Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Is there any difference between this Ramana and that Ramana?

On one occasion, probably in 1939, Sri P.M.N. Swamy, a staunch devotee of Bhagavan and secretary of Sri Ramana Satchidananda Mandali, Matunga, went to the Ashram at Tiruvannamalai to have darshan of Bhagavan and stayed for the day there with his wife and nine month old child, Ramanan.

They had their breakfast in the common dining hall in the morning. After finishing they went to wash their hands at the tap outside, leaving the child in the hall. By this time Ramanan crawled away somewhere and could not be seen. The perturbed father called out to the child as `Ramana, Ramana'.

Bhagavan, who was then passing on his way to the meditation hall immediately responded to the call and the child also was found near the well in the Ashram compound. The response from Bhagavan naturally created a little puzzle in Sri P.M.N. Swamy's mind because he thought that the call `Ramana, Ramana' intended for his child might have been wrongly interpreted by Bhagavan.

Bhagavan was quick to read Sri Swamy's mind and told him, "Why do you feel puzzled when I responded to the call? Is there any difference between this Ramana (meaning himself ) and that Ramana (meaning the child)?"

~ The Silent Power


Prasad Venkatraman said...

The PMN Swamy in this post is my grandfather, and Ramana is my father. Father passed away on the 8th of May 2008. I received a copy of this post in your blog on the morning of 9th May 2008. thank you for the blog.

ramanamayi said...

Dear Prasad Venkatraman,

How mysterious yet dependable are His ways of easing our sorrows with His boundless compassion which draws us ever closer to Him.

I am so happy to learn He has been with your family for four generations.

with love to you and all your family,