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Arunachala's Ramana: Boundless Ocean of Grace (Set of 8 Volumes) - A Rare Book
Arunachala's Ramana: Boundless Ocean of Grace (Set of 8 Volumes) - A Rare Book
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Introduction

 

At the close of the nineteenth century, South India, or at least a part of it, was being slowly introduced to Western civilization, customs and industry, and railway lines were laid connecting important cities. However, life in the remote parts of South India was exactly the same as it had been centuries ago. During this period if a traveller were to take a country road from the temple city of Madurai in South India and travel westwards, he would have had to pass through one of the most arid areas of India. He would have seen men clad in loincloths toiling under the hot sun to grow a few grains of corn and millet for their families. Occasionally the traveller might have crossed green fields of paddy, where the mode of irrigation was a peculiar see-saw device used for drawing the water. The passerby might also have heard the singing of folk songs by these yeomen, a custom that has all but vanished with the advent of mechanical farming.

 

Further on his way the traveller would have come across small villages consisting of cottages with thatched rooves and naked children playing around. These children and their parents lived in abject poverty. If the monsoon was bountiful the family would enjoy two square meals a day for a few months. The rest of the year they subsisted on gruel and spinach. Their domestic requirements were met by a barter system. Once in a week there used to be a village fair where neighbouring villagers would bring things to buy and sell - their farm produce, provisions, vegetables, condiments, corn, pulses, toys, trinkets and coarse cloth for garments. However, the affluent ones living in the cities had things brought to their houses. During the harvest season they bought their annual requirement of rice and stored it in the granary. Most of them had cows which met their dairy requirements. Both the rich and the poor hardly left their village, especially the poor, who for generations had been born, bred and died in the same village. Even the rich travelled only to sacred places such as Banaras, and did not expect to return from such a journey. Wayside inns provided free board and lodging for these pilgrims.

 

All Indians considered entertaining guests to be very important. Even to this day, in most houses a weary guest is always welcomed and offered a meal. Unlike modern-day citizens, people of yore had no great desire or ambition to acquire wealth, fame or property. Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife, they kept the noiseless tenor of their way. Every caste and creed kept to themselves without interfering in others' affairs and lived in harmony, respecting others' faith and beliefs. Although there were skirmishes between factions, these were localized and did not spread.

 

During this period a great saint of West Bengal came to spread love and devotion and his message was carried throughout India by one of his illustrious disciples. Cults like the Brahmo Samaj and the Arya Samaj, etc., were also taking root in certain parts of India, but generally people had no leaning towards spirituality. As was later pointed out by Sri Bhagavan, where philosophy ends religion begins, and where religion ends spirituality begins. Hence spirituality transcends all religions and lies beyond them. Spirituality removes narrow beliefs, superstition, fears etc., and is common to all religions. This was understood only later in the twentieth century, as we shall see in this biography.

 

The effect of the Maharshi was tremendous on those who came to him as it still is. In these volumes we present the reminiscences of Raman as devotees and their reflections on his teaching. Thus those who were blessed to sit at his feet are sharing their experiences with the reader. In the various experiences and accounts one finds an underlying unity - unity of deep devotion and love for the Master.

 

What was the first impression on those who saw Bhagavan?

From the moment Bhagavan's eyes fell on a devotee, the latter's heart went out to him in spontaneous love and reverence. Their visit to Ramanasramam was a shattering experience for some. They literally fell in love with Bhagavan. The love which was awakened was of a sort which bypasses the physical and creates an awareness of a mindless rapture, pure joy.

 

And what was the devotees' experience while they sat in his proximity? Sitting in Bhagavan's presence people commonly felt that for the time being all their troubles were over. And this was the wonder of his presence.

 

The most remarkable feature about Bhagavan's form was his eyes, extremely penetrating and profoundly fascinating. Once you had come within the range of those beaming eyes, there was no need for any other sadhana; and once these eyes had rested on you, there was no more fear or worry for you. The experience of a disraught young widow was quite typical. She went into the hall where the Maharshi was reclining and sat down. Bhagavan looked at her - just looked - with such infinite compassion that she felt that her sorrows were just not important any more. She remained sitting and felt totally at peace, though not a word had been spoken.

 

The Maharshi was a centre of love to his disciples. He showered his love and grace on the devotees in so many ways. It is said that love was the force that created the universe. Perhaps it is. But the force of such an unselfish love as Bhagavan's purifies our hearts when all other methods prove futile. Kindling a deep affection in the devotees' hearts, Bhagavan taught them by word and example. No discipline can give the disciple the true peace which the Master gives. His affection was always there unconditionally, and as fire melts ice so his affection made worries melt. Where else in the world could be found a purifying and transformative power such as this to bring peace to our hearts?

 

What was the change in a devotee's life after coming to Bhagavan? There was a pervasive state of being sparked by some kind of recognition which stayed with him and the sense of never being the same again. We may not claim that the devotee's life was totally transformed after seeing him. No. Most of them got married, set up house, had children and started a career of their own. Their grihasthasramam was their main preoccupation. But their visits to Ramanasramam had affected them. It had left a mark in their mind and heart. Although some of their material circumstances might have changed for better or for worse, their With regards to Bhagavan's life at Arunachala, one can see it slowly passing from the first stage to the second, and then on to the third stage. In the precincts of the temple and later on at Gurumurtham we find in Bhagavan a perfect example of all that is written in the Upanishads and other scriptures describing the state of ajnani, an enlightened being. During this first period, his body was unmoving; we see him sitting motionless, apparently oblivious of the external world or the movements of his own body. He knew not the difference between the passing of day or night, nor the changing of the seasons. Even the morsel of food put into his mouth by people who wanted to feed him remained there and had to be scooped out of his mouth by his attendant the following day. Such was his tate that even the natural functions of the body were minimal. Seldom in the history of sages does one come across a human being capable of such concentration, yet aware of things happening to his body. For, in later years, he recalled the first bhiksha he received from Arunachala, the disturbance caused by the urchins and his moving within the precincts of the temple from one place to another.

 

We judge Bhagavan from our own frame of mind, hence it may appear incredible to us that such concentration of mind simultaneous with the knowledge of the activities of the external world could ever be achieved. In the case of Raman a, he was both the doer and the witness.

 

It was in the second stage, at Virupakshi Cave, that Venkataraman was given the name Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, by Kavyakantha Ganapathi Muni. Ganapathi Muni was a great Sanskrit scholar and tapasvin who came to Virupakshi Cave in 1908. He immediately discerned the greatness and state of the young sage. Later he composed Uma Sahasram, Ramana Gita and Ramana Chatvarimsat, and also Sat-Darsanam, being a Sanskrit version of Raman a's UlladuNarpadu.

 

Except for a few, all of Bhagavan's works were composed while he was living at Virupakshi Cave and Skandasramam. While translations from Sanskrit texts into Tamil were made as a sublime expression of abidance in the Self and in response to the needs and requests of the devotees, the Five Hymns on Arunachala came gushing with a tearing force that completely engulfed Bhagavan. They were spontaneous outpourings of his deep love, springing from his intimacy and atonement with Arunachala who was mother, father, Guru and Beloved for Bhagavan. The composition of each hymn was mostly unpremeditated and spontaneous. Commentaries and translations of these hymns have been made in various languages. They are all right as they stand, but to comprehend the true significance of the hymns one should tune one's mind towards Arunachala Ramana. The hymns evoke various experiences in the listener or the reader, depending on the individual's circumstances.

 

The Advent of Sri Bhagavan, like that of every Master, was not so much to give us pleasure as to make us discover the pleasures of pain, for pain redeems and liberates. People run away from Masters if they find that life becomes too much for them in spite of the Master's presence. It is remarkable that devotees cling to Bhagavan and Arunachala even in extreme adversity. The more the grief, the more intense becomes their love and devotion for Bhagavan. There are devotees who even pray for adversities so that they may realize his unbounded grace and compassion for them.

 

TheFzve Hymns on Arunachala by Bhagavan offer perfect guidance and solace to the suffering mind. Each of the circumstances under which these hymns were composed is thrilling. When Bhagavan wrote Aksharamanamalai for the benefit of humanity, he walked around the hill composing the couplets with tears flowing from his eyes. It is reported that when he wrote the thirty-fourth verse (If thou fail to unite with me, my whole frame will melt into tears and I shall be destroyed), he wept and sobbed with his whole frame shaking. Aksharamanamalai surpasses in beauty and sweetness any other composition made in any language by any of the saints. It spans the whole gamut of human emotions and those transcending the human mind.

 

If we find, 'the world is too much with us', we may find solace in these hymns. When we are troubled by the complexities of our own mind, Bhagavan makes Arunachala readily available for us to cling to, to surrender to and to give ourselves unto him. Bhagavan had no need to compose these hymns, nor to go round the Hill and openly express his deep love for Arunachala. He did all this for the benefit of suffering souls. In Aksharamanamalai he implores Arunachala on our behalf to act as saviour, as otherwise we will be like tender vines that would wither away without his support. Such is his compassion for us.

 

Sages and saints have sung about Arunachala in glorious terms; but they have also sung about other deities, or at least about Siva in other shrines. As for Bhagavan, only Arunachala Siva existed. Bhagavan's reply to the Dikshitar from Chidambaram who invited him to have darshan of Nataraja is a case in point:

 

All the five elements come into existence only when Sakti seemingly forsakes her identity with Lord Siva, the Supreme Self. Since the five elements are only the creations of Sakti, She is superior to all of them. Therefore, more important than the place where the elements merge, is the place where Sakti herself merges. Because Sakti is dancing in Chidambaram, Lord Siva has to dance before her. But in Arunachala, Lord Siva remains ever motionless. Hence Sakti effortlessly merges in him through great love. (Arunachala Nava Mani Malai) After coming to Arunachala, Ramana never went beyond its limits. Though his mother and other relatives begged him weepingly to return, he held his own, conveying the message that nothing and no one could separate him from his Father who had given him spiritual refuge.

 

When Bhagavan lived in the caves on the Hill, he was very close to the birds and the beasts, the plants and the simple folk living there. Earnest seekers like Sivaprakasam Pillai and Gambhiram Se shier came and sat at his feet, while strife-torn souls found the peace they could not get elsewhere by just being near him.

 

Who am I? and Self-Enquiry contain Bhagavan's answers to questions put by Sivaprakasam Pillai and Gambhiram Seshier respectively. At the request of Gambhiram Seshier, Bhagavan translated Sankara's Vivekachudamani. Later he also translated Devikalottara, Sarvajnanottara, Sankara's Hymn to Dakshinamurthi, Guru Stuti and Hastamalaka Stotram.

 

This volume ends with the liberation of Bhagavan's mother, Azhagammal, and his coming down to live near her samadhi which later became Sri Ramanasramam.

 

Contents Volume I

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume I

ix

Tiruchuzhi and Its Glory

1

Ancestors and the Curse

4

Nativity

11

Childhood Days

22

A Schoolmate's Reminiscences

26

At Dindigul

27

Madurai

31

A Messenger from Arunachala

41

Peria Puranam

43

First Death Experience

52

On Death Experience

54

His Attitude Towards Life After the Experience

56

Incidents in Madurai After the Realization

60

Leaving Home

62

A Word in Parting

64

one to Sign It!

67

Journey in Quest of His Father

68

Arayaninallur and Kilur

71

At Tiruvannamalai

73

Home at Last!

86

In the Temple of Arunachala

91

Incidents in the Temple

97

At Gurumurtham

102

Traced at Last

112

Incidents in Tiruvannamalai

116

In the Wilderness

123

Gambhiram Seshier

134

Self Enquiry

137

Sivaprakasam Pillai and the Swami

152

Who Am I?

157

Condensed Version

159

Selections from Sivaprakasam Pillai's Composition

162

Reminiscenses of M. V. Sundaresa Iyer

165

Keerai Patti

176

Pachaiamman Koil

184

Again Virupakshi

187

Ganapathy Sastry and Bhagavan

194

Echammal (Lakshmi Ammal)

198

Mudaliar Patti

202

M.V. Ramaswami Iyer

203

Raghavachari

209

T.K. Sundaresa Iyer - Part I

212

Cooking in Virupakshi

214

With the Relatives

215

Again at Pachaiamman Koil

217

Again at Virupakshi

222

The Heart and the Brain

231

Vivekachudamani

233

Vivekachudamani

238

Bhagavan's Selections from the Vivekachudamani

268

Incidents on the Hill

269

Akhilandamma (Desuramma)

270

Masthan Swami

273

Seshadri Swami

275

Annoyances from "Sadhus"

284

Dakshinamurthy Stotram

298

Gurustuti

302

Hastamalaka Stotra

304

Bhagavan and Devotees

306

Animal Companions - I

308

Frank Humphreys

330

More Authentic Mahatmas

335

Iswara Swami

339

First Jayanti at Tiruvannamalai

341

Composition of Stray Verses

344

Devikalottara

351

Some Incidents

360

Ramanatha Brahmachari (Andavane)

361

Kapali Sastri

363

Talks with Ramana Maharshi

370

Jagadeesa Sastri

389

Genesis of the Song of Pappadam (Appalam)

390

Bhiksha by Ladies

393

In His Mother's Service

395

Vallimalai Tiruppugazh Swami

396

Kuzhumani Narayana Sastri

·398

Second Death Experience

399

Bhagavan and Mother Azhagammal

402

Arunachala Stuti Panchakam

404

The Glory of Sri Arunachala

408

A Marital Garland of Letters

410

The Marital Garland of Letters to the Eternal Being

416

Nine Verses on Arunachala

422

Ten Verses on Arunachala

424

Eight Stanzas on Arunachala

427

Five Stanzas to Arunachala

429

Sri Ramana Sthuthi Dasakam

433

Skandasramam

436

Origin of Skandasramam

436

Seshagiri Iyer (Ramana Dasa Sadananda) Contd.

441

T.K. Sundaresa Iyer- Part II

455

Jagadeesa Sastri (Contd.)

458

Arunachalavasi Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

459

Sri Ramana Gita

462

Summary of Raman a Gita

469

Ramana Chatvarimsat (Forty Verses on Ramana)

473

A Schoolmate's Reminiscences

479

Animal Companions - II

481

Early Days with Bhagavan

491

Desur Akilandamma (Desuramma) (Contd.)

496

Vilacheri Ranga Iyer's Reminiscences Part I

505

N.R. Krishna Murthy Iyer

517

Ramantha Brahmachari

520

Kunju Swami Reminiscences - Part I

521

Recollections of Devaraja Mudaliar

544

A Conversation

546

Natananda (alias) Natesa Mudaliar

547

Spiritual Instructions

553

Venkateswara Sarma and Smt. Sala

566

At the Feet of Bhagavan Ramana

568

The Fortunate Boy

571

Liberation of Mother Azhagammal

573

How Bhagavan Came to Stay

 

Permanently Near Mother's Samadhi

585

Appendix-I

589

Appendix - II

614

Appendix - III

622

Appendix - IV

624

 

Contents Volume II

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume II

ix

Early Days at Ramanasramam

1

Ramaswami Pillai

3

.R. Krishnamurthi Iyer

5

Kunju Swami

7

The Significance of Mahapuja

9

How I Came to the Maharshi

13

Swamy Chidbhavananda

16

Recollections of Devaraja Mudaliar (Continued from Vol. I)

19

Again with Viswanatha Swami

22

Kunju Swami Reminiscences Part- II

29

Conversations with Kunju Swami

39

Reminiscences

43

TK. Sundaresa Iyer's Reminiscences - Part II

44

A Robbery at the Asramam

47

Desur Akhilandamma

55

N.R. Krishnamurthi Iyer's Reminiscences - Part II

61

Giripradakshina with Bhagavan

76

Muruganar

80

Composition ofUlladu arpadu (Reality in Forty Verses)

109

Ulladu Narpadu

111

Composition of Upadesa Undhiar

116

Composition ofAtma Vidya

122

Ramana Sannidhi Murai

124

An Introduction to Ramana Sannidhi Murai

125

Ramana Puranam

128

Siva Puranam

131

Ramana Puranam

132

Viswanatha Swami's Reminiscences - I

180

How I Came to the Maharshi

186

T.K. Sundaresa Iyer's Reminiscences - Part III

197

Krishna Bhikshu (Voruganti Venkata Krishnayya)

213

Lakshmiammal

236

Reminiscences of M.G. Shanmukam

238

Scenes from Ramana's Life

239

A Devotee's Observation of the Maharshi

240

Tears of Ecstasy

250

Annamalai Swami

253

Kunju Swami's Reminiscences

257

Reminiscences of Parameswara Iyer

260

Animal Companions

262

Jatini Sundarambal

274

Kunju Swami's Reminiscences Part- III

275

Jadaswami's Samadhi

278

Solicitude for the Devotees

279

Bhagavan's Teaching and My Spiritual Life

284

Veerappa Chettiar's Service

286

Laya Samadhi

287

Real Samadhi

288

God Waiting for Naivedya

289

Above Orthodoxy and Unorthodoxy - I

289

G. Lakshmi Narasimham (G.L.N.)

291

Bhagavan in the Kitchen

295

Bhagavan's Kitchen Devotees

296

Sama Drishti

342

M.S. Nagarajan

343

Some Incidents

345

A Day at the Asramam

347

The Ribhu Gita

359

Daily Parayana at the Asramam

368

Meditation at the Asramam

369

Yogi Ramiah

382

Ramanatha Iyer

388

arasimhaswami

389

A Haven Called Palakothu

392

Rangaswami Gounder ('Sofa' Gounder)

394

Asramam Book Stall etc.

395

Ramana Ashtottara Satanamastotra

398

Paul Brunton (Raphael Hurst)

401

From Early Days

486

A Spiritual Torch

491

Dedication of A Message from Arunachala

494

A Message from Arunachala

496

Reminiscences of M.G. Shanmukam

506

Appendix I

509

Appendix II

531

 

Contents Volume III

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume III

ix

Atma Sakshatkara

1

K.K. Nambiar's Reminiscences - Part I

6

How Bhagavan Came to Me

22

A Day with Bhagavan

28

Ramana as I Know Him

34

Balarama Reddiar's Reminiscences - Part I

35

G.Y. Subbramayya's Reminiscences

41

Shankarlal Banker and the Maharshi

44

What I Saw in the Maharshi

49

N. Nataraja Iyer (N.N. Rajan)

52

Swami Ramanananda Swarnagiri

63

How I Came to Maharshi

I:J7

Major Alan Wentworth Chadwick (Sadhu Arunachala)

99

Sulman Samuel Cohen (S.S. Cohen)

120

Aurobindo and Ramana Maharshi

145

Swami Ramanananda Saraswati (Munagala Venkataramiah)

152

Incidents, Connected with the Life of Bhagavan

157

Talks with Ramana Maharshi

159

Way of the Spirit

166

My Visit to Maharshi

176

Duncan Greenlees

191

M.C. Ekanatha Rao

204

Swami Paramahansa Yogananda

228

Baron Von Veltheim - Ostran

234

Balarama Reddiar's Reminiscences

240

G.V. Subbaramayya's Reminiscemses

248

S.S. Cohen

253

My visit to Ramanasramam

256

Birth Place

256

Bhagavan's Grace

257

How I came to the Maharshi

259

Talks (Contd.)

264

From Cohen's Talks

274

From Cohen's Talks

292

Talks (Contd.)

293

From Cohen's Talks

296

From Cohen's Talks

306

Talks (Contd.)

309

The Hill Of Fire

337

G. V. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

351

Talks (Contd.)

359

From Cohen's Talks

387

Talks (Contd.)

388

Talks (Contd.)

400

From Cohen's Talks

412

Talks (Contd.)

413

In the Tiger's Jaws

418

How I came to The Maharshi

425

Maurice Frydman

430

How I came to Bhagavan

432

Reminiscences of T.K. Sunderesa Iyer - Part III

435

Vilacheri Ranga I yer's Reminiscences - Part II

441

What Ramana Means to Me

455

How I Came to the Maharshi

457

Years of Grace

465

The Bhagavan I Know

466

Reminiscences

469

Sri Ramana Maharshi

496

Shuddanda Bharati

499

G.V. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

503

Some Incidents

509

Talks (Contd.)

511

From Cohen's Diary

535

Turn Eastwards

545

Major Chadwick's Account

586

Somerset Maugham and "The Razor's Edge"

589

Talks (Contd.)

598

Here Lies the Heart

614

Talks (Contd.)

631

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

664

Balarama Reddiar's Reminiscences

687

On Maharshi's Will

708

The Sannidhi of Sri Bhagavan

711

Sri Ramana Bestows His Grace

714

How I came to Bhagavan

726

His Grace

728

Krishna Ganapatigal and Vedapatasala

730

Seshadri Sastrigal

731

M.R.Rama Sastrigal

733

Pichai Ammal

733

Natesan

733

Inmates of the Asramarn at Various Periods

734

Buildings in the Asramam

735

Account ofVairava Achari (Sculptor)

736

T. . Venkataraman (Swami Ramanananda)

738

Rajapalayam Ramani Ammal

740

Impressions and Reminiscences

746

Swami Madhavananda

749

My visit to Bhagavan

750

A Long Life with the Maharshi

755

K. Chandrasekharan

761

Appendix - I

765

Appendix - II

768

 

Contents Volume IV

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume IV

ix

Dr. V. Srinivasa Rao

1

Reminiscences of R. Narayana Iyer

3

Prof. K. Swaminathan

7

S.S. Cohen

22

D.S. Sastri

24

Arnmani Ammal

42

Tapas Swamy

44

Pranavananda

46

Bhagavan the Way

49

The Bhagavad Gita Sara (The Song Celestial)

59

Subbaramayya's Reminiscences (Contd.)

63

Reminiscences of Dr. Ananthanarayana Rao (Contd.)

94

Peace that Passeth all Understanding

98

Madhavi Ammal

104

Major Chadwick's Reminiscences

106

Subbaramayya's Reminiscences (Contd.)

132

Memorable Days with the Sage of Arunachala

136

S.S. Cohen

140

Our Life in Tiruvannamalai

145

Arthur Osborne

162

How I Came to the Maharshi and My Experiences

172

Reminiscences of Catherine Osborne (Kitty)

233

Ramana Reminiscences

240

Coming into the Ramana's Fold

270

Devaraja Mudaliar's Reminiscences (Contd.)

274

 

Contents Volume V

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume V

ix

Reminiscences of Devotees

1

Other Devotees of Bhagavan

2

S.S. Cohen

6

The Grace that Brooks No Barriers

10

The Hill of Fire

12

Devaraja Mudaliar's Reminiscences

17

Bhagavan's Replies to Questions

60

Suri Nagamma

64

My Pilgrimage to Ramanasramam

114

Suri Nagamma's Reminiscences

123

Reminiscences

142

From the Diary of S.S. Cohen

145

G.V. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

146

Devaraja Mudaliar - Day by Day with Bhagavan

152

Suri Nagamma's Account

158

Day by Day with Bhagavan

160

From Cohen's Diary

178

Day by Day with Bhagavan

179

Suri Nagamma - Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

187

Day by Day with Bhagavan

195

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

198

Day by Day with Bhagavan

200

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

202

Day by Day with Bhagavan

203

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

205

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

208

Day by Day with Bhagavan

210

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

210

Day by Day with Bhagavan

212

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

220

Day by Day with Bhagavan

221

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

233

Day by Day with Bhagavan

236

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

237

Day by Day with Bhagavan

237

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

238

Day by Day with Bhagavan

239

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

241

Day by Day with Bhagavan

242

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

244

Day by Day with Bhagavan

246

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

248

Day by Day with Bhagavan

249

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

254

Day by Day with Bhagavan

256

G.Y. Subbaramayya

259

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

260

Day by Day with Bhagavan

262

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

263

Day by Day with Bhagavan

264

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

267

Day by Day with Bhagavan

269

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

270

Day by Day with Bhagavan

271

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

272

Day by Day with Bhagavan

274

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

274

Day by Day with Bhagavan

276

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

282

Day by Day with Bhagavan

283

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

285

Day by Day with Bhagavan

286

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

290

Day by Day with Bhagavan

291

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

292

Day by Day with Bhagavan

293

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

301

Day by Day with Bhagavan

301

G.V Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

306

Day by Day with Bhagavan

307

A Note on Ramaswamy lyengar

312

Day by Day with Bhagavan

314

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

317

Day by Day with Bhagavan

318

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

323

Day by Day with Bhagavan

324

Scientist Turned Vedantin

344

Day by Day with Bhagavan

346

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

352

Day by Day with Bhagavan

352

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

359

Day by Day with Bhagavan

361

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

364

Day by Day with Bhagavan

365

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

366

Day by Day with Bhagavan

366

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

372

Day by Day with Bhagavan

373

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

375

Day by Day with Bhagavan

376

Pantulu Lakshmi Narayana Sastri

379

From Nagamma's Letter about His Visit

383

Day by Day with Bhagavan

384

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

389

G. Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

390

Day by Day with Bhagavan

392

G.Y. Subbramayya's Reminiscences

395

Day by Day with Bhagavan

397

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

399

Day by Day with Bhagavan

401

Hari Chand Khanna

404

Day by Day with Bhagavan

410

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

413

Day by Day with Bhagavan

414

G. V. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

415

Day by Day with Bhagavan

416

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

416

Day by Day with Bhagavan

417

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

432

Day by Day with Bhagavan

433

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

435

G.v. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

437

Day by Day with Bhagavan

438

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

444

Day by Day with Bhagavan

445

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

446

Day by Day with Bhagavan

447

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

453

Day by Day with Bhagavan

454

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

457

Day by Day with Bhagavan

460

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

462

Day by Day with Bhagavan

463

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

464

Day by Day with Bhagavan

466

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

466

Day by Day with Bhagavan

467

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

469

Dr. Robert Fuchsberger

471

Day by Day with Bhagavan

476

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

476

Day by Day with Bhagavan

481

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

482

Appendix I

493

Appendix II

497

 

Contents Volume VI

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume VI

ix

Reminiscences of Devotees

1

Kanakammal

1

Suri Nagamma

47

Golden Jubilee Celebrations

57

Long Live Ramanar's Padam

75

Sadhu Ekarasa (Dr. G.H. Mees) - A Great Devotee

76

The Golden Jubilee Souvenir

79

G.V Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

283

Kanakammal's Reminiscences

288

Our Natural State

291

How I Came to Bhagavan

294

Ramana Maharshi

306

Reminiscences

319

Arthur Osborne (Contd.)

349

In to Bhagavan's Fold

353

Remembering Ramana

355

Balarama Reddiar Reminiscences (Part 11)

377

Dilip Kumar Roy - A Short Sketch

393

Dilip Kumar Roy

395

Dorabji Frarnji's Reminiscences

424

Portrait of the Guru

425

 

Contents Volume VII

 

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume VII

ix

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

1

Day by Day with Bhagavan

5

Suri Nagamma's Reminiscences

7

Reminiscences of Padma Venkataraman

21

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

23

Vichara Mani Mala

33

Sri Ramana Reminiscences

34

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

36

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

131

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

185

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam Reminiscences

187

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam S.S. Cohen

226

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

236

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

240

S.S. Cohen

244

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

245

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

246

S.S. Cohen

249

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

254

S.S. Cohen

255

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

256

S.S. Cohen

258

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

261

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

262

Atma Bodha

264

S.S. Cohen

265

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

270

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

276

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

277

S.S. Cohen

279

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

280

S.S. Cohen

282

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

285

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

286

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

287

Dr. Ananthanarayana Rao (Contd.)

288

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

294

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

296

The Kitchen Garden Party

298

How I Came to the Maharshi

304

The Hill of Fire

312

Bhagavan's Attendants

314

Reminiscences

316

 

Contents Volume VIII

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume VIII

ix

Introductory

1

Suri Nagamma

2

G. V. Subbaramayya

2

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

4

Suri Nagamma

16

Balarama Reddiar

18

Major A. W. Chadwick

19

Dr. Shankar Rao

20

Toppia Mudaliar

21

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

21

The Immutable Atmosphere

25

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

29

S.S. Cohen

32

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

35

Kumbhabhishekam of Mother's Temple

44

Close Encounters with Bhagavan

45

Kanakammal

46

G.V. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

47

K.K. Nambiar

51

S.S. Cohen

52

Suri Nagamma's Account from Her Letters

55

Prabhakar's Visit

61

S.S. Cohen

63

Second Operation

64

S.S. Cohen

82

Suri Nagamma

83

S.S. Cohen

85

G.Y. Subbaramayya

89

S.S. Cohen

90

Suri Nagamma

91

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

92

S.S. Cohen

96

Pranavananda (Narasimham)

108

Mouni Sadhu

109

S.S. Cohen

126

Kanakammal

135

Arunachala Ashtaka and Siddha Purusha

137

G.Y. Subbaramayya

140

Suri Nagamma

141

S.S. Cohen

142

G.V. Subbaramayya

143

Dr. Shankar Rao

143

A. W. Chad wick

144

Suri Nagamma

144

Anantha Narayana Rao

149

Suri Nagamma

150


Herbal Treatment

152

S.S. Cohen

156

G.v. Subbaramayya

157

Balarama Reddiar

159

Suri Nagamma

159

S.S: Cohen

161

Suri Nagamma

162

Devaraja Mudaliar

163

S.S. Cohen

167

G.v. Subbaramayya

168

K.K. Nambiar

168

Balarama Reddiar

169

Suri Nagamma

170

S.S. Cohen

175

Devaraja Mudaliar

176

Abhishiktananada

178

Third Operation

192

S.S. Cohen

197

Suri Nagamma

198

Mouni Sadhu

199

S.S. Cohen

233

Mouni Sadhu

235

Suri Nagamma

244

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

247

S.S. Cohen

250

Suri N agamma

251

Mouni Sadhu

254

Suri Nagamma

263

S.S. Cohen

264

Suri Nagamma

264

S.S. Cohen

267

M Y Visit to Maharshi

269

S.S. Cohen

271

Suri Nagamma

272

S.S. Cohen

273

Fourth Operation

273

Homeopathy

278

Devaraja Mudaliar

279

Major A.W. Chadwick

280

Balarama Reddiar

281

Arthur Osborne

283

How I Came to the Maharshi

284

Treatment to Bhagavan

286

In the Small Room

286

Suri Nagamma

287

S.S. Cohen

288

G.V. Subbaramayya

289

S.S. Cohen

291

Major A.w. Chadwick

291

Suri Nagamma

292

G.V. Subbaramayya

296

S.S. Cohen

297

S.S. Sastri

297

Suri N agamma

298

K.K. Nambiar

301

G.v. Subbaramayya

302

Balarama Reddiar

304

Treatment to Bhagavan

306

S.S. Cohen

307

Medicine that Bhagavan Took

307

Suri Nagamma

308

S.S. Cohen

308

Suri N agamma

309

S.S. Cohen

310

Suri Nagamma

310

Devotees Reminiscences

311

His Divine Excellence

317

M Y Visit to Ramana Maharshi

319

Treatment to Bhagavan

322

Treatment to Bhagavan

323

K.K. Nambiar

325

Sadhu Brahmaniam

326

Suri Nagamma

327

G.Y. Subbaramayya

328

S.S. Cohen

329

G.Y. Subbaramayya

330

Suri Nagamma

331

S.S. Cohen

333

Major A W. Chad wick

333

G.V. Subbaramayya

334

S.S. Cohen

335

Balarama Reddiar

335

G.Y. Subbaramayya

336

S.S. Cohen

337

Suri Nagamma

337

G.Y. Subbaramayya

338

Suri Nagamma

339

S.S. Cohen

342

G.Y. Subbaramayya

343

Suri Nagamma

344

S.S. Cohen

345

G.Y. Subbaramayya

345

K.K. Nambiar

347

S.S. Cohen

348

G.Y. Subbaramayya

348

Barber N ate san

351

K.K. Nambiar

352

Bhagavan's Compassion

353

A Day with the Sage of Arunachala

358

S.S. Cohen

361

G.Y. Subbaramayya

362

Desur Akhilandamma

363

S.S. Cohen

364

G.Y. Subbaramayya

367

K.K Nambiar

368

S.S. Cohen

369

G.V. Subbaramayya

371

Suri Nagamma

372

Bhagavan's Bodily Health

375

S.S. Cohen

376

Balarama Reddiar

377

The End was Peaceful

379

The Great Event

381

Last Tears of Bhagavan

383

Immortal Tears

384

Major A. W. Chad wick

385

Swami Satyananda

386

Devaraja Mudaliar

387

The White Peacock

387

By an Eye Witness

388

Dr. Shankar Rao

389

B.N. Datar

391

The Final Months

392

Mahasamadhi

400

Prof.K. Swaminathan

403

Attendant Krishnaswami

404

K. atesan

405

His Parting Message to Me

406

Balarama Reddiar

407

Suri Nagamma

408

S.S. Cohen

410

Y.N (alias) Bhaurao Athavale

413

Reports in Newspapers

413

I Saw a God Die

415

V. Kameswara Rao

420

Suri Nagamma

420

G.v. Subbaramayya

421

S.S. Cohen

424

Balarama Reddiar

424

Desur Akhilandamma

426

Major A.W. Chadwick

426

Dilip Kumar Roy

427

Anonymous

428

Mercedes d'Acosta

428

Vairavan Achari

429

After Mahasamadhi

430

Merston

432

S.S. Cohen

432

Abishiktananda

433

Suri Nagamma

435

Major A.W. Chadwick (Sadhu Arunachala)

444

Mouni Sadhu

454

Reminiscences of Devotees

459

G.V. Subbaramayya

461

Kanakammal

462

Dr. T.N. Krishnaswami

468

Alamelu Ammal- "Athai"

474

Niranjanananda Swami - "Chinnaswami"

475

N.R. Narayana Iyer

478

Arthur Osborne

479

Sad-Guru is One

522

What of Us, After He went?

527

T.N. Venkataraman

530

Kanakammal

531

Major Alan W. Chadwick (Sadhu Arunachala)

533

Ramana Maharshi

537

What Ramana Means to Me

538

T.M.P. Mahadevan

541

Ramana Jayanti

561

The Unfailing Guidance

565

An Australian in Search of Truth

569

The Unfinished Game

57 1

Effect of Maharshi's Picture

575

Bhagavan is Everywhere

576

Bhagavan Ramana is Personally Present Here

577

How I Came to Bhagavan

579

Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi as Seen by a Bengali Devotee

580

How I Came to Bhagavan

582

Trudging Along to the Holy Hill

584

Awareness Absolute

586

Bhagwan Ramana and the Bhagvad Gita

590

What I Owe to Ramana Maharshi

595

1947-Tiruvannamalai-1977

598

A Tribute to Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi

603

Boundless Love

604

How Bhagvan Came into My Life

607

Light on the Path

609

Paul Brunton

612

Prof. Swaminathan

625

A Visit to Ramanasramam after the Mahasamadhi

626

On Eliciting Reminiscences

628

A Description of the Restored Film on the Maharshi

630

Arunachala Ramana

655

The ame of Ramana

655

The Call Divine

656

The Mountain Path

657

Development During the Last Few Decades

658

Ramanasramam Today

658

Daily Routine at Ramanasramam

659

Chad wick's Final Hours

660

The Last Years of Arthur Osborne

662

Manavasi Ramaswami Iyer

667

Muruganar's Kaivalyam

668

Final Years - Maurice Frydman

675

Abhishiktananda

676

Balarama Reddy's Last Hour

680

His Devotees

680

A Consolation

681

Ramana and Arunachala

681

Ever-Present

685

Bibliography

687

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Introduction

 

At the close of the nineteenth century, South India, or at least a part of it, was being slowly introduced to Western civilization, customs and industry, and railway lines were laid connecting important cities. However, life in the remote parts of South India was exactly the same as it had been centuries ago. During this period if a traveller were to take a country road from the temple city of Madurai in South India and travel westwards, he would have had to pass through one of the most arid areas of India. He would have seen men clad in loincloths toiling under the hot sun to grow a few grains of corn and millet for their families. Occasionally the traveller might have crossed green fields of paddy, where the mode of irrigation was a peculiar see-saw device used for drawing the water. The passerby might also have heard the singing of folk songs by these yeomen, a custom that has all but vanished with the advent of mechanical farming.

 

Further on his way the traveller would have come across small villages consisting of cottages with thatched rooves and naked children playing around. These children and their parents lived in abject poverty. If the monsoon was bountiful the family would enjoy two square meals a day for a few months. The rest of the year they subsisted on gruel and spinach. Their domestic requirements were met by a barter system. Once in a week there used to be a village fair where neighbouring villagers would bring things to buy and sell - their farm produce, provisions, vegetables, condiments, corn, pulses, toys, trinkets and coarse cloth for garments. However, the affluent ones living in the cities had things brought to their houses. During the harvest season they bought their annual requirement of rice and stored it in the granary. Most of them had cows which met their dairy requirements. Both the rich and the poor hardly left their village, especially the poor, who for generations had been born, bred and died in the same village. Even the rich travelled only to sacred places such as Banaras, and did not expect to return from such a journey. Wayside inns provided free board and lodging for these pilgrims.

 

All Indians considered entertaining guests to be very important. Even to this day, in most houses a weary guest is always welcomed and offered a meal. Unlike modern-day citizens, people of yore had no great desire or ambition to acquire wealth, fame or property. Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife, they kept the noiseless tenor of their way. Every caste and creed kept to themselves without interfering in others' affairs and lived in harmony, respecting others' faith and beliefs. Although there were skirmishes between factions, these were localized and did not spread.

 

During this period a great saint of West Bengal came to spread love and devotion and his message was carried throughout India by one of his illustrious disciples. Cults like the Brahmo Samaj and the Arya Samaj, etc., were also taking root in certain parts of India, but generally people had no leaning towards spirituality. As was later pointed out by Sri Bhagavan, where philosophy ends religion begins, and where religion ends spirituality begins. Hence spirituality transcends all religions and lies beyond them. Spirituality removes narrow beliefs, superstition, fears etc., and is common to all religions. This was understood only later in the twentieth century, as we shall see in this biography.

 

The effect of the Maharshi was tremendous on those who came to him as it still is. In these volumes we present the reminiscences of Raman as devotees and their reflections on his teaching. Thus those who were blessed to sit at his feet are sharing their experiences with the reader. In the various experiences and accounts one finds an underlying unity - unity of deep devotion and love for the Master.

 

What was the first impression on those who saw Bhagavan?

From the moment Bhagavan's eyes fell on a devotee, the latter's heart went out to him in spontaneous love and reverence. Their visit to Ramanasramam was a shattering experience for some. They literally fell in love with Bhagavan. The love which was awakened was of a sort which bypasses the physical and creates an awareness of a mindless rapture, pure joy.

 

And what was the devotees' experience while they sat in his proximity? Sitting in Bhagavan's presence people commonly felt that for the time being all their troubles were over. And this was the wonder of his presence.

 

The most remarkable feature about Bhagavan's form was his eyes, extremely penetrating and profoundly fascinating. Once you had come within the range of those beaming eyes, there was no need for any other sadhana; and once these eyes had rested on you, there was no more fear or worry for you. The experience of a disraught young widow was quite typical. She went into the hall where the Maharshi was reclining and sat down. Bhagavan looked at her - just looked - with such infinite compassion that she felt that her sorrows were just not important any more. She remained sitting and felt totally at peace, though not a word had been spoken.

 

The Maharshi was a centre of love to his disciples. He showered his love and grace on the devotees in so many ways. It is said that love was the force that created the universe. Perhaps it is. But the force of such an unselfish love as Bhagavan's purifies our hearts when all other methods prove futile. Kindling a deep affection in the devotees' hearts, Bhagavan taught them by word and example. No discipline can give the disciple the true peace which the Master gives. His affection was always there unconditionally, and as fire melts ice so his affection made worries melt. Where else in the world could be found a purifying and transformative power such as this to bring peace to our hearts?

 

What was the change in a devotee's life after coming to Bhagavan? There was a pervasive state of being sparked by some kind of recognition which stayed with him and the sense of never being the same again. We may not claim that the devotee's life was totally transformed after seeing him. No. Most of them got married, set up house, had children and started a career of their own. Their grihasthasramam was their main preoccupation. But their visits to Ramanasramam had affected them. It had left a mark in their mind and heart. Although some of their material circumstances might have changed for better or for worse, their With regards to Bhagavan's life at Arunachala, one can see it slowly passing from the first stage to the second, and then on to the third stage. In the precincts of the temple and later on at Gurumurtham we find in Bhagavan a perfect example of all that is written in the Upanishads and other scriptures describing the state of ajnani, an enlightened being. During this first period, his body was unmoving; we see him sitting motionless, apparently oblivious of the external world or the movements of his own body. He knew not the difference between the passing of day or night, nor the changing of the seasons. Even the morsel of food put into his mouth by people who wanted to feed him remained there and had to be scooped out of his mouth by his attendant the following day. Such was his tate that even the natural functions of the body were minimal. Seldom in the history of sages does one come across a human being capable of such concentration, yet aware of things happening to his body. For, in later years, he recalled the first bhiksha he received from Arunachala, the disturbance caused by the urchins and his moving within the precincts of the temple from one place to another.

 

We judge Bhagavan from our own frame of mind, hence it may appear incredible to us that such concentration of mind simultaneous with the knowledge of the activities of the external world could ever be achieved. In the case of Raman a, he was both the doer and the witness.

 

It was in the second stage, at Virupakshi Cave, that Venkataraman was given the name Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, by Kavyakantha Ganapathi Muni. Ganapathi Muni was a great Sanskrit scholar and tapasvin who came to Virupakshi Cave in 1908. He immediately discerned the greatness and state of the young sage. Later he composed Uma Sahasram, Ramana Gita and Ramana Chatvarimsat, and also Sat-Darsanam, being a Sanskrit version of Raman a's UlladuNarpadu.

 

Except for a few, all of Bhagavan's works were composed while he was living at Virupakshi Cave and Skandasramam. While translations from Sanskrit texts into Tamil were made as a sublime expression of abidance in the Self and in response to the needs and requests of the devotees, the Five Hymns on Arunachala came gushing with a tearing force that completely engulfed Bhagavan. They were spontaneous outpourings of his deep love, springing from his intimacy and atonement with Arunachala who was mother, father, Guru and Beloved for Bhagavan. The composition of each hymn was mostly unpremeditated and spontaneous. Commentaries and translations of these hymns have been made in various languages. They are all right as they stand, but to comprehend the true significance of the hymns one should tune one's mind towards Arunachala Ramana. The hymns evoke various experiences in the listener or the reader, depending on the individual's circumstances.

 

The Advent of Sri Bhagavan, like that of every Master, was not so much to give us pleasure as to make us discover the pleasures of pain, for pain redeems and liberates. People run away from Masters if they find that life becomes too much for them in spite of the Master's presence. It is remarkable that devotees cling to Bhagavan and Arunachala even in extreme adversity. The more the grief, the more intense becomes their love and devotion for Bhagavan. There are devotees who even pray for adversities so that they may realize his unbounded grace and compassion for them.

 

TheFzve Hymns on Arunachala by Bhagavan offer perfect guidance and solace to the suffering mind. Each of the circumstances under which these hymns were composed is thrilling. When Bhagavan wrote Aksharamanamalai for the benefit of humanity, he walked around the hill composing the couplets with tears flowing from his eyes. It is reported that when he wrote the thirty-fourth verse (If thou fail to unite with me, my whole frame will melt into tears and I shall be destroyed), he wept and sobbed with his whole frame shaking. Aksharamanamalai surpasses in beauty and sweetness any other composition made in any language by any of the saints. It spans the whole gamut of human emotions and those transcending the human mind.

 

If we find, 'the world is too much with us', we may find solace in these hymns. When we are troubled by the complexities of our own mind, Bhagavan makes Arunachala readily available for us to cling to, to surrender to and to give ourselves unto him. Bhagavan had no need to compose these hymns, nor to go round the Hill and openly express his deep love for Arunachala. He did all this for the benefit of suffering souls. In Aksharamanamalai he implores Arunachala on our behalf to act as saviour, as otherwise we will be like tender vines that would wither away without his support. Such is his compassion for us.

 

Sages and saints have sung about Arunachala in glorious terms; but they have also sung about other deities, or at least about Siva in other shrines. As for Bhagavan, only Arunachala Siva existed. Bhagavan's reply to the Dikshitar from Chidambaram who invited him to have darshan of Nataraja is a case in point:

 

All the five elements come into existence only when Sakti seemingly forsakes her identity with Lord Siva, the Supreme Self. Since the five elements are only the creations of Sakti, She is superior to all of them. Therefore, more important than the place where the elements merge, is the place where Sakti herself merges. Because Sakti is dancing in Chidambaram, Lord Siva has to dance before her. But in Arunachala, Lord Siva remains ever motionless. Hence Sakti effortlessly merges in him through great love. (Arunachala Nava Mani Malai) After coming to Arunachala, Ramana never went beyond its limits. Though his mother and other relatives begged him weepingly to return, he held his own, conveying the message that nothing and no one could separate him from his Father who had given him spiritual refuge.

 

When Bhagavan lived in the caves on the Hill, he was very close to the birds and the beasts, the plants and the simple folk living there. Earnest seekers like Sivaprakasam Pillai and Gambhiram Se shier came and sat at his feet, while strife-torn souls found the peace they could not get elsewhere by just being near him.

 

Who am I? and Self-Enquiry contain Bhagavan's answers to questions put by Sivaprakasam Pillai and Gambhiram Seshier respectively. At the request of Gambhiram Seshier, Bhagavan translated Sankara's Vivekachudamani. Later he also translated Devikalottara, Sarvajnanottara, Sankara's Hymn to Dakshinamurthi, Guru Stuti and Hastamalaka Stotram.

 

This volume ends with the liberation of Bhagavan's mother, Azhagammal, and his coming down to live near her samadhi which later became Sri Ramanasramam.

 

Contents Volume I

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume I

ix

Tiruchuzhi and Its Glory

1

Ancestors and the Curse

4

Nativity

11

Childhood Days

22

A Schoolmate's Reminiscences

26

At Dindigul

27

Madurai

31

A Messenger from Arunachala

41

Peria Puranam

43

First Death Experience

52

On Death Experience

54

His Attitude Towards Life After the Experience

56

Incidents in Madurai After the Realization

60

Leaving Home

62

A Word in Parting

64

one to Sign It!

67

Journey in Quest of His Father

68

Arayaninallur and Kilur

71

At Tiruvannamalai

73

Home at Last!

86

In the Temple of Arunachala

91

Incidents in the Temple

97

At Gurumurtham

102

Traced at Last

112

Incidents in Tiruvannamalai

116

In the Wilderness

123

Gambhiram Seshier

134

Self Enquiry

137

Sivaprakasam Pillai and the Swami

152

Who Am I?

157

Condensed Version

159

Selections from Sivaprakasam Pillai's Composition

162

Reminiscenses of M. V. Sundaresa Iyer

165

Keerai Patti

176

Pachaiamman Koil

184

Again Virupakshi

187

Ganapathy Sastry and Bhagavan

194

Echammal (Lakshmi Ammal)

198

Mudaliar Patti

202

M.V. Ramaswami Iyer

203

Raghavachari

209

T.K. Sundaresa Iyer - Part I

212

Cooking in Virupakshi

214

With the Relatives

215

Again at Pachaiamman Koil

217

Again at Virupakshi

222

The Heart and the Brain

231

Vivekachudamani

233

Vivekachudamani

238

Bhagavan's Selections from the Vivekachudamani

268

Incidents on the Hill

269

Akhilandamma (Desuramma)

270

Masthan Swami

273

Seshadri Swami

275

Annoyances from "Sadhus"

284

Dakshinamurthy Stotram

298

Gurustuti

302

Hastamalaka Stotra

304

Bhagavan and Devotees

306

Animal Companions - I

308

Frank Humphreys

330

More Authentic Mahatmas

335

Iswara Swami

339

First Jayanti at Tiruvannamalai

341

Composition of Stray Verses

344

Devikalottara

351

Some Incidents

360

Ramanatha Brahmachari (Andavane)

361

Kapali Sastri

363

Talks with Ramana Maharshi

370

Jagadeesa Sastri

389

Genesis of the Song of Pappadam (Appalam)

390

Bhiksha by Ladies

393

In His Mother's Service

395

Vallimalai Tiruppugazh Swami

396

Kuzhumani Narayana Sastri

·398

Second Death Experience

399

Bhagavan and Mother Azhagammal

402

Arunachala Stuti Panchakam

404

The Glory of Sri Arunachala

408

A Marital Garland of Letters

410

The Marital Garland of Letters to the Eternal Being

416

Nine Verses on Arunachala

422

Ten Verses on Arunachala

424

Eight Stanzas on Arunachala

427

Five Stanzas to Arunachala

429

Sri Ramana Sthuthi Dasakam

433

Skandasramam

436

Origin of Skandasramam

436

Seshagiri Iyer (Ramana Dasa Sadananda) Contd.

441

T.K. Sundaresa Iyer- Part II

455

Jagadeesa Sastri (Contd.)

458

Arunachalavasi Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

459

Sri Ramana Gita

462

Summary of Raman a Gita

469

Ramana Chatvarimsat (Forty Verses on Ramana)

473

A Schoolmate's Reminiscences

479

Animal Companions - II

481

Early Days with Bhagavan

491

Desur Akilandamma (Desuramma) (Contd.)

496

Vilacheri Ranga Iyer's Reminiscences Part I

505

N.R. Krishna Murthy Iyer

517

Ramantha Brahmachari

520

Kunju Swami Reminiscences - Part I

521

Recollections of Devaraja Mudaliar

544

A Conversation

546

Natananda (alias) Natesa Mudaliar

547

Spiritual Instructions

553

Venkateswara Sarma and Smt. Sala

566

At the Feet of Bhagavan Ramana

568

The Fortunate Boy

571

Liberation of Mother Azhagammal

573

How Bhagavan Came to Stay

 

Permanently Near Mother's Samadhi

585

Appendix-I

589

Appendix - II

614

Appendix - III

622

Appendix - IV

624

 

Contents Volume II

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume II

ix

Early Days at Ramanasramam

1

Ramaswami Pillai

3

.R. Krishnamurthi Iyer

5

Kunju Swami

7

The Significance of Mahapuja

9

How I Came to the Maharshi

13

Swamy Chidbhavananda

16

Recollections of Devaraja Mudaliar (Continued from Vol. I)

19

Again with Viswanatha Swami

22

Kunju Swami Reminiscences Part- II

29

Conversations with Kunju Swami

39

Reminiscences

43

TK. Sundaresa Iyer's Reminiscences - Part II

44

A Robbery at the Asramam

47

Desur Akhilandamma

55

N.R. Krishnamurthi Iyer's Reminiscences - Part II

61

Giripradakshina with Bhagavan

76

Muruganar

80

Composition ofUlladu arpadu (Reality in Forty Verses)

109

Ulladu Narpadu

111

Composition of Upadesa Undhiar

116

Composition ofAtma Vidya

122

Ramana Sannidhi Murai

124

An Introduction to Ramana Sannidhi Murai

125

Ramana Puranam

128

Siva Puranam

131

Ramana Puranam

132

Viswanatha Swami's Reminiscences - I

180

How I Came to the Maharshi

186

T.K. Sundaresa Iyer's Reminiscences - Part III

197

Krishna Bhikshu (Voruganti Venkata Krishnayya)

213

Lakshmiammal

236

Reminiscences of M.G. Shanmukam

238

Scenes from Ramana's Life

239

A Devotee's Observation of the Maharshi

240

Tears of Ecstasy

250

Annamalai Swami

253

Kunju Swami's Reminiscences

257

Reminiscences of Parameswara Iyer

260

Animal Companions

262

Jatini Sundarambal

274

Kunju Swami's Reminiscences Part- III

275

Jadaswami's Samadhi

278

Solicitude for the Devotees

279

Bhagavan's Teaching and My Spiritual Life

284

Veerappa Chettiar's Service

286

Laya Samadhi

287

Real Samadhi

288

God Waiting for Naivedya

289

Above Orthodoxy and Unorthodoxy - I

289

G. Lakshmi Narasimham (G.L.N.)

291

Bhagavan in the Kitchen

295

Bhagavan's Kitchen Devotees

296

Sama Drishti

342

M.S. Nagarajan

343

Some Incidents

345

A Day at the Asramam

347

The Ribhu Gita

359

Daily Parayana at the Asramam

368

Meditation at the Asramam

369

Yogi Ramiah

382

Ramanatha Iyer

388

arasimhaswami

389

A Haven Called Palakothu

392

Rangaswami Gounder ('Sofa' Gounder)

394

Asramam Book Stall etc.

395

Ramana Ashtottara Satanamastotra

398

Paul Brunton (Raphael Hurst)

401

From Early Days

486

A Spiritual Torch

491

Dedication of A Message from Arunachala

494

A Message from Arunachala

496

Reminiscences of M.G. Shanmukam

506

Appendix I

509

Appendix II

531

 

Contents Volume III

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume III

ix

Atma Sakshatkara

1

K.K. Nambiar's Reminiscences - Part I

6

How Bhagavan Came to Me

22

A Day with Bhagavan

28

Ramana as I Know Him

34

Balarama Reddiar's Reminiscences - Part I

35

G.Y. Subbramayya's Reminiscences

41

Shankarlal Banker and the Maharshi

44

What I Saw in the Maharshi

49

N. Nataraja Iyer (N.N. Rajan)

52

Swami Ramanananda Swarnagiri

63

How I Came to Maharshi

I:J7

Major Alan Wentworth Chadwick (Sadhu Arunachala)

99

Sulman Samuel Cohen (S.S. Cohen)

120

Aurobindo and Ramana Maharshi

145

Swami Ramanananda Saraswati (Munagala Venkataramiah)

152

Incidents, Connected with the Life of Bhagavan

157

Talks with Ramana Maharshi

159

Way of the Spirit

166

My Visit to Maharshi

176

Duncan Greenlees

191

M.C. Ekanatha Rao

204

Swami Paramahansa Yogananda

228

Baron Von Veltheim - Ostran

234

Balarama Reddiar's Reminiscences

240

G.V. Subbaramayya's Reminiscemses

248

S.S. Cohen

253

My visit to Ramanasramam

256

Birth Place

256

Bhagavan's Grace

257

How I came to the Maharshi

259

Talks (Contd.)

264

From Cohen's Talks

274

From Cohen's Talks

292

Talks (Contd.)

293

From Cohen's Talks

296

From Cohen's Talks

306

Talks (Contd.)

309

The Hill Of Fire

337

G. V. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

351

Talks (Contd.)

359

From Cohen's Talks

387

Talks (Contd.)

388

Talks (Contd.)

400

From Cohen's Talks

412

Talks (Contd.)

413

In the Tiger's Jaws

418

How I came to The Maharshi

425

Maurice Frydman

430

How I came to Bhagavan

432

Reminiscences of T.K. Sunderesa Iyer - Part III

435

Vilacheri Ranga I yer's Reminiscences - Part II

441

What Ramana Means to Me

455

How I Came to the Maharshi

457

Years of Grace

465

The Bhagavan I Know

466

Reminiscences

469

Sri Ramana Maharshi

496

Shuddanda Bharati

499

G.V. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

503

Some Incidents

509

Talks (Contd.)

511

From Cohen's Diary

535

Turn Eastwards

545

Major Chadwick's Account

586

Somerset Maugham and "The Razor's Edge"

589

Talks (Contd.)

598

Here Lies the Heart

614

Talks (Contd.)

631

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

664

Balarama Reddiar's Reminiscences

687

On Maharshi's Will

708

The Sannidhi of Sri Bhagavan

711

Sri Ramana Bestows His Grace

714

How I came to Bhagavan

726

His Grace

728

Krishna Ganapatigal and Vedapatasala

730

Seshadri Sastrigal

731

M.R.Rama Sastrigal

733

Pichai Ammal

733

Natesan

733

Inmates of the Asramarn at Various Periods

734

Buildings in the Asramam

735

Account ofVairava Achari (Sculptor)

736

T. . Venkataraman (Swami Ramanananda)

738

Rajapalayam Ramani Ammal

740

Impressions and Reminiscences

746

Swami Madhavananda

749

My visit to Bhagavan

750

A Long Life with the Maharshi

755

K. Chandrasekharan

761

Appendix - I

765

Appendix - II

768

 

Contents Volume IV

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume IV

ix

Dr. V. Srinivasa Rao

1

Reminiscences of R. Narayana Iyer

3

Prof. K. Swaminathan

7

S.S. Cohen

22

D.S. Sastri

24

Arnmani Ammal

42

Tapas Swamy

44

Pranavananda

46

Bhagavan the Way

49

The Bhagavad Gita Sara (The Song Celestial)

59

Subbaramayya's Reminiscences (Contd.)

63

Reminiscences of Dr. Ananthanarayana Rao (Contd.)

94

Peace that Passeth all Understanding

98

Madhavi Ammal

104

Major Chadwick's Reminiscences

106

Subbaramayya's Reminiscences (Contd.)

132

Memorable Days with the Sage of Arunachala

136

S.S. Cohen

140

Our Life in Tiruvannamalai

145

Arthur Osborne

162

How I Came to the Maharshi and My Experiences

172

Reminiscences of Catherine Osborne (Kitty)

233

Ramana Reminiscences

240

Coming into the Ramana's Fold

270

Devaraja Mudaliar's Reminiscences (Contd.)

274

 

Contents Volume V

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume V

ix

Reminiscences of Devotees

1

Other Devotees of Bhagavan

2

S.S. Cohen

6

The Grace that Brooks No Barriers

10

The Hill of Fire

12

Devaraja Mudaliar's Reminiscences

17

Bhagavan's Replies to Questions

60

Suri Nagamma

64

My Pilgrimage to Ramanasramam

114

Suri Nagamma's Reminiscences

123

Reminiscences

142

From the Diary of S.S. Cohen

145

G.V. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

146

Devaraja Mudaliar - Day by Day with Bhagavan

152

Suri Nagamma's Account

158

Day by Day with Bhagavan

160

From Cohen's Diary

178

Day by Day with Bhagavan

179

Suri Nagamma - Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

187

Day by Day with Bhagavan

195

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

198

Day by Day with Bhagavan

200

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

202

Day by Day with Bhagavan

203

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

205

G.Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

208

Day by Day with Bhagavan

210

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

210

Day by Day with Bhagavan

212

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

220

Day by Day with Bhagavan

221

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

233

Day by Day with Bhagavan

236

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

237

Day by Day with Bhagavan

237

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

238

Day by Day with Bhagavan

239

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

241

Day by Day with Bhagavan

242

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

244

Day by Day with Bhagavan

246

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

248

Day by Day with Bhagavan

249

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

254

Day by Day with Bhagavan

256

G.Y. Subbaramayya

259

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

260

Day by Day with Bhagavan

262

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

263

Day by Day with Bhagavan

264

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

267

Day by Day with Bhagavan

269

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

270

Day by Day with Bhagavan

271

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

272

Day by Day with Bhagavan

274

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

274

Day by Day with Bhagavan

276

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

282

Day by Day with Bhagavan

283

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

285

Day by Day with Bhagavan

286

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

290

Day by Day with Bhagavan

291

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

292

Day by Day with Bhagavan

293

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

301

Day by Day with Bhagavan

301

G.V Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

306

Day by Day with Bhagavan

307

A Note on Ramaswamy lyengar

312

Day by Day with Bhagavan

314

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

317

Day by Day with Bhagavan

318

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

323

Day by Day with Bhagavan

324

Scientist Turned Vedantin

344

Day by Day with Bhagavan

346

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

352

Day by Day with Bhagavan

352

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

359

Day by Day with Bhagavan

361

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

364

Day by Day with Bhagavan

365

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

366

Day by Day with Bhagavan

366

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

372

Day by Day with Bhagavan

373

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

375

Day by Day with Bhagavan

376

Pantulu Lakshmi Narayana Sastri

379

From Nagamma's Letter about His Visit

383

Day by Day with Bhagavan

384

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

389

G. Y. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

390

Day by Day with Bhagavan

392

G.Y. Subbramayya's Reminiscences

395

Day by Day with Bhagavan

397

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

399

Day by Day with Bhagavan

401

Hari Chand Khanna

404

Day by Day with Bhagavan

410

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

413

Day by Day with Bhagavan

414

G. V. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

415

Day by Day with Bhagavan

416

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

416

Day by Day with Bhagavan

417

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

432

Day by Day with Bhagavan

433

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

435

G.v. Subbaramayya's Reminiscences

437

Day by Day with Bhagavan

438

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

444

Day by Day with Bhagavan

445

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

446

Day by Day with Bhagavan

447

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

453

Day by Day with Bhagavan

454

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

457

Day by Day with Bhagavan

460

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

462

Day by Day with Bhagavan

463

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

464

Day by Day with Bhagavan

466

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

466

Day by Day with Bhagavan

467

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

469

Dr. Robert Fuchsberger

471

Day by Day with Bhagavan

476

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

476

Day by Day with Bhagavan

481

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam

482

Appendix I

493

Appendix II

497

 

Contents Volume VI

 

Publisher's Note

iii

Introduction

v

Introduction to Volume VI

ix

Reminiscences of Devotees

1

Kanakammal

1

Suri Nagamma

47

Golden Jubilee Celebrations

57

Long Live Ramanar's Padam

75

Sadhu Ekarasa (Dr. G.H. Mees) - A Great Devotee

76

The Golden Jubilee Souvenir

79

G.V Subbaramayya's Reminiscences