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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Wishes from the heart
« on: January 04, 2013, 09:48:22 PM »
Pranams to all,

Came for a visit on the forum, and saw that there are still fierce arguments and discussions here. That's good, because it eventually wears out from sheer mental exhaustion  :) LOL!!!   

I know! Had my share of arguments. How the mind loves to chew on the intellectual level, that's it's food, energy and this is absolutely essential for it's own existence.

There's a lot of restlessness in a sadhaka. The quest is considered gigantic, beyond one's capacity, beyond one's sins... Only because one considers the body as himself.

Eventually something clicks, a deeper understanding that rises with peace and a surrender. Everything is in the silence of one's owm Being.

At the beginning of this new year, my Love to all of you and may you realise that the Grace of Bhagavan is ever within you, in the depth of your Being...

General topics / The Nisargadatta Gita
« on: April 14, 2012, 06:40:44 PM »
Namaste to all,

Keeping our attention on the self, Self-Enquiry, isn't easy and one must be earnest. Sri Nisargadatta said it was "a slippery place". The mind and thoughts do not collaborate as we all know.

A disciple of Maharaj made a compilation of all the quotes mentionning "I Am". It is the same teaching as Bhagavan, which is to keep our attention on the self, which Maharaj called the "I Am". This disciple is Pradeep Apte and this compilation is easy to find on the web.

I don't know of any other "tool" that centers one's attention on the self.

He also made a shorter compilation called the Nisargadatta Sadhana.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Realisation
« on: January 15, 2012, 07:53:58 PM »

 Bhagvan Ramana Maharishi

 D.: How will it end?
M.: That which is born must end. The delusion is only concomitant with the ego. It rises up and sinks. But the Reality never rises nor
 sinks. It remains Eternal. The Master who has realised says so; the disciple hears, thinks over the words and realises the Self. There
 are two ways of putting it.
The ever-present Self needs no efforts to be realised, Realisation is already there. Illusion alone is to be removed. Some say the word
 from the mouth of the Master removes it instantaneously. Others say that meditation, etc., are necessary for realisation. Both are
 right; only the standpoints differ.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Video of Ramana
« on: September 23, 2011, 09:18:04 PM »
A marvelous video with pictures and the teaching of Baghavan: The Look of Love and Grace. Watch in full screen.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / The Presence of Ramana
« on: September 19, 2011, 05:00:09 PM »
At the Feet of Bhagavan
Leaves from the Diary of T. K. Sundaresa Iyer

MR. and Mrs S. were visitors from Peru to the Ashram. They had heard of
the Maharshi and His greatness, of how He was accepted by Arunachala,
and how He and Arunachala are one. To the couple, Sri Maharshi's
presence on earth seemed the second coming of the Christ Himself, so
they had longed for years to meet this God-Man once in their lives.

They were too poor to find the money for their passage to India. But in
their burning desire to see the God-Man in flesh and blood, they laid by
each week a few coins out of their small wages, and in a few years they
had enough money to become deck-passengers without the pleasant luxury
of the higher classes on the ship. So they sailed for several months,
and at last reached India and Tiruvannamalai.

The couple narrated all their story to Bhagavan, all the privations they
had undergone to have a look at Sri Maharshi. Bhagavan was all kindness
to them. He heard their story with great concern, and then remarked:
"You need not have taken all this trouble. You could well have
thought of me from where you were, and so could have had all the
consolation of a personal visit." This remark of Sri Bhagavan they
could not easily understand, nor did it give them any consolation as
they sat at His feet like Mary. Sri Maharshi did not want to disturb
their pleasure in being In His immediate vicinity, and so He left them
at that.

Later in the evening Sri Maharshi was enquiring about their day-to-day
life, and incidentally their talk turned to Peru. The couple began
picturing the landscape of Peru and were describing the sea-coast and
the beach of their own town. Just then Maharshi remarked: "Is not
the beach of your town paved with marble slabs, and are not coconut
palms planted in between? Are there not marble benches in rows facing
the sea there and did you not often sit on the fifth of those with your
wife?" This remark of Sri Maharshi created great astonishment in the
couple. How could Sri Bhagavan, who had never gone out of
Tiruvannamalai, know so intimately such minute details about their own

Sri Maharshi only smiled and remarked: "It does not matter how I can
tell. Enough if you know that in the Self there is no Space-Time."
This confirmed in the minds of the couple Sri Maharshi's original
statement that they could well have thought of Him even at their own
home and so obtained His blessings.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / The Self
« on: September 16, 2011, 07:34:11 AM »
"Knowing the Self is being the Self, and being means existence - one own's existence - which no one denies, any more than one denies one's eyes, although one cannot see them. The trouble lies with your desire to objectify the Self, in the same way you objectify your eyes, when you place a mirror before them. You have been so accustomed to objectify that you lost the knowledge of yourself, simply because the Self cannot be objectify. Who is to know the Self? Can the insentient body or mind know it? All the time you speak and think of your "I", "I", "I", yet when questioned you deny knowledge of it. You are the Self, yet you ask as to how to know the Self"

From the booklet: Thus Spake Ramana
By Swamy Rajeswarananda
Sri Ramanasramam 2003
#52 page 32

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / David Godman's video
« on: September 12, 2011, 07:23:40 PM »
For the devotees here who haven't seen this interview of David Godman on vichara. It is a two part video.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / On striving...effort.
« on: October 15, 2009, 11:29:33 PM »
Dear All,

Below are a few sayings of Sri Nisargadatta. It is a compilation from the book I Am That that are available on this site:

Don't try to reform yourself, just see the futility of all change. The changeful keeps on changing while the changeless is waiting. Do not expect the changeful to take you to the changeless - it can never happen. Only when the very idea of changing is seen as false and abandoned, the changeless can come into its own.

If you are earnest, you will find that in the end you will get fed up with roaming and regret the waste of energy and time. To find your self you need not take a single step.

It is not what you do, but what you stop doing that matters.

Your mind is steeped in the habits of evaluation and acquisition, and will not admit that the incomparable and unobtainable are waiting timelessly within your own heart for recognition. All you have to do is to abandon all memories and expectations. Just keep yourself ready in utter nakedness and nothingness.

The Self is near and the way to it is easy. All you need doing is doing nothing.

Stay open and quiet, that is all. What you seek is so near you that there is no place for a way.

Your needs are unreal and your efforts are meaningless.

The people who begin their sadhana are so feverish and restless that they have to be very busy to keep themselves on the track. An absorbing routine is good for them. After some time, they quieten down and turn away from effort. In peace and silence, the skin of the "I" dissolves and the inner and the outer become one. The real sadhana is effortless.

Abandon every attempt, just be; don't strive, don't struggle, let go every support, hold on to the blind sense of being, brushing off all else. This is enough.

It is your idea that you have to do things that entangle you in the results of your efforts - the motive, the desire, the failure to achieve, the sense of frustration - all this holds you back. Simply look at whatever happens and know that you are beyond it.


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Jivan-Mukta & Videha-Mukta
« on: September 16, 2009, 12:06:12 AM »
Dear Subramanian and Srkudai,

Could you elaborate, share your thoughts, your understanding and sources (scriptures, books etc.) on Jivan-Mukta (Liberated while embodied) and the Videha-Mukta (Liberated after death).


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Renunciation
« on: September 11, 2009, 04:54:32 PM »
Renunciation is also "neti-neti" for what can one renunce? What is inherent in me I cannot, what I do not have I cannot. I can only renunce what I am not.

All the thoughts, I am not. The flows of thoughts is relentless and we are so easily lead outward from the self. And it is easy to munch on thoughts about the difficulties, the desire for Realisation, and with it comes a restlessness. This is all of the mind, and keeps our attention outward.

Renunciation and surrender are the same. When the slate is wipped clean, only the Self "remains".

There is a story that Dear Subramanian wrote recently about a young girl who was meditating while a boy tried to distract her, and she said to the boy that he cannot "touch" her. Sri Ramana smiled!

A very enlightening story. Once the conviction that I AM HE, is firm and unfailling, then one has only to gently return within when a thought sprout trying to captivate my attention towards what I am not.

It has often been said that "efforts" is the biggest obstacle. Be Still!


I think everyone will appreciate reading this short text by a devotee of Sri Ramana, called "Self Enquiry, its method and its fruits"

Arunachala Siva

General Discussion / Indian Cuisine
« on: September 07, 2008, 06:38:04 PM »

I read that the "General Discussion" is open to all subject, so here goes!

I love Indian Cuisine and have started to cook some recently. I love the butter chicken, which I make with a vegetarian chicken. I make my Garam Masala and make two other Masala.

I would like to know more recipes, which are regularly made in India. Or maybe a book translated in English that is a basic Indian Cuisine book used in India.


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Prarabdha
« on: August 18, 2008, 06:00:06 PM »
Dear All,

Prarabdha already laid out by Iswara in our present life is predetermined and cannot be changed. This brings the point that if prarabdha has to evolved as already laid out, where is free-will? Sri Ramana said that no matter what you do, what has to happen will happen and what is not determined to happen will not happen.

If this is the case, then how can one possibly accumulate any prarabdha? One can say that we have the liberty of our "attitude" towards the film of our life and surrender. Then why would even our "attitudes" not be prarabdha?

Does an actor accumulate any prarabdha? 

General topics / Tamil
« on: July 24, 2008, 04:35:32 PM »
Dear Subramanain,

Could you give me an explanation on the meaning of some words in Tamil (I believe).  I have seen in another group, members respectfully address all members as "Sri" and often use also "ji" with the name.

They would also finish their post with "my PrAnams".

The motive being this is that it is expressed toward the Self, Brahman.

Words, for the moment that I would like to better understand:  Sri;  PrAnams, ji, Namaste.

General topics / Living Guru
« on: July 13, 2008, 08:36:42 PM »
Is a living guru absolutely necessary? 

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