were all playing with the conch shell. The sadhus
used to blow this shell like a horn when they
went into town to beg for alms.
after the other, we attempted to blow the conch
shell. No one prevented us from doing this, and
I noticed an encouraging smile from the Maharshi.
This was my first visit.
eight years later, I came to Tiruvannamalai to
visit my sister, who was married there. One evening,
two companions and I went to visit Kavyakanta
Ganapati Muni up on the hill where he had his
ashram. What can I say about that great seer of
was just then out of college after finishing my
masters degree in physics. I presented to Kavyakanta
the latest views of Einstein, Planck and others
in regard to the constitution of matter and the
universe. He gave a patient hearing, and then
said, "Can you put it in a brief way?" Answering
in the affirmative, I went on explaining that
there is a continuum in which time and space are
involved, wherein particles change into waves
and waves change into particles and all can dissolve
into a single unitary medium. That is the prospect
of the future.
listened patiently to all this and said, "The
world picture is in that frame," and after a pause
he exclaimed, "chitram, chitram!" These words
mean 'picture' you may call it a movie-picture.
Those words sent a thrill through my body, through
my whole frame. I suddenly felt disembodied. I
was myself the whole space in which the pictures
were placed this body being one of the
pictures. This experience lasted for a brief eternity.
When I came round to myself we took leave of Kavyakanta.
next day we had a meeting with Bhagavan. This
was about the time he arrived at the present site
of Sri Ramanasramam (1922). There were no buildings
at all, except for a small shed covering the samadhi
of the Mother. Bhagavan was seated on a bench
under the shade of a tree, and with him, lying
on the same bench, was the dog named Rose. Bhagavan
was simply stroking the dog.
wondered, among us Brahmins the dog was such an
animal that it would defile all purity. A good
part of my respect for the Maharshi left me when
I saw him touching that unclean animal
for all its apparent cleanliness and neatness
it was unclean from the Brahmin point of view.
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Muni was a devotee of Ramana Maharshi and
a famous religious figure in his own right.