Sakthi Vikatan 01 Nov, 2011   Revised 2018 June 23

   Author: Balakumaran. Subject: Annihilation of the mind.


    Viḷācchēri Rangan was the schoolmate of SriRamana Maharishi. Rangan’s father a Police Inspector and Bhagavan’s father Sundaram an advocate were friends and their families were close to each other. Rangan and Bhagavan were schoolmates in the class, and playmates in the playground in Tirucchuzi.

When the police inspector (Rangan’s father) had change of job, the family moved. Bhagavan and his older brother moved to Madurai to enroll in the school; Rangan also came to Madurai for studies. Rangan and Bhagavan were in different schools. Both played on the riverbanks of Vaigai river.

When Bhagavan Ramanar left Madurai, and came to Tiruvannamalai, the contact was lost between the families. When Bhagavan was Brahmana Swamy, Rangan came to see him and had Darśan of Brahmana Swamy. But the latter did not speak to him. Rangan came with his family to see Bhagavan again and asked him, “Do you recognize him?” Bhagavan replied, “Rangan,” in a soft deep voice.

Rangan with love, respect and surprise said, “You have attained a lofty position.” Bhagavan said, “The grass is always greener on the other side.”

Bhagavan did not congratulate himself on his achievement. He gently, respectfully and modestly pushed aside the accolades of others. He seemed to indicate that he was not the only one to claim the exclusivity and it was possible for everyone.

When Rangan met Bhagavan another time and said to him he had a share of Bhagavan’s attainment, Bhagavan’s mother prompted Bhagavan, “Did you hear what Rangan said.” Bhagavan said in reply, “Yes, it is! He is one of us and has a share in it.”

Bhagavan had no sense of aggrandizement: “This Jñānam is my property.” An expression of sharing makes others happy, bringing the conversation to an end.

Bhagavan cast an equal eye towards all and treated all equally. He had affection towards Rangan. Rangan went to Chennai in search of a job and had a Darśan before it.

Bhagavan asked Rangan, “Men can go anywhere for livelihood and sustenance.  The others in the household are not like that.  What have you done to your family? He replied, “I did the needful.” Saying it, he left for Chennai.

When Rangan’s mother came for Darśan, Bhagavan enquired about Rangan’s family. Rangan’s mother said, “When he left, he gave me some money. I spent it all. Now it is a daily struggle.” When Rangan came for Darśan again, Bhagavan asked him, “What! my friend, you said you provided for the family. Your mother says your family is in financial difficulty.” Rangan said nothing.

Bhagavan came near sleeping Rangan and sat beside him. He spoke to him in a loving manner, “What Ranga, are you unhappy? To relieve your difficulty, would ten thousand rupees be sufficient? Rangan did not answer.

Ordinary man has a single family. The ascetics have many hundreds of families. All their problems are his. Rangan had a job in automobile company as a manager. Later he became the sales agent in the same company. Besides the salary, he received commission for each vehicle sold by him. He saved ten thousand rupees.

With that money, he married off his two girls and his older brother’s daughter on a five-day-long wedding celebration.

When he had no job, Bhagavan asked him whether he would do the manager’s job.

He was hired by the Srirama Vilas Motor Company in Chennai. Bhagavan hinted to him the future employment in a car company. Poor Rangan, he did not understand it clearly.

When they were children, Rangan and Bhagavan used to swim in the Pāṇḍava Pond, and romped around.

Then Iñjikkollai Dīkṣitar (Rangan) was sleeping on the mud floor scratching the mud with his nails.

When Bhagavan asked sleeping Rangan whether he got hold of Thaki (instrument in making cotton thread), he opened his eyes.

Dream sequence of Dīkṣitar. Did you get hold of Thakḷi (instrument to make thread)? Āvai Avṭṭtam (Aug-Sep Event) is imminent. Therefore, you must spin thread in Thakḷi. This was the dream Dīkṣitar (Rangan) had. Bhagavan knew what was happening in his dream. (Threads are spun to make sacred threads worn by Brahmins across the shoulder.)

“Jñāni (referring to Bhagavan) knows the past, the present, and the future. Is it not?” said Rangan.

For the Jñānis, knowing the past, the present and the future is ordinary matter. They know events in other worlds too.

Bhagavan said, that God kept man in the dark for knowledge of the future, though He gave man all faculties.

The Jñānis who know the three periods of time are not ordinary people. This is implied in a subtle manner.

Rangan once before said, “I have an intention to take asceticism.” Bhagavan gave him a book -Baktha Vijayam- about life and times of Viṭṭobhā, a devotee and advised him to read it.

When Viṭṭobhā left his family, his son Jñāṉadēv went with him and instructed him, “If one goes to either the forest or the home, his mind goes there too. Jñāṉa can be obtained from home itself.” Viṭṭobhā returned home (on his son’s perspicacious advice).

Rangan asked Bhagavan, “Why did you become a Sannyasi?”  Bhagavan answered the question politely, “This is my fate. True, it is difficult to shoulder family responsibilities. But, in the pursuit and attainment of Jñānam, Sannyasam is the easy way (conducive).”

Sannyasam is a path on the razor’s edge and will pull you down at the slightest mistake. He explained it with a metaphor.

Visual experience (Vision) of Bhagavan’s mother.

Bhagavan’s mother narrated what she saw earlier, to Rangan.

When his mother was looking at Bhagavan, his body disappeared and in its place Lingam appeared like the one in Tirucchuzi Koil, the place of birth of Bhagavan. When the mother was worried whether Bhagavan would disappear, Lingam disappeared with the appearance of Bhagavan’s body.

Once, a knot of snakes was moving on his body for some time, slithered away and disappeared.

These visions made it is possible to impress on the mother she should remove the notion of Bhagavan as her son. It is a statement of greatness of Bhagavan coming from the mouth of his mother.

One day, when Bhagavan was walking along, he felt pangs of hunger, an old woman gave him gruel and asked Bhagavan to eat it. Soon she was nowhere to be found. Bhagavan said, “It could have been Mother Parvathi.”

“Ranga, don’t think of this as a mountain of rocks. A multitude of Siddha Purushas live in the caves. They in the form of mongoose, snake, peacock, panther…visit with me, see me and enjoy my company,” said Bhagavan. A person learned in Yoga Sastras delivered a lecture on the importance of Yoga. Bhagavan sat quiet until the lecturer finished his talk. Bhagavan explained, “Whatever you spoke help in merging the light and sound (ஒளி / ஒலி = Oḷi  / oli) in the mind. When the Light and Sound disappear, thoughts pile up one on top of another in the mind. This is not a permanent solution. The ablation of mind is the solution. For the annihilation of the mind as the goal, there should be interminable Self-Enquiry. “

Mr. Yoga Sastri assented stating, “It is the truth.”

In this world, Man has made many discoveries. If you analyze what we call mind, Bhagavan’s Upadeśa is that which controls and destroys the mind.

Let us get Darśan.   End 41