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Ramana Maharshi recollects about his first bhiksha
« on: March 20, 2010, 06:21:30 AM »

Bhagavan also related today that on the morning of the day after his arrival he had his first meal at Tiruvannamalai. Apparently, he ate nothing at all on the first day. He said, “The next day I was walking up and down in the sixteen-pillared mantapam in front of the temple. Then a Mauni Swami who used to be living in the old days in the Kambathu Ilaiyanar temple came there from the temple.Another Palni Swami, a well-built man with long matted hair who used to do a lot of service, by clearing and cleaning the temple precincts with the help of a band of sannyasis, also came to the sixteen-pillared mantapam from the town. Then the Mauni looking at me, a stranger here, being in a hungry and exhausted condition, made signs to the above Palni Swami that I should be given some food. Thereupon the above Palni Swami went and brought some cold rice in a tin vessel which was all black, with a little salt strewn on top of the rice.There was a bit of pickle to go with it. That was the first bhiksha which Arunachaleswara gave me!”Actually there is not an iota of pleasure in what I eat now.

All the meals and sweets (pancha bhakshya paramanna) are nothing compared to that food,” said Bhagavan. “Was it on the very first day of Sri Bhagavan’s arrival in that place?” someone asked.

“No, no, the next day. Taking it as the first bhiksha given me by Ishwara, I ate that rice and pickle and drank the water given me. That happiness I can never forget,” remarked Sri Bhagavan.

“I believe there is some other story about Sri Bhagavan going to the town for the first time for bhiksha,” said one devotee.

“Yes, there used to be one lady devotee. She very often used to bring me some food or other. One day she arranged a feast for all the sadhus and pressed me to dine along with them.

I signalled her to say that I would not do so and that I would be going out begging.

I had either to sit and eat with them all or go out for bhiksha. Yes, it was God’s will, I thought, and started out for bhiksha. That lady had doubts as to whether I would go out for bhiksha or join the feast. She sent a man behind me.

As there was no escape I went to a house in the street to the left of the temple and standing in front of it, clapped my hands.

The lady of the house saw me and, as she had already heard of me,recognized me and called me in, saying, ‘Come in, my son,come in.’ She fed me sumptuously saying, ‘My boy, I have lost a son. When I see you, you seem just like him. Do come daily like this, my boy.’ I subsequently learnt that her name was Muthamma,” said Bhagavan.


Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam VOLUMES I, II & Letters from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam By SURI NAGAMMA Translated by D. S. SASTRI
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Re: Ramana Maharshi recollects about his first bhiksha
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2010, 10:06:38 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana did not know even how to ask for bhiksha.  When He
first went to the streets, He was telling bhiksha, bhiksa.  Some urchins
made fun of Him and asked: (as if He was selling bhiksha!):  How many
paise for bhiksha?  In fact, this and the reason that His devotees wanted
to distinguish themselves from other beggars, He composed Sri
Arunachala Akshara Mana Maalai.

Arunachala Siva.