Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi – Vaikuntavasar

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Vaikuntavasar worked up his way to be Sri Ramana’s attendant in 1940. Later he also was a member of the Board of Trustees of Sri Ramanasramam.

Before becoming an attendant, I had talked to Him only once, soon after my arrival. After that there was no need for me to think of anything else. Bhagavan was God for me. Everything I did for Him was done with care and dedication. I used to devote considerable time to wash the only two pieces of cloth Bhagavan had (loin cloth and a small towel), as I wanted them to be spotlessly clean. Massaging His feet was another duty I welcomed. Bhagavan’s rheumatism gave me an opportunity to massage His feet and legs.

On great occasions like jayanti, Bhagavan would ask me, “Have you attended to the ‘boys’ (monkeys)?” I used to take plenty of food and spread it on the rocks. After they finished eating, the monkeys would keep quiet, lying down content, and Bhagavan would remark, “Look, how good they all have become and do not do any mischief now.”

Once there was a snake below my pillow. When I reported it to Bhagavan, He laughingly remarked, “Oh, it is quite all right. What else can make a better bed for you?” Such was His sense of humour. [Vaikuntavasar is one of the names of Vishnu, whose bed is Adisesha.] Once, about nine at night, Bhagavan walked towards the Hill. I went along with Him. Bhagavan had gone a bit further to ease Himself. Then I heard the sound of wooden sandals moving nearer and nearer and passing on. There was no one to be seen. I was awe struck. I had heard from Bhagavan about the siddhas living on Arunachala. I began to sweat. When Bhagavan came near me, He looked at me and said, “So, you too have heard it.”

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