A Sadhu in North America
(3) Life and Teachings and
(4) Path to Self Knowledge.
He had such a radiance and peaceful demeanor about him that one day when I was talking to him, two really powerful messages flashed through my mind. The messages were:
- Devraj, you are 36 years old. You have taken enough rest. Get up and start walking.
- Devraj, the dollars you are chasing, you cannot take them when you leave this physical world. I will take you to a DIAMOND mine, made up of spiritual diamonds that will remain with you forever.
These messages were so powerful that I rushed home and told my wife that we must go to Tiruvannamalai when we go to India next time. My wife agreed.
Arriving in Tiruvannamalai
I was overwhelmed by the timing of our visit but nothing else of great significance happened to me. No fireworks in my head or flashes of light. My daughter, however, saw Light in Bhagavan’s eyes in the life-size photo of Him in the old prayer hall. That 'was great for her but no such luck for me.
|Photo Credit: Saran Dashnamoorthy. Saran was born and raised in Tiruvannamalai. He still lives in Tiruvannamalai with family|
Next morning, after breakfast, we went to the GREAT Arunachaleswarar Temple, offered our prayers, returned to the ashram, had lunch at 11.30 a.m. and left for Bangalore soon after. I had absolutely NO plans to come back but some divine force brought me back the next year for one day. I was thinking, “Okay there is a Hill. There is a big temple. So what? There are hills and temples all over. Even near our town Dopdballpur, there is a hill called Nandi Hill where Agasthya Muni lived.
I asked the Ramana Ashramam office about girivalam. They said, “From the ashram turn right and keep walking, when you come to a fork, turn right, keep on walking and keep the Hill to your right and you will come back to the ashram.”
Next morning I started from the ashram gate at 5 a.m. and completed Girivalam in three hours. I had never walked non-stop for 14 kms barefoot. After the walk I didn’t feel tired at all. Instead, I felt energized.
|A baby monkey in Ramana Ashram.|
I met a couple who used to live in Chennai and were unaware of Arunachala. Their eldest son passed away all of a sudden when he was 16 years old. They were grief stricken. Then the mother started getting a message, “Come to the Hill, come to the Hill….” She did not know what it meant. She spoke to her father and father-in-law and they suggested to her to go to Arunachala on a Full Moon Day. She did and she got the message: “Good you came here, I am here.” The parents moved to Tiruvannamalai and started a restaurant so that she could be here all the time. I have had so many experiences like this.
LK adds: Here is a beautiful rendition of the MAHA MRITYUNJAYA MANTRA by an international choir.
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