Bhagavan Ramana’s All Knowing State
Kunju Swami was very young when he first came to Bhagavan. At times Kunju Swami and a friend, for fun, would see how many times they could run from Skandashram to Virupaksha Cave and back. Chinnaswami would object: “This boy is so irresponsible! It is his duty to bring us food from the town – what if he falls and breaks a leg!” Bhagavan would tenderly say, “It is not he who is doing it… It’s his age that is doing it!” In speaking of a misdeed, the strongest word Bhagavan would use was “mischief”.
Kunju Swami described Bhagavan’s state of mind as all-knowing, yet without an element of personal will; that is, he did not “read” minds nor would he give any indication or display of this ability. It was simply his natural state. The thoughts and past deeds of all were immediately apparent to him. About this facet Bhagavan once commented, “It is true I know the innermost thoughts of you all, but if I brought them all to light would any of you stay here?” Kunju Swami narrated this with a laugh.
Bhagavan’s complete and total disregard for siddhis set him apart from virtually all other saints, Kunju Swami noted. It seems on one occasion Bhagavan said he had experienced his body dissolving into the five elements, yet called it back. “There has never been a saint so unique as Bhagavan, who remained so human, so simple and so ordinary to all appearances,” Kunju Swami exclaimed in ecstasy, “and I don’t think there could ever be another one like him again!”
Evelyn Kaselow Saphier