Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi – Gunturu Lakshmikantam

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Gunturu Lakshmikantam was biographer of an outstanding devotee of Sri Ramana – Ganapati Muni (no.91).

My guru, Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni used to always din into my ears the glory of Bhagavan Ramana. He would say, “I am just an atom. Bhagavan is the incomparable Meru.” [The legendary mountain.] He had assured me that he would take me to Sri Ramana personally and make me learn the hridaya vidya from him. I was eagerly looking forward to it. Then the bolt from the blue came. My guru attained nirvana in 1936. Everything was dark for me. I also lost hope of learning the truth from Bhagavan directly.

In June 1937, I went to Arunachala for darshan of Bhagavan. He was seated on a sofa. He was incomparable. His lustre would put to shame a thousand suns. He did not see us. There was no sign of his having noticed me. I felt discouraged. During the day, I was moving about in the Ashram. I crossed his path several times in order to catch his attention, but it was of no avail.

In the evening, Bhagavan was seated again on the sofa. All of a sudden he called Narasimham who was copying Uma Sahasram of Ganapati Muni in a notebook and asked, “Have you understood the meaning of the verses?” Narasimham replied, “I get their general drift but not their true import.” Bhagavan said, “How come you do not understand? You are a scholar yourself “and he then said:

“The light of the Self travels from the heart to the mind and from there to various parts of the body. The discriminating one must, through incessant effort, turn the light Backto the heart wherefrom it has arisen. Then one experiences the bliss ofthe Self. Though the heart is all pervasive, since the individual identifies himself with the body, a physical location, the right side, is indicated.” While uttering the last words Bhagavan looked straight at my heart.

How can I describe the wonder of the experience which followed? I was simply bathed in joy, the kind of which I had never known before. He blessed me with the experience for which even the greatest devas [gods] are waiting with eager longing. It was almost as if he was saying, “You have got what Ganapati Muni had promised and that for which you have been so eager. Now it is up to you to make it your own by steadfast practice.”

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