Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi – Suddhananda Bharati

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Suddhananda Bharati was a patriot who worked in the field of Tamil literature, journalism and social reconstruction, during the 1920s and 30s. His Ramana Vijayam (1931) is Sri Ramana’s first biography in Tamil. His Arul Aruvi (Torrents of Grace) contains songs dedicated to Sri Ramana.

My last political speech was delivered in Tuticorin under the presidency of the heroic Chidambaram Pillai. As I was addressing the mammoth meeting in the Vattakinar Maidan, tears flowed from my eyes. My subject was politics and I was speaking religion: “The spiritual India is already free. The material India shall be free through spiritual force. Start mass prayers and meditations. Purify and electrify your souls by yoga. Send out waves of good and great thoughts. Send out the message of the Upanishads. The waves shall transform the thoughts of humanity. The Silent Force of a Silent Sage is working behind the destiny of India.

I felt this and had a vision of this clearly. I came down the platform and closed myself in meditation for a day. The vision was confirmed. The need of the hour, I wrote to Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni [No. 91] was “Yoga and silent development of power.”

By then I had the darshan of Maharshi Ramana. I hurried to him finishing my political sojourn. I reached Sri Ramanasramam and entered the small room adjoining the Mother’s shrine. Ganapati Muni stood up exclaiming, “Welcome, Welcome.” Ramana’s gentle voice said, “Let Bharati come in.” I saw no human form. I felt dazed. Effulgence enveloped me. My mind disappeared into silence. I sat down, closed my eyes and entered the inner cave of my heart. An hour passed like five minutes. I came Backto myself, opened my eyes and saw Ramana’s lotus eyes riveted on mine. He appeared like a linga spreading rays of burnished gold. After all these years of sadhana, here I experienced a delightful inner reality which was beyond words and thought. I caught hold of the Master’s feet and shed tears of delight singing with Saint Manickavachakar1, who sang: “Today Thou hast risen in my heart like the Sun destroying darkness.” The Muni congratulated me saying, “Like myself, you have found the right guru in the right place!

B. V. Narasimha Swami writes in his book Self Realization:

Contact with the Maharshi made Bharati feel more introverted; his egotism sank so low that he began to refer to himself in the third person. In this way he spent six months (in 1929) at Tiruvannamalai. Later he wrote a brilliant piece of poetic prose Ramana Vijayam, every line of which breathes intense devotion to the Maharshi.

1. A great Tamil poet of 9th century.

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