“Where could I go? I am always here.”
We never had a dull time when we were in Bhagavan Ramana’s presence. There was much mirth and laughter. Bhagavan used to talk as much as would be necessary and he would be gay or grave as the occasion demanded. Some people write that Bhagavan never spoke and such writings may surprise those who stayed in the Ashram for a while. When anyone put a question, he would answer. He narrated the lives of saints and his own reminiscences whenever he was requested to.
Once when Bhagavan was informed of the death of a noted criminal and others were recounting his various offences against society, Bhagavan quietly remarked: “But he was scrupulously clean, he bathed at least three times a day.”
“Wakefulness passes off, I am, the dream state passes off, I am, the sleep state passes off, I am. They repeat themselves and yet I am. They are like pictures moving on the screen in a cinema show. They do not affect the screen. Similarly also, I remain unaffected although these states pass off “
Sri Bhagavan never asked anything for himself but was always looking after the comforts of the devotees, and he did this to the day he passed away. He insisted upon giving darshan twice daily and thousands walked past the room where he lay.
He never did anything for himself or his own comfort, but he was always all consideration for others. The necessity for some document to help others after was explained to him and he saw this necessity and agreed. I repeat, it was an act of grace. Time itself is proving how wise he was.