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Jyoti

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Bhagavan & women
« on: May 05, 2013, 07:40:14 AM »
Reading the writings of Suri Nagamma, I seems to me that for Bhagavan men and women were equal.
It seems he never said something like "Women need to be protected" or something like that.
Many Hindu teachers are much more conservative with regard to women.

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Re: Bhagavan & women
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2013, 09:11:19 AM »
Dear Jyoti,

Sri Bhagavan as I said in some other post today has transcended the differences of male, female and neuter.  He found everyone
as Effulgence, Light, the Self, though Self has no form or name.  But He took pity on women and made them go away from
the asramam by sunset, after finishing an early supper.  This practice came when some woman was tried to be assaulted
by a man on the street when she was going home late in the evening, 

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Bhagavan & women
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2013, 09:37:22 PM »
Can you tell me a bit about Bhagavan's female family members?
I know about his mother, but nothing about his sister.
Did she ever visit Ramana Ashram?

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Re: Bhagavan & women
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2013, 11:22:32 AM »

Dear Jyoti,

Sri Bhagavan had one sister, by name Alamelu.  She was married and was a housewife.  She had come to Sri Bhagavan
a number of times, along with her husband.  On one occasion, I have read, she prepared Tiruchuzhi Dosai ( a type of
pan cake) and served the same to Sri Bhagavan and also His devotees, including Kunju Swami.  Sri Bhagavan asked
Kunju Swami (who was fasting at that time) to take the Tiruchuzhi Dosai.  Alamelu Ammal should have also come to
Sri Bhagavan during His final years on the earth.

Arunachala Siva,

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Re: Bhagavan & women
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2013, 01:28:22 PM »
Sri Bhagavan's sister, Alamelu Ammal, known to Ashram devotees as Athai (aunt) and her husband, Sri Pitchu Iyer, took over the care of  the child Sri T.N.Venkataraman,   and brought him up with great affection. He, like Sri Bhagavan, was given the name of Venkataraman after Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati, the family deity. The shortened name Venkatoo, by which devotees addressed him, had come into vogue in childhood.
Alamelu and her husband Pitchu Iyer, unable to
leave the boy whom they were bringing up as their own
son, moved to Arunachala and assisted at the Ashram. As
there was a regulation that women could not stay in the
Ashram premises, after nightfall a separate house had to be
hired for their stay beyond the Ashram premises. After
some years, Pitchu Iyer was able to build a house in a
locality called Ramana Nagar. He had generous help from
Bhagavan's devotees to build the house.

She was usually quiet, non-interfering and sweet-tempered. She had a
profound devotion for Bhagavan and when he was ill
pleaded with him with tears in her eyes that he should
cure himself. Bhagavan said to her: "Don't be sorry, my
dear. What is to happen will happen. You leave your cares
to me and be peaceful."

      After Bhagavan's nirvana her health deteriorated and
she was confined to bed for six months. On 3 January
1953 she breathed her last with Bhagavan's nama on her
lips. There was an extraordinary glow on her face at the
time of her expiry.
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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Re: Bhagavan & women
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2013, 01:44:50 PM »
Dear Balaji,

Thanks for more information on Alamelu Athai. 

Arunachala Siva.