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General topics / Guru Poornima Day - 27.06.2018
« on: June 27, 2018, 10:33:20 AM »
Today is Guru Purnima. The day on which one specially prays to Guru and offer   
one's salutations to him. The day is also called Vyasa Purnima, since Vyasa is
considered as the first guru.

Let us offer our special prayers to Sri Ramana, our Guru.

In the Asramam there will be special prayers to Sri Bhagavan, with devotees
offering their songs to Sri Bhagavan.

Our special namaskarams to our Guru on this special occasion.

Arunachala Siva.     

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General topics / Cow Lakshmi Liberation Day 24.06.2018.
« on: June 24, 2018, 10:31:27 AM »
Today is Cow Lakshmi Liberation Day.

In the Asramam, there will be puja in Lakshmi's Samadhi.  The samadhi will
be adorned with a silk saree, with fruits and flowers.  The devotees will then
sing songs of Bhagavan about Lakshmi. After this, the devotees will be given
plantains and flowers.  During lunch, the devotees will be served with sweet
pongal.


Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Mother Azhagamma's Liberation Day - 7th June 2018
« on: June 07, 2018, 10:09:24 AM »
Today is the Maha Puja (Liberation Day) of Mother Azhagammal.  She attained Liberation on this day at Skandasramam.  While she was in her last hours, Bhagavan placed His hands on the head and on the chest and caused her various vasanas to become extinguished.  Then He made her incoming breath to merge in the Heart and thus she attained Liberation. ( Krishna Paksha -Navami)

There will be special abhishekam, alankaram and arti for the Matrubhuteswarar Lingam and  Yogamba also to the deities in the same premises.

Devotees will sing Arunachala Akshara Manamalai and other songs of Bhagavan
and also Tiruvachakam in the shrine.

This will be followed by good lunch with sweets.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Sri Bhagavan's 68th Aradhana - 13.05.2018
« on: May 13, 2018, 10:34:30 AM »
Today is Bhagavan's 68th Aradhana.  In 1950, He shed His body and the Brahma
Jnani merged with Brahman, Arunachala.

Today there will be many functions in the Asramam.  In the morning, there will be
Nadaswaram playing, followed by the singing Bhagavan's and Muruganar's songs.
There will also be dance programs depicting Bhagavan's life.

In the morning there will be special abhishekam, alankaram and arti for Sri
Ramaneswara Mahalingam. 

In the lunch there will be provided sweets and payasam.

In the afternoon, there will be singing of Tevaram and Tiruvachakam songs by
special groups invited from outside. they are called Odhuvarars. 

In the evening there will be concerts, by special groups from outside.

The whole day will be a joyous day in the Asramam.   

**

I feel like singing this song from Tiruvachakam:
 
தந்ததுன் றன்னைக் கொண்டதென் றன்னைச்
    சங்கரா ஆர்கொலோ சதுரர்
அந்தமொன் றில்லா ஆனந்தம் பெற்றேன்
    யாதுநீ பெற்றதொன் றென்பால்
சிந்தையே கோயில் கொண்டஎம் பெருமான்
    திருப்பெருந் துறையுறை சிவனே
எந்தையே ஈசா உடலிடங் கொண்டாய்
    யான்இதற் கிலன்ஓர்கைம் மாறே.

It is Yourself, You gave to me and received from me,
mine O Sankara !
Who is the cleverer one?
From You I received unending Ananda.
What did You receive from me at all?
My God,
who made my mind, Your temple !
O Siva abiding at sacred Perunturai !
O my Father !
O Lord-God !
You abide in my body.
How can I requite You for this?

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Sri Rama and Sri Ramana Maharshi
« on: March 25, 2018, 08:00:50 AM »
Sri Rama Navami - 2019:


* * * The Greatness of "Rama" Japa * * *

A devotee asked,
?Swami, what is the easiest way to attain moksha??

Bhagavan Sri Ramana said with a smile,
?As and when the mind goes astray,
it should be turned inward and made to steady
itself in the thought of the Self.
That is the only way.?

Another devotee said,
?To do so, the repeating of the name of Rama is good, is it not??

?Certainly, it is good,? said Bhagavan Sri Ramana .

?What could be better?

The greatness of the japa
of the name of Rama is extraordinary.

In the story of Namadeva he is reported to
have told one devotee,
?If you want to know the greatness of the name of Rama
you must first know what your own name is,
what your real nature (swarupa) is,
who you are and how you were born.
Unless you know your own origin,
you will not know your name!?

This idea is found in the Abhangas
of Namadeva written in Marathi language and
in the Malayalam Adhyatma Ramayana.?

Thereupon Bhagavan Sri Ramana related a story from the latter.

IT IS STATED in that book that
when Anjaneya ( Lord Hanuman) went in search of Sita,
he seated himself opposite to Ravana in the Darbar Hall
on a high pedestal and fearlessly spoke to him thus:

?Oh Ravana,
I give you a teaching (upadesa) for attaining liberation (moksha).
Please listen to me carefully.
It is certain that the Self (Atma) gets purified
by intense devotion to Hari,
who is in the lotus of the Heart at all times.
The ego gets destroyed and
then the sin gets destroyed.
Afterwards, in its place,
the knowledge of the transcendent Self emerges.
With a pure mind and with the Bliss (Ananda)
generated by a firm knowledge of the Self,
the two letters ?Ra? ?Ma?
which are like mantras,
will repeat themselves within you automatically.
What more is required for a person
who has this knowledge,
however little it might be ?
Hence worship the lotus feet of Vishnu,
which will remove all worldly fears,
which are dear to all devotees and
which shine as brightly as the light of a crore of Suns.
Give up the ignorance of your mind?.

This has been mentioned in two or three slokas in the Sanskrit Adhyatma Ramayanam but not as elaborately as
in the Malayalam text.

Is the greatness of the name of Rama ordinary?

~ from Spiritual Stories as told by Ramana Maharshi book

***

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Maha Sivaratri - - 13.02.2018
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:30:39 PM »
Today is Maha Sivaratri. According to Bhagavan Ramana's poems, on this day,
the Jyothir Lingam of Annamalai, became the Hill and all devas, under the leadership
of Hari, prayed to Siva today.

There is celebration in all Siva temples in Karnataka.  The celebration in Nanjangud
is said to be the greatest.

What do people like me do?   There is a simple puja at night around 7 pm.
After that milk is placed as naivedyam.

People like me cannot do upavasa, nor stay awake at night.  What I do is to
chant Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva for quite some time.

Arunachala Siva. 

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General topics / Poems from Mountain Path -
« on: January 20, 2018, 12:10:44 PM »
I am giving some poems from Mountain Path, fir

st from July Sep 2017 issue:

Purnamidam *

Geetha Ravichandran.

*Om Purnamadah Purnamidam / Purnat Purnamudachyate / Purnasya Purnamadaya/
Purnameva Vasishyate / Om Santih, santih, santih.   

When I told you that I thought
the beautiful Sanskrit mantra
actually talks of love,
you said it is chanted at the burning ghats
when water is sprinkled
and the bed of flaming logs
consume all dreams and desires.
May be love is just a crackle
that sends sparks flying
which singe as they settle.
It is the memory that breathes
in the ashes, that feels so real.
And specks of warmth
let the mind heal and rise
to a new wholeness.

***

Arunachala Siva.   

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Ashrams / Bhagavan Jayanti - 03.01.2018 - 138th Jayanti:
« on: January 03, 2018, 08:29:06 AM »
Today is Bhagavan Jayanti - 138th Jayanti.  Margazhi Punarvasu star day.  The young Venkataraman was born on this day, in Tiruchuzhi. The day next to Ardra Darsanam day. He was born in the early morning.  The mid wife who was blind suddenly saw a flash of Light when the baby was born.

The young Venkatraman was not brilliant in his studies.  He used to swim in the nearby river and spent his time.

**

The Asramam celebrates the Jayanti day, with special abhishekam, alankaram and
arti to Sri Ramaneswara Maha Lingam, followed by many songs in praise of Bhagavan.
Ilayaraja also used to come on this day and sing his own songs in praise of Bhagavan.
This will be followed by good lunch, with sweets.

In evening, there will be dance dramas, reading of Tiruvachakam and other such
functions.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Ardra Darsanam - 02.01.2018
« on: January 02, 2018, 08:38:04 AM »
Today is Ardra Darsanam.  Today,  Nataraja performs His Cosmic Dance. It is celebrated
in all Siva Temples where Nataraja is there.  It is also celebrated in the Asramam where there is Natraja idol in the Mother's temple.

The form of Nataraja - the supreme dancer - has been hailed as the highest concept of
art.

Angikam bhuvanam yasya
Vachikam sarva vangmayam
Acharyam chandra taradi
Tam namah satvikam Sivam.

Whose limbs are the universe, Whose word is the essence of all language. Whose
ornaments are the moon and stars - To that Virtuous Shivam, we bow down!

Saivagama Tantras, the ritualistic sacred texts of Sadhana or devout single pointed
worship, devised an artistic form in which all human devotion can be directed - Nataraja,  the supreme dancer.  The form of Nataraja has been hailed  as the highest
concept of art.  Ancient Saivites were known to practice a dance drama at the famous Nataraja Temple of Chidambaram.  In the holy month of Margazhi (December - January) in Tamizh Nadu, on the day with the asterism Tiru Adirai, the Arudra festival is especially important to Lord Nataraja in all temples, particularly Chidambaram.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   

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General Discussion / Poems from Golden Jubilee Souvenir -1896 - 1946:
« on: November 22, 2017, 01:56:16 PM »
I am giving some poems from the Golden Jubilee Souvenir 1896-1946 of
Sri Ramana:

Spirit of Peace:  (Humbly Offered to Sri Ramana)

Veronica Eyton - California.

O living God, O Spirit Blest,
Father of all, in Thee I rest.
Thou art my tender, gentle calm,
Thou art my sorrow's healing balm.

Spirit of Peace, Supernal Source,
Wisdom divine that guides my course,
Light of the World, that lightens me,
Thou dost redeem and set me free!

Over my heart, Thy hand is laid,
And Revelation comes to me;
Discord dissolves, and unafraid
I realize my Self in Thee!

***

Arunachala Siva. 
   
     
 

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General topics / Saiva Canons of Tiru Navukkarasar. Canons 4,5, and 6:
« on: November 04, 2017, 01:09:43 PM »
Saiva Canon 4: 


Tiru Atikai Virattanam:

Verse 1:

கூற்றாயின வாறு விலக்ககிலீர் கொடுமைபல செய்தன நான்அறியேன்
ஏற்றாய்அடிக் கேஇர வும்பகலும் பிரியாது வணங்குவன் எப்பொழுதும்
தோற்றாதென் வயிற்றின் அகம்படியே குடரோடு துடக்கி முடக்கியிட
ஆற்றேன்அடி யேன்அதி கைக்கெடில வீரட்டா னத்துறை அம்மானே.


The father who dwells in Atikai Vīraṭṭāṉam on the northern bank of Keṭilam!
You do not cure my disease, which is giving me pain like the god of death. I do not know that I did many cruel acts intentionally to get this disease.  Siva who has a bull!
I bow to your feet only, always night and day without leaving them. Being invisible,
inside my belly, to disable me by binding together with the intestines.  I who am your slave could not bear the pain. You must admit me as your slave removing the disease.

Arunachala Siva.


 

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General topics / Sri Soundarya Lahari Parayanam - Mr.Modi Prime Minister.
« on: October 30, 2017, 06:49:08 AM »
Last evening about 10000 housewives did chanting of Sri Soundarya Lahari and Sri
Dakshinamurty Stotram of Sri Sankara in the Palace Grounds in Bangalore.  The
function was arranged by Edathurai Swamiji.  The function was inaugurated by
Sri Modi, Prime Minister, who also gave a brief speech about the role of women for
the New India.  He also chanted the slokas along with the ladies! The function was a
grand success!

Arunachala Siva.     

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Can anyone please write to me what is the Eka Sloki of Sri Bhagavan and Sri Sankara?

Arunachala Siva.

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General Discussion / Punar vasu star day - 25.06.2017
« on: June 25, 2017, 11:18:20 AM »
Today is Punarvasu star day.  In the month of Margazhi, Bhagavan was born.
Punarvasu is also the birth star of Sri Rama.  Every Punarvasu day, the Asramam is
celebrating as a festival, with special abhikshekam, alankaram and arti for Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingam. After Arti, the Asramam is arranging a feast for the
visitors and devotees., with sweets. 

The devotees also sing Punarvasu vannam of Muruganar, verses in praise of the Punarvasu star, Bhagavan's birth star.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Azagammal' Liberation Day - 20.05.2017
« on: May 20, 2017, 10:38:09 AM »
Today is Maha Puja, Mother Azhagammal's Liberation Day.  On this day, there will be
special abhishekam, alankaram and Arti for Sri Matru Bhuteswarar Lingam in Mother's
Temple, followed by a good feast.

Devotees will chant many slokas in the Mother's Temple and arti will be shown to
Sri Matru Bhuteswarar Lingam and Yogamba.

Arunachala Siva.     
 

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