Cherished Memories
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Cherished Memories

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Item Code: IDI516
Author: T. R. Kanakammal Translated from Tamil by Smt. Lalitha Krithivasan
Publisher: Sri Ramanasramam, Tamil Nadu
Edition: 2016
ISBN: 9788188225215
Pages: 226
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5" X 5.4

Publisher's Note

The glory of 'Temple Worship' is that it accommodates the various moods of the devotees. The main deity (moola murti) represents the 'Still' nature of the Lord while the processional deity during festivals (utsava murti) represents the 'Action' (Shakti) aspect.

For the devotees of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, the main deity is "Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingam" enshrined on the southern slope of Arunachala Hill in Sri Ramanasramam. This 'Moola Murti' is the beacon light for those who want to escape the ocean called 'samsara'. Those who have Darshan of Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingam are fortunate indeed.

The main deity beckons devotees to the inner sanctum to bless them. The 'Utsava Murti' seeks out devotees and blesses them at their door-step. The vast literature on and by Sri Ramana Maharshi, truly represent this aspect. Ramana literature has spread to all corners of the world, bestowing His Grace and destroying the ego of the devotees.

One of the rare souls living in our midst is Smt. Kanakammal, who basked in the gracious presence of Sri Ramana Maharshi. It is fortunate that she is narrating her personal spiritual experiences even now to earnest seekers. Her self-discipline and spiritual memories are soaked in the devotion of Sri Bhagavan. For long years she remained a light within the bushel and now at the earnest request of devotees she has come forward to share her spiritual wealth in the form of her commentaries (in Tamil) for 'The Collected Works of Sri Ramana Maharshi' as also her reminiscences.

How are we to repay our debt to Sri Bhagavan's devotees of yore for the priceless treasures they have shared with us? There is only one-way i.e., to follow the path of "Self Enquiry", the royal path as shown by Sri Bhagavan. This 'Cherished Memories of Smt. Kanakammal' is also an aid to that Supreme path of 'Self Knowledge'. To aid us in this path I beseech the grace of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Back of the Book

Srimathi T. R. Kanakammal who belongs to the older generation of devotees is a well-known personality. The intensity of her devotion may be gauged from the fact that she is living in close proximity to the Ashram since decades.

Here Kanakammal narrates a series of episodes centred on Sri Bhagavan. This is in addition to her general account of Arunachala and its greatness as well as a good explanation bringing out the speciality of Sri Bhagavan's personality and teachings.

Kanakammal's presence in Sri Bhagavan's hall when the events took place coupled with her association with eminent devotees like Muruganar whose reminiscences are so valuable, lends charm to her writing. Her sound knowledge of Tamil and Telugu strengthens the authenticity of her account

Since Sri Bhagavan never adopted a pontifical attitude, it was left to devotees to record with care his utterances as well as actions (which had a deep significance). The author has played this role well. Through a study of this book devotees and seekers will also get a clear picture of life at the Ashram.


  Publisher's Note iii
  Preface v
  The Genesis of the Book ix
1 The Greatness of Arunachala 1
2 Arunachala and the Sage of Arunachala 12
3 Arunachaleswara Temple 20
4 Bhagavan Sri Ramana? 29
5 Who is Ramana? 33
6 Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai 40
7 Composition of Ramana Puranam 43
8 Ramakrishna Lyer 47
9 Do not touch those Seeds 50
10 My longing to stay at Sri Ramanasramam 53
11 My permanent Stay in Tiruvannamalai 58
12 Initiation through Look 64
13 Cashewnuts 66
14 The Telegram 70
15 Get up Get up 73
16 The Triad 74
17 It is all the Same 76
18 The Sage of Kanchi 78
19 Pilgrimage to Badrinath 80
20 Heart may rule the Mind 84
21 Self is Everywhere 87
22 Bhagavan's Wit 88
23 The Stone God 90
24 Nayana and Namam 92
25 Mind your own Business 94
26 Anandammal 95
27 For Whom are the Rules? 101
28 Worship the god with Incense 103
29 Just a Peepul Tree 105
30 Enough of this Chanting of the Fan 107
31 Why waste the Flowers 110
32 Sarvam Vasudevamayam Jagat 111
33 Look here is a Bald Head 114
34 The Peacock and the Kolam (Design) 116
35 Realisation through Music? 120
36 Sri Muruganar 121
37 The Master who devours Everything 130
38 Avvaiyar's poetic Skill 132
39 Avial and Adiammal 134
40 Ramanantham 136
41 Saraswati Puja 138
42 The Unskilled Artisan 140
43 Bhagavan and the Poet 142
44 Muruga-Mayavan 148
45 Farewell to Rituals 152
46 Bhagavan's Grace 154
47 Liberation to Puja 156
48 An ideal Home Life 158
49 The Lizard Devotion 160
50 Seize the Opportunity 161
51 Massage that Pillar 165
52 Rishabha Vahanam 168
53 Why leave Madurai at all? 171
54 Varanasi Subbulakshmi Ammal 172
55 Singular Taste 174
56 Life is Governed by Prarabdha 176
57 The white Peacock 179
58 The Self unaware of the Body 183
59 Bhagavan in Kitchen 185
60 Vivekananda, I Presume 188
61 The Golden Parrot 191
62 What can You do About this? 192
63 The marauding Monkeys 193
64 God alone exists 197
65 The Brinjal Stalks 198
66 Absolute Perfection 201
67 Nammalvar 203
68 Swami Pranavananda 207

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