Aaradhana of Sri Ramana
The death anniversary of Sri Ramana Maharshi when he attained Brahma Nirvana is celebrated as Aaradhana festival in Ramanasramam. This year this day fell on Saturday, 30th April and it was celebrated with many beautiful rituals and ceremonies and music programmes in the Ashram. In the morning there took place the grand puja called the ‘Ekadasa Mahanyasa Maha Rudrabhishekam’ performed over the Samadhi of Bhagavan which the brahmin priests did with utmost devotion and expertise. In the evening, Smt.Ambika Kameshwar rendered a vocal music concert, singing her usual repertoire of Ramana songs. Hundreds of devotees participated in all the events and partook of all the free meals with great enthusiasm.
Sri Bhagavan Himself considered both life and death in this body as mere thought forms. In this regard, an old devotee S.S. Cohen recalls this from the master’s teaching in his book Guru Ramana: “Life is miserable because it consists of nothing but thoughts. When death strikes down the body, the dreamless, thought-free state prevails for a brief period, but soon thinking starts again in the dream – ‘astral’ – world, and continues till a full ‘waking’ takes place in a new body, after another dreamless lull. This daily cycle of waking and sleeping is a miniature of the cycle of life and death in man and the universe, of alternation of activity and rest. The substance of the former is thoughts and sensations, and of the latter the peaceful being from which these arise. To transcend birth and death we have, therefore, to transcend the processes of thought and abide in the Eternal Being… But the Jnani, the Self-Realised man, whose mind has already ceased to act, remains unaffected by death; it has dropped never to rise again to cause births and deaths. The chain of illusion has snapped forever for him… It is now clear that there is neither real birth nor real death. It is the mind which creates and maintains the illusion of reality in this process, till it is destroyed by Self-Realisation.”