Nothing that was to be done should be left undone. That was the Master’s principle. Once, the Ashramites were about to perform the last rites of an inmate, Ramananda by name, whom they declared dead.
The Master came upon the scene, and observing the calmness on the face advised them, "Don’t be hasty. First give some artificial respiration, administer a couple of injections. Make sure that he is not merely in a swoon."
Aspirants rushed here and there. Two persons rubbed Ramananda’s feet with liniment turpentine; two others administered artificial respiration. One Swami gave injections. The Master himself sat beside the body and rubbed the chest with Hare Rama Kirtan.
When one of the persons giving artificial respiration let go Ramananda’s hand, it fell limp on the ground.
"All right, now say ‘Krishna Bhagavan Ki Jai!’" said the Master, satisfied that everything possible had been done. He then permitted the Ashramites to go ahead with the last rites. He himself poured a vesselful of Ganges water over the body with the Om Namasivaya Kirtan.
Do your best, then leave the rest to God. Action is thy duty, fruit is not thy concern. This Gita philosophy governed the life and actions of the great Master.
Sri N. Ananthanarayanan
To be continued ...