Sakthi Vikatan- 09 Aug, 2011  Edited Nov 16, 2017



The handicapped monkey raised by Bhagavan came to the Āśramam with its troop. They were waiting for some time for Bhagavan. Because Bhagavan did not show up, they became angry, shook the tree limbs, screeched and broke the small branches. Bhagavan noticed the mess caused by the monkeys under the tree: the broken tree limbs and leaves. Next day the monkeys came. The lame monkey became the head of the troop. Coronation of the head of the troop must be done. The troop’s desire was that celebration should be conducted before Bhagavan. Bhagavan asked his devotee to feed the Lame Monkey.

The lame monkey directed and took the food server to three monkeys sitting far away. They were his queens. He sat with them and ate his food. The royal monkeys ate the Prasādam. The lame monkey had children with the three queens. The children ate food served by Bhagavan.  There was another troop. The head monkey’s name was Mottaippaiyaṉ (Bald Head). The strong monkeys treated him with disrespect. Mottaippaiyaṉ screeched in fear, disappeared suddenly and stayed alone for a few days. Mottaippaiyaṉ abandoned his aloofness and chased the strong monkeys and showed its strength. The solitary Tapas gave it strength and he became the king of the troop. The strong monkeys became the slaves. Solitariness has power (Sakthi). Bhagavan used to point out to this simian incident (as an example of solitary meditation).

Snakes visited with Bhagavan. One snake came often slithering near Bhagavan, remained in his presence for some time and moved away. Two peafowls, a male and a female circumambulated near the Āśramam. The female peafowl never left the premises, though it was poked by the male. It used to climb on the lap of Bhagavan. Once the male chased the female. Later the female never showed up. The male used to strut around near the Āśramam.  One day, it lost its life on the lap of Bhagavan. Bhagavan used to tell they were not ordinary animals. The inmates of the Āśramam feared the growling panther. “Do not be afraid; I am here.” Those were the words of the panther.  It drank water and left.


“There are many Siddha Purushas on this mountain. They come in many forms to see me,” said Bhagavan. That is how he made them calm. For Jñānis, love is the important message. To whom they show love is not important. They are friendly to a multitude of forms without discrimination. There are a few with a unity and conformity of mind and purpose with Bhagavan. He showed interest to those who surrendered to him, and love to all people. Let us see who all came to visit with him.


What is the beginning of Spiritual inclination? Search.  What Search?  The search for ‘Who Am I?’  Am I the face, the twisted mustache, laughter, memory power, scheming power, strong shoulders, threatening power, or a combination of these? Cogitate about it. Search for ‘the real you.’ This is not an easy task.

The mind thinks of the mighty, the high and the low. It divides people by categories. The mind devises many plans.

What a beauty! What a smile! Her staccato laughter makes men swoon in ecstasy.  You call him a clever man. But, he is frozen stiff.  All these great men smile, show their mouthful teeth and receive her. Each is getting a car as a prize. What car… What are the options? These are the surges of the waves of mental queries.

(Are you not reminded of Oprah Winfrey giving away cars to her audience. Oprah kicked off her 19th season in dramatic fashion by giving all 276 members of the studio audience a free car. Molly Vielweber's Pontiac G6 appears unremarkable at first glance.Sep 12, 2014)

How do I make myself more beautiful? Apply lotions, potions... all over your body. Use Sandalwood soap, creams, liquids… Would this dress accentuate my body frame? ‘Which dress will appear beautiful on me?’  They query friends and family. The person puts on the chosen dress, struts in it all over town, enjoys people gawking at her… The turbulent, unfocused and vacillant mind takes a toll. The one decayed and rancid peanut eaten by a person churns and makes the stomach growl and ruins the expectant eating pleasure.

Handshakes with three people: which hand transferred the germ to me? Once the germ is caught, it makes you miserable for a few days. The dance was a success. The dancer was short on breath. The body ached; the sneeze and cough were incessant; she could not sit or stand. Where can she go next? All gone! You are not the body. You are not the robust muscle. You are not that enviable body complexion. You are not the haughtiness from your majestic persona.

The power does not give the hubris. The scheme does not come from authority. It is not the divisions created by the scheme. There is something inside that moves you. It makes you arrogant. You must exercise a great effort to know that which moves you, where the activizing power abides, that which removes your hubris… Tireless mind sees these easily.  Once a person feels the fatigue from distress, falsehood, misery…they will come easily to the question, ‘Who am I?’ Once you do not feel the fatigue and continue formulating serial plans in the complicitous mind, the question, ‘Who Am I?’ does not arise.  That spells disaster. The plans go awry, bite the dust and slap on the face. Then the eternal question pops in the mind. Victory is not an all-time occurrence in life. If there is a target, there is a chance for missing it. The mind feels the distress of failure. The mind sees ‘Who Am I?’  It engages in self-enquiry. The mind should hold that thought firmly. If not, the distracting plans leap to the mind.

Once self-enquiry is the pursuit in life, you will realize the trouble you caused to others. That will establish friendship to others. You develop self-respect. You were harsh on your spouse and negligent of your mother, discarded your friends for their shortcomings, separated from others for minor faults, and cheated others. These truths dawn on your mind and because of it, you develop love for yourself and others. You will see a likeness of attitudes, thoughts and self-enquiry in others. You will seek Mahāns with query, ‘Who Is He?’ As you develop closeness with Mahāns, you trust him.

Srīramaṇar teaches the aspirants the intricacies of self-enquiry with ease.  They are not Yoga postures, Mantra Japas, expiation from temple visits and bathing in temple ponds… It is direct contact with mind and soul and asking the question, ‘Who Am I?’ Talk to yourself.

There is a path. They do not have the mind to take the path. But the Guru will not let you down.

Let us get Darśan.