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PGopal: Ramana Maharshi

To: alt.magick.tyagi,talk.religion.misc,talk.religion.newage,alt.religion.hinduism,alt.yoga
From: tyagi@houseofkaos.abyss.com (nagasiva)
Subject: PGopal: Ramana Maharshi
Date: 16 Jan 1996 12:05:08 -0800

[from soc.religion.hindu: pggopal@computer.net]

rkubarych@aol.com (RKubarych) wrote:
>    I have heard of this great Indian Saint and I am interested in
>practicing self inquiry as he expounded.  He seems to be the most genuine
>seer of our era.  I have read a book on the subject by Sri Sadhu Om
>entitled "The Path of Sri Ramana."  It is  a good book but as of yet I
>have not been very successful in self enquiry.  It seems that when I sit I
>am bombarded with fleeting thoughts and that I am only repeating to myself
>who am I? and coming up with an intelectual response.  If anyone could
>offer some insights as to what this question really means I would be
>grateful.
>    Sincerely,
>    Robert Kubarych
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Between the ages of 5 and about 8 I was fortunate to visit Tiruvannamalai
several times and have Darshans of Sri Ramana. I remember seeing him for 
the first time and being somewhat embarassed of his nakedness- just a 
loin cloth. He just sat and looked at devotees who trooped in did their 
namaskar and sat down. When they left they did their namaskar and left. I 
did not understand the reason for all this. However, as I kept coming 
with my parents, I came to love the naked man. He had a serenity and a 
loving smile that gave me a joy that I could not explain. Towards the 
end, he was apparently suffering from the cancer that was ravaging him, 
but I stll perceived his love for all around him. I remember as he was 
lying in bed a devotee was about to leave he asked whether the devotee 
had eaten and asked that prasadams be given to him. This is just a few 
days after an operation that was to be his last.
     I was too young to understand the philosophy of the man, but not
too young to bask in the warmth of the man's love for all that was around 
him. I have never forgotten him.
     This probably does not help in understanding Ramana, but I thought I 
will share my experiences in this forum. I remember his devotees, Maj. 
Chadwick who was later called Sadhu Arunachala, Paul Brunton ,Arthur 
Osborn and Mrs Talayarkhan. They have left behind their interpretations 
that might help. Their was another saint with him, his name was Murugunar 
who wrote beautiful Tamil poetry on Ramana's philosophy.

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