Contains anecdotes of the Maharshi’s compassionate interactions with animals at Arunachala.
Looking more intently, we saw a small goat, a little monkey and a squirrel, and Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi! Bhagavan was sitting on his hanuches with his legs folded up to his breast. The goat nestled between his knees; the monkey had its head resting on his right knee; the squirrel was perched on his left knee. Holding a paper packet in his left palm, Bhagavan picked groundnuts from it with his right-hand fingers, one by one, and fed the goat, the monkey and the squirrel, and himself, by turns. … The goat, the monkey, the squirrel, and Bhagavan, had obviously forgotten their differences! And we too, looking on, saw all the four only as good friends despite the differences in their forms. No words could describe the feelings that passed through my being at the sight. The vision of the Transcendent appeared as a flash of lightening, and revealed to me the essence of being, awareness and bliss, sat-chit-ananda.