Many departments were opened in the
Ashram. Among them, separate cattle- sheds,a school for the study of the Vedas, a
PublicationsSection and a temple of Sridevi were the important ones. Ramana
-Maharshi was never inactive. He used to be ever active. He himself attended to every
piece of work from proof-correction to Ashram correspondence. He took interest in all the
activities of the Ashram.
Ramana Maharshi found it delightful to go round Mount Arunachala. He had cultivated a
garden of flowers, fruits and vegetables in a part of the Ashram. He would not allow even
a single article of the Ashram to be wasted. The peels of fruits and vegetables were given
as food to cows. All the members of the Ashram were treated as equals. The same food was
served to all. The Maharshi also sat for food along with others. He never wished to be
shown special regard.
The Maharshi was an embodiment of nonviolence. The way he treated the thieves who broke
into the Ashram is an example of it. He would pity the bad men who did evil to others. He
often used to say the it was not wise to break the teeth just because it bit the tongue in
ignorance His conviction was that the wise should not punish bad people but should correct
them by gentle persuasion.
He would not allow even birds and animals to be ill treated in the Ashram. Once while
he was tending a dying monkey, it bit his leg, and he was wounded. He did not become angry
or unhappy. The great love he bore towards the animals made him forget the pain of the
When the cow Lakshmi died, Ramana Maharshi sat by her side and wept, as though she was
his mother! It is said that one day when he was sitting on a rock in Mount Arunachala, a
serpent passed over his thighs. Somebody, who observed this, asked him: "Did you not
experience fear as the serpent moved across your body?" Ramana replied with a smile:
"No. I had the feeling that some thing cool and soft was moving on my body."