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With a deep and sincere conviction, he said, 'He was a being whose advent in this world would bless the Earth Goddess.
There is a line in the Bhagavatam which says: 'They put their feet on the earth, the earth feels blessed.'.  To my mind, he
was one of the most glorious beings that has ever visited this earth.  The more you live with him, the more you feel that
you have done something in the past, something great, which entitled you to deserve association with Sri Bhagavan."

This statement was made by Sri N. Balarama Reddy as he reminisced on his unforgettable good fortune in coming to stay
with Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi in 1937.  He was 29 years old at the time, and until his final day, at the age of 87,
he remained fully anchored in Sri Bhagavan, whether he resided in the Asramam, his village, or elsewhere.

October 30, 2008, marked the anniversary of his birth centenary and many of Sri Bhagavan's devotees, who were fortunate
to receive counsel from Sri Balarama Reddy fondly remembered his gentle and serene presence on that day.  There is much to
learn from and emulate in his one pointed life of practice and surrender to the will of the Master.

He told us that his life took a turn while in the middle of his M.A. studies at Banares Hindu University.  At that time, he began
to question the relative value of university degrees in the light of his ever deepening desire to follow wholeheartedly a spiritual
path.  He had come to the realization that the purpose of life was not to accumulate material wealth on possessions, but to
attain God and experience the universal, underlying Reality.  Tradition tells us that one must learn Self Knowledge from an
authentic Guru, and this led him in search of a Master, who could guide him to the realization of the Truth.

continued....

Arunachala Siva.                   

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Re: N. Balarama Reddy - Dennis Hartel - Mountain Path, Apr.- June 2009
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2013, 10:48:23 AM »

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After visiting Ashrams in North India and meeting reputed Gurus, he finally made his way to Aurobindo Ashram in
Pondicherry in 1931.  He later said that none of Aurobindo's philosophical writings could convey his or the Mother's
power as spiritual embodiments.  The magnetic power of these two spiritual giants kept him glued to Aurobindo's
Ashram for almost six years.

While he was in Aurobindo's Ashram he met Kapali Sastriar, the esteemed disciple of both Aurobindo and Ganapati
Muni.  As Kapali Sastri  was a casual visitor to Sri Ramanasramam, he would on occasion describe to Balarama, in an
intriguing manner, these visits.  This prompted Balarama's visit to Tiruvannamalai in 1933.  He made a second, third
visit, in 1935, and another in 1936. By this time, he felt overwhelmingly attracted to the Maharshi and his path of Self
Inquiry that he made up his mind to secure the blessings of Aurobindo and the Mother and to take up residence with
the Maharshi in His Asramam. 

By making this move, was he changing his Guru?  Is it proper to do this?  These were the doubts that assailed him.  He
put these doubts to the Maharshi for resolution and, understanding the aptitude of Balarama and his scope for spiritual
fulfillment, Sri Bhagavan did not hesitate to tell him that it was not improper for him to do so.  The Maharshi always
asserted that the Guru is only One, and that He must ultimately be experienced as one's own Self.

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Re: N. Balarama Reddy - Dennis Hartel - Mountain Path, Apr.- June 2009
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2013, 08:11:55 AM »

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Only then did Balarama have the courage to move on to new ground, to a new path, and a new guide.  The ancients
say that a seeker should stick to one path and one Guru.  This is the sine qua non for spiritual progress.  But that one
Guru should be the embodiment of all that the seeker aspires for, and the teachings should be in harmony with the
disciple's natural spiritual tendencies.  Balarama, through Sri Bhagavan's Grace, received many assurances that his decision
was right, and it was a decision he never regretted. 

After settling in the Asramam, he led a quiet life, practicing the teachings in the presence of the Master.  Now there was nothing
else in this world, that could attract him or pull him away from the path he had taken. Here it must be mentioned that Balarama
was born into a wealthy landlord family, but had no attachments to the fruits of his family inheritance.  His father too, was
a serious sadhaka who encouraged and supported Balarama in his spiritual quest.

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Re: N. Balarama Reddy - Dennis Hartel - Mountain Path, Apr.- June 2009
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2013, 09:56:51 AM »

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Later Balarama Reddy built a cottage in the Asramam and spent most of his time there.  During the last years of his life,
he rarely left the Asramam.  He was persuaded in 1995 to see a doctor in Bangalore for an ailment.  The doctor examined
him thoroughly, took several tests and declared him fit and free from any serious problem. On the very day he was declared
healthy, Balarama was sitting with an attendant in his room in Bangalore, where he saw a vision of Sri Bhagavan calling him
and asking him to come with Him.  He mentioned this to the attendant who dismissed it as imagination, reminding Balarama
that the doctor had just given a certificate of good health.  Not fooled by the doctor's assessment or the attendant's observation,
Balarama knew his end was near.  Later that same day, to the surprise of everyone, he expired. 

His body was taken to his village in Andhra Pradesh and its cremation was performed.  The president of Sri Ramanasramam
and other devotees attended the cremation.

The promise of the Lord that He saves those who dedicate their life to Him, heart and soul, was totally fulfilled in the life
of Sri N. Balarama Reddy.  As a devotee of the Master, he is an everlasting example to us all.

concluded.

Arunachala Siva.