A sanyasi leads the rituals of Samadhi.
People crowd around the samadhi area, jostling to participate. The samadhi pit is filled with different items…Salt, vibhooti (ash), camphor, flower petals….
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It is really a crush of people out there. The video-photographer from across the seven seas manages to somehow find a place to shoot from.
In the pit, the yoga-danda (the stick) of Sanyasa is erected alongside the body of Swami Ramanananda. Brahmachari boys from the Ashram Patashala chant Veda Mantras. The pit is filled. Stone slabs are brought and laid on top of the pit. Final flowers are offered, before the last slab-cover is placed.
Thus ends the solemn occasion of the samadhi of Swami Ramanananda, the nephew of Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Signing off, here’s a picture taken outside the room where he used to reside.
Two beautiful birds, one symbolizing life, and the other, it’s twin, death, stand on this side of a chasm. On the other side of the chasm, is the Arunachala mountain. The structures that you see in the picture are samadhi (burial) spots of great sages like Muruganaar, Vishwanatha Swami etc, who have crossed over this chasm of life and death…Just like this third bird is doing. Can you spot the third bird? (You can see it walking on the pipe-bridge, near the base of the tree)…
The first two birds, can not proceed boyond the chasm. The third bird, quite non-descript, having renounced wing and vanity, quietly walks across on the simple and straight bridge of Atma-vichaara, and attains Arunachala.
Like Swami Ramanananda did.