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Maha Puja - 2014 - 22.05.2014
« on: May 22, 2014, 08:21:02 AM »
Today is Maha Puja in the Asramam, the day on which Mother Azhagammal attained Videha Kaivalyam.  The great Mother of
a great Brahma Jnani gave Her the reward of liberation, like Sankara did for His Mother Aryamba.

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The scene is the hillock, PavazhakunRu.  Sri Ramana had left His uncle Subba Iyer's house at Madurai 28 months earlier
after His 'Self-hood experience' in July 1896.  Azhagammal had come in the sure faith that Her motherly love would be
sufficient to persuade Sri Ramana to return.  She had no idea of the supreme state of Her son.  Sri Ramana's physical
condition, the matted hair, long nails and a dirty body covered by a codpiece confirmed Her resolve that She should
somehow 'save Him'.  Sri Ramana was fully aware of His filial duty.  Besides, Sri Ramana always gives in return a thousand
fold more than what He receives. What indeed could be a true gift of a Jnani to His Mother?  To giver Her His own state,
of course, Ramana could, however, readily see that She was not yet ripe for it and He was not the one to thrust spiritual
benediction when one was not in a condition to receive it.  This is not to say that the Mother was not evolved.  Her womb
had nurtured the unique Brahma Jnani. Such a blessing was impossible but for ardent tapas which She must have performed
over several lives.  She had a generous heart and was all too ready to share,  along with Her husband Sundaram Iyer,
her wealth with the poor and needy. She had also grounding in Vedantic ideas.  But for all that, She was not ready for the
final spiritual assault.  Her motherly pride and love were dominant.  Hence, Sri Bhagavan let her go back, let her obey Karmic
law.  But at the same time, He made Her His first disciple by giving Her a written image pregnant with meaning.  The message
was that the ordainer is everywhere administering a just law.  Wisdom would demand acceptance of the law as it unfolds.
The seed has been sown.  It was bound to work.

They met only years later for a day in Virupaksha Cave up on the Hill.  Azhagammal asked for a boon, a child for Her
youngest son Nagasundaram.  This suggests clearly that She had come to recognize the stature of Her son.  It may be
because She had a vision of Him as Siva bedecked with snakes or it might have been because of the universal reverence
in which He was held. But this marks a special stage, for, reverence for the Guru is a pre requisite. This made it possible
for Her to surrender to Sri Bhagavan later, when She came to stay permanently with Him .

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.               

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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2014, 08:43:20 AM »
continues...

A year later, Mother came again, on Her way to a pilgrimage to Tirupati.  Her faith in Sri Ramana's powers had grown for
She had asked for a boon and it had been fulfilled.  During Her stay She became seriously ill with typhoid.  The son then
become the mother. Sri Bhagavan attended on Her with utmost care.  Her life had to be saved for She was not yet ripe
enough to receive the gift of liberation.  So the phenomenon, the only instance of a prayer by Sri Bhagavan.  The prayer
was ostensibly to extend Her life span.  At the same time, there was the under current that this fresh lease of life which
was being sought was only in order that She may be consumed by Arunachala, 'the blazing fire of knowledge' as He
Himself had been consumed.

The final chapter in their relationship began in 1916, when Mother decided to place Herself fully in the hands of Her
ascetic son.  She came to Virupaksha Cave and refused to budge.  She just had to be in His physical proximity. Sri
Bhagavan too knew that the time had come for Him to take over.  Hence His consent for Her staying with Him over-ruling
the ignorant protests of the inmates.  In 1896, She had come to claim Him as Her son.  Whereas, now, She had come
to surrender Herself to Him as Her Guru and entrust Herself physically and spiritually to His custody.

From then on, it was no longer a relationship of Mother and Son.  It was that of a Sadguru and His disciple.  The love
showered by Sri Bhagavan on all women made it clear to Her that in His state, all women were His Mothers, and that there
could be no special exception to this.  Her orthodoxy got eroded, thanks to the daily lessons of Sri Bhagavan's compassion
which knew no distinctions. 

Azhagammal gradually evolved from being Sri Ramana's Mother,into being the Mother of the Ramana family to begin
with. Later, she blossomed as the universal Mother.  The Master's devotees and the visitors were Her children to be fed
and cared for.  Every needy person was Her ward.  When requested by Her daughter Alamelu to come to her home
for a house warming function, She firmly said that Her place was at Sri Bhagavan's Feet and that She did not care if
Ramana threw her dead body into the bushes.  She also told Sri Ramana that She wanted to die in His arms,. From
these remarks it is clear that Her faith in Him was unqualified and complete.  She was ready and could therefore profit
fully from Sri Bhagavan's spiritual ministration.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva,                 

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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2014, 10:01:01 AM »
continues...

On the historic day, May 19,l 1922 (Vaikasi, Krishna Paksha, Navami), when She was dying, facing death, Sri
Bhagavan took over the solemn assignment of liberating Her from the travails of births.  With His left hand
placed on Her head and the right hand on Her heart, He sat for full twelve hours when Mother was battling with
Her tendencies.  Literally there was a fast forward of the experiences of Her future life which She would have to go
through.  The whole gamut was condensed into a few hours.  She fought bravely working out her karma.  Sri
Bhagavan had in Him the power to destroy the balance of of karma.  Is He not son of God, son of Siva?  Who else
but Siva or Muruga can destroy the karmas?  But He let Mother battle it out for effort is necessary and inescapable
till the last breath till one learns to hand over the baton to the Sadguru.  This would serve as an example for all seekers
who cannot afford to take it easy, till effort is no longer possible.  Thanks to the omnipotent power and grace of Sri
Ramana Her life force was absorbed in the Heart.  She became liberated (Videha Kaivalyam) and Ramana had repaid His
debt, and in what a way!  He had rendered a service to the Mother which is unparalleled in spiritual history!

When Sri Bhagavan moved over from Skandasramam, to Sri Ramanasramam, in December 1922, He explained that the
same force which had brought Him to Arunachala was responsible to for His moving over there.  The construction of the
Matrubhuteswara Temple over Mother's Samadhi, which was possible only because of the tireless efforts of Sri\
Niranjananada Swami, had the backing of Sri Bhagavan's grace.

Now we have two shrines, the Mother's shrine and the Ramaneswara Mahalingam. For all appearances they are
visibly two temples. But are they really one or two?  Sri Bhagavan's power had intermingled with that of the Mother
at the time of Her liberation.  The two had merged as one Self.  If only we can lose ourselves to this force, where can
there be any question of deaths or births?

Om Matru Mukti Vidhayakaya Namah | (Ashottaram 82,)

concluded.

Arunachala Siva.