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.
Source: Letters from Sri Ramanasramam VOLUMES I, II & Letters from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam By SURI NAGAMMA Translated by D. S. SASTRI