M.V. Krishnan was son of Munagala S. Venkataramiah, a famous devotee, who compiled the well-known volume Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi.
On August 29, 1896, Venkataraman (later Sri Ramana) left Madurai for Tiruvannamalai. One week later, my father went home from Madurai to Sholavandan and told my grandmother that a Brahmin boy who was studying in Madurai at an adjoining school had run away from home. At that time he little realised that he was to meet this runaway boy and become his disciple, live in his close proximity from 1933 to 1950, and be the compiler of the classic Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi.
In 1930, Dr. T.N. Krishnaswami [No.99] wanted to visit the Ashram and be with Bhagavan during the weekend. On the roadside he saw a woman selling the vegetable kovai kai and bought the lot (1^ kg.) for a few annas1. When Bhagavan saw the contents he said that if kovai kai were cooked with brinjals it would be tasty. The next morning a devotee arriving from Madras brought brinjals! The curry was cooked in the morning and all of us relished it.
In 1937, an elderly American came along with a group to visit Bhagavan. The trend of the discussion was that the five senses were to be kept under check. Since the old American was deaf he could not follow the discussions. Bhagavan remarked that the American needed to control only four senses as the fifth (hearing) was already under check. Someone in the Hall explained this to the American and he beamed with joy.
I went to Delhi in December 1940 in search of a job, but did not succeed till February 1941. My letter that I have to return, as no job was available, was shown to Bhagavan who went through it and said, “Let him stay on in Delhi.” In March I got a job. From then on I prospered very well.
In the beginning, there was only a thatched roof over the Mother’s samadhi. Devotees decided to build a hall, and bricks were carried to the site by the devotees. Bhagavan also wanted to work but the devotees would not permit him. One moonlit night, when all were asleep, a devotee woke up and saw Bhagavan bringing bricks to the site from the kiln opposite the Ashram.
1. One anna was one-sixteenth of one rupee.