RM25. MOTHER AZHAGAMMAL VISITS

a poem by Rajaram Ramachandran, India - poetry writer, author, poet

RAMANA MAHARISHI

In 1898 December, she visited her son,
And in 1913, she came there again.
After her trip to Kasi, when he was
At Virupaksha Cave, in silence.

Nagasundaram, his younger brother,
Mangalam, wife of that brother,
Who had no children, came there,
To visit him, along with his mother.

“The childless mother Mangalam
Should get her male child in time,”
This was his mother’s request.
For this, his blessings she sought.

In 1914, Mangalam delivered a son,
Whose name was Venkataraman.
In short, he was called Venkatu,
Who managed well Ashram later on.

Venkatu, for 45 years, well managed it
And was mainly responsible to bring it
As a famous Ashram in the world,
That, even today, is well remembered.

After visiting the Deity at Tirupathi,
Mother came to see Maharishi,
But she was laid up there suddenly
With high typhoid fever severely.

He became worried about her
And he wrote four prayers
To the Lord Arunachaleswarar,
To save his mother from fever.

In reality the prayer songs were
Not only to save her from fever
But also for her ‘self’ liberation
From the fever of illusion,

Soon his mother got cured.
Back to her town she returned.
But her life became still bad.
To clear debts, her house was sold.

Many devotees stayed in Ashram
As it gave peace of mind to them,
From the donations from them
Everyday food was served to them.

In the year 1916, she came back
To Tiruvannamalai so as to make
Her life more devotional there,
And serve them all much better.

Ramana wasn’t for her stay,
But agreed to it one day,
As all the devotees prayed.
And for her stay they pleaded.

RM24. VISITORS AFTER VISITORS
RAMANA MAHARISHI
RM26. MOTHER AZAHAGAMMAL'S STAY

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