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«Om Sri Ram Sai Ram Sai Sai Ram»
Swami Ramdas achieved God's realization by simply chanting the mantra Om Sri Ram Jay Ram Jay Jay Ram. After the initiation, in 1922 he gave up the life of the world and began to live as an itinerant sadhu, traveling throughout India and the Himalayas in a state of divine intoxication, with the sacred and almighty Ram-mantram always on the lips. After many years of itinerant life, having achieved spiritual liberation and the vision of God, he settled in northern Kerala and began his mission of service and spiritual guide to reawaken humanity to the awareness of God. He founded an ashram, called `` Anandashram, which for over half a century has been a powerful spiritual beacon that illuminates and guides incessantly countless devout and sincere spiritual seekers. The divine realization obtained by the simple repetition of the mantra allowed him to remember and perceive the presence of God within himself and in the whole universe. As a result of this and the consequent opening in his heart of the locks of joy, he always lived in a state of ananda (bliss) which led him naturally to a state of absolute abandonment, to accept everything that happened as God's will His way is that of bhakti, devotion and total abandonment to God. His writings come from the profound realization of Reality and go directly to the heart. This book describes with the utmost simplicity the critical period of his life, his psychological battle, initiation and sannyasa, and above all his wandering as a traveling ascetic throughout India in complete abandonment to the divine will. He entered mahasamadhi in July 1963. Although he does not physically present, he continues to inspire his disciples and sincere seekers wherever they are, and his work continues.
Biography of Swami Ramdas
Sri Swami Ramdas, who was called Vittal Rao in premonastic life, was born in Hosdurg, Kanhangad (Kerala - India), Thursday 10 April 1884. It was the day of the full moon and also the Humanuman Jayanti, the day on which the birth was celebrated of Hanuman, the greatest devotee of Sri Rama. This happy coincidence already seemed to herald the great future awaiting the baby born that day in Srimati Lalita Bai and Sri Balakrishna Rao. Those who saw him were then impressed by the extraordinary brightness of his eyes. Young Vittal was not overly fond of school and books, and this attracted the teacher's anger. Often he sailed the school and hid in the stable or in the bathroom, but in vain, because his omnipresent teacher knew well the hiding places preferred by the rebel pupil. Even his high school years were marked by extreme indifference to studies and a lack of sympathy for textbooks. However, despite the refusal of school life, he became an avid reader and read all the books of general interest on which he managed to get his hands. His love of literature allowed him to acquire a remarkable ease and refinement in the English language from a young age. His intelligence, even as a student, was of a higher level. He made everything he read even once. Already since then he was a good speaker and inherited from his father an unparalleled and witty sense of spirit and humor. Aroused laughter in listeners for the unique way in which he knew how to tell the accidents of his life or even the most common things. "Humor lies more in the way of telling an event than in the event itself, and he knew it". Whatever the situation he was in, it was the lighter rather than the serious and serious aspect that attracted his keen sense of comedy and grotesque in life. As might be expected, Vittal stayed behind in his studies, with the result that he failed to pass the college entrance exam. He then wrote to the art school and attended the painting and carving course. Although his progress here was remarkable, he dropped out of the course because the job prospects he offered were not very bright. He then wrote to the Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute in Bombay and attended the textile technique course. At the end of the three years, Vittal Rao received the diploma in 'textile processing' In 1908, while working as a spinning foreman in a cotton mill in Gulbarga, he was married in Rukmabai, from which in 1913 he had a daughter: Ramabai. Throughout his working life, short periods of activity were followed by longer periods of unemployment and inactivity. Before he could settle down in one place, and depend on the job he had secured, the circumstances worked in such a way that he lost his job (not for lack of it) and had to go back to look for another one. Thus, he never knew a continuous family happiness and, for most of the time, he was denied the sweet pleasure of a house of his own. After several years of intense work, in the end, in 1917, he returned to Mangalore and joined the father-in-law. But since it was against his nature to approve the use of any 'trick of the trade', this inevitably led him to clash with his-candle. Soon he broke off the business relationship with the latter and started his own business, which dealt with the coloring of fabrics and the printing of healthy people.
However, his too good and docile nature was not suitable for a businessman and therefore his financial condition worsened. His family life was also not very happy. In a slow and imperceptible manner, external circumstances helped Vittal Rao's spiritual inclination to become ever more profound, causing his spirit of detachment and non-attachment to become stronger. He spent an hour each evening at the home of his brother, Sitaram Rao, whose children had bhajans in front of the image of Sri Krishna. During the bhajan, Vittal Rao entered a blissful state of oblivion. It was around this time that he began to sing the name of the Lord Ram. The repetition of the Name of God brought him great joy and peace of mind. He continued to repeat the blessed Name incessantly, and this humming came automatically from his lips even when he was at work or walking on the street. He abandoned the evening meal and other small body comforts. The wife was very worried about the strange turn that her husband's life was rapidly taking; but no attempt at persuasion nor appeals and protests from him or his daughter could induce him to change the course he had decided to follow, since he felt strongly that he had been placed on this path by that Supreme Power that he endeavored with every means of achieving and realizing. This critical period in Swami Ramdas' life, his psychological battles, Ram-mantram initiation, sannyasa and his wandering as an itinerant sadhu throughout India have been magnificently described by himself in this book. At the end of the pilgrimage described in this book, returned with his wife and daughter to Mangalore, Swami Ramdas went straight to the Panch Pandav cave in Kadri, and stayed there for more than three months. The stay in the cave was very important, as it gave him the opportunity to practice undisturbed meditation and allowed him to have higher experiences. According to what he himself says, it was while living in the Panch Pandav cave that he first entered nirvikalpa samadhi. After this period he resumed the life of the itinerant sadhu and traveled around every part of India several times. Wherever he went, he found a large number of admirers and disciples.
This second period of itinerant life, starting from his stay in the Panch Pandav cave, has been vividly described by himself and constitutes the content of the two volumes entitled "In the Vision of God". After a few years of itinerant life he returned to Kasaragod again and gave birth to a small ashram. It was here that Mother Krishnabai first came into contact with him and, after a couple of years, decided to devote his life to the service of Swami Ramdas and his mission. It was Ram's will that Swami Ramdas should not continue long in that small ashram. God pushed some villains into trouble, and so Swami Ramdas and Mother Krishnabai, submitting to God's will, decided to abandon the ashram. Immediately afterwards Anandashram arose, near Kanhangad, which was inaugurated on May 15, 1931. Although opened in a very humble way, the ashram has developed considerably since then. Anandashram was a very powerful spiritual fire, visited every year by thousands of sincere devotees who brought back the torch of light, love and service lit at the feet of the great Master to their home. Swami Ramdas, whom his devotees and disciples affectionately called 'Pope', was always full of the immense joy he drew from his realization of God - in all His aspects - and the consequent opening in his heart of the locks of Joy. He reached the heights of realization by simply chanting the mantra: Om Sri Ram Sai Ram Sai Sai Ram (`Om 'was added by him after initiation). The constant chanting of the mantra allowed him to remember or feel the presence of God within himself and everywhere, and made him realize that the whole universe is the form of God. This brought him naturally to the state of absolute abandonment, that is, to accept everything that happened as the Will of God, and eventually realized unity with the Supreme Being. For this reason, anyone who sought his advice taught him to constantly chant the name of God and to abandon himself to His will in everything. This practice, he assured them, would bring them eternal happiness.
The devotees had no reason to question the authenticity of his claim, for he himself was the living example of the spiritual heights to which Ramnam could lead an aspirant. From 1949 to 1957, at the invitation of the devotees, Swami Ramdas and Mother Krishnabai visited many places in India each year. Wherever he went, the main thing was bhajan with the chanting of the holy Names of God. It was not in his nature to give lectures, despite having made short speeches, but he answered from the heart all the questions of a spiritual nature that were asked . In 1954, at the insistence of many foreign devotees, he embarked on a journey around the world and many people in Europe, America, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Ceylon had the rare opportunity to meet him and talk to him. He wrote many books and in 1933 began the publication of a monthly magazine called 'The Vision'. The universality of his creed and vision can be judged by one of his frequent statements: "Ramdas does not belong to any particular creed. He firmly believes that all beliefs, all faiths and all religions are paths different that eventually lead to the same goal. The mere sight of a Muslim reminds him of Muhammad; of a Christian, Jesus Christ; of a Hindu, Rama, Krishna or Shiva; of a Buddhist, Buddha; of a Zoroastrian, Zoroaster. All great Masters of the world come from the one God: the First and Eternal Cause of all existence In the Gita, in the Bible, in the Koran and in the Zend Avesta we hear the same note playing with insistence, namely that the abandonment of self to God is the supreme way to liberation or salvation. " Swami Ramdas entered mahasamadhi on July 25, 1963, when he was 79 years old. While not physically present, he continues to inspire all his disciples and sincere spiritual seekers, wherever they are, and his work continues.