America, he evolved something akin to self inquiry
for his sadhana.  The form of mediation he used to practice was 'to make the mind clear from thinking as an individual and just
rest in the Godhead.'  However, he had a strong urge to find a spiritual master and receive his grace. But it was only in 1934,
while he was in Hungary, he felt that India would be the best place for the fulfillment of his desire.  Soon thereafter, while he
was on a tour to Spain, he was invited for lunch by a widow of an Englishman.  After lunch she gave him a copy of Paul Brunton's
Search in Secret India, remarking, 'Take it and read it and it would be of interest to you.'  This book was literally God-sent
for Chadwick.  He felt strongly that Sri Ramana alone was his Sadguru for whom he had been longing.  He immediately sold all
his belongings, paid a short visit to his sisters in England and made a bee-line to Arunachala. It was an early morning in 1935.

Very soon at about 7 am. he had his first darsan of Sri Bhagavan in the Old Hall.  At once he was captivated by Sri Ramana's
beauty whose aura was visible.  "His hands were most delicate, His features regular and His eyes were a wonder,"  He
wrote later.

Chadwick found it difficult to believe that he was meeting his Master for the first time. He could feel Sri Bhagavan's grace
straightaway and a tremendous peace in His Presence.  One can well understand this in the light of a later remark of Sri
Bhagavan, 'Chadwick was with us before, he was one of us. He had some desire to be born in the West and that has
now been fulfilled.'

Chadwick was a vegetarian right from the beginning. This is very unnatural for a Westerner.  In the early days Chadwick
used to live in the big guest room adjoining the Asramam store room.  After a few months,  he was permitted to build a
room for himself within the Asramam itself.  He was again the first Westerner to have this boon, that is, to stay inside the
Asramam. 

There are some important points Chadwick makes in his autobiography, 'A Sadhu's Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi'.

Bhagavan never encouraged people who came to confess their sins. He would not allow them to continue but would shut
them up by telling them not to dwell on the past but to find out who they were now in the present.

When Chadwick informed about the 'fear' he had to experience while doing  self inquiry, Sri Bhagavan said not to fear since
it was the ego which experienced the fear as it felt it was gradually losing its grip.

Chadwick says that when one goes near Sri Bhagavan, one can feel a nice fragrance emanating from His body, though He
never used scented soap.

Chadwick also felt strongly about the efficacy of vedic chanting and he organized Veda Patasala and Sri Chakra Puja (in
Mother's Temple) after Sri Bhagavan's Maha Nirvana.

Munagala Venkataramiah writes:  Bhagavan Ramana was the greatest miracle only because He was the living Reality
but also He made the same accessible to His votaries amongst whom Chadwick stands one of the foremost.


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Arunachala Siva.