C.V. Subramania Iyer, a regular visitor to the Ashram, was Assistant Director, Public Health, Madras.
Once four ladies came to the Ashram and sat in the hall in front of Bhagavan. One of them, an American lady, asked Bhagavan, “Can we have your grace for our spiritual development?” Bhagavan replied, “If you had not the grace you would not have thought of coming here.”
Then the lady said, “Bhagavan, I am going Backto America; will you come there?” Bhagavan with a smile on His face and in a tone expressing certainty replied, “I am already there. I am above time and space.”
To an earnest enquirer Bhagavan would always say, “You are already That, only the veil of ignorance has to be removed.” Swami Vivekananda used to tell his followers: Don’t believe the self-possessed teacher who says, ‘I see, but you cannot see.’ Bhagavan never observed any secrecy with regard to His teachings.
His attitude was plain and always encouraging. He would say, “You are already Real, you are not going to realize anything new. Your effort must be directed towards removing the veil of ignorance by enquiry.“
Lord Arunachala chose Ramana as the suitable field or fitting vehicle through which He could manifest Himself. Lord Krishna says in the Gita (IV.7): “Whenever there is decay of righteousness, O Bharata, and there is uprise of unrighteousness, I myself come forth.” Even so Lord Arunachala chose to manifest himself as Ramana. Accordingly, without any effort on His own part and purely through divine will Ramana had the unique experience whereby He understood clearly that the body is separate from the undying Self.
In all His subsequent activities Sri Ramana was merely an instrument in the hands of an unseen power. Like an automaton, He left a note before leaving home to His brother wherein He referred to the call from His Father. He came to Tiruvannamalai and surrendered Himself completely to Lord Arunachala. He lost His separate individuality and realized that He was the one Self. When Bhagavan was once asked by a devotee why He regarded Arunachala as His Father, He gave no reply but just smiled.
It is a mistake to suppose that Sri Ramana performed severe austerities. To all appearances He was doing hard tapas. But He had already reached the goal without any effort on His part, for Arunachala had given Him His own seat.There was no need for Him to perform tapas. He sat silently without any effort on the Aruna Hill communicating by silence the Divine Call to the people of the world.