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Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2014, 04:44:55 PM »
Bhagavan with Monkey
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« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2014, 04:47:00 PM »
Bhagavan with white peacock
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« Reply #17 on: January 10, 2014, 09:45:23 AM »
Iddli Swami:

There was a lame dog in the Asrmam that was sickly too.  Asramites thought that the dog would die any moment.  But
under Bhagavan's constant care, the dog recovered its health and began to eat iddlis, which he liked very much.  He ate
with so much relish that Bhagavan named him "Iddli Swami". 

Relating to this incident, G. V. Subbaramayya on June 15, 1945, wrote in Telugu verse the meaning of which is as under:

"O Sri Ramana, you once (as Lord Krishna) straightened and beautified the hunch back woman out of your abundant
Grace; so now you have reared this lame puppy to a fine Iddli Swami.  How wonderful!

(Source: My Reminiscences - G. Subbaramayya)

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« Reply #18 on: January 11, 2014, 11:35:10 AM »
Lakshmana Sarma's Dog:

Bhagavan was once cutting vegetables for the Asramam kitchen in the early morning before sunrise, together with two devotees.
One of them, Lakshmana Sarma, had brought his dog with him - a handsome, pure white dog -- and it was dashing about in high
spirits and refused the food offered to it.

Bhagavan said, 'You see what joy he shows.  He is a highly advanced soul who has taken this canine form.'

In those days, before Bhagavan took His meals, He would walk around the Asramam to see if all the animals such as dogs
and birds were properly fed. 

In the later years, when the Asramam buildings had been put up, and especially when Bhagavan began to grow less active,
physically, the human beings had it more their own way and animal devotees had little access to Bhagavan.

(Source: Sri Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self Knowledge, Arthur Osborne).

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« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2014, 01:29:01 PM »
Bhagavan's solicitude:

Bhagavan would visit the goshala once a day. While returning from the goshala, He would stop by a dog, which had littered.
He would talk to the mother, pet pups, clear their eyes, and face with His towel.  Chinnaswami once scolded a puppy for
eating human excreta.  Bhagavan took the pup in His arms, cleaned its mouth; told the pup that it should not eat the
excreta.  He got 'iddlies' from the kitchen and fed the pup.

(source: Divya Jeeva Makarandam, Telugu book on Sri Bhagavan.)

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« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2014, 01:27:25 PM »
The Sparrows - Perfected Beings:

There is a firm belief in Tiruvannamalai that there are a number of perfected beings, called Siddhas with invisible bodies living
on Arunachala. There are several other reported instances of Bhagavan saying that one or more of these beings taking an
animal form and visiting Him to have His darshan.

One day two sparrows came and perched on the top of the double doors which were on the Southern side of the Old Hall.
(now meditation Hall).  Each sparrow sat on its own door and looked intently at Bhagavan for a whole day.  Neither of them
showed any fear, when visiting devotees walked in and out of the doorway.  Usually doors to the Hall are closed at night,
but when the sparrows refused to leave, even after dark, Bhagavan told the attendants  to leave the door open.  They
stayed throughout the night and departed early next morning.  As they flew away, Bhagavan told us that two Siddha
Purushas had come in the form of sparrows to have His darshan.

(Source: Living by the Words of Bhagavan, ed. David Godman.)

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« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2014, 12:43:14 PM »
Protection from the cold:

It was a very cold winter season.  One night there was no electricity.  Petromax lights were lighted.  Then the devotees
noticed that two sparrows were sitting in front of the petromax light and warming themselves.  Bhagavan's attendant wanted
to close the windows of the Hall to ward off cold draft which was blowing.  Bhagavan stopped the attendant by saying, 'No.
Don't close the windows!  These sparrows have come to protect themselves from the cold.  For them there are no blankets
as we have.  Let them stay here.  Whenever they want to fly out, they can go through the windows.  Do not trouble them.'

So saying, Bhagavan showed His solicitude for the sparrows.  Bhagavan had Samabhavanam for all creatures high or low.
He would say, 'The sparrows also have the same consciousness, Atma, like human beings. Only the forms are different.'

(Source: from the Telugu book already mentioned.)

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« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2014, 12:49:57 PM »
Victory for Sparrows:

Sparrows would collect dry grass, tiny sticks, cotton, thread, dried leaves etc., and build their nests on the beams in the Old
Hall.  Bhagavan's attendant, Madhava Swami, with a long bamboo pole would poke the nest and remove them.  When sparrows
came and saw, they were angry.  They went straight and chirped in front of Bhagavan, complaining about their misfortune.
Bhagavan called Madhava Swami and asked him who had disturbed their nests.  Madhava Swami replied, that as they were
dirtying the Hall, with garbage, he had to remove the nest. 

Bhagavan challenged Madhava Swami saying, 'Poor creatures. They wanted to build a nest to lay eggs in it and hatch them
to raise family. It was a very natural thing for them. Let it be.  They will again build their nest.  Let us wait and see who will
win this war between you and the sparrow.'

Those sparrows with grit and determination again and again built the nest collecting dry grass, cotton, tiny sticks, thread etc.,
Finally they succeeded, laid eggs and hatched them.  The young ones grew and became independent.  They all flew away winning
the challenge.

So it was Madhava Swami who lost the battle.

(Source: Prani Mitra - Tamizh - volume III)

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« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2014, 04:38:19 PM »
VIGIL OF THE CROW:

In the earliest days of present Sri Ramanasramam, when Mother's Samadhi was being built, the Asramites when digging a spot
to collect mud for building Samadhi, found a fresh water spring with continuous flow.  At that time, Bhagavan was still living
in Skandasramam.  Chinna Swami took sample of water to Bhagavan and asked whether it could be used for the daily needs.
That evening Bhagavan came down and saw it and said it was a perennial spring which would not dry even in summer.  Therefore,
a pit of three feet length and three feet depth was dug.  The devotees stacked the dried tree stump into the ground to hold
while lifting the water from the spring.  Once they found to their utter surprise, that a crow, setting aside its usual caution,
was sitting on the top of the post for three days without stirring and even without food.  On the third day, Kunju Swami told
Bhagavan, when He was returning to the Old Hall from His usual walk, about the crow's undisturbed stay on the stump near
the spring.  Bhagavan immediately arose from the couch and walked outside.  Those in the Hall were surprised, as Bhagavan
usually did not stir outside at this time.  Going close to the crow, Bhagavan inquired, 'What is the matter?' The crow slowly
opened its eyes.   Bhagavan asked His attendant to bring His kamandalu.  Then holding the crow in one hand, He poured a few
nectar drops of water into its beak. Immediately, after this, the crow breathed its last in Bhagavan's hand.

Bhagavan arranged and supervised the samadhi and when someone remarked the crow must have been a great soul
waiting for the touch of Bhagavan.  He replied, 'Yes. It appears so.'

The pit was enlarged later into a big well. As Bhagavan said the well has perennial water source.  Even in the very dry
summer months, the well does not dry up.  The water is used only for temple purposes like Abhishekam, cooking Naivedyam
etc., It is the same that is found in between Bhagavan's Shrine and old dining hall.

Kavyakanta named the well as Aha samana tirtham, the waters that keep the mind calm and stable.

(Source: One Hundred and Twenty Five Years of Grace.)

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« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2014, 12:52:15 PM »
Bhagavan's First Pair of Peacocks:

One day, Bhagavan looking at Madhava, the white peacock, told Suri Nagamma, 'Look, their ears are not visible.  In
the usual place for ears, there are three holes.  They are covered by feathers in the shape of  fan.'  Suri Nagamma said,
'Is that so?  I never knew it before.'  Bhagavan then remarked, 'I observed this while I was on the Hill.  We then had two
peacocks with us.  The peahen always used to sleep on my lap. I observed this when she was thus sleeping. The peacock
never came close to me.  He used to wander about in all sorts of places.  The peacock would call the peahen to accompany
him wherever he went, but like a child, she would leave me and go. She would sit by my side or sleep on my lap.  The peahen
was very attracted to me.'

Devotee Suri Nagamma said,  'Little girls are always more attracted to Bhagavan and Bhagavan also shows greater affection
towards them.'

Bhagavan who was reminded of those peacocks, told Suri Nagamma about them.  'One day a fellow took the peahen away
by force. She never returned.  What happened I don't know!  But the peacock never left me. However he breathed his last
on my lap. He was buried and we built a tomb for him there.'

'How very fortunate the peacock was!' Suri Nagamma said.       
           
'Yes, Yes, said Bhagavan and was silent again.

(Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, Suri Nagamma.)

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Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2014, 12:36:44 AM »
Ramanashramam Peacocks
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« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2014, 10:51:19 AM »
THE INJURED PIGEON:

This was told by Annamalai Swami.

Bhagavan was always concerned if any of the animals in the vicinity were injured or discomfited in any way.

Once Bhagavan was walking on the Hill followed by Annamalai Swami, in the early morning, when a pigeon fell in front
of them. It had been attacked by a bigger bird, and its head was severely injured.  Bhagavan asked Annamalai Swami
to pick the injured pigeon and bring it back to the Asramam.  When they got back to the Hall, Bhagavan put the injured
pigeon on His lap and massaged the injury with castor oil.  From time to time, He would gently blow the wound.  The bird
made no objection to this because it was in a state of shock or was unconscious.

After Bhagavan's treatment the pigeon made a speedy recovery.  The next day, Bhagavan and Annamalai Swami took
the bird to the Hill and released it.  It flew away without exhibiting any signs of serious injury it had recently suffered.

(Source: Living by the Words of Bhagavan, ed. David Godman)

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« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2014, 10:45:17 AM »
The wounded Dove:

One day, a devotee brought a wounded dove and gave it to Bhagavan.   He held it in the hand and asked the
devotees gathered in the Hall, 'Who will take good care of this bird. until it gets quite well?'  No one offered.
Sometime back the Maharani of Baroda, had offered a white peacock to the Asramam, and everybody was eager
to take charge of it.  Bhagavan looked around and started talking to the bird, 'What a pity, you are not a peacock
sent by Maharani.  You are a mere dove, a useless little thing.  Not  a costly bird.  Who wants you?  Who will take
care of you?  Don't worry.  I will take care of you.'  The dove was kept in a cage and was looked after. It was released
from the cage after it became well.  The concern of Bhagavan had for the well being of all jivas is evident from this incident.

(Source: Sri Ramana Smriti.)

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« Reply #28 on: January 21, 2014, 12:44:39 PM »
Bhagavan's advice to a sparrow:

One day a sparrow refused to go out of the Hall.  She sat adamantly and chirped her heart out until she had an audience
with Bhagavan.  Bhagavan who had utmost concern for all species listened to her complain with patience and compassion,
and said, 'What can I do?  They have disturbed your nest.  They will not allow you to build the nest here in the Hall.  So,
please go and build your nest elsewhere.'  After listening to Bhagavan, the sparrow flew away merrily.

Bhagavan's identity with everyone, including animals and birds, was so full and total that He was treated by every species
as their own!

Sri K. Swaminathan writes in his Book, 'Ramana Maharshi' (National Biography):

There is a reason to believe that Maharshi understood the language of birds and animals.  Sri Anantanarayanan, former
Chief Justice of Madras, writes:

Bhagavan, who was busy writing, puts away the materials and His spectacles and calls the attendant, 'A  pair of sparrows
just came here and complained to me that their nest had been removed.  I look up and find their nest  missing.... Madhava,
did anyone remove the sparrows' nest?'

The attendant said that he had done so, as their persistent nest building above the couch of Bhagavan had become a major
nuisance.  Bhagavan replies:  'That's it.  That is why the sparrows complained.  The poor little ones.....'

All things lie open to Him who is in love and all animals and birds speak to Him, the knower, as to each other.     

(Source: Purushottama Ramana, Sri V. Ganesan)

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« Reply #29 on: January 22, 2014, 04:56:25 PM »
The Bird in a Chimney (The cause of bondage)

Bhagavan used examples in life to each the ultimate truth.  The cause of all misery and evil, beginning with the birth,
experienced by jivas, is forgetfulness of the way one came.  This is illustrated by Bhagavan by the following incident
of a bird caught in a chimney.

There was a chimney in the Hall, where Bhagavan used to give darshan.  The chimney was closed on all the sides,
with a steel mesh, except at the bottom.  One day a beautiful small bird somehow entered it from the bottom and
was trapped in a condition diametrically opposed to the natural environment (the vast space where it could fly freely).
From he moment it entered the chimney, it was frantically struggling to escape, but all its efforts were futile.  Why?
Because, forgetting the way it came, it was repeatedly trying to escape through the closed routes.  Bhagavan took
this example to reveal a great truth.

This bird has given up all the all pervasive space, its natural place, of residence.  It has been caught in the limited space
which is opposed to its nature.  Not knowing how to escape from this prison, it is agitated and afraid.  Like this bird,
the jivas have also given up their natural place of residence, the vast space of consciousness.  Through the delusion they
have become trapped in the prison of the body without knowing how to escape, they are tormented by various afflictions.
The ceaseless efforts of the bird to reach its natural place of residence are unsuccessful because they are directed upwards,the way
of bondage, instead of downwards, the way it came. Similarly,the reason why the Jivas' ceaseless efforts to attain freedom
are unsuccessful is because they are also directed outwards, the way of bondage, instead of inwards, the way they came.
The natural tendency of the bird to go upwards asserts itself even in their attempts for freedom.  Likewise the natural tendency
of Jivas to roam outwards asserts itself even in their attempts at liberation.  This is jivas' natural tendency.  If, through, true
discrimination and awareness , the Jiva is made to turn back from outward -- directed sight to inward sight, and if it remains
fixed there, it is certain to attain liberation in an instant. 

This one upadesa will be sufficient for those genuinely thirsting for liberation.

(Source: Sri Ramana Darsana, Sadhu Natanananda.)

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