In 1896, in mid-July, Venkataraman had the spontaneous Selfrealisation which is termed the first ‘Death Experience’. After this experience, his attitude towards life changed. He only made a pretence of studying, eating etc. His mind, now freed from bondage began to delve deeply into bliss and began to seek solitude. Venkataraman was marking time when he could join his beloved Arunachala.