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RAMANA MAHARSHI

The Family Grows

After some time Venkataramana abandoned the mango grove, returned to Mount Arunachala, and commenced his meditation, settling down at the Virupaksha temple. But the stream of visitors increased even there. Many of them were weary- of the difficulties and sorrows of earthly life and sought peace. Others were eager to have more knowledge of Atman and Paramatman. Each man had a problem of his own. And Venkataramana had a satisfactory solution to everyone's problems. So day by day the number of visitors grew.

Etchammal was one of the many visitors who came for the 'darshan' of Ramana everyday. Her life was filled with grief. She had lost her husband, children, and all. Somebody suggested that she might have a darshan of Ramana. In his presence she forgot grief and experienced peace of mind. Ramana had no though of rest or food; Etcharnmal took upon herself the duty of providing food punctually to Ramana.

In 1907, a Samskrita scholar named Ganapathi Sastry came to Tiruvannamalai He was famous as 'Ganapathi Muni'. He was a worshipper of Devi. He was drawn to the young sanyasin by the force of his personality and came to see him. When he first saw Ramana, he was gazing at the sun. It was a habit with him to gaze the scorching sun in the afternoon till the sunset. Ganapathi Muni stayed with Ramana for a number of days and had discussions with him; many of his doubts were cleared.

Although he had studied the Vedanta (Indian Philosophy) and the Upanishads, he had not clearly understood what 'tapasya' meant. The simple explanation that Ramana gave cleared a big doubt that tormented him. It was Ganapathi Muni who gave the young Sanyasin the name of 'Maharshi' or '13hagawan'. Not only that. He wrote hymns in Samskrita, in praise of Ramana Maharshi, and wrote a book with the title 'Ramana Gita' explaining his teachings.

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Ramana Maharshi - A Great Soul, who was full of compassion for all living being !
About Ramana Maharshi
Introduction
'Kumbhakarna'
'Arunachala'
The Body Is Not'I'
The Boy Leaves Home
The Journey
The ship Reaches The Port
'Bridavan'
Meeting The Mother Again
You are Here! The Family Grows
Mother And Father
The Ashram
Thieves There Too
Love For All Living Beings
Life In The Ashram
What Courage!
The Last Days
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