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General topics / Bhagavan and Periyava - ONE!
« on: March 08, 2013, 01:05:26 PM »
freinds,

A devotee reminisces :


http://mahaperiyavaa.wordpress.com/2013/03/07/be-quick-be-quick-swami-is-looking-at-you/


Ramanarpamastu

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General topics / Naming Baby
« on: January 14, 2013, 02:30:39 PM »
Friends,

My son was born in september 2012.  We wish to name him after bhagavan, his teaching, devotees or arunachala. I have been having a tough time thinking of names that would have relevance to bhagavan, arunachala and his teachings. The name, ideally should start with the letter 'k'. Would be very happy if you could provide me with some inputs. :)

Thanks for all your blessings,

Lakshmi

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Here and There!
« on: August 17, 2012, 07:36:41 PM »
At about 9.00 a.m. on the next morning, I was sitting in the hall of the ashram a few yards in front of Sri Ramana, who was seated in samadhi state on the sofa. Many men and women devotees were also sitting on the floor with their eyes closed. Perfect silence prevailed. We were all watching the sage, who was effortlessly sitting absorbed in the Self. To watch him was itself a great inspiration. An old brahmin pundit, who was till then sitting with his eyes shut, stood up and walked one or two steps forward and stood near Sri Ramana's sofa. This pundit was clad in silk upper anga-vastram and a dhoti beneath his waist. He wore two diamond rings on two of his fingers of the left hand. He had diamond-set earrings also. His tall forehead was marked by vibhuti stripes. There was also a big kumkum mark between his two eyebrows. He was a well built old man. He loudly addressed Sri Ramana in Telugu and spoke with a stentorian voice. He said, "Swamiji, many men and women are now sitting before you in order to get some instruction. You do not speak even one word. They too do not put any questions to you. They are all silently sitting to learn something. What are you teaching them? What are they learning from you? Please explain this secret to me."

Sri Ramana did not stir. He did not open his eyes or make any gesture to indicate that he had heard the loud words uttered by the old pundit. All of us were eager to listen to any answer that the great sage might give. The questioner stood for five minutes hoping that the sage would give a reply. However, the sage continued to sit with his eyes closed as before. The old pundit started to speak again and said in Telugu as follows: "My two questions have not been answered by you, Swamiji. I too cannot discover the answers. Please explain the matter by word of mouth." After having thus spoken, he continued to stand. Sri Ramana then opened his bright eyes and looked at the old pundit and replied in Telugu as follows: "What are you asking me? Is there any one here to teach others?" Unable to give an answer to the questions put by the sage himself, the Telugu pundit said again as follows: "If it is so, why are so many men and women sitting patiently in front of you? What profit do they derive by sitting in this hall?"

Sri Ramana, with a slight smile on his serene face, gave the following instructive reply. He said in Telugu, "The question must be put there. Why are you putting that question here?" When he used the adverb there, the sage stretched his hand towards the assembled devotees. When he used the other adverb here, he turned his hand towards himself. Such were his suggestive gestures and answers. From the words and gestures of Sri Ramana, I realized a profound secret. Other devotees assembled in the hall must have also realized the same thing. That was this: Sri Ramana had no notion or idea that he was a teacher or a Guru. Likewise, he had no notion or idea that the men and women sitting in the hall were ignorant and that they needed enlightenment. From the great sage's point of view, every one in the hall was Brahman or Atman. His drishti was that of a knower of Brahman. Knowers of Brahman have Brahman drishti.

- T.S.Anantha Murthy


[http://www.arunachala.org/newsletters/1995/jan-feb]

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Friends,

Mahan Kanchi maha periva has blessed countless number of devotees in his lifetime. Infact even till today, like bhagavan he continues to bless us all. I came across this video and many others in the process which really proved once again that Mahan sri seshadri swamigal, bhagavan ramana and maha periva were all but the same God!

I am giving the link hereinbelow. Gowrishankar mama lives in Thiruvannamalai :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPf_Hcq2HkU&feature=relmfu


Gowri shankar mama almost is in tears when he narrates the experience where maha periva gives him and his mother darshan as seshadri swamigal and bhagavan ramana!

Ramanarpamastu


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Tripura Rahasya and other ancient works / Lalitha Sahasranamam
« on: September 28, 2011, 09:44:38 AM »
Dear Friends,

Being the first day of navarathri, starting today, i would be happy to hear the mahatmiyam of lalitha sahasranamam and any purana kathas asssociated with it. Some people chant lalitha sahasranamam everyday and have been known to have gained immense self-belief and stamina from the recitation. Kindly also post details if it has any mention in ramana leela..

Ramanarpamastu


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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan's Golden words
« on: August 26, 2011, 11:51:36 PM »
Friends,

I felt like reproducing this paragraph from Sh.David Godman's blog. I dont know why, but this statement by bhagavan just resonates within me every now and then. I always feel that whether we live in happy or tough times, these words are words of pearl and gold. It should always be remembered. Also, these words carry a lot of hope and energy. It is possible to remember and reach bhagavan here and now!

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"Then Maharshi spoke out in a calm, mellow, silvery voice: ‘Bharathi, take refuge in silence. You can be here or there or anywhere. Fixed in silence, established in the inner I, you can be as you are. The world will never perturb you if you are well founded upon the tranquility within. You have a sankalpa – to write out your inspirations, to bring out the Bharata shakti [power of India]. It is better to finish off sankalpas here and now and keep a clear sky within. But do it in silence. Gather your thoughts within. Find out the thought centre and discover your Self-equipoise. In storm and turmoil be calm and silent. Watch the events around as a witness. The world is a drama of gold, women, desire and envy. Be a witness, inturned and introspective.’I wept and mumbled, ‘Do you want me to remain?’ I felt I must come back the next day. Maharshi, after a deep silence, saw my face. After his gaze had sunk into me he whispered, ‘You must come back, and you will. For every one must come to this path. Wind wanders before returning to the silence of the akasa.’

‘Are you saying that I will not return in a week?’

Maharshi smiled now and said, ‘Why a week? Even after years you must come here. Only take refuge in silence. Allow karma to work itself out and march on in faith. You will not miss the goal.’ "

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Ramanarpamastu




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Friends,

How does one identify signs of approval from bhagavan when you have to make a decision on something important in your life. I know what bhagavan would have said - It is not U who will make the decisions. It will all happen automatically. - but still, one does feel the need to make sure that life altering decisions are made only on the guru's consent. Did not so many of bhagavan's devotees during his life time ask him for his opinion on their new job offers, transfers and other such things!?

Ramanarpamastu


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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Kanchi Kamakshi
« on: April 25, 2011, 09:26:46 AM »
“Did you have darshan of Kamakshi?

Did you see her Peetam? Kamakshi will confer mukthi.”

Avathar Sri Seshadri Swamigal addressed these words to Echammal who had returned from a visit to Kanchipuram. The word ‘Peetam’ means Srichakram. Everyone should worship Kamakshi seated on Srichakram.


Ramanarpamastu

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Hello friends,

I thought of sharing this information for those who would like to hear sh.jayendra swamigal of kanchi mutt on sankara TV.

Guruvarul

(Sri Sankara TV, Sundays, 1 p.m.)

Sri Jayendra Saraswati gives explanations on Viveka Choodamani and other texts.

The programme is repeated on Saturdays, 8.30 p.m.

Dharmasastra

(Sri Sankara TV, Sundays, 9 p.m.)

Sri Seshadrinatha Sastrigal answers questions on Dharmasastra, related to life, rituals, customs and practices.

The programme is repeated at 11.30 a.m. the following Saturday.


Ramanarpamastu

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / vidya danam
« on: April 18, 2011, 09:02:18 PM »
Subramanian sir,

I have been reading sh.godman's blog and especially the open thread page. Your contribution to the blog especially sharing with us such rare stories on bhagavan interspersed with quotes from other saints and information ...is immense.

I wish to post here with your permission, the story of the Calf that reminded me of cow lakshmi and the very essense of bhakti. Many many thanks sir for the vidya danam that you are giving all of us. Your posts are indeed a joy to read and such a treasure!


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After Sri Bhagavan's Maha Nirvana, a devotee mentioned about the incident of the devotion of a calf to Sri Bhagavan.

In the Asramam, there was a calf that used to visit the house of devotees of Sri Bhagavan in Ramana Nagar. The devotees welcomed her lovingly and gave her sweets and fruits to eat.

One day, I was in Sri Ramanaramam.
My friend came and told me that the calf was standing in my compound. When I heard this, I was very happy. I rushed to my house to feed the calf with fruits and sweets. As I did not see the calf in the compound of my house, thinking that she may be inside the house, I went inside the house and looked for her, but she was not to be seen. When I entered my bedroom, I saw the calf standing in front of the photograph of Sri Bhagavan fully immersed in it. Her eyes were fixed on Sri Bhagavan with love and devotion. She was bowing to Sri Bhagavan with her forehead touching the photograph of Sri Bhagavan! She had merged and become one with Sri Bhagavan, that moment.

She did not even notice me entering the room. She was oblivious of her surroundings. Seeing the love and the devotion of the calf, I was enthralled but at the same time, I felt ashamed of myself for the lack of same intensity of devotion that the calf had for Sri Bhagavan. In spite of being a human being, and in constant touch with Sri Bhagavan, not even once had I surrendered so completely to Sri
Bhagavan!

I waited in the hall for the calf to come out of the bed room. When she came out, I fed her with sweets and fruits. Who knows which great devotee of Sri Bhagavan had tenanted the body of the calf?





Ramanarpamastu

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / My visit to arunachala
« on: April 17, 2011, 02:26:13 PM »

Friends,

I went again this year from delhi, to my home - arunachala. Although, am absolutely sure that everyone experiences the same, the feeling of finally reaching the gates of ramanasramam is to say the least - an emotional one. You feel like you are home. This is where we all belong.

I went in march this year, to thank bhagavan for the year gone by - for all the experiences and to have given me the strength to overcome difficult times and enjoy the good days. I wanted to take his asirwadams for the year ahead..

This year i met many people at ramanasramam. I met smt. bhanu ramachandran mami, who is the grand daughter of ranga, bhagavan's childhood friend. I also met a very old, frail lady, who must be in her 80's. Her name is smt.rajalakshmi and she told me that she was meenakshi muruganaar's niece. That makes her dandapani swami's grand daughter. I also met viswanathan mama, venupaati's grandson.

When i met srinivasa murthy mama this time, unlike the previous years, he was more forthcoming to talk to. Infact on two occassions, we talked for almost half hour each..which was quite a surprise, since he usually keeps it to himself. I talk to murthy mama every year...no matter how busy he is, because even a single line from him really reaches the core of your heart and makes you think. It strikes right at the nerve centre. This time i was blessed. He had the time and the inclination to talk. I am deeply grateful to him.


[cont.]

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Tears
« on: January 11, 2011, 03:19:15 PM »
Friends,

A beautiful mail from a devotee

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Tears reminded me of this article in 'Surpassing Love and Grace', by
Dr. AnantaNarayana Rao:

"In the course of conversation, about June 1949, he had described to
us that tears flow from the outer canthus of the eyes of a man when he
is very happy and from the inner canthus
when he is sad. It is a correct observation. On the evening of the
14th April (the Nirvana Day), I was in that room among others, fanning
Sri Bhagavan from the head end of the cot. At
his request he was assisted to sit up with his legs stretched in
front. He had kept his eyes closed, and his breathing was gradually
becoming shallow. At 8:20 p.m. the devotees outside
began singing the ‘Arunachala Shiva’ hymn. He immediately opened his
eyes, looked at the direction from where the voices came and then
closed the eyes. Tears came gushing from the
outer canthus of the eyes. I then remembered what Sri Bhagavan had
said about tears, and felt that it was the visible sign of the Supreme
Bliss of rejoining the ONE without a second, by
discarding the body which had done its duty of leading or directing
mankind towards the all pervading Self. The body was discarded very
peacefully, and in so doing he left his imprint
so indelibly in the hearts of his devotees."


Ramanarpamastu

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General topics / Thulasi
« on: January 02, 2011, 10:26:00 PM »
Dear friends,

I recieved a mail recently on the benefits of thulasi plant.

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Thulasi,when taken along with pepper in the evenings for three days consecutively, treats cold, cough and fever.

2. Irritation in the urinary tract is healed when the juice of Thulasi and cow's buttermilk mixed together are taken thrice a day.

3. When the juice of Thulasi with salt is consumed in an empty stomach for forty eight
days, epilepsy gets cured.

4. Chest pain is alleviated when Thulasi's juice is taken along with honey thrice a day.

5. The juice of Thulasi mixed with water and taken in the early mornings for a hundred days is a great therapy for all sorts of diseases.

6. Thirst, flatulence, and absence of appetite are eased when Thulasi’s juice is drunk, mixed with hot water.

7. Thulasi and two pinches of Omam (Carum Carvi is its botanical name), well ground and mixed with water, and consumed once in the mornings after food, is a sure remedy
for chicken pox and measles.

8. Even the poisonous bite of a scorpion is cured when the affected area is rubbed with the leaves of Krishna Thulasi (dark thulasi).

9. When the juice of Thulasi is taken in the mornings and evenings for forty days, it acts as a treatment for leprosy!

Ramanarpamastu

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General topics / Ekadasi
« on: December 31, 2010, 07:51:11 AM »

SaphalA Ekadasi

from Bhavisya-uttara Purana

Date of fasting: Fri, 31st Dec 2010
Breakfast  :  06:41 AM - 10:29 AM Next day ***
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Yudhisthira Maharaj said, "O my Dear Lord Sri Krishna, what is the name of that Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Pausha (December-January)? How is it observed, and which Deity is to be worshipped on that sacred day? Please narrate these details to me fully, so that I may understand Oh Janardana."  The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna then replied, "O best of kings, because you desire to hear, I shall fully describe to you the glories of the Pausha-krishna Ekadasi.

"I do not become as pleased by sacrifice or charity as I do by My devotee's observance of a full fast on Ekadasi. To the best of one's ability, therefore, one should fast on Ekadasi, the day of Lord Hari.

"O Yudhisthira, I urge you to hear with undivided intelligence the glories of Pausha-krishna Ekadasi, which falls on a Dwadasi. As I explained previously, one should not differentiate among the many Ekadasis. O king, to benefit humanity at large I shall now describe to you the process of observing Pausha-krishna Ekadasi.

"Pausha-krishna Ekadasi is also known as Saphalaa Ekadasi. On this sacred day one should worship Lord Narayana, for He is its ruling Deity. One should do so by follow the previously described method of fasting. Just as among snakes Shesha-naga is the best, and among birds Garuda is the best, among sacrifices the Ashvamedha-yajna is the best, among rivers Mother Ganges is the best, among gods Lord Vishnu is best, and among two-legged beings the brahmins are the best, so among all fasting days Ekadasi is by far the best. O foremost of kings who took your birth in the Bharata dynasty, whoever strictly observes Ekadasi becomes very dear to Me and indeed worshipable by Me in every way. Now please listen as I describe the process for observing Saphalaa Ekadasi.  "On Saphalaa Ekadasi My devotee should worship Me by offering Me fresh fruits according to time, place and circumstance, and by meditating on Me as the all-auspicious Supreme Personality of Godhead. He should offer Me jaambira fruit, pomegranate, betal nuts and leaves, coconut, guava, varieties of nuts, cloves, mangoes, and different kinds of aromatic spices. He should also offer Me incense and bright ghee lamps, for such an offering of lamps on Saphalaa Ekadasi is especially glorious. The devotee should try to stay awake the Ekadasi night.

"Now please hear with undivided attention as I tell you how much merit one gets if he fasts and remains awake throughout the entire night singing and chanting the glories of Narayana. O best of kings, there is no sacrifice or pilgrimage that yields merit that is equal to or better than the merit one gains by fasting on this Saphalaa Ekadasi. Such fasting – particularly if one can remain awake and alert the entire night long – bestows the same merit upon the faithful devotee as the performance of austerity for five thousand earthly years. O lion among kings, please hear from Me the glorious history that made this Divine Ekadasi famous.

"Once there was a City called Champaavati, which was ruled by the saintly King Maahishmata. He had four sons, the eldest of whom, Lumpaka, always engaged in all manner of very sinful activities – illicit sexual encounters with the wives of others, gambling, and continual association with known prostitutes. His evil deeds gradually reduced the wealth of his father, King Maahishmata. Lumpaka also became very critical of the numerous devas, the empowered universal attendants of the Lord, as well as toward the brahmins, and every day he would go out of his way to blaspheme the Vaishnavas. At last King Maahishmata, seeing the unrepentant brazen fallen condition of his son, exiled him to the forest. Out of fear of the king, even compassionate relatives didn't come to Lumpaka's defense, so angry was the king toward his son, and so sinful was this Lumpaka.

"Bewildered in his exile, the fallen and rejected Lumpaka thought to himself, 'My father has sent me away, and even my kinsmen do not raise but a finger in objection. What am I to do now?' He schemed sinfully and thought, 'I shall sneak back to the city under cover of darkness and plunder its wealth. During the day I shall stay in the forest, and as night returns, so shall I to the city.'  So thinking, the sinful Lumpaka entered the darkness of the forest. He killed many animals by day, and by night he stole all manner of valuable items from the city. The city-dwelling folk apprehended him several times, but out of fear of the king they left him alone. They thought to themselves that it must have been the accumulated sins of Lumpaka's previous births that had forced him to act in such a way that he lost his royal facilities and became to act so sinfully like a common selfish thief.

"Though a meat-eater, Lumpaka would also eat fruits every day. He resided under an old banyan tree that unknown to him happened to be very dear to Lord Vaasudeva. Indeed, many worshipped as the demi-god (representative departmental head) of all the trees in the forest. In due course of time, while Lumpaka was doing so many sinful and condemnable activities, the Saphalaa Ekadasi arrived. On the eve of the Ekadasi (Dasami) Lumpaka had to pass the entire night without sleep because of severe cold that he felt due to his scanty bedclothes (bedding). The cold not only robbed him of all peace but almost of his very life. By the time the sun rose, near dead, his teeth chattering and near comatose. In fact all that Ekadasi morning, he remained in that stupor and could not awaken out of his near comatose condition.

"When midday of the Saphalaa Ekadasi arrived, the sinful Lumpaka finally came to and managed to rise up from his place under that banyan tree. But with every step he took, he stumbled and fell to the ground. Like a lame man, he walked slowly and hesitantly, suffering greatly from hunger and thirst in the midst of the jungle. So weak was Lumpaka that he couldn't even concentrate to nor muster strength to go and kill even a single animal that whole day. Instead, he was reduced to collecting whatever fruits had fallen to the ground of their own accord. By the time he returned to his banyan tree home, the sun had set.

"Placing the fruits on the ground next to him (at the base of the sacred banyan tree), Lumpaka began to cry out, 'O, woe is me ! What should I do ? Dear father, what is to become of me? O Sri Hari, please be merciful to me and accept these fruits as an offering !'  Again he was forced to lie awake the whole night without sleep, but in the meantime the all merciful Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Madhusudana, had become pleased with Lumpaka's humble offering of forest fruits, and He accepted them. Lumpaka had unwittingly observed a full Ekadasi fast, and by the merit he reaped on that day he regained his kingdom with no further obstacles.  "Listen, O Yudhisthira, to what happened to the son of King Maahishmata when but a fragment of the merit spouted up within his heart.

"As the Sun beautifully rose in the sky on the day following Ekadasi, a handsome horse approached Lumpaka as if seeking him out, and stood next to him. At the same time, a voice suddenly boomed out from the clear blue sky saying, 'This horse is for you, Lumpaka! Mount it and ride swiftly out of this forest to greet you family! O son of King Maahishmata, by the mercy of the Supreme lord Vaasudeva and the strength of the merit you acquired by observing Saphalaa Ekadasi, your kingdom will be returned to you without any further hindrances. Such is the benefit you have gained by fasting on this most auspicious of days. Go now, to you father and enjoy your rightful place in the dynasty.'  "Upon hearing these celestial words resounding from above, Lumpaka mounted the horse and rode back to the city of Champaavati. By the merit he had accrued by fasting on Saphalaa Ekadasi, he had become a handsome prince once more and was able to absorb his mind in the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari. In other words, he had become My pure devotee.

"Lumpaka offered his father, King Maahishmata, his humble obeisances and once more accepted his princely responsibilities. Seeing his son so decorated with Vaishnava ornaments and tilak (udhvara pundra) King Maahishmata gave him the kingdom, and Lumpaka ruled unopposed for many, many years. Whenever the Ekadasi came, he worshipped the Supreme Lord Narayana with great devotion. And by the mercy of Sri Krishna he obtained a beautiful wife and a fine son. In old age Lumpaka handed his kingdom over to his son – just as his own father, King Maahishmata, had handed it over to him. Lumpaka then went to the forest to dedicate his concentrate attention to gratefully serve the Supreme Lord with controlled mind and senses. Purified of all material desires, he left his old material body and returned back to home, back to Godhead, attaining a place near the lotus feet of his worshipful Lord, Sri Krishna.

"O Yudhisthira, one who approaches Me as Lumpaka did will become completely free of lamentation and anxiety. Indeed, anyone who properly observes this glorious Saphalaa Ekadasi – even unknowingly, like Lumpaka – will become famous in this world. He will become perfectly liberated at death and return to the spiritual abode of Vaikuntha. Of this there is no doubt. Moreover, one who simply hears the glories of Saphalaa Ekadasi obtains the same merit derived by one who performs a Rajasurya-yajna, and at the very least he goes to heaven in his next birth, so where is the loss?" 

Thus ends the narration of the glories of Pausha-krishna Ekadasi, or Saphalaa Ekadasi, from the Bhavishya-uttara Purana.


Ramanarpamastu

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Friends,

I saw this write-up and wanted to share it with you.

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Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji:

The question about “Spirituality” might have arisen because you might have heard about it from someone or read about it in a book. 

If you look at everything - from the tiny ant to Lord Brahma seek bliss. The lower creatures try to find this bliss in the fulfillment of the primitive desires like appetite, lust etc. As human beings who possess the sixth sense, we try to find ways of make everything more comfortable and pleasurable. 

When we extend this thought to death, the question arises as to what died - the body or the soul? What is this entity ‘I’ ? Is it the body? When we point to our shirt and say ‘this is my shirt’, we automatically admit that the shirt is different from us. Likewise when we say "this is my hand" the automatic inference is that 'I' is not the hand. So what is this ‘I’? It is something beyond the body or the mind. It is the soul or the ‘Atman’. That is our natural Self. 

When a swelling appears on our hand that does not bother us in any way, we still want that swelling to be removed just because we want things to look the way they originally were. Resetting things back to the original state itself is a great bliss. We have altered our state from our original blissful self to such a great extent due to our ignorance. To
reset things back to normalcy by realizing our true blissful nature is spirituality. Spirituality is not something alien to us. It is not going to fall from the sky one fine day. It is merely to realize our true nature which is the state of supreme bliss.  To attain
that supreme state of realization, the simplest way is to chant the Hare Rama Maha Mantra. By chanting this mantra, you please Sri Krishna and he blesses you with that supreme state of bliss. 

Radhe Krishna & Chankt the Maha Mantra
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare


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