Aartha (first among the four classes of seekers after the Lord) is the name by which the unhappy, the oppressed, the distressed, the affected and those struck by calamity are known. Baba is ever engaged in rescuing such (thraana) from grief, when they call on Him sincerely with a pure heart, when they rely on His Grace without any doubt or hesitation or division or diversion of loyalty.
Some people sneer at those who 'call on Venkata Ramana (God) when Sankata (grief) overwhelms them,' but Baba says, such action is to be commended, since they rely on the Lord, rather than on any human or sub- human or super-human help. And if they sincerely yearn in agony, Baba will certainly come to the rescue, if He is called by any Name.
Sankaracharya says that 'aartha' is a person who is afflicted by illness, or injured by wild animals or robbed by dacoits etc.,. Baba is the refuge, for all such, because when His Grace is won by observing His commands, He saves us from debilitating and painful illnesses; He saves us from accidents; He guards well-earned wealth, provided it is planned to put into the best use. He is ever active in showering grace on those who hunger for it and deserve it.
Baba is adored as the Lord who is ever eager, ever engaged in (parayaana) rescuing (thraana) the distressed (aartha). He says that there is no harm asking God for physical health or material comfort for, God provides these for all who yearn to approach Him. "God has laid down the law of hunger and He is bound to give you food", He says.