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Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
« Reply #75 on: March 21, 2014, 10:24:03 AM »
Independence Day Celebrations:

The monkeys enjoyed Bhagavan's affection, compassion, and Grace.  But often Bhagavan's human devotees were not as
enthusiastic about monkeys as He was. In fact, they were indifferent to His monkey companions.  This was especially true
of the Jubilee Hall attendants who had to maintain order and protect visitors who brought fruit offerings.  They often clashed
with the simian visitors especially during festivals.

Once on August 15th, the Indian Independence Day, Krishnaswami, Bhagavan's attendant, was putting up the national flag. 
There were many devotees who gathered there, and they were looking on.  Some of the devotees were busy helping Krishnaswami.
He was in high spirits and was using a long bamboo pole to hoist the Indian Flag that would mark the day's event.  Suddenly
a monkey appeared and approached Krishnaswami.  For no clear reason Krishnaswami began to chase the poor animal away.
He was shouting wildly and beating the monkey wildly with the very pole that bore the national flag at its end.  Bhagavan was
observing all this from a distance.  The irony of the situation was not lost to Bhagavan who called out, 'Oh Krishnaswami,
this is Independence Day celebration.  Moreover, until this day this place was the kingdom of monkeys. When we came
here and settled, they kindly withdrew to the Hill. Today the monkey has come to participate in our Independence Day
Celebrations out of joy for the event. But you are unreasonably driving him away with the very center piece of the day's
celebrations!  Has it not occurred to you how silly that looks?'

(Source: Hobblers and Monkeys of Arunachala)

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Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
« Reply #76 on: March 22, 2014, 10:34:10 AM »
The Obedient Monkey:

Devotee Kanakammal was in a reminiscent mood and told the following story:

One day, a devotee, offered Bhagavan, a cluster of plantain fruits, that he had grown at his house.  Afterwards, Bhagavan
and the same devotee were discussing some spiritual matters.  At that time a big male monkey walked into the Hall and
took away the whole cluster of fruits that were offered.  The monkey sat outside the Hall with the fruits.  Seeing this the
devotee shouted, 'Ayyo! I had brought those fruits for Bhagavan, that monkey has taken them away.'

Bhagavan turned to the monkey and said, 'Aye, How can you take away the whole bunch of fruits?  Like a good boy,
take one fruit, bring back the remaining fruits, and keep them here.'

Hearing the words of Bhagavan, the monkey took his share of one fruit and brought back the remaining to Bhagavan,
like an obedient boy!

Bhagavan turned to the devotee and said, 'When you entered the Asramam, if you had given a fruit, when this fellow asked
for it, he would not have taken all the fruits.'

The devotee was astonished by what Bhagavan told him.  How did Bhagavan come to know this?  In fact, when the devotee
had entered the Asramam with fruits, this monkey had asked for some by extending his hand.  The devotee had not obliged
the monkey.

Was there anything that omniscient Bhagavan did not know? It was impossible to hide anything from Him.

(Source: Kanakammal's Personal Story.)

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
« Reply #77 on: March 23, 2014, 12:24:27 PM »
Transgressing Official Orders:  (Monkeys):

In his book 'Moments Remembered' V. Ganesan relates the following incident involving Krishnaswami, Bhagavan's attendant.

Once, the monkeys played havoc in the garden and took great liberties with the visiting devotees, by relieving them of their
offerings brought by them for Bhagavan!  Many complaints reached the ears of the Sarvadikari Sri Niranjananda Swami, and
he took immediate action by asking Krishnaswami not to feed the monkeys anymore.  That day, a monkey came and sat on
the window sill looking expectantly at Bhagavan for the usual prasad!  Bhagavan directed His attendants to help the visitor.
Krishnaswami said that the Sarvadikari had given orders, due to the intolerable mischief wrought by the monkeys.  Meanwhile,
the monkeys still waited (on the window sill.).

It was too much for Bhagavan to see His companion wait so long for prasad.  With great emotion, He said, 'You see! When
Anjaneya found Mother Sita safe in Sri Lanka, his joy knew no bounds.  In sheer joy, he destroyed the Ashoka grove and
set fire to  Lanka and returned happily to convey the good news to Lord Rama!'  Bhagavan continued,  'The monkeys, out of
intense joy, sometimes turn uncontrollable, pulling down branches and leaves, from trees and teasing the visitors.  We should
not treat this as being a 'nuisance' and deprive them of their rightful share of food.  This is their birthplace and it is we who
are outsiders.  We have no right to chase them away.'

Bhagavan was so moved that He could not control His emotion.  The loving concern of Bhagavan for animals moved
Krishnaswami so much that he transgressed the official orders and gave a bunch of bananas to the waiting monkey.
Bhagavan beamed with a glorious smile!

(Source: Moments Remembered, Sri V. Ganesan)

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Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
« Reply #78 on: March 24, 2014, 10:40:50 AM »
Bhagavan's Command - (Monkeys)

Ramani Ammal of Rajapalayam, a devotee, was a permanent resident of Ramana Nagar.  She shared with V. Ganesan,
the following anecdote:

Once, while I was seated in front of Bhagavan in the old hall, slices of fruits were brought by a devotee and placed
before Bhagavan.  A monkey walked in at that time and wanted the fruit.  Though the attendant was not very keen to
oblige, upon Bhagavan's behest, he gave the monkey a piece of fruit. Receiving it, the monkey bounded away, but another
monkey soon came evidently informed by the former.  A piece  was given to the second monkey also and he soon went away.
A third came in for a share!  Bhagavan gave him a piece, saying, 'All right! Now don't go and inform any others, or else these
people here will be angry with me!' 

The third fellow left with his share and obviously followed Bhagavan's command to the letter, as there was no further
claimant from his group!

(Source: Moments Remembered, Sri V, Ganesan)

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« Reply #79 on: March 25, 2014, 09:42:12 AM »
The Old Monkey King's Samadhi:

Once, a monkey king took the bold step of outlawing two turbulent males in his tribe.  Early one morning, it was reported,
that a monkey lay dying near Virupaksha Cave.  Bhagavan went to see and it was this King.  It was brought to the Asramam
and it lay with Bhagavan supporting it on his lap.  The two exiled males were sitting on a tree nearby, watching.  Bhagavan
moved to shift His weight and the dying monkey instinctively bit His leg.  'I have four such marks of favor from monkey kings',
He said once, pointing to His leg. Then the monkey King uttered a last groan as he expired.   The two watching monkeys jumped
up and down and cried out with grief.  The body was buried with honors given to a sannyasin.  It was bathed in milk and then
in water, and smeared with sacred ash. A new cloth was placed over it , leaving the face uncovered and camphor burnt before
it.  It was given a burial near Virupaksha Cave and over the grave a stone was raised.

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

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Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
« Reply #80 on: March 26, 2014, 10:25:17 AM »
Sparrows - Protection from 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: A Telugu Book.)

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« Reply #81 on: March 27, 2014, 10:28:42 AM »
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 their nest.

Bhagavan challanged 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 of grit between you and the sparrow.'

Those sparrows with grit and determination again and again built their 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 Bhagavan, Part III.)

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« Reply #82 on: March 28, 2014, 10:37:47 AM »
ANGUISH:

The naughty and mischievous squirrel, which had bit Bhagavan's finger, did not stop at that.  He gathered together
a number of gang and began building nest in the roof exactly above the couch on which Bhagavan sat.  They began to
squeeze into the beam bits of string, coconut fiber and the like.  Those things were falling down whenever there was
wind.

Seeing this Bhagavan was anguished and felt very sad at the thought that while there was not enough room for the squirrels
to build a nest, the people in the Hall were driving them away.

Bhagavan's face on such occasions would show so much concern for such beings.  It clearly showed that He had equal
solicitude for all beings.

(Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, Suri Nagamma)

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« Reply #83 on: March 29, 2014, 12:49:53 PM »
Samadhi of Baby Squirrels:

Once when Suri Nagamma was talking to Bhagavan about squirrels, Bhagavan remarked about the baby squirrels.  He
narrated:

There is a big story about the squirrels. Sometime back they used to have a nest near and above me.  They have children,
grand children, and thus members of their family grew large. 

The babies and the adults used to play about on this sofa in whatever way they liked.  When I went out for my usual
walk, some little squirrels used to hide under my pillows and when on my return, I reclined on my pillow, they used to
get crushed.  We could not bear the sight of this, and so Madhava drove the squirrels out of the nest and sealed it by
nailing some wooden board over it. There are lots of incidents about them if one cared to write about them.

As Bhagavan was narrating this, His voice choked.

(Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, Suri Nagamma, 3.1.1946)

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« Reply #84 on: October 31, 2014, 03:02:55 AM »
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Finishing our inspection we were returning to the veranda by another side, when we heard a childish voice say "Chee, asatthe! (Fie, you creature!)." We could see no children around, and, therefore, peeped to find out the source of the voice. We observed movement among the leaves of the brinjal, lady's-finger and other plants in the kitchen garden near the veranda. Looking more intently, we saw a small goat, a little monkey and a squirrel and Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi! Bhagavan was sitting on his haunches with his legs folded up to his breast. The goat nestled between his knees; the monkey had its head resting on his right knee; the squirrel was perched on his left knee. Holding a packet of paper in his left palm, Bhagavan picked ground nuts from it with his right-hand fingers, one by one, and fed the goat, the monkey and the squirrel, and himself, by turns. His remarks appeared to have been addressed to the monkey which had tried to snatch the nut he was going to place between the squirrel's lips. As we watched, the four companions went on enjoying the eating. All four seemed to be equally happy; the way they looked at one another and kept close together was touching. The goat, the monkey, the squirrel, and Bhagavan, had obviously forgotten their differences in species! And we too, looking on, saw all the four only as good friends despite the differences in their forms. No words could describe the feelings which passed through my being at the sight. The vision of the Transcendent appeared as a flash of lightning, and revealed to me the essence of being, awareness and bliss, sat-chit-ananda.
The nuts were over. Bhagavan threw the paper away and said: "Pongoda! (Go away, you fellows!)," just as any old man speaking to his grandchildren. The goat, the monkey and the squirrel left. Bhagavan made to get up. Sri Parthasarathi and I hurried away, feeling guilty of trespassing into the Divine, but not sorry.

Soon after Sri Parthasarathi and I had resumed our seats in the veranda, Bhagavan came to his couch. I cannot say he looked at us. He stood facing us, his eyes fixed on something far above and beyond anything on earth. They were like screens which shut the material world off from the light which was burning behind them. Sparks of light shot out through the fibres of the screen at times, sparks which cooled the eyes on which they fell, pierced the gross coverings and lighted the wick inside them.
Bhagavan reclined on the pillows in the couch, supporting his head on his left palm. We all sat down to look at his face. We sat and sat, and looked and looked. No one spoke or made any noise. But the confrontation was not a dead silence; it was a very live experience in which the innermost being of each one of us communed with the Supreme Consciousness which was Bhagavan.

I was numb with the appalling realisation that the Glory was the same that dwelt in the simplicity which a few minutes ago I had seen eating groundnuts in the intimate company of the goat, the monkey and the squirrel. My mind kept recalling that scene: how the goat had snuggled to Bhagavan's breast in perfect confidence in his love for it; how the monkey had grinned in joy and how Bhagavan had returned the grin as both bit the nut; how the squirrel had peered with its pinhead eyes into Bhagavan's dream-laden ones and scratched his nose tenderly with its tiny left paw. The vision of the Supreme Spirit underlying and overlaying the sense perception was spiced with the lovely sight of the groundnut party in the kitchen garden.

- T. R. A. Narayana,  Surpassing Love and Grace
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Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
« Reply #85 on: January 31, 2016, 10:01:27 AM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Dear devotees,

A nice set of videos made by David Godman on Bhagavan is available on YouTube. This particular one mentions about Siddha's appearing in animal/bird form:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBflwS3IzjM

Namaskarams,
Krishnan
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Re: Sri Bhagavan and animals, birds etc.,
« Reply #86 on: March 02, 2016, 06:41:12 AM »
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Ramana was equally fearless with regard to scorpions. Vasudeva Sastri recounts, "One day, when we were at Skandashram, I was aghast to find a scorpion climbing up over Bhagavan's body in the front and another at the same time climbing down his back. I was terrified and wanted to do something. But Bhagavan remained calm, as if nothing happened, and the two scorpions, after crawling over his body as if over a wall, eventually left him. After they left, Bhagavan explained to us, "They crawl over you just as they would crawl on the floor or a wall or tree. Do they crawl over these, stinging as they go? It is only because you fear them and do something, that they fear you and do something in return."

- 'Ramana Maharshi: His life' by Gabriele Ebert, (Luchow Verlag Stuttgart, 2003)
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« Reply #87 on: March 03, 2016, 12:59:11 AM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Sundaresa Iyer reports a similar incident, "One morning K. was cutting down the ripe coconuts from the trees while Bhagavan was returning from the cowshed. Bhagavan asked K. what rod he was using to pluck the coconuts, whether it had a bamboo bit attached to the end or an iron point. K. remarked that it was only an iron sickle. Bhagavan asked, 'Will not the trees be hurt by the sharp iron? Would not a rod with a bamboo bit at the end serve the purpose?' But he did not wait for a reply. K. went on with his work without changing his implement. He continued to use the same iron sickle every morning. A week later, at the same time as on the previous occasion, while K. was cutting down the coconuts from the trees, one fell on his forehead, striking his nose very painfully. This news was reported to Bhagavan. While expressing pity for the man, Bhagavan also remarked, 'Now he will know what it is to be hurt, and also how much his iron sickle must have hurt the uncomplaining trees.'"

-'Ramana Maharshi: His life' by Gabriele Ebert, (Luchow Verlag Stuttgart, 2003)

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« Reply #88 on: March 04, 2016, 02:41:00 AM »
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The monkeys often stole the fruit which devotees had brought as a food offering, if the latter were not careful or were meditating. One of the attendants was entrusted with the task of receiving the fruit from the visitors. One day he was sitting with eyes closed, a basket full of fruit at his side, listening to the radio. In the meantime the monkeys were freely helping themselves to the contents of the basket. When people in the Hall tried to chase the monkeys away, Ramana joked, "When these attendants are immersed in deep meditation, the monkeys come and see to the work of the attendants. Someone has to look after the work! The attendants put the fruit into the basket, the monkeys put the fruit into their stomachs; that is all the difference. While people forget themselves while listening to the music over the radio the monkeys busy themselves in enjoying the sweet juice of the fruit. That is good, isn't it!"

-'Ramana Maharshi: His life' by Gabriele Ebert, (Luchow Verlag Stuttgart, 2003)

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« Reply #89 on: March 05, 2016, 09:09:26 PM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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De Acosta: "Does one who has realised the Self lose the sense of 'I'?"
Ramana: "Absolutely."
De Acosta: "Then there is no difference between yourself and myself, that man over there, my servant. Are all the same?"
Ramana: "All are the same, including those monkeys."
De Acosta: "But the monkeys are not people. Are they not different?"
Ramana: "They are exactly the same as people. All are the same in One Consciousness."