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Subramanian.R

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Mahalakshmi Amma - 10
« on: April 25, 2009, 03:07:34 PM »
When she became old, she could not come to the Asramam, as before
and it was through one of her daughters who came occasianally that
I [Smt. Kanakammal ] got news of her.  After sometime I heard of
her passing away.  The adversities she had faced after the demise
of her husband were innumerable.  But she had faced them with equqnimity.  Because her heart was family anchored at Bhagavan
Ramana's feet, she emerged victorious from all struggles, with her
inner calm unruffled.

Thus ended the inspiring life of a pure and holy devotee who had to wage a heroic battle with life, armed solely with the weapon of pure devotion and the grace of Bhagavan Ramana and the kingdom of peace was her gain.  This echoes what the Lord said in Srimad Bhagavatam, in Skandam 10, Chapter 88, Versses  8-9:

The meaning of which is:

"He on whom I am going to bestow My Grace, I solemnly deprive
of him of all his wealth.  When his wealth has gone, all his friends,
his kith and kin will desert him, making him sink into the utmost
sorrow and despair.  When his further efforts to gain wealth also
fail, thanks to My will, he becomes filled with dispassion and becomes
associated with My devotees.  On such a one, I bestow My Grace."

The story of Mahalakshmi Amma illustrates that a householder, amidst the constant demands of family duty and the call of multifarious responsibilities, through steadfast devotion to her guru, can rise higher in esteem and greateness that ordinary ascetics and renunciates.   
 
Post Script:  I request the Forum members to give a reading with
calm mind, all these posts and if one could shed some tears in the
process, I am sure he is blessed with Bhagavan Ramana's abundant
grace.  Saint Manikkavachagar sings:  "O You shall grow paddy without even a seed!  You shall create and dissolve the worlds at your will in a jiffy.  [These are not wonders].  You made even this lowly dog eater come to Your Temple gate and stroll as a madcap.  You made Your great devtoees love me.  A gardener,  shall not
cut off a tree among the many trees, just because that one gives
poisonous fruit.  O Siva my Master, I am also like that tree. [Please
take care of me.].

CONCLUDED.

(Source: As indicated in Part 1)

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Mahalakshmi Amma - 10
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2009, 06:09:05 PM »
beautiful charitra!! the strength of her devotion is just amazing...
instills devotion in us to bhagavan.

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Re: Mahalakshmi Amma - 10
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2009, 01:23:59 PM »
Dear srkudai,

Saint Manikkavachagar sings in Tiruvachakam:

" You know all that I should pray,
You also give all that I pray,
You become rare to Brahma and Vishnu,
Who are praying only for what they desire,
You took me into your service, because You willed so! 
You give your grace as per your Will,
If perchance I do not desire your Will,
If there is anything else that I desire.
Even that is your will! "   

                            --  Kuzhaitha Pathu, Decad of Melting, Verse 6.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Mahalakshmi Amma - 10
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2009, 06:25:41 PM »
Very touching story.
It shows that devotion makes way even when all avenues seem to be closed.
It reminds me of the story of Gopaler Ma whose story I will post in this forum.


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Re: Mahalakshmi Amma - 10
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2009, 10:23:26 AM »
Dear silentgreen,

I also read your posts about Gopaler Ma.  I am again reminded of
the verse in Srimad Bhagavatam:  " I shall rob the riches including
riches of conjugal life and pleasures, of my devotee.  I shall also
prevent him from getting them back.  When he surrenders, I take
him to my Abode."  This is true in respect of all cases like that of
Gopaler Ma.  I see the photographs of kitchen workers in the 8-
volume book.  Sampurnamma, Tenamma, Subbalakshmi Amma and
others.  They were all child hood widows.  Robbed of conjugal lives
even before their puberty.  They all came to Bhagavan Ramana.  They worked hard in the kitchen.  They did not have the privilege of sitting in the Old Hall and listening to Bhagavan's conversations.  But Bhagavan Ramana used to go to the kitchen, and in the guise of
checking up the taste of food, like sambhar and curry, He used
to give them pearls of wisdom.  They all attained the Abode without
doubt.  The photographs are heart rending.  They wear white saris,
head fully tonsured, poor health and sorrowful eyes.  But what they
lost in worldly life, they gained more than that in the form of liberation.  Mahalakhsmi Amma's case is something different.  She did have conjugal life, and riches.  But one by one, she lost.  It is like having the eyes and losing them one by one.  This posiition is more painful than that of a born blind.  But she withstood through her total surrender and devotion to Bhagavan and unshakeable faith in Him.

T.S. Eliot has said:  "I shall show you fear in a handful of dust!"
Bhagavan Ramana said:  "I shall show you liberation in your
handful of crumbled worldly life!"

Arunachala Siva.       

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Re: Mahalakshmi Amma - 10
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2009, 11:26:31 AM »
iam humblesd by her, and I did shed some tears...my heart feels very soft and vulnerable

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Re: Mahalakshmi Amma - 10
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2010, 02:26:47 PM »
Excellent posts Subramanian garu.

Even my eyes were little wet and very happy to read about The life of Mahalakshmi Amma.

BTW,i am born in Tenali and brought up in vijayawada only.

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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2010, 05:57:16 PM »
i think theres a truth in this story
you gonna have to loose everything first, before you get what you want to achieve
this can become endless hardship but i hope not for everyone it has to be an endless hardship


no. there is no "what you want to achieve", because loosing everything means loosing even that wanting.

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Re: Mahalakshmi Amma - 10
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2010, 07:51:02 PM »
The other side of these stories is the way Bhagawan treated these women. In many instances, he wept as they told him their miseries. No preaching of any kind, simply shared in their sorrow as his own.  :'(

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Re: Mahalakshmi Amma - 10
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2010, 08:25:42 PM »
Dear grhluna,

The vasanas of the people who come to these places are rooted in the firm belief that understanding and realization are mental. Instead of being occupied with something else, their minds will start to chew on the words of Bhagawan thinking that the teachings are in the words and explanations. The real teaching is in the behaviour of Bhagawan and how he conducted himself in all different situations.

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Re: Mahalakshmi Amma - 10
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2010, 10:43:45 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana shed tears only on two or three occasions.  He never shed tears
at Mother's Liberation.  He had only a sigh of relief.  But with Echammal, Mahalakshmi
Amma and a few others, He shed tears.  He was like a mirror.  He reflected the genuine
miseries of the devotees.  In Mother's case, there was only end of all miseries in Her
liberation. 

Arunachala Siva.