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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: January 21, 2020, 11:22:05 PM »
Experiences with Maha Periyava: Gold Sahasranama Kasumalai (1000 Coin Necklace) for Mylapore Karpagambal

The very famous temple of ?Karpagambal Udanurai Kapaleeshwarar? temple is situated in Mylapore, Chennai. Starting in 1950, my mother, Smt. Anandavalli along with her women associates used to do ?Lalitha Saharanamam? chanting in this temple on a daily basis. Smt. Muthulakshmi Ammal was their group leader. This group was called ?Karpagambal Sahasranama Goshti? and the leader Smt. Muthulakshmi Ammal was called ?Guru Paati?. My mother (Smt. Anandavalli) was the Secretary. In addition to the daily chanting they also participated in other devotional activities during the festive season.

In 1970, one night, Karpagambal came in Guru Paati?s dreams and asked her ?You and your group are performing Sahasranama chanting for me everyday. I want a Sahasranama gold coin kasumalai (a gold necklace made out of 1000 gold coins with the 1000 names of the Goddess engraved on it) for me just like Visalakshi and Kamakshi (Goddesses in Varanasi, UP and Kanchipuram, TN respectively). Can you do it for me??. Guru Paati happily informed everyone in the group about her dream. All of them decided to collect donations from like minded devotees and make the Gold Coin Necklace for Karpagambal.

Years passed but the middle-class women of the group were unable to collect the huge amount required to make the gold necklace. As per suggestions from others, in 1978, Guru Paati and my mother along with their group went to Kanchi Matham to meet Paramacharya and ask for His guidance. When they were waiting to get His darshan, one of the persons working in the Matham came to them and said ?Periyava is calling you immediately ? Go inside? and so all of them rushed in. Once in, they were mesmerized by looking at Him. Periyava asked them ?Are you in short of gold and money for the Gold Coin Necklace??. My mother and their group were speechless on hearing this, since Periyava Himself had asked about this before they could even utter a word about the Gold Coin Necklace. Periyava continued ?The Goddess (Ambal) only asked you right? She herself will take care of it. You don?t have to worry! And He added ?Visalakshi and Kamakshi have Gold Coin Necklaces made out of riches. But Karpagambal is going to get a Gold Coin Necklace made of devotion (Bhakthi).? He then turned to Guru Paati and my mother and told ?Name your group as ?Karpagam Suvasini Sangam? and keep performing many Suvasini and Bala Thirupura Sundari pujas? and blessed them and gave Prasadam.

Since they strictly followed Sri Maha Periyava?s words, gold and money started to flow in abundance. In 1982, the work for the Gold Coin Necklace began. The responsibility of making it was handed over to ?Vummidi Bangaru Kannan?. On one side of every coin was one name of the Goddess and the other side contained the temple seal (Ambal in the background with Shivalinga being worshipped by a peacock in the foreground). At frequent intervals, the progress of the work was informed to Maha Periyava via Kanchi Mutt. Maha Periyava sent few scholarly Pandits from the Mutt?s Veda Patasala to ensure that the names of Goddess being engraved in the coin and their order were correct.

This great task also faced multiple barriers in the form of Religious Endowment Board, few members of the Temple board, few jobless social organizations and few anti-social elements. But due to the blessings of Sri Maha Periyava and due to the help rendered by the Managing Director, Sugavaneswarar, Thakkar Kuppuswamy, Head Priest Viswanatha Sivaachariyaar, Lawyer Krishnaswamy the task was completed successfully. The dedication of the Lalitha Saharanama Gold Coin Necklace to Arulmigu Karpagambal as decided to be celebrated on 26-2-1986 and Vivek & Co were designated as the host of the function.

Unfortunately, on 20-1-1986, my father was admitted in hospital due to ill-health. He lost his consciousness and lost movements in his hands and legs. Doctors who treated him lost hope and told that at the maximum he may live for 48 hours. My mother was unable to bear this, and she confined herself to our pooja room. Guru Paati along with the group, Vummidi Kannan and Vivek, carrying the completed Gold Coin Necklace, went to meet Maha Periyava in Kanchi Mutt. Seeing all of them, Periyava asked ?What happened? Why didn?t your secretary come along??. They emotionally informed Periyava about my father?s condition and my mother?s situation. Periyava looked the Gold Coin Necklace and said ?The chain has come out very well. Your secretary will be present to put this chain to Karpagambal. Carry on and don?t worry?. He blessed everyone and gave Prasadam. On their way back, everyone directly came to my home and informed my mother about Periyava?s blessings and gave Prasadam as well.

What a miracle! At the same time, we got news from the hospital that my father was back to conscious state and was doing very well. The doctors were surprised at the progress and they said, ?Some miracle has happened? and discharged my father the very next day. He walked back home from the hospital which is at a distance of 2 blocks.

On 26-2-1986, the function to dedicate the Gold Coin Necklace to Goddess Karpagambal happened in a very grand way. My father also participated in the festivities for some time. My mother, being the secretary of the group, presided the function in the morning and did her work. She participated in the evening meeting as well and submitted her report. Also, on behalf of the Suvasini group, she presented a Godrej Almirah to safeguard the chain and the documents related to the Gold Coin Necklace.

Even now, on all Fridays, on all Full Moon days and every year on February 26th, the Goddess can be seen wearing this Gold Coin Necklace. On 13-3-1986, my father reached the lotus feet of the Goddess without any sufferings. There are no words to describe the Kindness of Sri Maha Periyava, who, in the state when the doctors lost hope and told that my father won?t survive, gave the life back to my father and ensured that my mother did her duties very well and also gave us few more days with our father. Even to this date, me and my family along with my relatives and friends discuss about this wonderful incident and happily remember Sri Maha Periyava?s grace and blessings.

Author: Gowri Sukumar (in Tamil)

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 21, 2020, 04:20:27 PM »
Natesa Iyer served Bhagavan and devotees working as a cook at Sri Ramanasramam for years. The below is what he told Swami Ramanananda:

?I was Bhagavan?s attendant,? he would say, ?when he had one of his cancer operations. In those few hours, I understood directly what Bhagavan meant when he said, ?I am not the body?. His behavior throughout the operation showed very clearly that the body was just something that he was wearing. The flesh was being cut, blood was flowing, and I could see the radium needles that had been inserted into the flesh around the cancer. Bhagavan was fully conscious but utterly indifferent to the procedures that were being carried out on his arm. I was told afterwards that we were in the room with him for 2.5 ? 3 hours, but while we were with him there was no awareness whatsoever of the passage of time. We were all consumed by the power of Bhagavan?s silence. Even the doctors were sucked into it. When the operation had been completed, the doctors spontaneously prostrated to Bhagavan.

?One of them said, ?I have operated on many people, but I have never had an experience like this. There is a peace in this room that I have never felt anywhere else. I cannot describe what it was like except to say that it was unlike anything I have ever experienced before.?

?I think the doctor spoke for us all. Bhagavan, abiding untroubled and unconcerned in his natural state of silence, gave us all an immense blessing while he was being cut open by the medical team. It was an awesome display of power and grace that left me in tears.

?After an operation like this, one would expect a patient to want quiet and rest, but Bhagavan showed a complete indifference to his body and to the advice of his medical team. Overruling the doctors and the ashram management, he announced that he wanted to give darshan to all the devotees who were waiting anxiously outside. As the people filed past him one by one, Bhagavan made inquiries about the health and well-being of the devotees but refused to talk about his own physical state. If people asked about his operation and the state of his health, he would smile but not give any answer.?

- 'The Power of the Presence', David Godman

General topics / Re: Robert Adams Quotes and teachings
« on: January 21, 2020, 03:27:09 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 20, 2020, 07:30:29 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: January 20, 2020, 11:27:23 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: January 20, 2020, 10:57:56 AM »
Thanks Ravi

Here is a link to the previous Akshara Mana Malai Talks in English by Sri Nochur and available for free download ( talks given in years 2014 ,2015 ,2 016 , 2017 )

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: January 18, 2020, 06:27:33 PM »
Experiences with Maha Periyava: Complete the rituals and then come for darshan

Karvar Ramamurthi served at Sri Matha. He wanted leave. ?My mother?s obsequies? he said.

Sri Maha Periyava only said, ?You may go out of town and return.?

As was the tradition in the SriMatham, he received a month?s salary in addition to the usual pay and left. The next day his mother came for Sri Maha Periyava?s darshan. Everyone realised then that Ramamurthi had lied about his mother?s death ceremonies even when she was alive, and had left with the money.

When Ramamurthi returned two days later he learnt of what had happened. He realised that he could not face Periyava. He left for a distant place and worked in different towns. Thirty years later he came for Periyava?s darshan.

?Is your mother well??

?She passed away??

?Did you perform the last rites??

?No. I was in a very distant place in the North. I learnt of it only much later. My younger brother did everything.?

Periyava ordered that five thousand rupees be given to Ramamurthi. He was advised to perform all the rites in Kanchipuram itself.

?Complete the rituals and then come for darshan,? said Periyava.

The gentleman did so. He served SriMathaM for long and in his eightieth year attained the abode of Siva.

Narrated by SriMatham Balu Mama
Source: Maha Periyaval Darisana Anubhavangal

Find devotees in your area / Re: Does anyone about Mr. Subramanian sir?
« on: January 18, 2020, 09:13:03 AM »
Thanks Hari for the update . Glad to note that your father Sri Subramaniam is fine and taking rest being away from the Computer .  This was a big relief for us as we were all worried that suddenly why he stopped posting . Convey our Pranams to him . Hope to see him back  soon .Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanayana

Find devotees in your area / Re: Does anyone about Mr. Subramanian sir?
« on: January 16, 2020, 08:26:45 PM »
i will go over to the address max before this month ends and let you all know
 but any clue of door number of the garadi apartments in K R Road 
any way i will check out
Namo Arunachala Ramana

Sir Balajis post mentions it is  F 322 Garadi Apts. K.R. Road
                                         Bangalore 560 004.

Find devotees in your area / Re: Does anyone about Mr. Subramanian sir?
« on: January 16, 2020, 12:02:40 PM »
I personally met Sri Subramaniam Sir when I visited Bangalore for a family wedding in Feb 2014 and established contact with him ( it was from my old normal cell phone ) .Initially I was to meet him at his residence but later he told he will himself meet me and he came to the Hotel where I was staying and we had a good discussion and then he took us ( me and my mother ) to the nearby A2B and treated us with some sweets and snacks and helped us get a Cab Driver to visit Other places in Bangalore and we had a good 1-2 hoursof good interaction . After that I lost contact with him personally and it was only through this forum . At that time itself he had lot of sugar problem and had difficulty in walking but he talked very lively on various topics of spiritual interest .  He told he has a son who is working in Hongkong and his son has bought a house on the outskirts of Bangalore but he prefers to stay in this rented apartment as it is situated in the heart of the city . I also tried calling his number ( as given by Balaji above ) and it says INVALID NUMBER . So someone in Bangalore can verify personally about him at the address given above .Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Find devotees in your area / Re: Does anyone about Mr. Subramanian sir?
« on: January 15, 2020, 10:37:05 PM »
as i have stated i just want some contact details of him
Namo Ramana

Sundaram Sir

Balaji has given the full contact address above

Find devotees in your area / Re: Does anyone about Mr. Subramanian sir?
« on: January 12, 2020, 01:08:36 PM »
Any updates on Sri Subramaniam ?

General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: January 10, 2020, 05:29:55 PM »
If while washing dishes, we think only of the cup of tea that awaits us, thus hurrying to get the dishes out of the way as if they were a nuisance, then we are not ?washing the dishes to wash the dishes.? What's more, we are not alive during the time we are washing the dishes. In fact we are completely incapable of realizing the miracle of life while standing at the sink. If we can't wash the dishes, the chances are we won't be able to drink our tea either. While drinking the cup of tea, we will only be thinking of other things, barely aware of the cup in our hands. Thus we are sucked away into the future -and we are incapable of actually living one minute of life.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 10, 2020, 07:58:22 AM »
Very important message to detach the I am the Doer attitude and to reduce misery and fear but this must not be used as an excuse to do Adharmic activities or become lazy and Tamasic

Q : I can understand that the outstanding events in a man's life, such as his country, nationality, family, career or profession, marriage, death, etc., are all predestined by his karma, but can it be that all the details of his life, down to the minutest, have already been determined ? Now, for instance, I put this fan that is in my hand down on the floor here. Can it be that it was already decided that on such and such a day, at such and such an hour, I should move the fan like this and put it down here ?

BHAGAVAN : Certainly.
Whatever this body is to do and whatever experiences it is to pass through was already decided when it came into existence.

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 09, 2020, 03:29:08 PM »
D.: Why does not Sri Bhagavan go about and preach the Truth to the people at large?

M.: How do you know that I am not doing it? Does preaching consist in mounting a platform and haranguing to the people around? Preaching is simple communication of knowledge. It may be done in Silence too.

What do you think of a man listening to a harangue for an hour and going away without being impressed by it so as to change his life? Compare him with another who sits in a holy presence and leaves after some time with his outlook on life totally changed. Which is better: To preach loudly without effect or to sit silently sending forth intuitive forces to play on others?
(Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, talk no 285)

Siva appeared before them sitting under the sacred banyan tree. Being yogiraja should He practise yoga? He went into samadhi as He sat; He was in Perfect Repose. Silence prevailed. They saw Him. The effect was immediate. They fell into samadhi and their doubts were at an end.
Silence is the true upadesa. It is the perfect upadesa. It is suited only for the most advanced seeker. The others are unable to draw full inspiration from it. Therefore they require words to explain the Truth. But Truth is beyond words. It does not admit of explanation.
(Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, talk no. 569)

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