Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi – T.S. Anantha Murthy

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T.S. Anantha Murthy, a judge from Bangalore, visited Sri Ramana in 1937. He later published Life and Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi (1972).

My wife and I entered the hall and felt awe as we stood and looked at the great sage. For about thirty minutes four Brahmins continued to recite verses from Taittiriya Upanishad. The Maharshi seemed to be listening to the recitation of the sacred verses. His mind was, as we could easily realize, absorbed within. I was astonished to see the sage keeping his eyes wide open without blinking for such a long period of time. I also felt that Sri Ramana who sat in front of me in such an engrossed manner, was Brahman in human form and spiritual illumination was enshrined in him. He was not only august to look at but also an inspiring figure.

That evening after the meal was over, the Maharshi picked up his stick and slowly walked into the hall. As I was eager to talk to him, I went behind. He sat down on the sofa. A petromax lamp was illuminating the hall. There was no other devotee. This was the opportunity I was longing for, which by his grace became available without any effort on my part. There was no need to draw his attention. The merciful sage lifted up his face and smiled slightly. He did not utter even one word, nor made any gesture. However, his gentle smile gave me sufficient courage to address him.

With folded hands, I said, “Sir, I do not know Tamil. Please permit me to talk in English. I have not been in good health for some months.

Dyspeptic troubles are the cause of my suffering. Doctors have failed to cure me. My eyes are always burning and I feel giddy now and then. I have come here to obtain your blessings.” Sri Ramana heard these words patiently, lifted up his serene face and said, “All your troubles will disappear of their own accord.”

These were the nine English words uttered by him in his mellow voice. I was filled with delight and gratitude on hearing the blessing so readily bestowed upon me by the great sage. I felt transformed. I prostrated to him and left the hall with my heart filled with joy and relief, and returned to the guest room. It was a memorable occasion indeed. My long cherished desire to obtain darshan of Sri Ramana had been fulfilled. In addition, within a few hours after I had set foot in Ramanasramam all my bodily troubles ceased to torment me as a result of the great blessing so readily bestowed upon me by the merciful saint.

During my ten days’ stay, one day when practising meditation in the hall, I could not concentrate the mind in spite of my best efforts. Desirous to know the way to surmount the difficulty, I approached the sage and said in English, “Bhagavan, my mind is not steady today. What is to be done?” The great sage raised his head and recited verses 5 & 26 from chapter VI of the Gita.1 After quoting the verses, the sage, in his infinite mercy, said in English, “These two verses contain the needed instructions. All efforts must be made to become effortless.” He then closed his eyes.

1. These, in brief, state that one should raise oneself by one’s own efforts and that we are our own friend and our own enemy. From whatever cause the unsteady and restless mind wanders, it should be brought to control in the Self.

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