Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi – Padma Sitapati

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Padma Sitapati was daughter of Janaki Matha of Tanjore, a well-known mystic and a great devotee of Sri Ramana.

My mother had instilled deep love and reverence for Bhagavan in me. I had visited Bhagavan innumerable times since my childhood days.

My three-year-old son Janakiramana developed high fever and lost his eyesight. It was a tragedy we could not bear. My mother came to my house and said, “Don’t be afraid. The God of gods and protector of our family, Sri Ramana, will restore the eyesight.” These soothing words did not sink in. Yet out of regard for my mother, I wrote a letter to Bhagavan explaining my predicament and seeking his intervention. A reply came: “By the Grace of Sri Bhagavan child Janakiramana’s eyesight will be fully restored.

My father Dr. Ganapati Iyer was with us treating my son. As the months rolled by our faith, except that of my mother, faltered in the face of the stark reality. We began to question her ‘blind faith’.

It was the day of Karthikai Deepam.1 My mother performed an elaborate pooja. As she came out of the pooja room she said, “Padma, Sri Ramana, our Sri Ramana has restored your son’s eyesight. Take him to Siva’s temple this evening.” Half-heartedly we went to the temple. To our amazement and abundant joy my son prattled, “Amma! I see Bhagavan before my eyes. I can see.” Tears of joy streamed down my cheeks.

My mother ordered us to go to Ramanasramam to express our gratitude to Bhagavan. Bhagavan was seated on the sofa when we entered the hall. He listened to the whole story as if he had no part at all in restoring the eyesight. This was Bhagavan’s way; he would never take credit for his miracles.

In the evening, I again went into the hall and sat near Bhagavan. As it became dark my son said, “Amma, I can see only Bhagavan’s body, not his face.” Bhagavan heard this and questioned me. I had to tell him that even though my son could now see clearly during the day, he still suffered partial night blindness. Bhagavan looked at my son and told him, “Ramana, look at me properly. You can see Bhagavan’s head.” By saying this, he completed the miracle wrought by him. My son could see Bhagavan fully, clearly and normally. His night blindness too got cured.

1. Refer annexure-II, p. 411.