Swami Lakshman Joo Raina, who passed away in 1991, is recognized as the last living pre-eminent exponent of Kashmir Saivism.
When I was in the twenties, some one told me of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. Then and there I left Kashmir and proceeded to Tiruvannamalai. As I entered the Hall, I saw Bhagavan seated on a sofa with his legs stretched. I was thrilled with joy. Bhagavan asked me to sit in front of himself. I sat and gazed at his Feet and entered the blissful state of samadhi. Those golden days were indeed divine.
One day, I was overjoyed by the nearness of Bhagavan and composed a few slokas as my offering to him. These in effect stated: “There are four types of body: the gross (sthula), the subtle (sukshma), the causal (karana) and the void (sunya). Transcending these (four types) is the great Hill Arunachala, which is praised as the form of the all-knowing Supreme. We worship Sri Ramana, who blissfully abides in
His own true nature (swarupa), which is named Arunachala, the foremost among the foremost of Hills. I take refuge at the feet of the great personage Ramana who had realized his identity with the Lord. I utter the name of the accomplished yogi Ramana, ceaselessly. I always contemplate on Maharshi Ramana, the realized soul. I offer my salutations to the celestial being Maharshi Ramana, whole-heartedly.” When these slokas were placed before Bhagavan, he was so pleased that he explained them to the devotees who were seated in the Hall.
I used to go on Arunachala Hill with Bhagavan, where he used to sit on a rock and I would be seated at his Feet. Once a devotee took out a camera to take a picture of Bhagavan. At that time Bhagavan addressed me, “Lakshmanjoo! Lakshmanjoo! Sit here by my side. This man is going to take a picture of us.” I cannot express how Divine were those days of my stay near Bhagavan and how kind he was to me.
I have received a copy of The Mountain Path (April 1983), where the photograph shows me seated near Bhagavan. Eleanor Pauline Noye [No. 11] is also seen in the group-picture. She shed tears of joy when Bhagavan asked me to sit near him. Those were golden days for me when I was near Bhagavan, my Divine Lord!