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« Reply #90 on: March 01, 2014, 01:41:41 PM »
Bhagavan and the Pup:

There was a pup in the Asramam. It loved to sleep on Bhagavan's lap and would sleep as Bhagavan never said 'no.'
But the attendants felt that it was an inconvenience for Bhagavan.  Therefore, the attendants made a pillow of coconut
twine and placed it on a table near Bhagavan's couch.  They tried to coax the pup to sleep on that pillow.  When the
pup refused, he was forced to sleep on that pillow.  As soon as the attendants' back was turned, the pup would invariably
end up Bhagavan's lap and sleep there.  When the attendants returned to the Hall, they would put the pup on the coconut
pillow again.  But the pup would be back on Bhagavan's lap.  This became a routine.  In due course, the little fellow got used
to the table near Bhagavan.  He would sit on the table majestically and look at the attendants teasingly.

Meanwhile, Bhagavan watching the tiff between the attendants and the pup, questioned the attendants, 'Why do you
hurt the pup? What will happen if he sits on my lap?  Why such discrimination?  It is pure illusion.  You treat the pup this
way because he is in the skin of a dog.  If you are born in the same skin imagine how would you feel?  Let the pup enjoy
its freedom and sit wherever he wants.'

The pup, still sitting on the table near Bhagavan, appeared to be looking at the attendant with derision.  From that
day onwards, the attendants did not bother the pup any more.  They were ashamed of their attitude towards the pup.

Acharya Vinoba Bhave, once said about Bhagavan 'No Rishi born on this earth ever showed such equal vision!' How
true it was!

(Source: Arunachala Ramana, Vol 3. No. 1)

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« Reply #91 on: March 02, 2014, 03:00:04 AM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Bhagavan and scorpions


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’.”

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« Reply #92 on: March 02, 2014, 03:02:38 AM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Bhagavan and the mango tree

Maharshi had the same compassionate attitude towards plants as towards animals. One day workers had been deputed to gather mangoes from one of the trees. But instead of climbing up the tree and picking them one by one, they knocked them down with sticks. In this way a large number of leaves were knocked down along with the fruit. Ramana, who was as usual sitting in the Hall,heard the beating and sent a message via his attendants that it should stop at once. When he later passed by the tree and saw the mango leaves in heaps on the floor, he cried out harshly,“In return for giving us fruit, is the tree to be beaten with sticks? Who gave you this work? Instead of beating the tree, you might as well cut it to the roots. You need not gather the fruit. Go away!”

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« Reply #93 on: March 02, 2014, 03:08:04 AM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Bhagavan and Ashram monkeys

When one of the attendants beat the monkeys, because they had stolen nuts, Bhagavan rebuked him, “You are not beating the monkeys, you are beating me. The pain is mine.” 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 mean time 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!”

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« Reply #94 on: March 02, 2014, 03:10:49 AM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Monkeys and tapas

 Sri Ramana felt a deep admiration for the monkey tribes and was convinced that tapas was not unknown to them. Once he said, “I have known something about their organisation, their kings, laws,regulations. Everything is so perfect and well-organised. So much intelligence behind it all. I even know that tapas is not unknown to monkeys. A monkey whom we used to call ‘Mottaipaiyan’ was once oppressed and ill-treated by a gang. He went away into the forest for a few days, did tapas, acquired strength and returned. When he came and sat on a bough and shook it, all the rest of the monkeys, who had previously ill-treated him and of whom he was previously mortally afraid, were now quaking before him. Yes, I am clear that tapas is well known to monkeys.”

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« Reply #95 on: March 02, 2014, 01:30:12 PM »
Treatment for Rickets:

There was a puppy born in the Asramam.  It was very weak, down with rickets.  Bhagavan was very solicitous and looked
after it very well.  Under Bhagavan's direction, Bhagavan's devotee, Sadhu Arunachala, (A.W. Chadwick) was asked to help
Bhagavan in nursing the dog back to health.  Chadwick gave biochemical medicines and nursed the dog back to health.
Eventually when the dog was cured, strangely enough, he ran away.  Bhagavan was concerned  about the dog, thinking
some predator might have killed it.  But, months later the dog returned with a new master. It was strange and inexplicable
as he showed no interest in anybody, even in Bhagavan.  That was dog's prarabdha.  He was not ripe enough to be near
Bhagavan.

(Source:   Sadhu's Reminiscences, Major Chadwick)

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« Reply #96 on: March 03, 2014, 02:43:18 PM »
No Complaints:

Bhagavan showed disapproval when devotees brought complaints to Him.  Even mild complaints would provoke a critical
rebuke. 

Once a visitor came to Bhagavan early one morning and remarked, 'Throughout the night a dog was barking.  It was
making so much noise, I was unable to meditate.'

Bhagavan responded immediately by saying, 'No dog barked. It was your mind that barked', implying that the external
disturbances would not affect the mind, if attention is not given to it.

(Source:  The Power of the Presence, Part I, ed. David Godman)

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« Reply #97 on: March 04, 2014, 10:23:45 AM »
Bhagavan's Solicitude:

Bhagavan would visit gosala once a day.  While returning from the gosala, he would stop by a dog, which had littered.
He would talk to the mother, pet the pups, clear their eyes and face with His towel.  Chinnaswami once scolded a puppy
for eating human excreta.  Bhagavan took the pup in His arms, cleaned its mouth; told the pup that it should not eat the
excreta.  He got iddlis from the kitchen and fed the pup!

(Source: Sri Ramana Reminiscences, G.V. Subbaramayya)

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« Reply #98 on: March 04, 2014, 12:22:13 PM »
Subramanian/Friends,
Please take backup of posts from Feb 2014 onwards.You may copy it into a word Document.You may then be in a position to post it again after the Old Backup is restored.This may have to be done for other threads that you are posting as well.
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« Reply #99 on: March 05, 2014, 10:18:53 AM »
The Lame Cat:

In those days, the Asramites were discouraged from rearing a cat, as they would catch birds and squirrels, and eat them.
But one day, a lame cat came to the Asramam, limping.  The Asramites tried to drive her away.  But she did not go.
Then Bhagavan said, 'Poor thing! a Nondi (lame) cat, let her stay in the Asramam.'  Looking at the cat, Bhagavan's compassion
for the cat had overflowed,  So the lame cat became one of the Asramites!  They named her Nondi.

But this lame cat annoyed the people in the Asramam, by giving birth to kittens every six months.  Therefore, one day, without
informing even Bhagavan, the lame cat along with her kittens were taken to a village about 20 miles away and left there.
Bhagavan missed the cat but did not say anything.  After a few days, suddenly the lame cat reappeared in the Asramam,
in front of Bhagavan.  He was very happy to see the cat again.  He said, 'You have defeated all their efforts! Good! Come!
come!'  He fondly cared for the cat.  The Asramites also got used to the cat and her kittens.

The more one hears about the incidents portraying the extraordinary human side of Bhagavan, the more one craves to hear
about Him.  'The Perfect Man; Purushottama, the immaculate Ramana Bhagavan.

(Source: Moments Remembered.)

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« Reply #100 on: March 06, 2014, 10:47:45 AM »
Blessed Soul - Valli the Deer:

A devotee of Bhagavan, who was a manufacturer of match boxes, brought a little deer, and offered her to Bhagavan.
Initially Bhagavan was reluctant to accept the deer in the Asramam. 'Why do we want a deer in the Asramam?'
Bhagavan asked.  'Who will look after her?'

Bhagavan's attendant Madhava Swami came forward and volunteered to look after the deer.  She was then allowed to
stay in the Asramam.  The deer was named Valli, (the consort of Muruga).  She grew up as an Asramam pet. Bhagavan
regularly fed her with rice, dal, and cashew nuts, a mixture which she greatly liked. Some devotees also occasionally fed
her with the puffed rice and dal. Valli had no interest in puffed rice.  She would eat only the dal from the bowl without
sprinkling a grain outside, leaving out the puffed rice.

Valli often came to the Hall and put her forehead on the soles of Bhagavan's feet.  Sometimes when she did this, Sometimes
when she did this, Bhagavan would play with her by pushing His foot strongly against her head. Valli would respond playfully
by butting Bhagavan's foot,. When Valli danced on her hind legs, Bhagavan would stand alongside her, imitating her action
by dancing with His feet and waving His arms.  Those who have witnessed this dance must be very lucky indeed. 

After sometime, Valli the deer started going to the forest to graze with the goat herds. People who knew that she belonged
to the Asramam brought her back.  The Asramam people also her go to grace. She would come back on her own.

One day Valli want off to graze with some goats. Some panchanamas attacked her and broke her leg, hoping to kill
her and eat her flesh.  This attack took place near the Esanya Math, about 2 miles away from the Asramam.  In the attack,
Valli's legs were broken so badly that she could not return. 

When Valli failed to return to the Asramam that night, Bhagavan sent Annamalai Swami and Rangaswami to look for her.
Someone had given false information that she was seen on one of the Muslim streets in the town.  They went there fearing
that she might be dead by then.  But no one could recollect seeing her.

However, the next day, Valli was found by a group of devotees who were walking near Esanya Math.  They bandaged her
leg and brought her back to the Asramam.  A local veterinary doctor, who was also a devotee of Bhagavan, examined her
and found her leg had broken.  He bandaged it and gave a few instructions as to how to look after her.  She was put in a
corner of the dining hall on a soft bed.  Bhagavan would come everyday to see her.  But she did not recover from injury.

A month later, Bhagavan sensing that she was about to die, went to her.  It was 4 O' Clock early in the morning. He
sat next to her, and took her on His lap.  He put one hand on her head and the other on her 'heart center'.  Bhagavan
occasionally did this to devotees who were dying., If the devotee was a ripe soul, then the mind would resolve into the
Heart, and die there.  When this technique was successfully applied, the fortunate devotee would attain liberation.  This
has been done with Mother Azhagammal and Cow Lakshmi while they were dying. 

Bhagavan kept His hand on Valli's heart for an hour.  Once, during this period, Valli urinated on Bhagavan, but He
paid no attention.  He remained by her side, touching her head and heart center, until she finally passed away.

Later that morning Bhagavan asked Annamalai Swami to construct a small Samadhi, near the back gate of the Asramam.
'We should build a Samadhi for Valli in the Asramam itself', Bhagavan said, 'We don't need any masons. The two of us
can build it together.'

Annamalai Swami did the masonry work and Bhagavan assisted him by handing him the materials.  When the main
structure of the Samadhi was constructed, Bhagavan asked Annamalai Swami to install a lingam and do pooja to it.
Annamalai Swami accomplished both he tasks with Bhagavan by his side.

All this took several hours. While the Samadhi was being built, the ceremonies were being  performed.  That day
Bhagavn did not go to the Hall.  The devotees and visitors, who had come for His darshan, had to go where He was
working. 

Valli the deer must have been a very ripe and virtuous soul which took the body of a deer to get salvation in the
holy hands of Bhagavan.

(Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam; Living with Words of Bhagavan, ed. David Godman.)


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« Reply #101 on: March 07, 2014, 11:54:02 AM »
'Mahatma' - Mongoose:

Bhagavan was staying at Skandasramam at that time. He was sitting with His devotees and visitors in the veranda.
A Mongoose came and ran up Bhagavan, sat for a while on His lap.  It was not scared of anybody nor did it hurt
anyone.  It sat on Bhagavan's lap for sometime, go down and went away on its own accord.

'Who knows why he came?' Bhagavan said, 'He is not an ordinary mongoose.  He is probably a Mahatma who had come in
Mongoose form. '

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

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