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Find devotees in your area / Bhagavan's devotees in Chicago area
« on: September 14, 2014, 12:28:11 AM »

Dear Friends,

I recently went to a satsang in Elgin, IL which is around 40 miles from Chicago. The center is listed in the Ramanashramam website. The place is not close to me but it was wonderful to meet other Bhagavan's devotees. It is in the home of Jean-Luc and Rita. They have done a wonderful job with the pictures(Bhagavan's and Arunachala's) and the atmosphere is very calming. They are starting the center now and welcome other devotees to join them for the satsangs.

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Ramana Periya Puranam
« on: October 22, 2013, 09:40:35 PM »
Dear Friends,

Thank you to Sri Ganesanji for this wonderful book called Ramana Periya Puranam (the Inner Journey of 77 Direct Devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi). It can be downloaded from AHAM’s website.

Sri Ganesanji reminds us that Bhagavan's teachings given to his direct devotees are relevant to each of us. I would like to share some of these beautiful teachings of Bhagavan in this thread. I consider Bhagavan to be my Father, Mother, Friend... and Guru but reading the following lines in the introduction by  Sri Ganesanji, highlights that he is God and the Self.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi, it is said, had no name that he called his own. However, he did have a name and he revealed it, not once, but thrice. The first time was in his hymn Aksharamanamalai, The Marital Garland of Letters. In its very last verse, Bhagavan sings, “Place your garland around my neck and wear the garland strung by this Arunachala Ramanan.” The second time was some days later. A devotee at Virupaksha cave wanted to know who Bhagavan really was. He wrote a verse on a piece of paper, “Oh Ramana, who are you? Are you the highest God, Hari, or a rishi, or a celestial being? Who are you?” He then left the note on Bhagavan‟s stone couch when Bhagavan had gone out. When Bhagavan returned and saw the note, he wrote behind it, “I am Arunachala Ramanan, dwelling in the Heart of every being, beginning with Lord Hari to the so called lowest being. If with devotion, you plunge into the cave of your Heart, your inner eye will be opened and you will see this truth as the fullness of non-dual Awareness.” The third time was when Viswanatha Swami wanted to write a verse on Muruganar, another senior devotee. Unable to compose an entire verse in Tamil, he wrote two words, “Mugavapuri Murugan.” When Bhagavan was not there, he left the paper on Bhagavan‟s seat and slipped away. When Bhagavan came back, he completed the verse, “Arunachala Ramanan who resides in the Heart lotus of every being, gave Mugavapuri Murugan a look and destroyed all his tendencies. This enabled him to come out with thousands of spontaneous verses, the beauty of which is comparable with those written several centuries back by the saint Manikavachakar in Thiruvachakam.”

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Dear Friends,

I feel blessed to have such a strong attraction to Bhagavan and Arunachala. I am trying to do self enquiry, love to read about Bhagavan's devotees and contemplate on his teachings. But there are instances when out of the blue, I get a strong desire to eat sweets or watch a movie or get very angry at some situation and lose my balance. It is like the sadhana has made the negative tendencies more intense. I pray to Bhagavan and try to get back to my sadhana. But my mind gets very agitated and it takes a while to calm down.

Have any of you experienced this? Sometimes I feel my sadhana is just making me crazier and completely unrelatable with the people around me :) But one look at Bhagavan's picture makes it all worthwhile.

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

General topics / sad news
« on: December 12, 2012, 08:27:54 PM »
Dear Friends,

Since we are all part of Bhagavan's family, I have decided to share my grief with you. Yesterday my brother-in-law passed away suddenly due to health issues. He was only 50 years old. Please include my sister and her two kids (one in college and the other starting next year)  in your prayers. 

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

General topics / Looking for Saranagati song lyrics
« on: August 06, 2012, 08:40:06 AM »
Namaste Friends,

My computer crashed and I have lost a lot of my collection of Bhagavan's songs and downloaded books. I am unable to find this song lyrics. Can any of you share the lyrics please?

Thanks in Advance.

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Arunachala / Skandashramam morning prayer
« on: August 06, 2012, 08:32:28 AM »
Dear Friends,

I was so happy to come across this video on youtube and wanted to share it with all of you. This is the Swamiji who walked with me up to Skandashramam and was so helpful. It was magical to sit in the Ashram with very few people and listen to his heartfelt prayer.

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Arunachala / Need guidance on first visit
« on: May 08, 2012, 09:25:18 PM »
Namaste Friends,

With Bhagavan's grace, my family will be visiting India/Arunachala in June. I am a little nervous about the weather. After reading some of the posts, sounds like mid-week(Wednesday, Thursday June 13, 14) should be the least crowded days. Will it be possible to do girivalam? I would love to see Virupaksha cave, etc. and walk on the ground that Bhagavan has walked on. The anticipation is hard to bear!

Any suggestions for good a/c hotels? We plan to drive from Coimbatore and stay overnight. I don't know how my 9yr old son will do with the long car drive and the heat.

I will appreciate any guidance since this will be our first visit to Ramanashramam.

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

The Srimad Bhagavata / Contemplating on BhagavatSwarupam
« on: May 04, 2012, 12:36:21 AM »
Namaste All,

I have been blessed to listen to Srimad Bhagavatham by Sri Nochur Venkataramanji. This has made me contemplate on BhagavatSwarupam or seeing God in everyone. Coincidentally in my Bhagavad Gita class Swamiji was talking about seeing Bhagavan in all the human beings(Chap 9 verse 11). Any suggestions to help achieve this state? We hear God is everywhere all the time but the message does not seem to sink in.

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

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