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Cow Lakshmi Liberation Day - 20.06.2013
« on: June 20, 2013, 03:01:04 AM »
Cow Lakshmi, darling of Sri Bhagavan and the 'daughter' of the Asramam, attained Videha Kaivalyam on 18.06.1948.  It was
a Tamizh Year of Sarvadhari.  The Tamizh month was Aani.  It was the fifth day of Aani, Friday, under the asterism Visakam Star. As per
'tithi', it was the twelfth day of Sukla paksha (waxing moon fortnight).  Today is the 65th anniversary of her liberation.  Special pujas
will be done at her Samadhi, at the far end of the Asramam.  A new sari will be adorned on her statue, with turmeric paste and garlands.

The cow donated to the Asramam in 1926 by one Arunachalam was named Lakshmi, by Sri Bhagavan Himself. She had nine deliveries
in all, four of which were on the jayanti days of Sri Bhagavan.  At the time of one such delivery, Kunju Swami remarked: 'It is
auspicious that the cow has delivered the calf on Bhagavan's birthday.'  Sri Bhagavan interrupted him to say, 'Correct yourself
Kunju, my birthday celebrations are taking place on the day Lakshmi calved.'

Sri Bhagavan would visit the cow shed regularly.  Lakshmi also became greatly attached to the Maharshi and would, of her own
accord walk from the shed into the Old Hall when the Hall was full of devotees.  One day the cow came to the Hall, put her head
on the Maharshi's shoulder and wept.  He gently stroked her head and said, 'Who has hurt you?  Stop crying. I am here to befriend
you.'  Lakshmi stopped crying, gave the Maharshi a few licks and went away comforted.

Lakshmi would walk into the Hall from her shed a few minutes after the birth of her new calf and stand before the Maharshi. 
He would then address her, 'Lakshmi, you have come to tell me that you have a new baby.  I will come to the shed and see
your child.'

Lakshmi continued through the years as one of the favored devotees of Sri Bhagavan.  Whenever she visited Sri Bhagavan, He
would pay attention to her, stroke her, and feed her with plantains (mountain variety), rice cakes (iddlis) etc., The possessive
way in which she approached Sri Bhagavan and the attention bestowed on her made many devotees believe that there was
some special bond between them in an earlier birth.  It seemed hard to explain in any other way, the great solicitude and tenderness
that Sri Ramana always showed in  His dealings with her.

Many old timers at the Asramam believed that Lakshmi was reincarnation of an old lady by the name Keerai Patti, who had known
Sri Ramana from His earliest days in Tiruvannamalai and had occasionally prepared food for Him almost up to her death in 1921.
Sri Ramana has also referred to the fact of reincarnation without committing Himself.

It is believed that Lakshmi brought a lot of luck and prosperity to the Asramam, a fact which was mentioned by Sri Bhagavan
Himself.

On the day of her passing away, Maharshi sat beside her, took her head into His arms and gently stroked her neck.  He fixed
His gracious gaze on her.  She passed away peacefully and was given a ceremonial bath and burial in the Asramam premises.

A Samadhi shrine built over the grave with her true to life statue (though of a smaller size) is worshipped by the devotees to
this day. An epitaph written by the Maharshi in Tamizh verse confirms her nirvana.     When a devotee asked the Maharshi
whether the use of the word Vimukti (liberation) in the epitaph was conventional or it really meant nirvana, the Maharshi
replied that it meant nirvana.

(Source:  Face to Face With Sri Ramana Maharshi, Sri Ramana Kendram, Hyderabad.)

Arunachala Siva.