Maharshi’s sympathy gained the confidence of even crows and squirrels. These would come with their young ones and take eatables from his palm and thrust bits of them into the young ones’ mouths. Even a snake once exhibited similar confidence. Snakes were his fellow-lodgers in several of these caves.
As a boy of sixteen in 1896, he challenged death by a penetrating enquiry into the source of his being. Later hailed as Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi he revealed the direct path of practice of Self-enquiry and awakened mankind to the immense spiritual power of the holy Arunachala Hill, the spiritual heart of the world.