THE present essay was originally written for a book on
; andit appears as General Introduction in a work on Bhagavan entitled RamanaMaharshi and His Philosophy of Existence. As it is felt that this essaymay be of interest to the general readers, it is being issued separatelyalso in the form of a booklet.May Bhagavan accept this offering!Aradhana Day T. M. P. MAHADEVAN May 5, 1959.
O Vinayaka, who wrote on a scroll (
., the slopes of Mt. Meru) thewords of the Great Sage (
., Vyasa) and who presides at the victoriousArunachala, do remove the disease (
) that is the cause of repeated births, and protect graciously the great Noble Faith (
philosophy and religion) which brims with the honey of the Self.This a prayer to Lord Ganesa, the Remover of all obstacles, composed byBhagavan Sri Ramana. Reference is made to the
story that Ganesaserved as a scribe to Vyasa and wrote down the
and HisGrace is here invoked for the protection of the
philosophy. The printed Tamil verse is a facsimile of Bhagavan’s own handwriting.