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Kanakammal’s Memories of Bhagavan Ramana
« on: May 05, 2010, 12:46:35 PM »
Dr. Prakash Adiseshan of Ann Arbor, Michigan has translated the following interesting excerpts from Smt. Kanakammal’s Tamil book, Ninaivil Nirainthavai.

1. Sri Bhagavan was observing the activity of a child, who was pointing out that Sri Bhagavan’s head was clean shaven and so is hers, etc. He talked about how observant some children are.

This led Sri Bhagavan to recall an incident about a little girl who used to live in Ramana Nagar. She had observed people bringing food and offering it to Sri Bhagavan and then distributing it to the people in the hall. One day she approached Sri Bhagavan hesitatingly, and upon asking he found out that she had wrapped a few papads in her dress, having got them from her kitchen at home. Sri Bhagavan and the girl shared the papads. The next day she repeated the act by bringing fruits from her garden. After sharing the fruits with her, He asked her if there was a picture of him in their house. The girl said that they had one. Sri Bhagavan asked her to henceforth offer the food to the picture and eat it herself and think that he ate it. (from Ch. 29)

2. An elderly man walked into the hall and upon seeing him, Sri Bhagavan’s behavior changed: he appeared to behave like an obedient student. The person who entered said, “Bhagavan, please clear all my doubts.”

Smiling and looking at a devotee nearby, Sri Bhagavan replied, “Do you know who this person is? I came away from Madurai unable to answer his questions. Now he has come all the way here with more questions!” The visitor was Sri Bhagavan’s Tamil teacher in school. (from Ch. 17)

3. One day a devotee pointed out to Sri Bhagavan that someone in the hall was sleeping. The devotee added that he has been watching that person sleep this way for the past few days. Sri Bhagavan looked at the devotee and said. “That person is taking care of the purpose for which he came. How about you? Why have you come here?” (from Ch. 19)

4. Among Sri Bhagavan’s attendants was one Vaikunda Vaasar (another name for Vishnu). Once when he was lying down in Sri Bhagavan’s hall he noticed a snake near him. He became petrified and hastily approached Bhagavan pointing out the snake. Sri Bhagavan looked at the snake and said with a laugh, addressing the devotee, “Vaikunda Vaasar, your bed has come looking for you. Must be a smooth bed,” referring to Sri Vishnu’s lying posture on the snake. (from Ch. 19)


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Re: Kanakammal’s Memories of Bhagavan Ramana
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010, 11:42:08 AM »
T.R. Kanakammal has written about the humor of Bhagavan Ramana.
The episode of Vaikunta Vasar has been described their humorously.
Bhagavan Ramana said:  "O Vaikunta Vasare!  Your bed (Adisesha
- serpent) has come in search of you."  Vaikunta Vasar is Narayana!

T.R. Kanakammal used to roast the corn on fire, add some salt
and chilli powder, mix them thoroughly and bring them to Bhagavan
Ramana in the afternoons.  Bhagavan Ramana relished it and then
told her to stop bringing it everyday.

It is like Sabari keeping food for Rama.

Arunachala Siva.