“Why are you so much attached to this body? Let it go.”

From the chapter PART III Diary of the book “Guru Ramana – Memories and Notes” by S. S. Cohen. 20th April Sri Maharshi’s health is causing grave anxiety to the three doctors, who have been in constant attendance on him, as well as to the devotees. A lady devotee wept much and went to him in tears and asked him to give her his disease and be cured of it, saying: “Bhagavan, you who are curing others must cure yourself and spare your life for us, your devotees.” Once, twice he waved her off, and, seeing her great concern finally replied with great tenderness: “Why are you so much attached to this body? Let it go.” At about 5 p.m. the local Police officials and Mrs. T. approached Sri Maharshi and explained to him all the arrangements they had made for the opening ceremony of the temple erected by this lady over the Pathala Lingam. They wanted to know the year in which the first photograph of his was taken at Tiruvannamalai and a few other details. Sri Maharshi replied: “It was taken four years after my coming i.e., in 1900. Originally that lingam was on the surface of the ground, like all other samadhis, before the big temple was built, but in course of time the ground-level rose. When much later the thousand-pillar mantapam was built about four or five feet higher than the ordinary level, the lingam sunk still lower, so much so that it earned for itself the name patala (underground) lingam. In those days I was alone with the elephant, which was always tied in the mantapam.” They...

Bhagavan and The Little Boy

From the chapter PART III Diary of the book “Guru Ramana – Memories and Notes” by S. S. Cohen. 18th April, 1949 Sri Bhagavan’s wound from the operation of the 27th March has not yet completely healed: it is healing very slowly. Our anxiety is not yet at an end. A week ago came the analyst’s report which diagnosed it as sarcoma. It has since a few days been mildly bleeding. But Sri Bhagavan’s moods are as bright as ever and the lustre in his eyes is not in the least dimmed. This morning a small boy about ten years old by my side spoke to me in Telugu. Seeing that he was not understood, he walked slowly to the Maharshi’s couch, leaned on it and talked hurriedly to the Master. Maharshi was all smiles and tenderness to him, then he turned to us and explained that the child, having seen him lubricating his joints a little while ago, offered to do it himself, because in his opinion Sri Bhagavan was too old to rub them effectively. Then turning to the child he told him: “If you are going to do the rubbing for me, then you must also do the eating for me,” and called the attendant to give him bananas. But before the fruit was brought the little boy...

The Removal of Lump from The Maharshi’s Left Elbow

From the chapter PART III Diary of the book “Guru Ramana – Memories and Notes” by S. S. Cohen. 27th March, 1949 The lump which was removed from Maharshi’s left elbow last month and which was thought to be healing satisfactorily, subsequently started to grow again, so that the eminent surgeon, Dr. Raghavachari, came today from Madras with surgical instruments to remove it. Sri Maharshi entered the Ashram’s clinic at 9-40 a.m. The operation lasted 20 minutes and ended at about 10-30. The lump, which has been temporarily diagnosed as neuroma, is seated on the ulnar nerve with two fibres in it. A section is sent for microscopic examination. The surgeon, we are told, performed the operation skilfully by cutting deep and removing the last cell of the growth, without injuring the ulnar nerve, which controls the forearm and fingers. He does not expect a recurrence of the growth. The whole afternoon Maharshi remained somnolent, due to the local anaesthetic injection given to him before the operation. No one can tell if he is feeling any...

Kumbha-Abhishekam

From the chapter PART III Diary of the book “Guru Ramana – Memories and Notes” by S. S. Cohen. 18th March Kumbha-Abhishekam, the consecration ceremony according to Hindu rites of the temple built over the remains of Maharshi’s mother, known as Mathrubhuteswara, which started on the 14th., has ended today. Humanity, masses of it, started pouring into the Ashram since the 13th. from all over India especially from the neighbouring villages. The Yagna ceremony began on the fourteenth at 8-30 p.m., when Sri Maharshi sat on an armchair and not very far from his left foot, on the floor, sat Sri Shankaracharya of Puri, who had arrived that morning for the purpose. All round him sat a large number of devotees, visitors and a huge crowd. The brief ceremony was over by 9 p.m., when Maharshi was taken to open the new big Hall attached to the temple. Being too weak to turn the colossal key of the door, the young stapati turned it for him. He was taken directly to the inner temple and helped over the short flight of steps and made to touch the stone Sri Chakra, which stands immediately behind the lingam, as the symbol of the Creative Power latent in the Formless Spirit (Chit). He was then taken out and made to sit for the first time on the stone couch in the new temple Hall, which was covered with red velvet cushions. People began to prostrate before him half a dozen at a time. After a while he was taken out and lifted into the Yagasala, opposite the Hall, where a brief ceremony was performed....