(2) THE COOK
Sometime in 1942, a devotee asked Bhagavan why the
slokas in “Chatvarimsat” though they are only forty in number
are in different metres. Smilingly Bhagavan said, “Oh that!
Nayana wanted to write a “Ramana Satakam” (100 slokas) with
each set of ten slokas in different metres and selected the
required metres for the purpose. He then began writing one
sloka in each metre and slowly added some more slokas as and
when he felt like writing but could not complete the work. By
the time he passed away it was found there were only 40 slokas.
These were gathered together by me and named as
“Chatvarimsat”. This is being recited every morning before
the Upanishad Parayana. What to do? A number of his writings
remained incomplete similarly. That was his way of doing
things.” “In one or two places there are ten slokas at a stretch in
one metre. How come?” asked the devotee. “Yes, yes. In one
dasakam (series of ten slokas) he wrote only two slokas in a lighter
vein saying ‘Bhuvana bhupate, bhagavatah krite, bhavasi pachako
yamavatam pate,’ (Oh! Lord of Sannyasa! You are like a cook in
the services of God). ‘Narapasooniman ahami tadayan,
parasivodanam vithanushe pachan’, (You are demolishing the egos
of the human animals and cooking meals for Parama Siva).
You see, that means I am a good cook. Nayana has styled me a
cook. How strange! Perhaps Arunachaleswara was till then eating
human beings uncooked and now he has got in me an expert
cook. Nayana means I cook well and tastefully and serve it to
the Lord. Good! He can eat the food with great relish. A nice
cook indeed,” said Bhagavan with a smile.