Day By Day With Bhagavan 13-2-46

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13-2-46 Morning

After parayana, Bhagavan was talking to a bearded gentleman past middle age and yet looking sturdy and strong. I went and sat by the side of the visitor. Bhagavan told me, “This is Gajanan, alias Devarata, the answers to whose questions have been recorded in Chapter III of Ramana Gita. He was with us at Skandasramam in 1917.” I thereupon said, “I know. The same who was in Nepal and whose photo and letter arrived immediately after Bhagavan was making enquiries about him once.” For the benefit of those who might not know the incident, Bhagavan said, “Some years ago, when Naina’s son Mahadevan came here, I was enquiring about this Gajanan. We had not heard from him for about ten years. So I was making enquiries. When we were talking, the post arrived and with it a parcel of books. I perused the letters first and laid aside the parcel. When we were talking about this

G., the parcel was by my side. After talking to Mahadevan, I opened the parcel and found G’s letter and photo and books, and in the letter he had written that, though he was in Nepal, yet he was always at my feet. It looked as if, in answer to my question to Mahadevan as to where G. was, G. was saying, ‘Here I am (i.e., in the picture) at your very feet’.”

The Cocanada party requested Bhagavan to give them hastha diksha, or to permit them to touch his feet. Bhagavan only replied as usual, ‘Touch with your mind’.

At breakfast, Bhagavan enquired where G. was staying and what he was going to take. It was reported G. had gone for his bath. Bhagavan then said, “He would eat anything. If you give him a quantity of tender margosa leaves and a chembu of cow’s urine, he would breakfast on them. He had lived on things like that.”

About 10-30 a.m. S. G. was in the hall showing a picture of a Pasupati image in Nepal and explaining its esoteric significance. A Swami in orange robes, called Jagadiswarananda, from Ujjain arrived this morning and a little after, the letter announcing his coming here, reached Bhagavan. The person was here before the letter.

In the night again G. was telling Bhagavan about Nepal. He said, among other things, “There are three important shrines in Nepal, all very sacred. The King is a very religious man and it is the custom and tradition there for the King not to do anything or go anywhere without first going and taking permission from the gods in these temples. In that State, cow-killing used to be punished with death sentence. Now the sentence is transportation for life. If a bull is beaten and blood appears, the offender will be punished with imprisonment for three months or so. The State has its own coins.” Here G. showed some coins to Bhagavan. Mr. Balaram said, “He does bhajan with great spirit and enthusiasm. We should have it one day here.” G. said, “Oh, yes. I can do even now. No fear, no shyness. So I can sing away. Can we get some tinkling beads («j®g) for my ankles, and some accompaniment?” Bhagavan also said, “He must have some sruti like harmonium, some accompaniment like mridangam or ganjira and some cymbals (jmrn)” Then the talk drifted to Bhagavan and his party going round the hill in those days. Balaram asked if G. used to do these bhajans while resting on the way or during walking. Bhagavan replied, “Oh, he would do his bhajan while walking. He would jump from one side of the road to another. He was so full of life and enthusiasm.” G. said, “I was much younger then. But I can do it even now.” Discussing where and when we should arrange for such a bhajan by G. we found out that he would require a big space himself for moving about singing and that it would be better to arrange it in the dining hall.

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