AT THE FEET OF GOD:
Heart pourings of Swami Ramdas during the early years of his itinerancy as a God-intoxicated Sadhu who saw only his Beloved Ram in everyone and everything. Available in English, Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi and Kannada.
Swami Ramdas (1884-1963) is one of the rarest flowers of Indian spirituality. His picturesque and chequered earlier life, his enterprising and reckless later life of Nivritti and his sublime and joyous state afterwards, are all proofs positive of the declarations of the great scriptures like the Upanishads and the Gita.
After receiving initiation of the Ram mantra from his father, Vittal Rao (as he was known then), renounced the worldly life at the age of 38 and wandered as a mendicant Sadhu from far South to the Himalayas with God as his only refuge and guide. Having attained God-realization, Swami Ramdas (endearingly called by devotees as Papa) shared his universal vision with everyone around.
Ramdas himself has honoured me by asking me to write a preface to his book. If one were asked what the whole world, to a man, was seeking, one could answer truthfully- HAPPINESS.
Ramdas has found that happiness; that intense, never-fading joy; that perfect bliss which comes from God-realization. I have watched him sunk in this bliss. I know it is no pose. I see the wonder, and have listened to the secret. It lies in these fragments he has written; but it lies more in the pure human heart if it will open itself out to GOD.
Ramdas stands out in our desert of life like those little white flowers that grow in isolated clumps in sandy deserts, and we too would wish to know from what unknown source comes the sweetness; that we may also drink, from that deep, hidden nourishment.
The source is devotion to God by whatever name you choose to call Him: Devotion to Him and His Glorious Name. This is Ramdas’ creed; he has no other. Hindu, Mohammedan and Christian have stood abashed before his gentleness. He is loved alike by one and all. He loves equally.
Still I hear the refrain of his voice singing, always singing 4 SHRI RAM! JAI RAM! JAI JAI RAM! and the silent hills of MT. Abu seem to take up the refrain Simple, child-like Ramdas! Of such is truly the Kingdom of Heaven.
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