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This day, 17th July, in 1896, at his Madurai home, Bhagavan Ramana, through his famous death experience, became forever merged in the infinite ocean of Consciousness which is beyond all notions of time, space and causation.

Let us surrender to Bhagavan and pray for His grace on this holy day.

General Discussion / Suggestions for Baby Girl Name
« on: April 14, 2017, 10:11:14 AM »
Hi All,
Can forum members please suggest some spiritually relevant names for a baby girl? We are searching for a good name for my daughter.


Does anybody know if one can take a Mantra of Sri Bhagavan from a self realized master? If so, who can give the Mantra? I firmly believe that being initiated with Sri Bhagavan's mantra will be extremely helpful for spiritual progress. Is there anything wrong in this assumption?

Sri Ramana Kendram has generously made available for free download in PDF format a book which contains reminiscences of Bhagavan Ramana by 202 individuals who had the good fortune of personally visiting and interacting with him or serving him. You may download the book from here:

General topics / This body is not me
« on: October 31, 2015, 09:42:44 PM »
What a beautiful and powerful poem.

This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.
Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
manifestations from my wondrous true mind.
Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,
sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide and seek.
So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.
We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

General Discussion / Ill-effects of television on Yoga
« on: October 26, 2013, 02:07:33 PM »
Good article for spiritual aspirants:

Some very important points are mentioned in the article. I am quoting them here:

But watching TV also has some subtle negative consequences on the consciousness of the spiritual aspirant which are seldom mentioned


The images beamed forth from the television tend to be so enthralling that they hold the mind captive.   They swamp our brain and also invade our subconscious.


There is also a third ill-effect (which will certainly make a positivist incredulous) and this is related to the fact that every room, home, city, country sustains its own vital atmosphere.  Have you ever noticed the difference between the atmosphere in a place of worship, a library and a bar?.  This vital atmosphere becomes tainted or poisoned when gory scenes from the TV are beamed into the room.   It is difficult to concentrate or meditate in a room which has retains such an atmosphere.


For the spiritual aspirant, the short-term solution is really to live as much as possible without watching television.  In the long-term, the consciousness needs to be cleansed completely of all past images and this can only occur after various spiritual experiences.

General topics / Buddha's first words after enlightenment
« on: October 14, 2013, 07:07:47 PM »
The Buddha's first words after enlightenment were these:

"Seeking but not finding the house builder, I traveled through the round of countless births. Oh, painful is birth ever and again! House builder, you have now been seen. You shall not build the house again. Your rafters have been broken down; your ridge-pole is demolished too. My mind has now attained the unformed nirvana and reached the end of every kind of craving." (Dh. 153-54.)

In this video, Sri SN Goenka explains it in more detail. Please listen to this in full:

General topics / China creating trouble
« on: May 02, 2013, 09:02:02 PM »
What should be one's attitude at a time like this when China is trying to occupy India's land? Should devotees of Sri Bhagavan ignore it completely?

General topics / Lead, kindly light
« on: March 09, 2013, 11:04:21 PM »

Lead, Kindly Light, amidst th'encircling gloom,
Lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou
Shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
Lead Thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years!

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on.
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!

Meantime, along the narrow rugged path,
Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith,
Home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.

-- John Henry Newman

General topics / Prayer
« on: November 10, 2012, 08:28:35 PM »

Swami Sivananda, like Mahatma Gandhi, gave great importance to prayer. He made evening satsanga a regular feature of the Ashram activities, and he used to attend it most regularly. He had the conviction that God listens to the sincere prayer coming from the heart, and he used to pray to the Lord and sing bhajans (devotional songs) with exceptionally rare bhava (feeling). Bhajan and kirtan are also a form of prayer and Swamiji excelled in them too. He used to slip into divine ecstasy while doing kirtan (singing the Lord's names), and often was dancing with the kirtan. He made Sankirtan (group kirtan) popular. Very fittingly, he was known as Sankirtan Samrat - king of group singing. His views on prayer are as inspiring as his bhajans:

Prayer is an effort of man to commune with the Lord. When you pray, you are in tune with the Infinity. You link yourself with Hiranyagarbha - the inexhaustible cosmic storehouse of power - and thus draw power, energy, light and strength. Prayer is a mighty spiritual force.

Prayer is depending on God for help in distress. Prayer is expecting God to decide what is best for you when you are in a dilemma.

Prayer represents a mystic state when the individual consciousness is absorbed in God.

Prayer is uplifting the soul to God. It is an act of love and adoration to Him.

There is nothing so purifying as prayer. Prayer lightens the heart and fills the mind with peace, strength and purity. Prayer works wonders.

Prayer elevates, inspires, redeems. It fills the mind with purity. It brings man nearer to God. It keeps him in tune with God, and makes him feel the Divine Consciousness and his essential, immortal and blissful nature. Through prayer Divine grace and Divine Light descend.

Prayer is a spiritual food for the soul.

Prayer is a master key to open the realm of Elysian Bliss.

Prayer should come from the innermost recess of the heart. Then alone it will be heard at once.

God listens to, and answers all your prayers. God ever responds to the appeal of His sincere devotees. Prayer that comes from a sincere, pure heart is at once heard by the Lord.

There are no problems that cannot be dissolved by prayer, no sufferings that cannot be allayed by prayer, no difficulties that cannot be surmounted by prayer, and no evil that cannot be overcome by prayer. Prayer is the miracle by which God's power flows into human veins.

Prayer should be lifelong, and your life should be one long prayer.

Through prayer empty your heart and God shall fill it with Consciousness-Delite, and you shall be all full.

Attune your heart with the Lord by doing fervent and sincere prayer daily. Prayer must become habitual. If you pray regularly, your life will be gradually changed and moulded.

Prayer expands the heart. Prayer purifies the heart. It fills the heart with immense power and strength.

Prayer fills the mind with purity. It will keep your mind in tune with the Lord. It will instil in your heart joy, peace and bliss.

Prayer generates spiritual currents, and produces tranquillity of the mind. There is nothing so purifying as prayer.

Essentially, prayer should be selfless as far as possible. We should first pray for the good of others, for the welfare and peace of the world and for our own spiritual evolution; we should pray for eradication of our evil qualities, for wisdom and knowledge, for goodness and saintliness. Asato maa sad-gamaya; Tamaso maa jyotir-gamaya; mrityormaa amritam gamaya. Lead me from unreal to the Real; from darkness to the Light; from mortality to Immortality. This is the best prayer - the prayer for the Light, for the Truth, for Immortality.

Prayer cleanses the dross and steadies the mind. It washes off the impurities of the heart with the pure waters of spiritual emotions, corrects the defects and shortcomings, and prepares the mind for the reception of Self-knowledge.

Pray to God fervently: "O Lord! Make my will strong to resist all temptations, to control my indriyas (senses) and my lower nature. Enthrone Thyself in my heart. Make me fit to dwell in Thee for ever."

Prayer grinds the flint of egoism, breaks the walls of pride, and consumes the fire of selfishness.

By prayer you dwell in the Lord who is all happiness and the sweetest of sweets. It opens the eye of intuition. Wherever you turn this 'eye', you see nothing but God - the transcendent Divinity.

Pray fervently for the descent of the Divine Light.

God wants your heart when you pray. Lay bare your heart. Melt the mind in the agni (fire) of divine love. Crave for His mercy.

Do not pray for the attainment of some selfish ends or mundane gains. It should be done without expectation of fruit. Pray for His mercy. Pray for light, purity and guidance.

Repetition of stotras or hymns will elevate your mind, inspire you.

Common mass-prayer is very inspiring. A huge spiritual current is generated during mass-prayer. In times of danger and calamity, mass prayer works wonders.

Prayer for the departed souls bestows peace on them.

This beautiful poem by Theodore Tilten conveys the transitory nature of  the world. How powerful this poem is!


Once in Persia reigned a king,
Who upon a signet ring
Carved a maxim strange and wise,
When held before his eyes,
Gave him counsel at a glance,
Fit for every change and chance;
Solemn words, and these were they:

Trains, of camel through the sand
Brought him gems from Samarcand;
Fleets of galleys over the seas
Brought him pearls to rival these,
But he counted little gain,
Treasures of the mine or main;
"What is wealth?" the king would say,

'Mid the pleasures of his court
At the zenith of their sport,
When the palms of all his guests
Burned with clapping at his jests,
Seated midst the figs and wine,
Said the king: "Ah, friends of mine,
Pleasure comes but not to stay,

Woman, fairest ever seen
Was the bride he crowned as queen,
Pillowed on the marriage-bed
Whispering to his soul, he said
"Though no monarch ever pressed
Fairer bosom to his breast,
Mortal flesh must come to clay -

Fighting on the furious field,
Once a javelin pierced his shield,
Soldiers with a loud lament
Bore him bleeding to his tortured side,
"Pain is hard to bear," he cried,
"But with patience, day by day,

Towering in a public square
Forty cubits in the air,
And the king disguised, unknown,
Gazed upon his sculptured name,
And he pondered, "What is fame?
Fame is but a slow decay!

Struck with palsy, sore and old,
Waiting at the gates of gold,
Said he with his dying breath
"Life is done, but what is Death?"
Then as answer to the king
Fell a sunbeam on his ring;
Showing by a heavenly ray,

-- Theodore Tilten

Dear friends,
Is gazing at Sri Bhagavan's photograph an effective sadhana?


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Faith in Ramana
« on: July 11, 2011, 06:36:32 PM »
Dear friends,
Ramana has said that like the passengers in a train, we should keep our luggage in the train instead of carrying the burden on our heads (meaning we offer up our troubles and responsibilities to God and rely upon Him) .

When I tried to put this to practice recently, I found myself inadequate to the task.

A certain person is causing us some trouble and anxiety by his actions (this is not something life threatening or dangerous, but something that will cause us some problem). We wanted to take legal action, but this gave me an opportunity to test my own reliance on Bhagawan.

So instead of taking any action out of self will, I decided to hand over tha matter to Bhagawan and let Him deal with this person.
However, in these 2 to 3 weeks of waiting, the problem persists and that person is merrily doing what he wants (the matter is such that if nothing is done about it in the next few days, it will be beyond redemption).

I am now quite tired and frustrated as I do not see anything positive happening. I am getting the feeling that my own faith is inadequate, or that such worldly matters are too trivial for a Power like Sri Bhagawan.

At the same time, I am wary of doing anything on my own since I have  placed the matter in His hands, and anything I do on my own would mean that I do not fully trust Him!

What should one do in such circumstances? I feel that I have failed in this.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan's Appalam Song
« on: February 07, 2010, 06:07:31 PM »
Can someone please post Bhagavan's famous appalam song as well as its english or kannada translation?

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Ramana Astottara
« on: November 16, 2009, 09:12:30 PM »
Can anyone please let us know where I can download the text of Ramana astottara (as well as a recording, if there is any)?

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