Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi’s Love for Animals :
One day, when Bhagavan was seated in the midst of his devotees, he suddenly got up and strode quickly towards the hill. Kunju Swami said, “I was very curious. Bhagavan usually never did anything unpredictable. On the rare occasions that he did, there was always some significance behind it.” Kunju Swami was waiting for Bhagavan to instruct him to come, but the guru went alone. From a distance, he could see Bhagavan surrounded by monkeys. After half an hour or so Bhagavan came back with his eyes swollen from shedding tears. “We were alarmed and asked what happened.” Bhagavan replied, “These monkeys have been searching for me at Skandashram. When I left, they searched all over the hill putting their lives in peril. Monkeys live in kingdoms and if they wander into another territory they could be killed by rival monkeys. These monkeys have come with their children risking their lives and are begging me to come back to Skandashram because they miss me there. It took me a long time to persuade them. I explained my situation and asked them to go back. I gave them my assurance that they will get back safely.” Whenever Kunju Swami narrated this anecdote he would weep copiously because it would bring before him and us, Bhagavan’s poignant unity with the animal kingdom. Bhagavan would often point out, “What is the difference between animals, birds and us? Birds wear the bird body, animals wear the animal body and we wear the human body. We all wear different bodies like different shirts, but in reality we are all the same being.” Kunju Swami loved animals and noticed Bhagavan’s relationship with them. He was therefore the source of all stories of the master’s relationship with animals and birds.
If you go to Ramanasramam, you will see four tombs for four animals. Bhagavan treated animals just like he treated human beings, there was absolutely no difference. Just as he bestowed liberation for his mother, so he conferred mukti to a deer, a dog, a crow and Cow Lakshmi – and these are only the known instances. Moreover, when Bhagavan was at Skandashram, (Kunju Swami told me that he himself had seen this), as soon as a baby monkey was born, the entire group of monkeys would come to Bhagavan and place the newborn with blood and all on his lap. Bhagavan would wash it and return it to the mother. This is indeed a remarkable phenomenon because usually if a human being were to so much as touch a newborn monkey, the whole herd would reject the newborn. He also cared for the delivery of the ashram pups. Squirrels used to complain to Bhagavan who would often mediate between them if they quarreled. He even would attend to cats whenever they were ill. There was one cat that had a diseased eye. Bhagavan kept a towel with which he would wipe its eye clean to the chagrin of his attendant. Bhagavan respected his attendant’s feelings too, so he would wash this towel himself.
Ramana Periya Puranam